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SOB Meeting 302

26 of us, including 2 new members, gathered at O’Marros Public house for our July meeting.  There was more beer than business, so we go that done first.

First, we had our new members introduce themselves.  Ted Mulvey has been brewing for quite a few years now.  He’s hoping to learn more about the craft and make some new friends.  He introduced his friend Erin to brewing.

Erin Macarthur is a new mom looking for a hobby.  Ted introduced her to brewing, and she has a couple of brews under her belt.  They decided to join the club together. We welcome both of you to the club!

We finalized the details of our August Picnic.  Here are the details:

We are going to meet at Shelter 1 at Menominee Park.  This is the older, larger of the two shelters on the main road.  It’s on your right side as you’re driving though, before you reach the train station.  We are going to meet at 6:30.  Ted Engelke is once again going to bring the meat.  The club is going to bring potato salad and buns.  We need each of you attending to bring a dish to pass and a brew if you like.  The sign up sheet will be sent out shortly.  We need a final count by the end of the month, so please sign up if you haven’t already.

Our next club brew is going to be focused on different grains.  After discussion, what we agreed on was that we would use Cascade hops, and Safale 05 yeast.  The grain bill will be whatever the brewer decides to use.  Bring your receipt for the brew to Zach, and he will reimburse you for the hops, the yeast, and half the grain cost.  For some continuity, please aim for the following guidelines: 20 IBU since it will be grain focused, 1.040-1.060 range for SG, and try to use no more than three or four grains.  We will sample the brews in September.  We are going to limit the brewers to 6, so send us an email if you want to brew one.  We already have a couple, so don’t delay on responding,

Ruby Owl would be interested in hosting us for our November meeting.  There was some discussion about whether the facility was appropriate for a meeting, so more will be looked into and we will discuss at September meeting.  Each of us will have to go check it out, have a beer, and see what we think.  Oh, the hardships!

RJ at Bare Bones Brewery would like to do a brew outside one day in September.  He will know the date soon, and we will relay it.  He’s getting some fresh hops, and will do a brew on his system and we can bring our equipment and do a brew on ours.  Think Big Brew Day, except at Bare Bones, while he brews on his larger system, and while we drink plenty of BB beer!  We will get out more details as we know more, but keep the idea in your head.


With that, we started sampling brews!  We had some commercial brews as calibrators, Wittekerke, Hoegaarden, and Hacker Pschorr.  We then sampled two of Jeff Eaton’s wheats.  The first was a wit, the second one was a Weisse.  He used the same grain bill, and same hops, but two different yeasts.  Two very different beers resulted.  Jeff showed us how changing just one thing can make such a big difference.  The results were both very tasty!  The wit was clean, and had the coriander taste you’d expect from a Wit.  The Weisse was well in tune with the style, with bubble gum and banana hints.  They were both fantastic beers for our Wheat focus.

The meeting finished, we sampled some more homebrews and socialized!  Lee brought a Kazbek Cream Ale.  Brian Schneider brought a porter and a saison.  Our newest member Erin brought a Citra hopped Pale Ale.

See you all at the picnic in August!


Agenda for July meeting

First and foremost, if you haven’t paid your dues, please do so ASAP.  We need to pay the insurance for the year, and it is based on membership.  So please either bring it to July meeting or get it to Zach Clark.

We are going to sample a couple Belgian Wit beers by Jeff E.  If you have something you’d like direct feedback on, feel free to bring them.  Going into the next year, we are going to consider focusing on a theme or style, each month, and get it on the calendar far in advance.  I’m trying to make the calendar more active and have more than just meetings on it, so if you have suggestions for things to add to it, please shoot me an email,

Bare Bones Brewery would like to do a group brew with us in late summer/early fall.  We will discuss interest in this and work towards finding a day that works for us. More details at the meeting!

For our November meeting, Ruby Owl would like to host us in their taproom.  For those of you that haven’t heard, Ruby Owl is the newest gastropub craft beer bar in Oshkosh, located on Main Street.  They would like to introduce themselves to us at the November meeting, if we are interested in coming.

We will finalize the details of the picnic in August.  We need you to sign up if you’re coming, so that we can get an accurate count for food.  The club is picking up the pork, the potato salad, and the buns.  Members need to bring an appetizer/side dish or a dessert.

It should be a great summer meeting.  See you all there!



SOB Meeting 301

We started our meeting by talking with Alex, the brewmaster at Lion’s Tail Brewing. He gave us a presentation on water chemistry. Alex believes that water chemistry and Ph are the single most important aspect of what makes a good beer, the leap from a good homebrew to a professional beer, so to speak. He gave us some handouts on various city water supplies in the area. Even the best waters still need to have acid added to get the ph down to the 5.0-5.5 range, including the bottled water some of us use at the store. He recommends not using the paper strips, and instead invest in a decent ph meter.

He talked a little about his brewery. He has 11 taps, and eventual goal is to fill all 11 with Lion’s Tail beer. There is currently 6 of their own on tap. That’s a pretty good start for a brewery that has only been open half a year! Their signature beer is the Kula Wheat, which is a wheat ale with fresh pineapples added. It’s quite a tasty beer! Others include Quicksand Stout, Innkeepers Daughter(Austrailian Sparkling Ale), and a Custom Pale Ale, where you get a pale ale, but you choose the final aroma hop. It’s a great way to experience different hop aromas. They’ll even give you a second beer to drink while you wait for the hops to steep!

Being a busy meeting with Lion’s Tail, there wasn’t much business. First and foremost, if you haven’t paid your dues yet, be sure to send them to Zach, or bring them to the July meeting.

We discussed the August meeting/picnic. Here are the details we’ve hashed out so far:
It will be on the regular meeting day, so August 17th. Ted Engelke is again going to provide the pork for us, paid for by the club. The club will also supply the buns and potato salad as we did last year. What we need from the guests is another dish to pass, a side dish, something to munch on before, or a dessert. And beer! It wouldn’t be a meeting of SOBs without beer! What we don’t know for certain yet are a time, and which actual shelter we will be using. This should be known by the July Meeting. A signup has been sent out. It will be sent out occasionally between now and the first week of August. Please sign up if you are coming so we have a count.

Bare Bones asked if we are interesting in collaborating with them on a harvest brew this fall. There will be more details upcoming, but there was good interest to do it! Stay tuned.

We sampled our SMASH brews that were made using 2-row and 4 different hops, and by chance, 4 different brew methods. Kyle made a Hallertau smash using BIAB. Bill made an Apollo smash using a batch sparge. Jeff made a Ace Serachi smash using fly sparge, and Mike E. made a Simcoe smash using the grainfather. We sampled them from the lightest hop profile to the strongest, and received a handout on the recipe and boil times for each brew.
Our next sample brew will likely be a single hop, but the brewer chooses the grain.

So that was our June meeting. We had a lot of information to take in, and plenty of beer to drink. July is looking to be a hot one, so let’s all meeting in July for some cool refreshments. Cheers!

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