March 1999 Vol. 3 Issue 2

Minutes | Next Meeting | Upcoming Events | Quote of the Month
Tip o' the Month | Miscellaneous | Rumors/Editorial | Club Officers
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Thanks to Jerry and Janet a for hosting the last meeting. Cheers to Bryan for deep frying the turkey. And thanks to Wendy for keeping the beers anonymous.

MINUTES

At the last meeting we held elections.
Byran is the new president, Dustin the vice-president, Ferdinand is secretary, and Jerry, treasurer.
We collected dues from all but two members.
STOUT CONTEST: Since we had no formal judge, all members present became judges. The tastings were anonymous and we scored according to a variation of Papazian's method. Most of the beers were very good. Jerry won, gathering 122 points. Dustin's beer was only 5 points behind. Congratulations! Overall, the judging went quite well with members learning a little about judging and a lot about their own taste sensitivities.
It has been mentioned that the next contest should be a hefeweizen. This can be a very interesting beer to both brew and to judge, so, start thinking of your entry.

JERRY'S AWARD WINNING STOUT:

Recipe for TEN gallons:
10 # Maris Otter
10 # 2-Row

Specialty Grains:
2 # 80L Crystal
1 # flaked barley
1/2 # Chocolate
1/2 # roasted barely

2 oz. Fuggles--boil
3 oz. Willamette--finish

Wyeast 1084

Date Brewed: November 11
Date Bottled November 30

OG=1.061
FG=1.021

Note, the mash stuck, possibly because of the flaked barley.
The award winning beer itself was nicely balanced, very smooth and had a roasted, bittersweet taste.

NEXT MEETING

Tuesday, 6 p.m., March 9, 1999 at Dustin's house 275 West 10th Street, in Colville. 685-0257. There, Jerry and George will be doing a filtering demonstration.

UPCOMING EVENTS

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

"When I die, I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs of Dublin."
   --J.P.Donleavy (b. 1926)

TIP OF THE MONTH

When boiling wort, leave the lid off or just barely on the pot. Several compounds that you don't want in your beer exit the wort better if no lid impedes them.

MISCELLANEOUS

FACTOID: Hops are a member of the Mulberry family. As children, did we know something when we sang: "Here we go round the mulberry bush..."

BEER NEWS: Finally, barleywines are available in Spokane. (See Rumor/Opinion) Sierra Nevada's Bigfoot and Full Sail's Old Boardhead are getting good reviews.

Jim's Homebrew now has a Munich malt extract syrup. This extract is supposed to brew up excellent pales and ambers. Price, as for all bulk malt syrups, is 1.75/ lb.

HOPS: Lab analysis of the recent harvest indicates alpha acids are normal. Crop yields, however declined 8% while acreage decreased by 16%. This, plus the ongoing mildew and mite problems might lead to price increases. In addition, with mildew being found in Oregon and Idaho, the semi-official quarantine on home planting of hops has been lifted. Hop rhizomes should be available for homebrewers at the end of March.

BEER RUMORS/OPINIONS/EDITORIAL

The late arrival to Spokane of barleywines and other seasonal beers appears to be the result of the consolidation of beer distributors in Spokane. One distributor, based out of Portland, controls most of the Spokane beer market and a large share of Oregon's also. Whether it is this majority control, laziness, or just greed, this one distributor seems to be unwilling to warehouse the more uncommon brews. Consequently, it is becoming harder for small shops, restaurants, and taverns to stock a broad range of quality import and domestic brews.

So what, one may ask? This doesn't affect us. We homebrew. Even homebrewers want choices. Maybe you want to taste a beer you can't produce or one you do not have. Or, you may want to try a different beer and educate your palate. That's when you want a choice. Those small shops, restaurants, and taverns usually provide us with choices. Who knows what will happen if they no longer carry the uncommon brews. Maybe the worst that would happen would be that we could only buy the more nationally recognized beers from the better known breweries. But...
This lessening of choices seems to be occurring not only in the brewing industry but also throughout the world. Some call it homogenization, others, just massive combining. Regardless, as these industries combine into larger ones, our choices as both consumers and citizens may become narrower and narrow. Homebrewing helps us broaden some choices.

Nonetheless, keep in mind that until the 1980s, homebrewing ingredients were very, very limited. The large suppliers back then refused to bother with selling to small shops. Do we want a return to having few or no choices?
Think globally but...

As most of you realize, the above opinion in no way reflects that of the club but is solely the responsibility of the editor.

Club Officers

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Minutes | Next Meeting | Upcoming Events | Quote of the Month
Tip o' the Month | Miscellaneous | Rumors/Editorial | Club Officers