2004 September Meeting Issue #71


The Official WHALES Newsletter and Minutes September 2004 Issue #071

Woodbridge Homebrewers Ale & Lager Enthusiasts Society Established 1996


Whales Impy Stout Bottling Party, Tripka selected to represent for smoke COC, A Whales-Heavyweight compilation?


* Club Only IPA’s judged at the October meeting

* Prez’ Octoberfest Party October 2nd- Noon until ??

* Meeting nite will switch to 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning in November

* Split Rock Competition Nov 20th.

The WHALES held their 16 August meeting on the deck at JJ Bittings adjacent to the best damn Quick Check in Woodbridge (no fee ATM). Let us not take for granted the generosity of Mike Cerami for allowing us to utilize his brew pub/restaurant to hold our meetings. On hand were Keith, Dave, Tripka & Juliana, Gene, Paff, Crazy John, Mike McPipe, Leo & Kim, Steve, Luke and Tom T.

The oak aged Impy Stout is ready to be bottled. The Bottling Party will be Saturday Sept 25th at 9AM to be followed with a lunch grille. If you’ve got some beer in the barrel, bring 2 cases of clean 12 oz. brown bottles and oxy caps. If you can’t make it, drop off the bottles to Luke in advance. Bring some food and beer for the picnic. There was some discussion as to the priming method and it was decided to use malt.

The October 21st meeting will be held at Keith’s house. The Prez plans to do a special presentation on equipment paying particular attention to all-grain wares. If the weather cooperates, this will be an outdoor event. Please have your IPA’s ready for judging in the Club Only Competition.

Once again, Keith solicited members for recipe ideas for brewing a batch in conjunction with Heavyweight Brewing in Ocean Twp. We design a recipe and brew it with Mr. Baker. Tom B. made a suggestion of a rye beer but is open to any style.

Split Rock Resort (Harmony PA) is hosting the Great Brews of America Beer festival Nov 20 & 21st. This is one of the “Big Four” competitions to earn points towards the Whales Homebrewer of the Year Award. The festival (Sat. admission $23) features over 50 microbreweries, live bands, craft & artwork sales, good eats, and the competition itself. Saturday nite is the beer dinner ($45). Keith is organizing less expensive off premises accommodations for Saturday nite ranging from $190-$225 with the cost to be divided by the participants. For more info visit www.splitrockresort.com

Ms. Kim volunteered to take the drive to Split Rock to drop off submissions to the competition. Entries are due Nov 10th so the last chance to get your bottles to Kim will be at the November 6th Brew Bash. Thank you Kim.

The club judged the Club Only Competition for Smoke/Oak Aged Beers. There were six entries; Keith‘s Smoked Ale, Luke‘s Smokey Brown Porter, Steve‘s Scotch, Mike T’s Scotch and Rauch, and Paff’s Oak Aged Barleywine. Mike and Keith tied after two rigorous rounds of voting, so the winner was decided with a coin flip (we should have flipped John). Mike’s submission took the prize and is headed for National Club Only Comps representing the club. Congrats and Good Luck Mike! Can you believe we had 6 entries for this category?!! Way to brew.

Speaking of smoke beers, Luke suggested when the ‘04 Alaskan Smoked Porter comes out later this year we have a case of 12 shipped from Oregon. This perennial GABF favorite is unavailable east of Wyoming and would cost about $6 per 16 oz. bottle including s/h. www.liquidsolutions.biz will ship to NJ.

Leo reported on the meeting of the Jersey Association of Homebrewers at Andy’s Corner Bar in Bogota on 9/7 which was attended by Leo, Kim & Luke. This is a loosely knit club. Just a couple of friends who meet and share homebrews. Andy’s Corner Bar is a quality watering hole featuring an assortment of fine taps and bottled favorites. It’s a bit of ride (40 minutes) but well worth it. Thanks to Brian Boak for the invite.

With the meeting date change to the third Tuesday of the month beginning in November, our December gathering now falls on 12/21 making it difficult to do our business at Bittings. Last year, we met at Steve’s house. Keith suggested we contact Dave Hoffman and hold the meeting at Climax Brewing in Cranford.

Any ideas for the WHALES holiday party?? The last couple of years we have held this event in January at such fine establishments as The Jolly Trolley, The Office and Killmeyers.

Start putting together those Red recipes. The COC in January with feature (Category 9D) Irish Red Ales.

Keith’s annual Octoberfest Party is Saturday October 2nd (raindate Sunday) at noon. Bring a grille item or a covered dish to share. Come, if only to see Paffrath in his lederhosen. 14 Lillian Terrace, Woodbridge.

The Riverhorse Brewery Chilifest tickets are now on sale ($25). The shining star of the Winter Festival in Lambertville/New Hope, the Chilifest is Sunday Feb 6th from 1-4PM. The Super Bowl is 6PM that nite. Wash down Lambertville’s best chili with Riverhorse beer and vote for your favorites. It will sell out so get the form at www.winterfestival.net and get yer tickets early.

MT’s Treasurer’s Report: Beginning balance $150.81. Revenue +$150. Expenses -$5. Ending balance $295.81. Those who participated in the Oak Aged Impy Stout Big Brew owe the club $30 per 5 gallons for ingredients. Please see Mr. Tripka about payment arrangements.

The Homebrewer of the Year standing remains the same. Next chance to pick up points, the IPA Club Only Competition at the next meeting.

A wide variety of beers were tasted. Gene brought samples of his Lemon Ale. Paff poured his Pumpkin Ale which has held up nicely for a yearling. Steve’s Red, Luke’s Schwarz, Dave‘s American Brown (reminiscent of Oasis Brewing’s Brown?), and Leo‘s extract version of our oak aged impy stout (sans the oak) were all enjoyed. On the commercial side, Tom T shared a Rebel Szech Pils, Crazy John had a Hitachino Lacto Sweet Stout and Luke brought a Stone Brewing Smoked Porter back from Colorado.

That’s all folks! Hoppy brewing.

-Luke, Pissoff Brothers Brewing Co.