Bloatarian Brewing League

June 2017 Bosmopolitan

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Here is the June 2017 edition of the Bosmopolitan!

June Board Meeting Minutes

Beer & Sweat: Looking for Leadership

2017 BBL IPA Hop Project

Bloated and Quoted…By an Actual Writer

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.

June Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Start: 7:22 PM

In Attendance: Ray, Steve, Roxanne, Joe, Emma

Evil Iron Brewer + Bloat Open Results

Bloat Open

Results posted here.

Evil Iron Brewer

Results posted here.

AHA National Homebrew Competition

Three people in the club qualified for Round 2: Roxanne, Scott Schrader & Pete Bender.

39th Annual AHA HomebrewCon

June 15-17 in Minneapolis. Registration is still open! Register soon 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 transportation may be available from Bloats who are driving up.

Register! Go! If you have registered and are planning to go, let us know! So far we’ve heard from one person…the sooner you let us know, the sooner we can put you in touch about carpooling.

Upcoming Meetings

June Meeting: Recipe design for Bocks so you can brew in September in preparation for Bockfest 2018, led by Mark Brzezinski.

July Meeting: Summer Beers: Bring favorites to share! We’ll talk about the process for two-week beers.

August Meeting: Beer & Sweat

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.

Meeting adjourned around 8:11 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.

Beer & Sweat: Looking for Leadership

We have a few opportunities for club members to be involved in the coordination and execution of Beer & Sweat this August. Watch for an email to the club list in the near future.

Don’t forget to book your hotel rooms soon!

2017 BBL IPA Hop Project

Now full! Likely to be the October meeting.

The full rules were sent out via Google Groups–if you missed that or have questions, contact Rob.

Bloated and Quoted…by an Actual Writer

Check out our President in the news! Read Roxanne’s answers to the Five Questions With weekly section from The Beer Blog.

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.

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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