The next meeting of the Heart River Homebrewers (AHA Club Number: 000163851)  is scheduled for Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at Custom Data World Headquarters, 677 E 10th Street , Dickinson, North Dakota at 7:30 PM.

Present: Jerry Ford, Steve Day, Katsu Ogawa, Craig Whippo, Greg Walter, and Jon Stika.

Discussed upcoming YuleTyme event scheduled for December.  Discussed club carbon dioxide equipment.  Motion by Ford, seconded by Whippo, for club to purchase more carbon dioxide to restore the existing cylinder which is essentially empty.  Discussed Phat Fish Brewery and planned opening in June.

Jon Stika

(l to r) Jerry Ford, Jon Stika, and Katsu Ogawa, served German Alt (brewed by Rocky Stoltz), and Chocolate Oatmeal Stout and Juicy IPA (brewed by Jon Stika) at the 10th annual “A Chocolate Affair Plus” to benefit Best Friends Mentoring Program at the Biesiot Activities Center on April 27, 2019.


Present: Jerry Ford, Heath Braun, Nate Shilman, Ryan Jilek, Craig Whippo, Greg Walter, Jacob Walter, Katsu Ogawa, Derek Fox, and Jon Stika.

Discussed wheat beer fermentation and honey characteristics for mead making.  Jerry, Katsu, and Jon will serve club beers at “A Chocolate Affair Plus” on Saturday April 27, 2019 at the Biesiot Activities Center.

Jon Stika

Present: Craig Whippo, Rosanne & Del Kadrmas, Jerry Ford, Katsu Ogawa, Greg Walter, Jacob Walter, and Jon Stika.

Discussed beer brewing and wine-making techniques.  Discussed upcoming A Chocolate Affair Plus event on April 27, 2019.  Jon will coordinate members to set-up and serve club beers at the event.

Jon Stika

Present: Heath Braun, Nate Shilman, Jerry Ford, Craig Whippo, Greg Walter, Katsu Ogawa, Rocky Stoltz, and Jon Stika.

All three beers for “A Chocolate Affair Plus” have been brewed and packaged.  Jon brewed an IPA and Chocolate Oatmeal Stout, and Rocky brewed a German Alt.  Discussed beer carbonation and dry hopping.

Jon Stika

Present: Rocky Stoltz, Heath Braun, Nate Shilman, Jerry Ford, Katsu Ogawa, Craig Whippo, Greg Walter, and Jon Stika.

Conducted an election of officers.  Jon nominated Rocky to continue as treasurer, seconded by Craig, unanimous vote for Rocky.  Jerry nominated Greg for vice president, seconded by Rocky, unanimous vote for Greg.  Jerry nominated Katsu for member at large, seconded by Craig, unanimous vote for Katsu.  Jon nominated Derek Fox to continue as member at large, seconded by Jerry, unanimous vote for Derek.

Rocky collected dues and Brew Your Own subscription fees from some members.

Jon reported that the “A Chocolate Affair Plus” fund-raising event for Best Friends Mentoring Program will be in late April.  Jon has brewed an oatmeal stout and has an IPA all-grain kit purchased by the club that he will brew for the event.  Other members were encouraged to brew for the event so there would be three beers to serve.

Heath Braun introduced himself as the head brewer for Phat Fish Brewing LLC that plans to open in 2019.  Heath mentioned the limited opportunity for individuals to join the Phat Fish mug club.

Greg delivered malt to those members that ordered some as a group from Two-Track Malting in Bismarck.

Jon Stika

Present: Steve Klicker, Jerry Ford, Rocky Stoltz, Nate Shilman, Greg Walter, Katsu Ogawa, Joel Emter, and Jon Stika.

Greg reported on YuleTyme event.  All of the beer brought to the event was served (Brown Ale, Golden Ale, and Porter).  Greg presented a donation from the Dickinson State University Heritage Foundation to the club to cover the cost of ingredients for the beer served at YuleTyme.

Discussed group order of malt from Two-Track Malting.  There was not enough interest at this time to put together a 600 pound order.  Members can contact Jared Stober at Two-Track Malting to purchase a 50 pound bag individually if they wish.

Discussed group subscription to Brew Your Own magazine.  Several members were interested.  The offer will be circulated at the next meeting to get the minimum of 10 subscribers needed for the group discounted rate.

Some members paid dues for 2019.  Dues of $25 per annum for 2019 club membership will be payable at the January 2019 meeting.  Members interested in the Brew Your Own group subscription can pay an additional $10 to be part of the group rate deal for the magazine.

Discussed participation of the club in “A Chocolate Affair Plus” tentatively scheduled for late April 2019.  Motion by Stoltz, seconded by Stika to purchase a beer kit to brew for the event.  Motion passed.  Jon plans to brew at least two beers for the event in addition to the club kit.

Also discussed kegerator design and mead production methods.

Jon Stika

(l to r) Greg Walter, Rocky Stoltz, Ryan Jilek, and Jacob Walter served home brewed beer at the Dickinson State University Heritage Foundation YuleTyme event on December 8th, 2018 at the Biesiot Activities Center.

Present: Craig Whippo, Greg Walter, Rocky Stoltz, Ryan Jilek, Jerry Ford, and Jon Stika.

Rocky, Greg, Craig, and Ryan will plan to represent the club at the DSU Heritage Foundation YuleTyme event on December 8th, 2018 at the Beisiot Activities Center in Dickinson.  They will serve SnowPlow Porter, Fuggle IPA, and Reindeer Spit Brown Ale to those in attendance.

Jon reported that he and his wife, Eve, served Brown Ale that Jon had brewed to approximately 60 in attendance at a beer tasting event at Edgewood Hawk’s Point in Dickinson on November 8th, 2018.

Rocky reported that two members have purchased carbon dioxide from the club carbon dioxide supply thus far.  The charge is $2.00 per pound of gas to members of the club.

Two Track Malting is offering any of its malts sold by the 50 pound bag at $0.85 per pound, or minimum order of 300 pounds at $0.65 per pound to home brewer club members.

Jon suggested that those interested in brewing a beer to be served at “A Chocolate Affair Plus” fund raising event for Best Friends Mentoring Program of Dickinson should have their beer ready by April.  The event will likely be planned for late April.  Members can be reimbursed by the club for ingredients of a batch of beer brewed for the event.  Jon plans to brew a chocolate oatmeal stout for the event.

Jon Stika

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