OMAHOPS MONTHLY NEWS – September 2015  For those who couldn't make it, and for those who are not able to remember the events of the evening, I wrote a few things down:

The club jockey box is in the works, still in early stages but in the works according to President Miller. 

Don't forget about the multi-club event (I can't remember the name, some acronym though) at the German-American Society in November (date should be on our club website).  We will need volunteers to bring, pour and drink homebrew.  Great opportunity to network with other brewers in town, pick their brains, etc.

We have 3 members participating in a BJCP study group being led by Wayne.  They (Chris Miller and Jason)  have completed 3 of 10? study sessions so far.  Let's wish them the best of luck as there is always a need for judges at events and we will welcome the increased knowledge base into the club. 

We brought up the WWF as well.  If anyone would like to guage interest and organize one again, have at it.

Thanks to Luke for joining our little get together.  We hope to see you again.

Now for the beers:
Wayne - Cider, Oatmeal Stout
Jose - Octoale (Big Brew O-Fest with ale yeast)
Jason - Wet Hop IPA, Nut Brown, Big Brew Oktoberfest
Chris Miller - Dmitri's Revenge
Chip - Amber Ale
Brian - White House Honey Ale clone, Wet Hop Pale Ale, Big Brew Oktoberfest
Chris Masek (he didn't attend, only his beer made it) - Wet Hop IPA

It was interesting to note the difference in the wet hop ales brewed in mid-August.  The grain bills were the same (maybe some gravity differences) but the hopping schedules were unique.  We'll bring more to the big brew for the rest of you to sample.  Thank you to everyone who donated hops to the project.

Up next: Fall Big Brew!

DATE

ACTIVITY

COORDINATOR

10/24/15

  Big Brew – FALL

Tom Hawk

 

 BIG BREW Education event

<need volunteer>

11/04/15

  Scriptown – the transfer of homebrew techniques; important vs not important.

<need volunteer>

11/20/15

  Omaha Unified Coalition of Homebrewers

<need volunteer>

12/09/15

 December  9 –  Holiday beer exchange

<need volunteer>

    TBD

 BJCP Study Group

<need volunteer>

 

 

 

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OMAHOPS MONTHLY NEWS – JUNE 2015

 Jose hosted our latest get-together on the 17th of June; we were very comfortable on his nice backyard patio, and it was a beautiful evening. A big thanks to Jose for putting this together. There were seven members present and a quorum of officers.  In addition to tasting some great homebrews, there were several separate and interesting discussions the club pursued:

Participation at Homebrew Events

There was total agreement that having the club participate in homebrew events was healthy for the club. The events provide the club with an opportunity to help educate attendees, share in the homebrew passion, and just get together for a good time. It also provides another avenue for maintaining the gradual growth of new members.

Jockey Box Discussion

To help with the club participation in homebrew events, there was agreement that a jockey box for serving beer would be a good asset for the club to own. Much research has been completed by club members on the different techniques of putting together an inexpensive jockey box. The methods of assembly had various pros and cons but all seemed capable at solving the problem of properly serving our great homebrews. To that end, a motion was made, and seconded, to acquire parts for the construction of a jockey box and that the total expenditure for this completed jockey box will not exceed three hundred dollars. The vote was unanimous “For” the motion. The motion stands approved. Exact details of jockey box construction are yet to be finalized.

Membership Fees

To help maintain the solid financial position of the club, it was determined that a minor increase in the annual membership fee should be considered; this will be further discussed at the fall Big Brew. As a point of comparison, the RailRoaders have a $60 membership fee. The general discussion leaned towards having a membership fee of less than half this amount. A significant part of the club's funds goes to the cost of supplies for Big Brew, and the Big Brew wort fee never covers the cost of brewing ingredients. The club wants to continue to be proactive at balancing dues and fees with expenses. We will discuss this topic further in October at the fall Big Brew.

BJCP study group

Chris has been gauging interest in and possibly scheduling a BJCP study group. More info will be coming out on this shortly.

UPCOMING EVENTS

AHA Rally – Nebraska Brewing. This Saturday June 27. More information is <here>

HOPS FARM TRIP – This will be scheduled between the later part of July to the first part of August. We're at the mercy of the weather and the development of the hop cones as we wait for them to be ready for picking. This will probably be a weekend meeting.

PILOT BREW AT INFUSION – Chris stated that the Infusion Brewery has suggested doing a collaboration brew with the club using the Infusion pilot system. Nothing finalized here, but this would be a great event.

RailRoaders COLLABORATION BREW –The RailRoaders club has proposed doing a collaboration brew with us, possibly in January or February 2016. This would probably be at Patriot Brewing, Elkhorn, using their kitchen and brewing system. Details will be forthcoming. This will probably be a weekend evening, after Patriot's normal closing hours.

CHRISTMAS BEER – If you plan on doing a Christmas Beer for exchange at the December meeting, get your beer on. In my notes I had replies from Sam, Tom, Brian and Duane on doing a Christmas Beer.  Please send a note if you are participating.


The current status of the remaining Omahops Club calendar for 2015 is below.

Please look at those activities that still require a Coordinator and consider volunteering.
(The education events at Big Brew could be as simple as a round table discussion on a topic of your choice, a presentation of your research, or a demonstration.)

DATE

ACTIVITY

COORDINATOR

 

 July – time out -- go take a vacation

 

08/08/15

 Trip to Baumans hop farm to get fresh wet hops – Presentation on Hop Farming

Duane Miller - date tentative

08/22/15

  Great Nebraska Beer Fest

<we won't be serving>

09/19/15

 September – mini mash

Jason Romano + Chris Masek

10/07/15

 Cider trip – cider how to.

<need volunteer>

10/24/15

  Big Brew – FALL

Tom Hawk

 

 BIG BREW Education event

<need volunteer>

11/04/15

  Scriptown – the transfer of homebrew techniques; important vs not important.

<need volunteer>

11/20/15

  Omaha Unified Coalition of Homebrewers

<need volunteer>

12/09/15

 December  9 –  Holiday beer exchange

<need volunteer>

    TBD

 BJCP Study Group

<Chris + need volunteer>

 

 

 

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OMAHOPS MONTHLY NEWS – MAY 2015 
Big Brew for Spring 2015 was held at Kent Porter's home on Saturday May 9. Although the weather was forecast to be threatening it turned out to be a beautiful spring day.

Here is the Oktoberfest recipe that we brewed:

Amount       Fermentable      %

85.0 lb         Pilsner (DE)                          41 %
85.0 lb         Munich Light (DE)                 41 %
17.0 lb         Melanoidin (DE)                     8 %
8.5 lb          Carapils (Dextrine Malt) (US)   4 %
8.5 lb         Caramel/Crystal 120L (US)       4 %

Amount     Hop                              Time     Use    Form    AA

17.0 oz    Spalt (DE)                          60 min  Boil  Pellet   4.8%
8.5 oz      Hallertauer Mittelfrüh (DE)   20 min  Boil  Pellet   4.2%
8.5 oz      Hallertauer Mittelfrüh (DE)   5 min    Boil  Pelle  t 4.2%

Our OG was 1.056 after a 90 min boil.  Let's plan to bring a bottle or two to share at the Fall 2015 Brew Brew, it will be an opportunity to discuss the different yeasts and processes that were used and compare techniques and final brews.

There was a ton of great food that was served up: ribs, sloppy joes, exotic cheeses, smoked pork dip, along with numerous homebrews and commercial beers for taste testing. The club also held a memorial toast to a recently departed member, Mike.

It was an incredible day, and cheers to Kent for hosting another memorable big brew meeting.

Omahops will be participating in the Benson Beerfest on May 30. Tom Hawks is helping to coordinate the club's participation in this community event; we hope to serve as many as five or six different homebrews produced by club members.

  Jose has volunteered to coordinate and lead the sensory tastings event in June. This event is tentatively scheduled for June 17, 7:30PM, and will be the evaluation of a variety of malt or hop teas to better understand the flavor profiles of different malting processes and brands or different hop varities. The meeting is at Jose's home, 603 Matthies Drive, Papillion,NE

  Jason has volunteered to coordinate and lead the mini-mash, along with assistance from Chris Masek. We will be changing the date of this event to Saturday September 19. We will need to find a location for this event so if you wish to offer up ideas, please contact Jason.

BIG BREW PHOTOS


The current status of the remaining Omahops Club calendar for 2015 is below.

Please look at those activities that still require a Coordinator and consider volunteering.
(The education events at Big Brew could be as simple as a round table discussion on a topic of your choice, a presentation of your research, or a demonstration.)

 

 

DATE

ACTIVITY

COORDINATOR

05/30/15

  Benson Beer Fest

Tom Hawk

06/24/15

 Sensory Special – hop teas or malt teas

Jose Guevara

 

 July – time out -- go take a vacation

 

08/08/15

 Trip to Baumans hop farm to get fresh wet hops – Presentation on Hop Farming

Duane Miller

08/22/15

  Great Nebraska Beer Fest

<need volunteer>

09/19/15

 September – mini mash

Jason Romano + Chris Masek

10/07/15

 Cider trip – cider how to.

<need volunteer>

10/24/15

  Big Brew – FALL

Tom Hawk

 

 BIG BREW Education event

<need volunteer>

11/04/15

  Scriptown – the transfer of homebrew techniques; important vs not important.

<need volunteer>

11/20/15

  Omaha Unified Coalition of Homebrewers

<need volunteer>

12/09/15

 December  9 –  Holiday beer exchange

<need volunteer>

    TBD

 BJCP Study Group

<need volunteer>

 

 

 

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OMAHOPS MONTHLY NEWS – APRIL 2015
  Omahops members gathered for a meeting Wednesday April 22 at Elliott's home-- thanks Elliott for putting this together at the last minute and serving brats and munchies.
  Beer tastings were conducted for entries into the Nebraska shootout which is this weekend in Lincoln. The club will be represented well, with entries from Tom, Elliott, Wayne, Sam, and Jason; there will be entries in each category – which is pretty exciting. Elliott will be driving the beers to Lincoln, Wayne will be participating as a judge.
  The Spring Big Brew is coming up quickly, keep May 9th on your calendar.  Kent will be hosting this again. Maps to Kent's place are on the website.
  Hawk is coordinating the Benson Beerfest; if you have beer to share let him know-- soon. The event schedule is Saturday May 30, 2015 from 3pm – 7pm. Elliott will be getting a loaner jockey box so it should be a great event. The event is to further the appreciation of craft beer and homebrewing and for clubs to showcase their skills; it is a not-for-profit event.
  Jose has volunteered to coordinate and lead the sensory tastings. This event is tentatively scheduled for June 24, and will be the evaluation of a variety of malt teas to better understand the flavor profiles of different malting processes and brands.
  Jason has volunteered to coordinate and lead the mini-mash. We will be changing the date of this event to Saturday September 19. We will need to find a location for this event so if you wish to offer up ideas, please contact Jason.


The current status of the remaining calendar for 2015 is below.

Please look at those activities that still require a Coordinator and consider volunteering.
(The education events at Big Brew could be as simple as a round table discussion on a topic of your choice, a presentation of your research, or a demonstration.)

 

 

DATE

ACTIVITY

COORDINATOR

05/09/15

 Big Brew – SPRING

Kent Porter

 

 BIG BREW Education event

<need volunteer>

05/30/15

  Benson Beer Fest

Tom Hawk

06/24/15

 Sensory Special – hop teas or malt teas

Jose Guevara

 

 July – time out -- go take a vacation

 

08/08/15

 Trip to Baumans hop farm to get fresh wet hops – Presentation on Hop Farming

Duane Miller

08/22/15

  Great Nebraska Beer Fest

<need volunteer>

09/19/15

 September – mini mash

Jason Romano

10/07/15

 Cider trip – cider how to.

<need volunteer>

10/24/15

  Big Brew – FALL

Tom Hawk

 

 BIG BREW Education event

<need volunteer>

11/04/15

  Scriptown – the transfer of homebrew techniques; important vs not important.

<need volunteer>

11/20/15

  Omaha Unified Coalition of Homebrewers

<need volunteer>

12/09/15

 December  9 –  Holiday beer exchange

<need volunteer>

    TBD

 BJCP Study Group

<need volunteer>

 

 

 

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