October 2012 BIER Meeting

October 10, 2012



            Jason Fletcher             Nick Fletcher Don Petcosky              Rich Andel      Dennis Lovelock         Chris Cyr             Simon Hucko

            Ed Miner                     Chris Given     Dave King (2)             Jeff Poltz         Jared Clifton               Adam Hawley   




We discussed our recent Madison County Hop Festival tent.  It was good, a combined effort from three Central New York AHA clubs.  We talked to many brewers and will be brewers, great fun.  Our homebrew samples were handed out soon after noon, well before the Pros started their fest in the big tent, we got lots of compliments, too.  AHA’s banner, our BIER banner, and the beginner “How to Brew” special Zymurgy magazines went a long way to making the event.  Our large banner was behind the table, doesn’t show well here.            


Our hop order should ship soon, and we will be getting a North Country bulk grain order together.  


The Beers;     


Chris Cyr  Harpoon Ginger Wheat, light ale with ginger and lemon flavors. 


Simon – Pumpkin Ale, roasted, canned pumpkin and spices, nice caramel and spice blend.   


Dennis  Peanut Butter and Jelly, 1 gallon batch, with mixed frozen berries.   US-05 yeast, and a pellicle formed.  No “off” flavors, but a bit of nice tartness.  Amazing.    


Jeff Poltz & Jim Parks – Guinness Foreign Extra Stout Cone, sweet, 1 lb. peat smoked malt, very good, not very smoky.   


Adam  Pale Ale, all Pearl hops, at 60, 30, 10 min. and flame-out.  6% AA, 1 oz. each.  Good way to see what flavors and aromas come from Pearl.      


Simon – Paige St. Pale Ale, with 45L & 80L crystal malt, with Palisades, Columbus and Cascade hops.  Big wonderful hop nose from all 3 hops added at flame-out & for dry hop.    


http://www.greatfermentations.com/images/HopRocket_cutaway.jpgDave King (2) – Judy’s Brown Ale, JBA, holding up OK, from last June.  Brought to celebrate Judy being pregnant, so she’s not able to enjoy her ale for a few more months.

High Gravity Series - What HOPend Double IPA

Don – Bitter, 1.046 O.G., with Special Roast, etc.  nice light session ale. 


Ed  What Hopend Double IPA, good kit with lots of hops, came out really nice, Ed.  Thanks. 


Adam – BYO Union Jack Clone, an intensely bitter, and aromatic IPA.   


Dennis  West Coast Bitter, a very hoppy nose on a firmly bitter sessionable 4.5% ABV ale.  Honey malt and Carapils fool your pallet, since this starts at 1.046, tastes big.  Lots of C hops (including Simcoe) complete it.


Jared  – IPA, mostly Columbus hops, 1.075 after a 2 hr. boil, dark for an IPA, very tasty.  His Blichmann Hop Rocket works great to infuse those hop flavors and aromas. 


Rich –  Double IPA, Lagunitas Hop Stupid Clone, with lots of Nugget, Cascade Simcoe & Summit hops.  Ymmm. 


Simon – Oatmeal Stout, over 1 year old, dry, good body, nice roasty flavor.

Fun night, for the lucky 13 of us.  We need a secretary, to record and make these more flowery, interested in the job?  I'll double the current salary!   See you in November, on the 14th. 

     Dave King (2)