February 2017 meeting of the HomeBrewers Of Western Loudoun (HOWL) was called to order by President Chris B at Kettles and Grain Home-brew Supply Shop with 19 members in attendance. Announcements were as follows:
- National Home-brew Competition window is closing, (2/5) members who are participating should watch the AHA web-site for instructions
- Crooked Run Brewery opening new location in Sterling, VA on Feb 10.
- Yeaster Project update and instructions. Club shall conduct a yeast experiment for April (yes, Easter Yeaster). Brewing 30 gallons of same grain recipe with 6 yeasts at Kettles and Grain on Feb 10 at 11:00 am. See FB postings by Jennie on yeast selection and any other logistics. Can participate in the event or pitch in on cost for a case of different beers. Club shall analyze the results at the April meeting.
Around the room introductions of new members with an ice-breaker discussion on the top 3 things learned from the last meeting pursued, followed by a Yeast Growing presentation by Don Y. A hand-out showed Don’s yeast bank and a sample of a “generation 7” yeast was provided which looked like life was persistent in the culture. Several tips were discussed regarding cost ‘saving’, tools, time, and process. And the take away; “Always sniff before you pitch”.
Calendar Brew – Brewers Choice
In the absence of the VP Brian H, Ruben facilitated the ‘brewers choice selection’:
- Mike – Strong Scotch Ale; something like 56 lbs of grain for 10 gallons, 2 Row, Maris Otter, Special B. Willamette Hops, Wyeast 1728, on the Oak and a splash of Jack Daniels (was it?) to achieve 10+%, I’ll have another…
- Ruben – NE IPA; Citrus and juicy hop bill, Mosaic, New Zealand and some tangerine peel for good measure, WLP 008 yeast
- Ruben – Hibiscus Mango Saison; 2 row a bit of Rye, hops from Columbus, Sorachi Ace, WLP 566 saison yeast, would not be a brewers choice without Hibiscus from Ruben
- Tony – IPA; American IPA with Pilsner, Munich and Maris Otter malt, German Magnum, Mosiac, and did I hear Waimea hops? Winner exotic hop award, great beer!
- Tony – Gose; Wheat and Pilsner malt, cherry puree, Kolsch yeast, home grown coriander, not to mention Himalayan salt carried to the kettle by Sherpa
- Tom – Robust Porter; 2nd beer whiskey barrel aged, 2 row, choc, black patent, Fuggel and home grown Nugget hops, 8% of goodness in a glass
- Jmark – Amber or Peach Wheat; Pale and Wheat plus honey malt, peach extract, tasty beer and ready for the spring…
- Steven – Gingerbread Dunkelweizen; step mash decoction methods, with Hallertau hops, ginger and orange peel, did not get this grain bill but, is a German Settlement Merry Christmas
- Jukka – Belgian winter ale; a Belgian malt bill with oats, coriander, orange peel, blossom honey, Kent Goldings, Saaz hops, and was it Belgian Wit yeast? Merry Christmas again, fantastic
- Chris – Firestone DBA; clone attempt English 2 row, and another batch with Maris Otter and a ring-wood yeast, how can you go wrong with the Firestone clone, yum
- Tommy – Dead ringer IPA; A kit beer to determine whether to go with all grain, extract or partial, Centennial hops, and high IBU, but, maybe the best part is the serving from a carbonated mini-keg growler system, too cool!
Thank again to all for the effort in yeast presentation (Don), and the great brew provided and organized by Brian H and Ruben. As always, feel free to comment and supply any corrections needed.
Next Month is SMaSH, see Facebook page for latest news post and Yeaster Brew Day.
tom p, secretary