The next meeting of the Heart River Home Brewers (AHA Club Number: 000163851) is scheduled for Thursday, February 25th, 2016 at Custom Data World Headquarters, 677 10th Street East, Dickinson, North Dakota at 7:30 PM.

Present: Rocky Stoltz, Ryan Jilek, Casey Ritz, Derek Fox, Jerry Ford, Glen Bruhschwein, Ellery Dykeman, Greg Walters, Joel Emter, Shane Smith, Joe Natwick and Jon Stika.

Rocky moved, seconded by Glen to cast a unanimous ballot for Jerry as President and Jon as Secretary.  Motion passed.  Jon reported that the club now has two Cornelius kegs with fittings to be able to dispense beer at events.  Jon also reported that the Double IPA brewed by several members was racked into the club barrel on January 23, 2016.  Rocky gave a Treasurers report.  Rocky reported that he has sent in the paperwork to renew the club as a non-profit organization in North Dakota and that the club has purchased two kits for members to brew.  Rocky collected 2016 dues from several in attendance and fees for club group rate subscription to Brew Your Own.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Rocky and Jon brought all the batches of Double IPA together at Rocky’s place and transferred them into the barrel today.

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Present: Steve Klicker, Casey Ritz, Glen Bruhschwein, Ryan Jilek, Derrick Fox, Joel Emter, Joe Natwick and Jon Stika.

Joel, Rocky, Casey, Jon, Ryan, Ellery, Derrick, Glen, Nate and Joe have committed to brewing 60 gallons of Double IPA to age in the club barrel.  Most of the beer has been brewed and it is anticipated that the beer will be transferred into the barrel in early January 2016.  Jon will brew a make-up batch of DIPA sponsored by the club to be used to top-up the barrel as the DIPA ages.

Ryan moved that the club purchase two used 5-gallon ball lock kegs including taps and portable cartridge-fed CO2 injectors.  Seconded by Glen.  The kegs would be used to contain club-sponsored beers to be served at future beer events.  Motion passed.  The club’s 5-gallon share of the Imperial Stout recently removed from the club barrel will be stored in one of the kegs as soon as the kegs are available.

Club sponsored beer kits were discussed and it was agreed that 3 or 4 should be purchased in the near future.  One or more of the kits would be brewed by a member, stored in a club keg and served at future beer events.  Other kits would be brewed and shared with club members as in the past.

Members were reminded that $25 annual dues will be payable at the January 2016 meeting.  Any member paying dues at the January 2016 meeting would also be eligible for a one-year subscription to Brew Your Own magazine for a price of $10 if at least 10 members participate to get the group subscription rate.

Jon Stika
Secretary

IMG_1046Rocky Stoltz in Jon Stika’s (not pictured) workshop pumping beer out of the club barrel into members buckets, carboys and kegs.  Over 60 gallons of member-contributed Imperial Stout was aged in the used wine barrel from August 5th, 2015 to November 28th, 2015.

Present: Rocky Stoltz, Ellery Dykema, Alan Church, Nate Shilman, Derrick Fox, Glen Bruhschwein, Joel Emter and Jon Stika.

Discussed current barrel beer (Imperial Stout).  Jon and Rocky will pump the beer out of the barrel and into each brewers vessel on Saturday, November 28th.  The barrel will be cleaned and moved to Rocky’s where the next beer (Double IPA) will be aged.  Rocky, Ellery, Glen, Nate, Derrick, Joel and Jon have committed to brewing DIPA to go in the barrel.  Jon distributed hops for brewing DIPA to Ellery, Glen, Derrick and Nate.  Jon reported on Hoppy Halloween judging.  Jon had an article on spicing beers published in the December 2015 issue of Brew Your Own.  Discussed hop bursting (adding hops after wort cools <180F) and wort aeration.  Discussed Bacon and Beer events being held in various locations in ND.  No one had specific information on the event in Dickinson.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Present: Rocky Stoltz, Jerry Ford, Derrick Fox, Ellery Dykema, Glen Bruhschwein and Jon Stika.

Sampled beer from the club barrel.  The consensus was that the beer should be withdrawn from the barrel by the end of 2015 and replaced with a double IPA.  Ellery brought the club-sponsored Chinook IPA beer to sample and distribute.  Motion by Ford, seconded by Stoltz to set the club meeting date in November to the 19th and the date in December to the 17th.  Motion passed.  Discussed various manual and automated brewing systems.  Stoltz, Ford and Stika Judged a Black IPA brought by Fox to provide him feedback to continue to develop the recipe.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Present: Ellery Dykema, Glen Bruhschwein, Derrick Fox, Joe Natwick, Nate Shilman, Tanner Stika and Jon Stika.

Sampled barrel beer and found it satisfactory and agreed it should remain in the barrel for another month.  Jon brought the club share of the Petite Saison kit. Discussed future participation in Alive@5, Douple IPA as next barrel beer, water chemistry and brewing equipment.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Present: Jerry Ford, Casey Ritz, Shannon Bertelsen, Joel Emter, Nate Shilman, Alan Church, Glen Bruhschwein, Ellery Dykema, Ryan Jilek, Trevor Dykema and Jon Stika.

Discussed barrel beer.  Jerry brought a batch of Imperial Stout to be used to top up the barrel to keep it full as it ages and is sampled.  Discussed Alive@5.  No decision was made on whether to participate in Alive@5 next year.  Jon reported on a new craft malt business proposed in Bismarck.  Jon recently picked 47 ounces of hops at the Dickinson Research and Extension Center.  The hops will be distributed to members who wish to brew the next barrel beer; an Imperial IPA.  Jon will develop a base recipe for the Imperial IPA.  Three extract beer kits purchased by the club were distributed for brewing and sharing at future meetings.  Ellery took the Chinook IPA kit, Glen took the Phat Tyre Ale kit and Jon took the Petite Saison kit.  Casey brought a homemade couterflow wort chiller to show the group.  Discussed differences between 2-row and 6-row pale malt.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Present: Jerry Ford, Ryan Jilek, Michael Kreitinger, Joel Emter, Derek Fox and Jon Stika.

Jon reported on the barrel beer project.  The barrel has been hydrated and swelled water tight.  Jon will treat the barrel with Barrel Kleen to ready it for filling with beer.  Discussed Alive@5 participation.  Consensus was that Rocky Stoltz and Glen Bruhschwein need to be involved to determine club liability serving beer and to determine a charity to receive donations for beer served if the club participated in the event.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Present: Jerry Ford, Casey Ritz, Ellery Dykema, Nate Shilman, Rocky Stoltz and Jon Stika.

Discussed possible participation by the club in Alive@5 event in downtown Dickinson during the summer.  Rocky will follow-up on information regarding Alive@5.  Discussed wort aeration, wine-making, hop growing and mead-making.

Jon Stika
Secretary

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