2009 June Meeting #128

The Official WHALES Newsletter and Minutes - June 2009 - Issue #128

Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale & Lager Enthusiasts Society - Est. 1996


June 18th - June 20th - National Homebrew Conference - San Francisco, CA

June 20th - 13th Annual Garden State Craft Brewer's Guild Festival - Camden, NJ

July 17th - 18th - Vermont Brewer's Festival - Burlington, VT

July 19th - Tickets go on sale for the October 17th Newtown Brewfest - Newtown, PA

July 21st - Club Meeting - Club Only Comp (BJCP beer category 7 - Amber Hybrids)

July 31st - August 2nd - Ommegang's "Belgium Comes to Cooperstown" festival (event sold out)

September 15th - Club Meeting - Club Only Comp (BJCP beer category 3 - European Amber Lagers)

September 24th - 26th - Great American Beer Festival - Denver, CO

October 17th - Newtown Brewfest - Newtown, PA

November 7th - 8th - 15th Annual Franklin County Cider Days - Franklin County, MA


“They Don’t serve ‘crom’ brulee in the trailer park” – Rick Middleton


Check the Whales website at (http://www.whalesbrewclub.com) for the latest announcements, meeting minutes, and calendar updates.  Feel free to upload pictures, review beers/bars, and post comments in the forums.  If you are a member and do not have access to the site, please e-mail Bobby M. at (Bobby_M@whalesbrewclub.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and he will invite you to the group.


The Tuesday June 16th meeting was held upstairs at J.J. Bittings. A near capacity crowd of members, and friends enjoyed the famous Bittings hospitality.  Thanks again to Mike and August for their continued support of the club’s endeavors.

Club member Nate Monk spent a portion of the meeting giving a presentation on the art of blending beers. Blending can be used to both rescue an off batch, or create new tastes for fun. During his presentation Nate presented numerous blends. A copy of Nate’s presentation can be found on the clubs web site www.whalesbrewclub.com . Thank you, Nate for putting in the extra effort to make a nice presentation.

Gary followed up Nate’s beer blending presentation with Mokah floats. Mokah is a commercial blend of two Southern tier brews. They blended the Jah*va, Imperial Coffee Stout and Choklat Stout, Imperial Chocolate Stout to make Mokah. When Gary and Keith were tasting the Mokah they decided it would make a fantastic float. Being that all good ideas are generated while drinking good beers, Gary and Keith made this dream happen and as club members we benefited with a tasting of Mokah floats.

An away meeting was being planned for August or October. The August meeting will be held at the Harvest Moon in New Brunswick.

Just a reminder that the next Club Only Competition will be held at the July 21st club meeting.  This will be another opportunity to earn Home Brewer of the Year (HBOY) points for 2009.  This competition covers BJCP beer category 7 - Amber Hybrids.

Results from the Buzz Off were reviewed. Taking 2nds in their respective categories were Prez (German Pils), Bobby (Bourbon Barrel Barley Wine), Gary (Traditional Mead), and taking thirds were Luke (Chili Mead), and Keith Story (Imperial Smoked Porter.) Bobby also received an Honourable Mention for his English Barleywine.

The Imperial Porter Project is coming along nicely as well.  The brew was racked into an apple brandy/bourbon barrel.  The project was distributed on 6/26 at Keith’s house.

The club continues to seek volunteers to take the Secretarial duties on a temporary basis. If you are interested in being Secretary for a meeting or two please let Gary know.

Ommegang is coming, numerous members have are volunteering or have tickets. Look for more info coming at the July Meeting.

The Steering Committee has been diligently working on updating the club's bylaws.  A draft was still available for review by the membership. The final draft was posted after thee June meeting, members will be asked to vote yes or no on accepting them. Acceptance of the bylaws requires 3/5ths of the club to vote yes. The current plan is to use a website poll that will be open until the day before the July meeting.

The club also spent some time debating the merits of obtaining a Seibel Institute Sensory Training kit. Those in attendance felt it was consistent with the goals of the club for educating our Homebrewers for sensing off flavors. The kits cost about $160, and tasting would be planned for a few a meeting, when there were no club only comps.

Beer in the news concerned new tax legislation. A new excise tax could be applied to stronger beers.

Dave Newman (Dave_N@whalesbrewclub.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is the Whales librarian and keeps the database on the club website under the "Whales Physical Library Collection" section.  Newman will check the database just before the meeting to see if anyone is on the waiting list for materials from the library so sign up if you want to borrow a book from the Library.

Jody continues to maintain the WHALES brewing database data.  Remember when you brew to send him an e-mail at (Jody_M@whalesbrewclub.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  In the e-mail, tell him the brewing date, how many gallons, what style you brewed, the OG, and what the percent alcohol you expect.  He can also track wine, cider and mead as well. 

The club continues to seek out volunteers to make presentations at club meetings.  Members can discuss anything from beer styles, equipment, techniques, ingredients, or any other topics of general interest.  The club is also looking for folks interested in setting up some class trips to breweries, bars, apiaries, etc.  Contact Gary (Gary_W@whalesbrewclub.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), Luke (Luke_K@whalesbrewclub.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), or Brad (Brad_J@whalesbrewclub.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are interested in making a presentation or setting up a trip.  It is important to let Gary, Luke, or Brad know when a presentation is planned for the meeting.  We will be sure to allow enough time for the speaker and we will try to ensure that the presenter has the floor.    


1.  Jon with his Bitburger Premium Pils Clone

2.  Nick served a Munich Lager

3.  Keith Story with his Wit

4.  Bobby with the Barrel Kriek Project

5.  Rick Middleton with his Wildflower Mead

6.   Bobby Sodon with his American Pale Ale

7.  Jon served a Seirra Nevada Pale Ale clone

8. Rick Middleton with his Swine Flu Brew

9. Newman with his Swine Flu Brew II

10. Gene with his Scotch Ale

11. Frank with his Black Gingered Ale

12. Jody with his Porter Braggot