Bloatarian Brewing League

January 2017 Bosmopolitan

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Here is the January 2017 edition of the Bosmopolitan!

January Board Meeting Minutes

February Meeting – Pro Brewer Talk w/ Scott LaFollette

Club Brewing Demonstrations and Beer Education Programs

BBL Membership Cards

Flanders Red Solera

Have you recently toured a brewery, been to a new favorite beer bar, or have some other beer related news you’d like to share with the club?  Let us know and we’ll include it in the newsletter.

January Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Start: 5:45 PM

In Attendance: Everyone except President Roxanne

Report from the Treasury: Last year, we made less money, but also spent less money, and insurance cost less, so…net gain!

February Meeting: Scott L. of Blank Slate to speak about teas, infusions, etc. If the weather stays unseasonably warm, there is talk of rolling out the grill.

March Meeting: Topic & Speaker TBD

April Meeting: Brian E. to speak about fruit beers. More details to come…

May Meeting: Bloat Open  & Evil Iron Brewer

Bockfest: Entries for Bockfest are open now! Bottles or kegs are acceptable as entries, which are due the Wednesday before Bockfest (March 3 – 5).

Bowling Opportunity: The Bloats have been invited to participate in a bowling tournament at Fairfield Lanes on April 1st (not a joke). Bowling, dinner and unlimited beer are included for a team of five people. If five members want to form a team and participate, the club will pay the registration fee. Nine pin-no tap rules. If you also don’t know what that means, you can read about it on Wikipedia here. Let us know if you’re interested in participating.

Little of this, little of that, meeting trailed off around 6:10PM.

February Meeting – Pro Brewer Talk w/ Scott LaFollette

February 17, 2017 – 7pm-10pm at Norwood Community Center

In February, our very own Scott LaFollette will give a talk on specialty beers, using teas, infusions, etc. Come learn from the master!


Have you recently toured a brewery, been to a new favorite beer bar, or have some other beer related news you’d like to share with the club? Let us know and we’ll include it in the newsletter.

Club Brewing Demonstrations and Beer Education Programs

The club has been receiving a large number of requests lately for brewing demos and beer education programs. In the past we have had a small number of people that would take care of these requests, but now that the requests are coming from far and wide throughout the tri-state area, we now have a need to call on our membership to ask for volunteers who would be willing to lead some discussions and beer education events. If you are interested in speaking when these events come up, please talk to a board member or officer so that we can take your name and contact information. A power point presentation and/or discussion materials can be provided if needed.


Have you recently toured a brewery, been to a new favorite beer bar, or have some other beer related news you’d like to share with the club? Let us know and we’ll include it in the newsletter.

BBL Membership Cards

As you’ve probably seen in our member benefits, you can receive a 10% discount on supplies at local homebrew supply stores when you show your Bloatarian membership card.  But to do that, you first need to renew or become a member! Renew or Join today…

**NOTE: If you need a card, please see Ray at the check in desk at the monthly meeting! Come out and join us.


Have you recently toured a brewery, been to a new favorite beer bar, or have some other beer related news you’d like to share with the club?  Let us know and we’ll include it in the newsletter.

Flanders Red Solera

The club has participated in various group brew barrel projects in the past.  About a year and half ago we started a Flanders Red Solera.  The idea behind a Solera is that you periodically remove some beer from the barrel and then add more new beer into the barrel.  Theoretically the Solera can keep going for years.  It took some time for the beer to initially sour, so the beer is finally ready to start the cycling process.

In general, participants provide 5 gallons to put in the barrel and then later receive about 4 gallons back out.  Our plans are to draw from the barrel once per month.  At that rate, a person who adds to the barrel will be drawing their share from the barrel one year later.

Dave Harsh has agreed to be the point of contact for the barrel (thanks Dave!). If you are interested in contributing beer to the barrel, let Dave know ASAP and get that beer in there!

For those of you who are interested, here’s the Flanders Red recipe we used.  This came direct from Brian St. Claire and it is the recipe he used for his Flanders Red which took Runner-Up Best of Show at the 2007 National Homebrew Competition.

Bourbon Barrel Flanders Red

5 gallons
OG: 1.054
IBU: 12
5 lb vienna
1 lb carahell
1 lb cara vienna
1 lb aromatic
8 oz special B
1.5 lb flaked corn
handful UNCRUSHED carafa III in sparge for better color, optional
1 oz Mt Hood flowers at 3.7% AA at 45 min (may substitute with another equivalently low %AA Noble hop; check first)
Wyeast # 3763 Roselare yeast in 1000 ml starter

mash in at 156 degrees for 90 min, boil 80 min, chill to 69, oxygenate one min, ferment in glass then add to barrel when yeast drops out (20 days.)


Have you recently toured a brewery, been to a new favorite beer bar, or have some other beer related news you’d like to share with the club? Let us know and we’ll include it in the newsletter.

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