2002 September Meeting Issue #47

WHALES  Newsletter and Minutes

September 2002

Issue #047 by Kenny Schrader


Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale & Lager Enthusiasts Society


PREVIEW: Brew Bash!  AHA Club Only Strong Belgian Ale Competition



Looking over the crowd of Homebrewers attending our September meeting, August Lightfoot (J.J.Bitting Master Brewer) said “You guys have a good thing here”. We agree!

Thanks VERY much to J.J.Bitting for allowing our Club to thrive there.


Mike Tripka entered his Kriek beer into a competition and it got totally trashed by the judges. The guys in the Club like it a lot and think Mike did a nice job. When Dave Hoffman of Climax Brewery tried it at our last meeting he said, “That’s one of the better homebrews I’ve ever had”. Way to go Tripka!



09/30/02- Deadline for AHA Club Only Category 18 / Strong Belgian Ale

                 (Our Club entry was sent UPS ground on 09/24/02)

10/05/02- OKTOBERFEST hosted by Keith and Janet  12-8pm

10/17/02- Club Meeting

11/02/02- Brew BASH at Steve’s house, rain or shine

                 This is also the AHA” Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day”

11/21/02- Club meeting

11/23/02- Split Rock 2 day Beer Festival and Homebrew Competition

12/02/02- Deadline for Club Only Category 21 / Fruit and Category 22 / Spice,    

                 Herb, and Vegetable

12/19/02- Club Meeting

Jan/Feb/03-AHA Club Only Category 4 / Bitter and English Pale Ale

Mar/Apr/03- AHA Club Only Category 10 / Brown Ale

May/03- AHA Club Only Category 11/ English and Scottish Strong Ale

Aug/03- AHA Club Only Category 2/ European Pale Lager


The September WHALES Homebrew Club meeting took place on the 19th at J.J.Bitting Brewpub. The evening weather was absolutely stunning so the meeting was held outside on the upper deck just below the brewhouse.


ATTENDANCE: (14) Keith, August, Piper Mike, Steve, Tripka, Julianna, Brian, Harry, Leo, Kim, Paff, Luke Kenny and Dave Hoffman of CLIMAX BREWERY!



Our next Brew BASH will be held on Saturday, November 2nd at Steve’s house in Carteret. This is a rain or shine event as Steve has protection from the elements if nessary. This day also happens to be the AHA “Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day”. Brian wants to see some all-grain brewing first hand and this would make a great opportunity for him and others that have not all-grained before. This day should also be a good time to brew beers for some of the AHA Club Only comps coming up. Styles to consider are Bitter, English Pale Ale, Brown Ale and English or Scottish Strong Ales.


You SHOULD be brewing something now or soon, for the AHA Club Only which is for beers made with Fruit, Spices, Herbs or Vegetables.


WHALES Club was recognized  in the latest edition of ZYMURGY (Special Collectors Issue Vol. 25 No. 5 September/October 2002 for achieving 3rd place in  the IPA Club Only. See pages 16 and 77 for details.


 It’s time to start thinking about where to hold the Club’s annual end of year party.

We are looking for a place with good beer and food at reasonable prices. All suggestions are welcome!


The Split Rock Beer Festival and Homebrew Competition is being held November 23rd and 24th. Deadline for entries should be in before that. Proceeds benefit the efforts to fight Multiple Sclerosis.


Harry has been doing very well with his hop garden and brought in some fresh cones.

He also passed out bags of fresh herbs which are outstanding! Each bag had a nice assortment including basil, rosemary and two types of oregano. We made blue claw crabs in sauce over the weekend with Harry’s herbs and it came out better than ever! Thanks Again!



Steam Whistle Pilsner


By the way, Dave is also very happy with his new sales person. She rocks, looks  pretty,

and  smiles. But most importantly of all, she sells beer! LOTS OF IT! We all wish continued success for our friends at CLIMAX, and we thank Dave for attending the Club meetings when he can.


Luke made a trip to Magic Hat Brewery in Burlington, Vermont recently and shared his visit with the Club. He asked a ton of techie beer making questions, and no doubt stood out among his tour group. Magic Hat makes the ever popular apricot ale called simply #9. The #9 has such a following that it accounts for 60% of their beer sales! It truly is a nectar to savor.


Luke has also come across a STASH of Boston Brewery’s 1995 Sam Adams Triplebock!

Cost is approximately $6 per cobalt blue bottle. A show of hands indicated that almost everyone was interested in a purchase, so Luke will pick some (or all of it) up next time in Vermont.


The Club’s “invite only” web is ALWAYS looking for contributions! ALL invited have the power to make contributions without a web master. Please post your comments, favorite jokes, recipes, bars, brewpub, restaurants, events, photographs and whatever beer related (OR NOT !!!). Luke has been contributing regularly on beer and food joints.  Mike T mentioned he will be adding soon to the brewpub reviews. If you add photos, please try to keep the kilobytes to a minimum (best between 40-90, over 100 loads the page very  slow).


There is a possibility of a Club road trip to High Point Brewery (wheat  beer specialists).


The Club had to vote for an entry into the AHA Club Only Strong Belgian Ale Competition Category 18. There are four subcategories of beer styles included in this event:

18A-Dubbel  (Westmalle, LaTrappe, Affigem, etc., all make Dubbels)

18B-Tripel  (Corsendonk Monk’s Pale Ale, Grimbergen,etc.)

18C-Strong Golden (Duvel,Lucifer, LaChouffe, etc.)

18D-Strong  Dark (Scaldis, Rochefort 10, Chimay Grand Reserve,etc.)

All of these Belgian styles are quite unique and worth a homebrew attempt!

Our vote was  between a Dubbel from Keith, and a Strong Dark from Kenny and it was decided that the Divorce Court Candy Beer should  be sent in to represent the Club.

The package was sent to Minnesota 09/24/02 via UPPS to meet the deadline of 09/30/02.

With any luck (all you need is an entry) the Club stands a shot at gathering points for Homebrew Club of the Year!



Abby Dubbel by Stoud’s- Prez Keith brought this to expose us to a commercial Dubbel for the Strong Belgian Ale vote. Dave noted right away the contributions of yeast notes in way of bubblegum.


Belgian Dubbel by Keith- High alchol. A tough style to replicate. Considered too young at this time and will better with maturity.


Belgian Strong Dark Ale by Kenny-9.6% with 2lbs. Candy sugar. Also young  but should age well. Special B, Wheat, Crystal, Aromatic, Chocolate Malts and a kitchen sink of “other stuff”.  Hallertauer, Tettnang and Saaz hops.


Weistenstephsan Wheat by Luke- Luke chose to retire this batch with the Club and shared his LAST TWO BOTTLES!  4.6% ABV and Hoffman spoke very highly of this beer. Good Job!


Kreik by Tripka- This beer is 1.5 years young. It was completely trashed when entered into competition. (Scored in teens?) The Club liked it. Dave of CLIMAX thought it  was one of the better homebrews he has had in a while. Starting to acquire a chocolate aftertaste.


Sayreville Pale Ale by Tripka – Nice beer made with centennial hops, Dry hopped with Fuggles.


Harry’s IPA Similar recipe as Mike’s 3 months later. Dry Hopped with Cascade, Caramelly.


American Pale Ale by August-sneak preview. In fermenter but not filtered. Good “grainy” malt characteristics. Should prove a success!


Well, that’s all for now.CHEERS

Kenny / Divorce Court Brew Labs