September 20, 2017
The SOB’s gathered at O’Marro’s Public House to discuss all things fermentation. What was concluded: technically speaking, beer is a solution.
At this meeting, we did not have any new faces. This is understandable as sometimes people are nervous about how truly awesome we are.
1st Beer Sampled
Travis Sullivan: Cream Ale. For this, Travis went to the Cellar and asked for a simple beer to brew; Dave put it together. It was an all grain recipe using Kölsch yeast and he made a delicious 10 gallons. Or it should be said it started out at 10 gallons because Travis mentioned the neighbor’s dog ran away when he was making it, and being the stand-up citizen he is, he left his brew kettle to go catch the tail wager. As that all went down, his kettle boiled over which left him with about half his intended amount. Damn dog. Overall everybody liked this beer, although there were really no specific comments. Usually when that happens, you know it was a good beer because everyone was filling their face.
The club will get more T-shirts, along with hats, stickers, and work shirts. If anyone has a special size that they would like, please let Jeff Eaton know ASAP.
Learning Day Discussions
Mike discussed about the club’s ‘Learning Day’. The original plan from a few meetings ago was to get people connected with subject-matter-experts to talk through specific topics. But that really didn’t pan out. So now we’re talking about having a specific brew day at someone’s house and have different ‘seminars’ going. For example – yeast would be in one ‘booth’, cooling techniques in another, etc. We would do such an event on a Saturday and it could be akin to the club’s Big Brew Day. Mike asked for interest, and about 6 people raised their hands.
Zach had none. Promises he’ll get it together for the next meeting. We’ve heard this before. Zach…..it’s a good thing we like you so much and that you keep us well beered.
2nd Beer of the Night
Carrie & Carter Poppe: Mango-Pineapple Saison. C² went and procured Brewer’s Best Kit from the Cellar. This was an extract kit, however they used real mango and pineapple instead of the extract from the kit, as the last time they used fruit extract it didn’t taste like they thought it should have. In this case they went with ~ 1 pound of pineapple and a 1/3rd of a Ziploc bag of pureed mango. Real nice – the pineapple wasn’t over the top – this would be a great lawnmower beer on a hot summer afternoon.
Mike asked Zach and Ian if we could do this at 5th Ward Brewing and they said yes, so next meeting will be at their facility at 1009 South Main Street. We will have an Oktoberfest theme for the beer and Zach said they will get a couple kegs to supply beer for the club. Nice work fellas!
3rd Beer of the Night
Logan Anderson: Scottish Ale. Now this one was a very memorable beer, because on the surface it shouldn’t have worked as the physics just don’t….make……sense. Because for this beer, Logan added actual scotch. Here’s the thing: a Scottish ale is not make by mixing beer and scotch. But in this case, it was like beer and scotch had a baby. A delicious, smoky baby that should be on every beer shelf in ‘Mercia.
Casks & Caskets
The big event is coming up on November 4th. Mike put together a fact sheet and everyone had a copy at the meeting. As this will be a free event, we can’t open it up to everyone in the public. The intent is to send out emails to the prior year’s Cask & Caskets list and the current SOB email list. Every member will have the opportunity to invite one other person, who will have the opportunity if they’d like to help at the tables. We will give every volunteer a glass and T-shirt.
To make this successful, we need everyone to sign up with beer and/or volunteering. There will be a committee meeting very soon where the needs for volunteering will be put together and then subsequently sent out.
Mike noted that Hunger Task Force is the charity we will send our proceeds to (which is the same charity that we have used in the past) and that Becket’s is a major sponsor of our event (so thank them and please patronize them!).
4th Beer of the Night
John Dewayne: Summer Saison. John’s been brewing saisons for about 6 years and for this one, he got the recipe originally from the book, Brewing Classic Styles but then modified it to his own. It has Hallertau hops, a dry yeast, and both 2-Row and Maris Otter malts. This beer was sooooooooo good. And that got me thinking, you know…this club is getting pretty darn good at making beer. Eight years ago, when people brought beers it was often hit or miss. These days it’s awesome!
Tribbey Tour is October 13th
Members may have noticed that Patrick Tribbey hasn’t been around lately. This is because some time back he got into a motorcycle accident. To that end, Jody Cleveland mentioned that a charity event for him is being held at Minhas Brewery on October 13th.
5th Beer of the Night
Chris Mills: Hefeweizen. During this brew, the beer gods had a little fun with Chris. A bee flew into the kettle while he was boiling and the airlock blew off. Then, it fermented at 74 degrees, which was a tad high for this beer. In spite of those things, this 60% wheat malt and 40% pilsner malt concoction with Hallertau hops and Omega hefe yeast turned out well.
1st Cider of the Night
Mike Klotz: Pomegranite Hard Cider. This cider was pasteurized for 45 minutes, then 1 gallon of pomegranate juice was added along with champagne yeast. It was carbonated for 3 days at ~ 18psi to a nice bubbly goodness. This cider made a nice crisp, tart treat.
Highholder Brewing Company
It’s almost here! Mike Schlosser said he and Shawn were looking at October for the release of their first beers, one of them being a Kölsch.
Beer Judge Certificate
Julie wants to know if there is interest in training for BJCP in the Fox Valley possibly at the Cellar. Once a month from Nov to May, with May being the test. Cost would be ~ $10/session and the test itself is ~ $30 for the first time (retake is $15). There were about 12 people who showed interest.
Zach and Ian facilitated the fruit beer discussion and sampling. They tried to find the various fruit beers across the fruit beer spectrum. What we sampled was:
3 Sheeps: Mangoes on My Mind – White Wine Barrel Aged Saison
Central Waters: Caught in the Rain – Coconut Pineapple IPA
New Glarus: Raspberry Tart
Central Waters: Cherry Stout