Bloatarian Brewing League

July 2017 Bosmopolitan

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Here is the July 2017 edition of the Bosmopolitan!

July Board Meeting Minutes

Beer & Sweat: Fast Approaching!

Beer & Propane

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.

July Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Start: 7:20 PM

In Attendance: Lots of people. Definitely quorum.

 

Treasurer’s Report

We have money!

BJCP Class

If you’ve been waiting for information, please be patient a bit longer. We are waiting on confirmation about the venue. Also, there are a few additional exams after ours in the region, so if you can’t get into this exam, there’s a possibility that you can get into one of those.

AHA National Homebrew Competition

No Bloats placed, but a fun time was had by all.

Upcoming Meetings

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

August Meeting: Beer & Sweat

September Meeting: Very probably Kombucha and tea, including dry-hopped Kombucha.

 

Club Gear & Clothing Order

T-shirts $15, embroidered golf shirts $30. You must pre-order and pre-pay by (tentatively by the September meeting). Information about color options and artwork coming soon.

Next Board Meeting

All are welcome and encouraged to join the board at the Gerdes Mansion (6060 Christopher Lane, in easy-to-find Delhi). The link is a Google map if you need directions.

We need bodies because we’ll be prepping raffle prizes at the August Board Meeting. Bring some beer to share. We have the best beer at the board meetings. Think of it as a mini club meeting. And if everyone is nice, Ray will do pizzas.

Lengthy discussion of Beer & Sweat 2017 logistics.

“That’s our club motto! CHAOS!”

-Ray

Joe Geil hasn’t paid his dues yet. Mock him relentlessly.

Thanks for the snacks & cider & hosting, Roxanne!

Meeting adjourned/devolved into shouting over each other at around 8:44 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: Fast Approaching!

Keep booking those hotel rooms! We’re up to 36 rooms booked (over 30%).

Volunteer sign-ups via Doodle poll will be announced soon via email.

GET EXCITED! Also, spread the word. Tell everyone you know. Invite them to book a hotel room.

Beer & Propane

September 22nd through 24th, the usual location (Mike’s farm near Rocky Fork Lake). More information coming soon (theoretically, next month)!

 

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 (No starter, use it right from the packet)

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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