OMAHOPS MONTHLY NEWS – MARCH 2015

We had a great meeting on  the 25th at Damian's home.  Thanks Damian, for hosting, for sharing your great home, and for providing the tasty chili !!

Chris had an agenda and we discussed many of the items the club hopes to proceed on this year.  The club meetings and events will require some coordination, so all members are urged to pick something of interest and pitch in.

BIG BREW: It was decided that Spring Big Brew will include about 8-9% melanoidin to better approximate a decoction mash.

EDUCATION: We discussed some additional educational activites.  This would include club members sharing their knowledge and techniques, and hooking up with local professional brewers to get their ideas and best processes.

LOCAL EVENTS: We discussed participating in local homebrew events.  The events tentatively selected are listed in the calendar below.  Each event will require a volunteer to help lead the coordination.  We discussed building a jockey box; Elliott said he could borrow one from the Moon, so we will take that route.  Members approved the purchase of a new banner with the club logo for use at these events, with a budget of around $50.

BJCP EXAM: There is interest in a study group for the BJCP exam in January 2016. 

There were some commercial beers sampled, several funky ones from Damian including pretzel wheat, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon.  Damian also had some good homebrew, a honey brown and wheat.  Sam had a nice wee heavy, Chip had a Pliny the toddler session IPA and a Pete's pilsner, Elliot and Dave had some beers from a previous Big Brew and a nice lager, Floyd had a milk stout and a kolsch big brew, Duane had a CAP and a belgian pale (I think I got these all right and apologize if I missed or scrambled something)

OMAHOPS 2015 CALENDAR -- (Look through the schedule of events and see where you can possibly help out.)

Volunteer Coordinators – you will be charged with making contacts as required and coordinating.

DATE

ACTIVITY

COORDINATOR

03/25/15

 Club Monthly Meeting

Damian Howard

04/22/15

 Nebraska Brewing – barrel aging

<need volunteer>

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

<need volunteer>

 

 July – time out -- go take a vacation

 

08/08/15

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

Duane Miller

08/22/15

  Great Nebraska Beer Fest

<need volunteer>

09/23/15

 September – mini mash

<need volunteer>

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>

MARCH 2014  meeting notes
 
Meeting notes for OmaHops Homebrew Club 3-28-14
 
A group of us met at Elliott Spilker's home for our March meeting last Friday night.  If you weren't there, you missed some great made-from-scratch sloppy Joe's Elliott concocted.  He also pulled out his kegs of Dmitri's Revenge and last Spring's Big Brew.  Kent shared his Kolsch and  Fall Big Brew Porter.  Chris Masek brought his Coconut Porter, Alaskan Amber clone and a Helles.  Damian provided a cider.  Brian poured his Big Brew Porter fermented as a lager.   Tom shared his combinations of beer and whisky with a Scotch Scotch Ale and a Scotch Porter.  We also had a chance to sample Elliott's experimental liqueurs. 
 
We made an executive decision to brew a Kolsch for the Spring Big Brew, using German Pilsner and Vienna malts with Magnum and Hallertauer hops.  <masher/worttaker>. We also agreed on the standard club fee.  The grain for the Fall Big Brew will be purchased in the Fall if necessary.
 
We will have a table at the Benson Beerfest on Saturday June 7.  We need at least four brewers to provide 5 gallons each of homebrew.  Craig Bates volunteered on the Facebook page, Tom Hawk also volunteered and Elliott can provide a keg, as will Chris Miller who will also bring the OmaHops banner.  We don't have to stop at four if others would like to volunteer or several people could provide bottles of quality homebrew.  Also, we should have a whiteboard or a chalkboard to list the beers we will be serving.
 
 
 Here's the latest update on brewers for the 12 Beers of Christmas. Let's plan on exchanging at the Fall Big Brew.
 
Steve Freeman- Caramel Quad and Juniper Rye Bock
Duane Miller- Spiced Cherry Dubbel
Kent Porter- Spiced Dunkel Weizenbock
Chris Miller-Fruitcake Old Ale
Sam- Saffron Tripel
Jose- Honey Ginger IPA
Brian- Gingerbread Ale
Chris Masek- Spiced Bourbon Stout
Damian- Abbey Weizen
Floyd- St. Arnold's Christmas Ale
 
We still need one more to make 12, we could go over. The remaining beers from 2 Mosher articles include: Christmas Gruit, Crabapple Lambicky Ale, Pumpkin Barleywine, Cocoa Export Porter, Dark White Beer.
 
Next month’s meeting will be the Spring Big Brew at Kent Porter's home, beginning at noon on April 26.
FEBRUARY 2014  meeting notes
 
Meeting notes for OmaHops Homebrew Club 2-5-14
 
Eleven of us met at the home of our President Marc Pullum where he served some great chili just in case we weren’t thirsty already.  We discussed possible Spring Big Brew styles including Pilsner, Steam, Kolsch, Blonde Ale, English Bitter and American Pale Ale.  We also decided that we could round up at least 4 brewers to provide 5 gallons each at the Benson Beerfest in early June.  Chris Miller will brew one batch so we still need at least 3 more brewers to commit.  On with the beer!
 
Jose served his club cider, a commercial Weissbier and a Pecan Brown Ale from Mississippi.  Brian poured his club cider and his Coconut version of last Fall’s Big Brew Porter.  Floyd served his Kolsch and Elliott shared his Eiswheat, made from last year’s NBC contest wort and concentrated to 12% ABV.  Jason brought his American Pale Ale and Fall Big Brew Porter.  Chris McMahon shared his Porter, Kolsch, Red Ale and RIS.  Dave poured a couple commercial beers from Latvia and Poland.  Marc provided his Fall Big Brew Porter and a bottle of 2001 Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.  Sam poured his Barleywine and Dale shared his Fall Big Brew Porter, plus a vertical tasting of J.W. Lees Harvest Ales from 1999, 1998, 1997 and 1990.  Some members were in diapers when the 1990 bottle was brewed. 
 
 
 Here's the latest update on brewers for the 12 Beers of Christmas. Let's plan on exchanging at the Fall Big Brew.
 
Steve Freeman- Caramel Quad and Juniper Rye Bock
Duane Miller- Spiced Cherry Dubbel
Kent Porter- Spiced Dunkel Weizenbock
Chris Miller-Fruitcake Old Ale
Sam- Saffron Tripel
Jose- Honey Ginger IPA
Brian- Gingerbread Ale
Chris Masek- Spiced Bourbon Stout
Damian- Abbey Weizen
Floyd- St. Arnold's Christmas Ale
 
We still need one more to make 12, we could go over. The remaining beers from 2 Mosher articles include: Christmas Gruit, Crabapple Lambicky Ale, Pumpkin Barleywine, Cocoa Export Porter, Dark White Beer.
 
Next month’s meeting location is still to be determined.
NOVEMBER 2013  meeting notes
 
Thanks to everyone for making Big Brew go so smooth, especially to Hawk for hosting and taking such great care of us. Food and beers were great and for those who tasted the wort I think you'll agree we've got a winner.
 Best line of the afternoon was from Hawks preschool son who watched me next to some of our larger size members for a while and then asked me if "I was all growed up ?" Met a potential new member "Tad" and enjoyed talking with the journalism student from UNO, Sydney, who came out to play with us.   Dale: Thanks for the pumpkin bread, I took a slice home for my son who is into everything pumpkin.  Brian: Extra points for the fire pit. With the sun out and little wind until sunset that really helped it be pretty comfortable on the driveway.  Just amazing how everyone jumps in and does something from Floyd filling the boiler to Damian, Joel and Duane  cleaning  it . Those of you who couldn't stay to the end missed one of the last Tommyclaus bottles( lets do that next year- 120 lbs of extract should do it plus the usual mash. :-)  and a whole bunch of fun yelling at the TV and screaming "YES". At 18 months Dimitri's is just coming into it's prime and I  have a 1/2 keg of it! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. - Marc Pullum, President.
OFFICIAL 2013 FALL BIG BREW  O.G= 1.062
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