Feb 2014 Bier Meeting  - 7:35 Start

Rich Andel
Jason Fletcher
Roger Haggett
Chris Givens
Dave Glanville*
Alex Groover*
Marty & Brenda Mason*

Low turnout but four new guests and a bunch of good beer/wine.

Discussed some brewing techniques, mashing sparging, temperatures.

Homebrew
Centennial Brown Ale -  wheat LME, vienna, carapils, english medium crystal, belgium aromatic, pale chocolate, english chocolate, cara wheat, smoked malt, kiln coffer malt.
The darker malts contributed to a nice complex flavor profile, well done.  1.057 OG, 1.018 FG
Centennial, Topaz and
Ahtanum hops (Chris Given)


Red Ale - Nice flavor, very assertive hop bitterness...  roger noted.. "really great mouthfeel for an IPA"  1.059 OG 1.019 FG, victory, belgian aromatic, CARA-RED, red wheat, english medium crystal, crystal 120, carafa II and gold LME.  First wort hopped with Hallertau then bittered first with Simcoe followed by Simcoe/Amarillo additions and dry hopped with Halllertau, Simcoe, Amarillo.  brewed 10/15, bottled 10/30/13   (Chris Givens)

Russian Imperial Stout (8%)- nice clean, higher alcohol, a brewers best kit beer, well done.
Brewed last September.  Dave has just started brewing all grain!    (Dave Glanville)

Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - grapes from central valley in California, excellent. 
Notes: From Roger - Fermented two weeks in bucket, then to carboy for one year and then
aged in stainless kegs helps speed the maturing process by bulk aging (except for Shirah).  Lalvin Bourgorouge RC212 yeast  (for whites Roger reccomends Lavlin 71B-1122)


Commercial Beers
Smuttynose Durty (Imperial Brown) - very hoppy brown ale, excellent hop aroma and flavor to compliment the deep malt character in this higher alcholo brew, (beer advocate rating of 90)   (Chris Givens)

http://smuttynose.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-perfect-beer-for-mud-season-durty.html

 

Smuttynose Rye IPA - Very hoppy offering from Smuttynose, uses 4 times the dry hops of their finestkind IPA.  My example was a few months old when I found it, still very good. (Rich Andel)

http://smuttynose.com/beers/the_smuttynose_big_beer_ser/rhye-ipa.html

Southern Tier Plum Noir - Imperial plum porter - very unique, complex notes from plum, roast components.  (Dave Glanville)

http://www.stbcbeer.com/black-water/plum-noir/

  Rich Andel