Bloatarian Brewing League

December 2017 Bosmopolitan

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Here is the December 2017 edition of the Bosmopolitan!

December Board Meeting Minutes

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.

December Board Meeting Minutes

Meeting Start: 7:25 PM

In Attendance: Roxanne, Rob, Ray, Steve, Jerry, Emma, Joe, Wayne, Mike (his last name is Williams)

Treasurer’s Report

We have money.

Emma: “Okay, Treasurer’s report…Ray? Where the f*** did he go?”

Upcoming Meetings

December: [The Rest of] Beermas!

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

February 2018: (Tentative) Fundamentals of Kegging

Beermas 2017!

See dedicated post put up today (12/4) with information about each day’s location.

Upcoming Classes at Listermann’s

There is an Advanced Brewing Class on December 7th (all-grain), $20. There are four or five spots left, tell your friends to sign up now!

Bockfest 2018

Committee led by Roxanne, Tyra, Pete B. and others (TBD) to do a Tasting and Beer Evaluation session for the public at Bockfest 2018. There will be a registration fee for the session, more details coming closer to Bockfest. Please let us know if you’re interested in assisting with this mini-Beer Camp!

Also, look forward to a new event at Bockfest! Christian Moerlein has asked us to expand the homebrewer’s footprint at Bockfest. As part of that, they want to add a new category to the homebrew competition to highlight the ingredients that the German brewers of Cincinnati would have used before prohibition. Fifteen teams from BBL, CMI, and Cincinnati State’s Brewing Program will be competing to brew the best Pre-Pro Lager with identical grain bills, hops and yeast provided by Christian Moerlein.

Possible Topics for Next Year’s Meetings

Chime in with additional suggestions!

Beer & Sweaters

There is scheming of a bus trip to visit our friends in TRASH sometime in February or March 2018 (hence Beer & Sweaters). Cost is TBD, but likely $75 for bus, plus hotel cost…and whatever you’re drinking. At this point, we have several potential stops lined up. Stay tuned.

Potential Mentorship Program

Wayne is writing 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. A written resolution will be prepared and distributed to all members via email and also presented for a vote at the next meeting of the club on Saturday, January 20th.

Meeting deteriorated into yelling at the Bungles at 8:31 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.

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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