August 2015

Attending – Matt O., Tim, Chad U., Chad B., David, Jeremy G., Jim, Chris, Jason D., Phil, and guests Amy and Eric

Host Introduction

Thanks again to hosts Jeremy and Amy G. for welcoming the club to Thunderhome on a pleasant August evening. Compliments also go out to David for the delicious bread and Chad B. for the smoked pepperoncinis and olives. Cheers!

Club Business

1. Reminder of upcoming events & meetings:

* September 15th (7:00pm) – Monthly Meeting at Railtown Brewing Company
* September 19th (9:00am) – Bell’s Homebrew Competition Kickoff and Homebrew Expo at Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
* September 26th (2:00pm) – OKTOBREWFEST2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! at Thunderhome
* October 5th (5:30pm) – Happy Hour – STEIN NIGHT! at Brewery Vivant
* Special note for October’s Monthly Meeting on 10/13 at Sietsema Orchards & Cider Mill: If you would like to go home with some fresh pressed cider, you should plan to arrive with your carboy/bucket no later than 6 p.m.

2. Brewquitos Apparel – deadline for entering your order extended through Tuesday, 9/15. I will take manual orders for standard/recommended items only (t-shirts, hoodies, work shirts) at the Monthly Meeting.

3. Club “KBS” barrel project update – for those invested in this project from 2011/12, the beer now has less acetic character than our last sampling in 2012, lol. I didn’t think it was possible, but the acetic seems to have nearly disappeared. There was no pellicle or other sign that an infection had taken over. That said, there is a noticeable tart character beyond what you might get from heavy oaking or roasted malt. In order of intensity, I tasted oak (strong), coffee, alcohol, bourbon, and tartness. It won’t turn out to be KBS, but it is an interesting, complex beer as is. With some additional care, it could be even better. Please get in touch if you would like to retrieve your portion of the finished beer.

4. Cut the club bar in half? Chad U. suggests that the club bar may be more useful if it were modified to be two 6 tap setups. More discussion on this soon.

5. Gravel Bottom Collaboration – more discussion at the Monthly Meeting on 9/15.

Beers Sampled

Jim – Munich Helles, Saflager W-34/70, “clean, solid beer”, Jim very satisfied with dry yeast for this lager.

Chad U. – Pale Ale, Vermont Ale yeast strain, used well water in Holland, “very good nose for not being dryhopped”, “taste of hard water on back end”.

Chris – SMaSH Pale, Golden Promise malt and Galaxy hops, “very fruity, great aroma”, “juicy fruit bomb”.

Matt O. – Roggenbier, 50% rye, double decoction, Hefeweizen yeast, “excellent rye character”, “true to style…solid beer”.

David – Belgian Golden Strong, 7% abv, WY3711 French Saison yeast, “like a candy you used to have as a kid”, “a touch hot”.

Chris – Belgian Golden Strong, Brewer’s Best kit, in comparison to David’s this was darker and seemed less boozy despite the higher abv.

Chad B.Silver Medalist from the 2015 Crystal Lederhosen in the “Strong Arm Class” Mrs. Doubtfire, an English Barleywine, “phenomenal”.


Jeremy G. – Malice of Forethought, excellent dark ale crafted for a Journeyman Distillery rye whiskey barrel.

Jason D.New Holland Incorrigible Reserve

-Chad B. (transcribed by Phil)