The next meeting of the Heart River Homebrewers (AHA Club Number: 000163851) is scheduled for Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at Custom Data World Headquarters, 677 10th Street East, Dickinson, North Dakota at 7:30 PM.

Present: Jerry Ford, Ryan Jilek, Greg Walter, Ellery Dykeman, Casey Ritz, Scott Hanson, Ryan Buetow, Joe Natwick, Joel Emter, Curtis Blaik, Derek Fox, and Jon Stika.

Discussed “A Chocolate Affair Plus” fundraiser scheduled for May 13th.  Jon asked for volunteers to assist with serving beer at the event.  Jon will follow-up with volunteers to confirm those that will participate in the event.  Jon reported that the Wee Heavy beer is out of the club barrel and has been distributed to those involved.  Casey and Ryan Jilek expressed interest in continuing to use the club barrel to age a sour beer.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Rocky, Greg, and Jon transferred the Scotch Strong Ale (Wee Heavy) out of the barrel and into buckets, carboys, and kegs on April 19, 2017.

Present: Jerry Ford, Michael Kreitinger, Terris Dietz, Ryan Jilek, Greg Walter, Craig Whippo, Ellery Dykeman, Rocky Stoltz, Casey Ritz, Nate Shilman, Steve Klicker, and Jon Stika.

Casey reported that the Eagles Club would be willing to allow the Heart River Homebrewers to meet in the lower level of their establishment with advance notice and approval.  It was agreed that the beer currently in the club barrel should be removed from the barrel and distributed to those that were due shares of it.  Jon reported on the Chocolate Affair Plus scheduled for Saturday,  May 15th 2017 from 7:00PM to 10:00PM at the Biesiot Activities Center.  The Heart River Homebrewers will serve an Oktoberfest and Oatmeal Stout that Jon brewed at the event.  The beers are brewed and in the clubs two kegs.  Rocky brought hops purchased from Laughing Sun Brewery in Bismarck and distributed them to those that ordered some.  Greg reported the the Dickinson State University Alumni Association is planning an event in 2018 that may include homebrewed beer from the Heart River Homebrewers.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Present: Derek Fox, Jerry Ford, Joel Emter, Michael Kreitinger, Terris Dietz, Ryan Jilek, Joe Natwick, Greg Walter, Craig Whippo, Ellery Dykeman, Rocky Stoltz, Casey Ritz, Nate Shilman and Jon Stika.

Discussed surplus hops for sale by Laughing Sun Brewery in Bismarck.  Greg moved that the club pursue compilation of an order among members and purchase of order by the club.  Seconded by Derek.  Motion passed.  Jon will canvass members to determine variety and amount of hops to be purchased.

Discussed hop rhizomes for upcoming growing season.  Greg will canvass members to determine if a combined order might be made from Great Lakes Hops.  Several members currently grow hops and would be willing to share rhizomes upon request.

Jon presented the club with a courtesy copy of “Craft Beer for Homebrewers” that was given to the club by the publisher Quarto Group.  A copy of another book by Quarto Group, “Brew Your Own Big Book of Homebrewing” will be forthcoming in April.

Jon and Ryan reported that their respective breweries and beers are now on Untappd.  Jon reported that he used some excess Two-Track malt that belonged to the club to brew a batch of Oktoberfest that will be packaged in one of the club kegs.  Jon reported that he had updated the “Local Water” page on the club website.  The page describes the water chemistry of Dickinson municipal water, ions important to homebrewers and how to treat the water to improve it for use in brewing beer.  Jon reported that he authored the article “How to Cold Steep, a Cool Approach to Specialty Grains” in the March-April 2017 issue of Brew Your Own.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Present: Derek Fox, Ryan Jilek, Joel Emter, Jerry Ford, Craig Whippo, Greg Walter, Ellery Dykeman, Rocky Stoltz, Joe Natwick, Ryan Buetow and Jon Stika.

Walter and Fox were nominated and elected as Members at Large.  Michael Kreitinger was re-elected Vice President.  Rocky Stoltz was re-elected Treasurer.  Several members paid annual dues and participated in the club group subscription to Brew Your Own.  Remaining Two-Track malt was distributed to members who purchased some through club group order.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Present: Casey Ritz, Steve Klicker, Ryan Jilek, Joel Emter, Derek Fox, Terris Dietz, Jerry Ford, Craig Whippo, Nate Shilman, Greg Walter, Ellery Dykeman, Rocky Stoltz and Jon Stika.

Discussed brewing equipment sanitation.  Jon moved, seconded by Steve to hold the December meeting on December 15, 2016.  Motion passed.  Some members picked up Two-Track malt and paid for same.  Several members brought Double IPA that was aged in the club barrel and dry-hopped with a variety of hops.  Ryan invited members who would like to brew or observe brewing to his place on Saturday, November 19, 2016.  Ryan, Rocky and Jon plan to participate in that brewing session.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Present: Ryan Jilek, Joel Emter, Michael Kreitinger, Terris Dietz, Jerry Ford, Derek Fox, Rocky Stoltz, Ellery Dykeman, Greg Walter and Jon Stika.

Motion by Stika, seconded by Walter that HRHB should purchase malt from Two-Track Malting to re-sell at the purchase price to members and offer reimbursement for mileage to the person who delivers the malt to Dickinson.  Motion passed.  Stika reported that the Double IPA was removed from the club barrel on 9/19/16 and replaced with Wee Heavy.  Stika brought the club share of Liberty Cream Ale kit he brewed which was distributed to members present.  Motion by Stoltz, seconded by Emter to set November club meeting as November 17th so as not to conflict with Thanksgiving Day.  Stika reminded the group that the Brew Your Own magazine group discount subscription would be due in December and that he had an article in the works for the magazine.  Jilek plans to host a fall brew day at his home on November 19th, 2016.  Contact Ryan Jilek if you plan to participate.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Present: Jerry Ford, Ryan Jilek, Rocky Stoltz, Steve Klicker, Ellery Dykeman, Shane Schmidt, Greg Walter, Joel Emter, Joe Natwick and Jon Stika.

Ryan reported that the estimated cost of a club banner approximately 3’x6′ would be $65 – $100.  Discussed what should be included on the banner, size, specifications, and if it should be purchased locally or online.  Motion by Stoltz, seconded by Natwick to purchase banner locally, motion passed.  Ryan will produce a draft image of the banner for review and comment by members.

Discussed a group purchase of malt from Two-Track Malting in Lincoln, ND.  Two-Track has Pale Two-Row, Pils, and Munich malt available.  A purchase of less than 50lbs is $1.50/lb, less than 10 – 50lb bags are $1.00/lb, and 10 or more 50 lb bags (500lbs) are $0.75/lb.  Jon will send out an inquiry to all members to see about putting together a 500 lb. order.

Jon Stika
Secretary

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Ryan, Rocky, Greg, and Jon pumped Double IPA out of the club barrel and replaced it with Wee Heavy on September 19, 2016.

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