2011 July Meeting #153

The WHALES Newsletter and Minutes - July 2011 - Issue #153

Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale & Lager Enthusiasts Society

Crafting Award Winning Beer, Mead, and Cider Since 1996


Project Updates, Mead COC, HBOY Standings, Bourbon RIS project (new), Other stuff and things.


Calender of Events
June25th    WHALES Picnic - Warren Park Woodbridge Township
July 19th Meeting and Club Only Competition – Meads
July 22th DFH Brewery tour andcampout at Rehoboth Beach (seashore state park)
July 22th  The Deutscher Club Biergarten is open (Clark, NJ)
Aug 13th
Canoeing in Cedar Creek through Double Trouble State Park. RSVP to Keith Story
Aug 13th Deutscher Club Octoberfest




Check the Whales website at (http://www.whalesbrewclub.com) for the latest announcements, meeting minutes, and calendar updates. Feel free to upload pictures, add events to the calendar, review beers/bars, and post comments in the forums. Bobby welcomes club member article contributions and new content ideas to the website.

Dave N. (Dave_N@whalesbrewclub.com) is the official WHALES club librarian and maintains the database of materials, both books and DVDs, in the "WHALES Physical Library Collection" section of the clubs website. The WHALES physical library collection contains over 30 items that can be checked out and it is free for club members. If you would like to check out any materials from the library, please post a comment in the "WHALES Physical Library Collection" section of the clubs website and Dave will bring the requested item to the next club meeting.Remember you can aways reserve library items online here.

Check out the Crazy Frank section of the member discussion forums on our website to see the list of ongoing discounts at various homebrew stores and other vendors of interest. You'll find a sign up sheet to become a new/renewed AHA member (with your complimentary subscription to Zymergy magazine) which will get you $5 off your annual membership (reg price of $38).


The July meeting was held at JJ Bitting's as usual with a skeleton crew of 29 Whales. Of course, this is quite usual for our mid-summer lull. We hope everyone's having a great summer and hope to see some strangers at future meetings.

The meeting officially was kicked off shortly after 8pm. We were just waiting for a few last Whales to get their beers at the bar.

Bobby reviewed the upcoming schedule of events. Several things are coming up over the next several months (COC's, etc). View the dates above for a complete listing and the Calendar as well available here. The calendar system on the website is available for all members to post beer/brewing related events. If you have any issue or you are not comfortable posting you can email the event to Frank at frank_w@whalesbrewclub.com. Be sure to include the event name, date, time, venue, city and state.

The Whales Annual Summer Picnic was held the weekend following the June meeting. There was a great turnout of at least 45 Whales and guests and it looked like everyone had a great time. The club provided burgers, shrimp shish kabobs, and pulled pork sandwiches and I'd like to thank Keith Story for making a run to Restaurant Depot for us.  The club is invited to provide feedback on the park/grove and food for planning next year.

Bobby mentioned that we had our second BJCP study group session and found that Anthony D. is now taking the BJCP exam in August 2011 in Brooklyn. We wish him luck and hope to add our 3rd BJCP certified member.

Next an overview of the current projects of the club were reviewed:

Apple Port II – Gary started distribution of shares tonight and will continue at the next meeting. Early feedback was very positive on this one.

Framboise – Two barrels on stands, funky things are happening.

Wee Whale II – Gary said the stuff is good and just needs to sit around a bit.

Whales Real Bourbon Barrel Stout - Jay B's buddy offered to purchase and haul a freshly emptied (once-used) Barrel back from Kentucky for a mere $100 and we jumped on the opportunity. Of course it only took another 10 minutes before this thread turned into a project roster, quickly filling the barrel with 10 shares of Russian Imperial Stout. There was so much interest that a second team of shareholders has been formed for when the first batch is done.  Brew date is tentatively set for August 7th and Jay B is hosting both the brew and barrel and is working on a recipe.

Competition Corner

HBOY standings include Buzz Off results:

Luke: 14.5, Craig: 10, Don & Stephen, Frank, Jim Schreyer, and Nick all tied for 3rd with 9 points. Many more people on the board with 8 points so it's anyone's game to win.

CoC for Meads tonight of course – Two different judging pools where the winning one or two entries advance to a Best of Show round.

This month we had the following entries:

Judging Pool #1: Melomels: Bill C (Festina Peche clone), Craig (Mixed Berry), Gary (Toasted Coconut), Luke (Raspberry) and Sergio (Black Currant). Metheglin: Gary's Smores Mead. Finalists in this pool were Gary's Coconut and Luke's Raspberry.

Judging Pool #2: Traditional Dry: Brian Evans Semi-Sweet: Dave N., Joe Januzzi, Jim Schreyer Entry 1 and 2. Braggot: Don and Stephen Boyle.Finalists in this pool were The Boyle's Braggot and Jim Schreyer's Semi-sweet entry #1.

Brad, Jen, and Craig were chosen to pick the winner between the four finalists without any knowledge of their relative scores in the first round. They selected Jim's Semi-sweet Mead with Orange Blossom base. Congrats goes to Jim and good luck at the national level!

Upcoming in the next few months:

Malt Madness coming… Judged on 9/24/11, Entries will be accepted from 08/27/2011 through 09/08/2011 at Keystone, etc. August meeting dropoff on leaves us the following weekend to ask someone to drop them in PA. Cheap comp at $6/$5 so get those entries in for some honest feedback.

There is also a Specialty Beer COC (category 23) in September that you still have time to brew for.


The night ended on with a decent flight

Joe Milmoe: American Wheat, Anthony D: Hefeweisen, Mike D American Amber, Boston Lager, Pliny the Elder, John Hartman: Apollo IPA, Anthony Asini: American IPA, Brian Evans: Peanut Butter Porter, Brian Yasutis Bourbon Oaked RIS.


The August 16 meeting is as usual on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, 8pm, upstairs loft at JJ Bittings.

Bring your entries for Malt Madness.

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, and pitching club brewing projects, etc. Contact the steering committee (steering@whalesbrewclub.com) if you'd like to contribute to a meeting. We will be sure to allow enough time for the speaker and we will try to ensure that the presenter has the floor.

Finally, keep in mind that the steering committee meets just about every 1st Tuesday of the month so if there is any topic you'd like discussed regarding just about anything the club does, email us. Ideas? How about pitching a club brewing project?

Bobby - Club President