2006 August Meeting Issue #94

The Official WHALES Newsletter and Minutes August 2006 Issue #094
Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale & Lager Enthusiasts Society Established 1996
*  Next month…Rob’s presentation on brewing with Rye
*  Sept Meeting:  Club Only Competition Category 13 Stouts
*  Lehigh Valley Brewfest 9/30, Easton PA
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"Why is American beer served cold? So you can tell it from urine."  -David Moulton
The WHALES held their Tuesday 15th August meeting at JJ Bittings.   We thank Mr. Cerami for his continued support and August for brewing a DOUBLE batch of the Bitting’s Hefe this year.  On hand were SteveS, Gene, KeithS, Rob & Kristen, Gary, Uncle Leo, Luke, Prez, Paff & his brother Rudy, MikeV, not so newbies Brad & Jenn and the triumphant return of Orth.
This month’s  presentation “Light Hybrids” by Prez, was cleverly designed to precede the category 6 Club Only Competition at the October meeting.  Specifically discussed were two styles, Kolsch and American Wheat.  Although an ale, the Kolsch is fermented at cooler temps (65F) and lagered.  This very light, crisp and noble hopped beer requires highly attenuated yeast for a nice drop-off clarification.  The American Wheat should use a similar grain bill to its German counterpart, possibly with the addition of some rye.  American or noble hops are used as is an American yeast, so little German esters (banana) or phenols (clove) should be present.  Prez piloted a flight of two commercial examples of kolsch and American wheat from NY’s Saranac Brewing.
Belgian Dubbel Barrel Update:  Gary hired a group of steroid steeped girl scouts to raise the barrel up another foot or so, making it easier to rack.  (Thanks Gary).   We’ll pick a date at the September meeting to rack into carboys so if you’re in the Elite Eleven, make sure you start setting up some bottles.  Prez recommends a yeast addition (1 Tbl) to the bottling bucket with the corn sugar to ensure proper carbonation.  KeithS says he hasn’t tasted the barrel since racking but everyone knows this is an outright lie.
The next COC?  We’ll judge Category 13 stouts at the September meeting and Category 6 Light Hybrids (Cream Ale, Blonde Ale, Kolsch and American Wheat or Rye) in October.  Remember, only dues paying members have voting rights in club only competitions.   Go to www.beertown.org for all the 2006 categories and dates.
AHA fees for the Club Only Comps have been raised to $7.  Don’t sweat it, as the club reimburses you for entry fees and shipping.
Homebrewer of the Year report:  With SteveS’s victory in the mead COC and Luke’s entry in the comp, they are now tied for…last place.  The top five round out as Darin 28, Gary 14, Paff 13, Prez 10 and SteveG with 9 points.  Plenty of opportunity for points left, so get brewing!
Beauty and the Beer:  Brad & Jenn attended the VT Brewfest in Burlington July 21-22.  The Festival's tent village setting is perfect for enjoying the magnificent views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains while getting slowly stoned on New England’s finest craft brews.  Shoes required, hippie.
KeithS and Donna hosted a Wine & Whales Canoe Trip & BBQ on Saturday August 12th.   Whale attendees included Kristin, Gary & Beth, Leo & Kim, Prez & Janet, Gene & Powla and Rob’s plane swooping overhead.  ‘Twas a fun day of canoeing/kayaking on Cedar Creek thru Double Trouble State Park and then the BBQ in Lanoka Harbor.  Thanks Keith & Donna!
Treasurer’s report:  After Uncle Leo’s Ferrari payment, we have $520.61 left.  Expenses included the picnic ribs and some COC shipping and we had some new members join pro-rated for some additional income.
Tom Paffrath has some freebie Santiam (an American noble clone) and Cascade hops available thru a Tom Baker donation.  Contact Paff at bumzbrew@comcast.net to arrange a baggie delivery down by the docks, late at nite.
The Flight:  In addition to the aforementioned light hybrid taste, Luke poured his English Dry Cider, which was woofed up by rum soaked raisins in the secondary.  Next up, Brad offered an all grain Wit with a beautiful Nicole Kidman-type nose.  SteveS had a bottle (?-isn’t Steve a keg only kinda guy?)  of his Bock and Brad shared his Porter enhanced with bourbon soaked oak chips.   We sampled one commercial product;  The Bergmannnn’s Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale which had a full bodied brew with hints of coffee, ginger and raisinettes.
Be well and brew well!
-Luke, WHALES Corresponding Secretary.