Bloatarian Brewing League

August 2017 Bosmopolitan

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Here is the August 2017 edition of the Bosmopolitan!

August 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.

August Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Start: 7:25 PM

In Attendance: Way more people than normal!

Treasurer’s Report

We have money!

September Board Meeting

The board meeting will be at 7:00PM on Monday, September 11 (a week later than usual due to Labor Day) at the Norwood Community Center. The October and November board meetings will also be at NCC.

BJCP Class

Starts August 21st at the Norwood Community Center through November. 7:00PM on Monday nights at NCC, except for Labor Day. 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. Exam is on November 11th at NCC.

Upcoming Meetings

August Meeting: Beer & Sweat!

September Meeting: Kombucha and tea, including dry-hopped Kombucha and potentially alcoholic kombuchas.

October Meeting: 2017 BBL Hop Project Meeting

November Meeting: Possibly New Riff

December: Beermas!

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. No one has expressed any interest, so this is on hold. 

Lengthy discussion of Beer & Sweat 2017 logistics.

Joe Geil still hasn’t paid his dues yet. Mock him relentlessly. He claims he’ll join at Beer & Sweat.

The talking part of the meeting adjourned at 8:15PM. Thanks to everyone who turned out to help prep materials for Beer & Sweat, and to Ray for hosting and cooking.


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: Almost Here!

We met our quota for hotel rooms–100 rooms today! Thanks so much!

To date, we have 259 entries. Entries close on Wednesday, August 9th.

Volunteer sign-ups via Doodle poll are still live here. The 5:00PM – 7:00PM shift is full, but no one is signed up for the 7:00PM – 9:00PM shift except Emma–please help! We need about six volunteers in that time slot, and could use two more for each of the 9:00AM – 11:00AM, 9:30AM – 11:30AM, and 9:00PM – 11:00PM shifts.

There has been some confusion about how to fill out your information in the Doodle poll. In the name field, please include ALL of the following information: name, email, phone, like so: Emma Clohessy, em.clohessy@gmail.com, 812-212-6674.

Several people have just signed up with their names, and unfortunately that does not give me a way to contact them. If you’re one of those people, please email me your contact information at bblminister@gmail.com.

Beer & Propane

Come camp out Friday, September 22nd through the morning of Sunday, September 24th at the usual location (Mike’s farm near Rocky Fork Lake). Friday evening is the barley wine vertical. Saturday some people brew, there’s a communal potluck dinner. Kids are welcome. If you don’t wish to camp, there is a cabin motel right down the road.

2017 BBL IPA Hop Project

Drawing of the hops took place at the board meeting tonight by everyone present at the meeting, so if you don’t like your hop, sorry, there’s no one person for you to complain to. Assignments will be communicated to participants by Rob.

Beers must be ready by the October meeting, but should not be brewed more than about a month in advance. Everyone will get to taste each of the beers at that meeting.

Thanks to all of the companies that gave hops for the project (Hopsteiner, YCH Hops, Yakima Valley, Rivertown and Listermann’s), and to Listermann’s again for donating all of the grain.

The full rules were sent out via Google Groups–if you are participating and have questions, contact Rob.

The next experiment will be yeast-differentiated, so if you didn’t have a chance to sign up for the Hop Project, stay tuned for that upcoming opportunity.

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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