Bloatarian Brewing League

October 2017 Bosmopolitan

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Here is the October 2017 edition of the Bosmopolitan! Sorry for the lack of a September Bosmopolitan–Madame Secretary was out sick and apparently no one else knows how to make up notes quite like she does.

October Board Meeting Minutes

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.

October Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Start: 7:15PM

In Attendance: Ray, Steve, Jerry, Wayne, Emma, Joe

Treasurer’s Report

We have money!

November Board Meeting

The board meeting will be at the Norwood Community Center.

 

Upcoming Meetings

 

October Meeting: 2017 BBL Hop Project Meeting! Led by Rob W.

Ray is remodeling his bathroom in preparation for out-of-town guests visiting for his daughter’s wedding later this month (!). Mock/congratulate him accordingly in November–his daughter had the temerity to schedule her wedding for a meeting weekend.

At the October meeting, we’ll have at least two bags of grain and other assorted items to raffle off. There are also still Beer & Sweat shirts and hats available for purchase. They’re very soft & comfortable!

November Meeting: Ice Beers by Mike R.

December: Beermas!

Beer & Sweat 2017 Report

Beer & Sweat was a social success! We had a slightly higher attendance than last year, and The Board would like to enthusiastically  thank all of the volunteers, judges, stewards, participants, and members (new & old) for another wonderful year (and party). Unfortunately, we did not meet our financial goals for this year, but a great time was had by all and we even received glowing reviews from the Marriott staff (no, but really, we did).

“That’s the rich part of the family. They have the triple-wide.” -Steve

 

Upcoming Classes at Listermann’s

There is a Beginner’s Brewing Class at Listermann’s on November 30th (extract brewing). Registration is $20. Tell your friends (and then make them join BBL!)

There is an Advanced Brewing Class on December 7th (all-grain), also $20.

Possible Topics for Next Year’s Meetings

Chime in with additional suggestions!

Beer & Sweaters

There is scheming of a possible bus trip to visit our friends in TRASH sometime early winter 2018 (hence Beer & Sweaters). Stay tuned.

**Authoritative fist pound on the table.**

“CLOSE THE MEETING!”

-Ray

Meeting adjourned: When Ray said so. (~8:20 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 & Propane

Many people enjoyed much beer. Shout out to Dave Harsh for providing the Bigfoot Barley Wine Vertical (2000 – 2017, minus 2001).

Quote of the Weekend: “What time is it? Not noon yet? Crack a beer! You can’t drink all day unless you start in the morning!”

-Everyone

The food was fantastic.

 

2017 BBL IPA Hop Project

Join us this month for the unveiling!

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 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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