Bloatarian Brewing League

March 2017 Bosmopolitan

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Here is the March 2017 edition of the Bosmopolitan!

March Board Meeting Minutes

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.

March Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Start: 7:15 PM

In Attendance: Full Board

Dues for this year are now past due. Pay up!

Bockfest 2017: Winners have been posted. The Bloats submitted six entries–four took home medals. Financials have not been completed yet, but there were more overall entries than last year, so more income. We also had fewer expenses. Since we made a profit last year, we’ll have made a profit this year. Possibly even a three-figure income!

To quote Rob:

“Pictures were posted, names were taken, no one was arrested, Bockfest is over.”

Evil Iron Brewer + Bloat Open: May 20, 2017 @ The Eddy. Judges who judges categories in both competitions get points for both! Entry deadlines are ~2 weeks before for the Bloat Open. For Evil Iron, you must declare the number of entries and the categories ~2 weeks before 5/20.

AHA National Homebrew Competition: If you entered (in Indianapolis), beers are due by Wednesday 3/8. Judging opportunity: BBL will provide a $25 stipend per member who judges at the AHA NHC. Judges must provide their confirmation email from the BJCP regarding points earned. If you have judged in a previous NHC, you automatically receive a guaranteed slot in the following NHC.

39th Annual AHA HomebrewCon: June 15-17 in Minneapolis. Registration opens March 7th (TOMORROW). Register early as hotels near the event fill up quickly and information about discounted rates is provided after registration.There is a really good mix of talks this year.

This is relatively driveable for BBL, clocking in at approximately 11 hours. Frontier Airlines does fly from CVG to MSP and back for very cheap. Club night keg transporatation may be available from Bloats who are driving up.

We want lots of people to register and go so we can represent at Club Night! Perhaps we can even reprise our Monty Python performance in the Bockfest Parade.

Potential Competition Next Superbowl: Reading Mens’ Club has approached BBL about assistance with a competition centered around the Superbowl next year. More details to come later this year.

(Tentative) Listermann New England IPA Competition: There may be an opportunity to enter a New English IPA competition to be judged by the brewers at Listermann’s.

National Homebrew Day, Saturday May 6: Brew day at Rivertown in Lockland. You can get yeast pitches–hot water system may or may not still be in.

March Meeting: Name that Beer Night! by Dave Le Bourveau.

April Meeting: Brian E. to speak about fruit beers.

May Meeting: Bloat Open & Evil Iron Brewer

June Meeting: TBD–possibly another recipe design and brew by everyone (although this may be in September/October)

Members Only Event: Exploring the possibility. Stay tuned for details later this year.

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. I don’t think I got any emails about this at bblminister@gmail.com, so if I missed yours, please let me know.

Club Gear/Clothing Order: Information coming in the next few months from Jerry. Watch for that if you’re interested in obtaining some BBL swag.

The goat started it.

Little of this, little of that, good beers, Aldi’s finest box wine, pretzels, happy birthday to Jerry!

Meeting adjourned 8:23 PM.


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 paid online and still need a card, please see Ray at the check in desk at the monthly meeting! Come out and join us.

Dues for this year are now officially past due!


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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