Bloatarian Brewing League

November 2017 Bosmopolitan

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Here is the November 2017 edition of the Bosmopolitan! Yes, we know it’s not quite November…it’s fine.

November Board Meeting Minutes

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.

November Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Start: 7:15 PM

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

Treasurer’s Report

“Somewhere between the house and here, I lost the bank statement–we still have money, though.”

Upcoming Meetings

November Meeting: Ice Beers by Mike R.

December: Beermas!

January 2018: BBL Holiday Party on Saturday, January 20th

Beermas 2017!

The venue names are links to locations on Google Maps.

Week 1

Monday, December 4th: Listermann Brewing Company

Tuesday, December 5th: Oriental Wok

Wednesday, December 6th: BC’s Bottle Lodge North

Thursday, December 7th: Brink Brewing Company

Friday, December 8th: Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. (Malt House)

Week 2

Monday, December 11th: BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse – Tri County

Tuesday, December 12th: TBD

Wednesday, December 13th: Fibonacci Brewing Company

Thursday, December 14th: Taft’s Brewpourium

Week 3

Monday, December 18th: Madtree Brewing

Tuesday, December 19th: Marty’s Hops & Vines

Wednesday, December 20th: Wooden Cask Brewing Company (To Be Confirmed)

Thursday, December 21st: BC’s Bottle Lodge East

Congratulations to Listermann’s!

Listermann’s received the 2017 Brewers Philanthropy Award at the Hammers and Ales event this past week. Congratulations from the board and all of your friends in the Bloats!

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.

Bockfest 2018

Potential expansions to the scope of Bockfest are under discussion. Exciting changes to be announced soon!

“Yeah, and then screw the charity!”

-Joe

Possible Topics for Next Year’s Meetings

Chime in with additional suggestions!

“One, two, three!” [Four balled up napkins simultaneously hit Ray in the face while he’s speaking.]

-Steve, Jerry, Joe, Emma

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.

Potential Mentorship Program

Wayne is going to write up a proposal to present to the board regarding a possible mentorship program to help connect potential new members interested in learning to brew with Bloats willing to mentor them.

Proposal to Add Board Position

A proposal was offered to the board to make the Competition Coordinator a board position. This proposal will be discussed at next month’s board meeting, and a board vote will take place at the board meeting in January.

Meeting adjourned at 8:47 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.

2017 BBL IPA Hop Project

Great job by Rob W., and thanks for the excellent turnout! Next year there will be a similar yeast project.

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.

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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