The next meeting of the Heart River Homebrewers (AHA Club Number: 000163851) is scheduled for Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at Custom Data World Headquarters, 677 10th Street East, Dickinson, North Dakota at 7:30 PM.

Present: Michael Kreitinger, Glen Bruhschwein, Derek Fox, Nate Shilman, Joel Emter, Greg Walters, Casey Ritz, Joe Natwick and Jon Stika.

Jon moved that the club participate in charitable fund-raising events with Maverick’s Saloon and the club offer reimbursement to members for ingredients of beers they contribute to said events.  Seconded by Greg. Motion passed.  Jon reported that Rocky Stoltz purchased three beer ingredient kits to be brewed by members for upcoming events.  Rocky also purchased 14 gram carbon dioxide cartridges for the club-owned beer dispensing equipment.  Discussed yeast harvest and washing, beer judging, yeast nutrients and hop bursting techniques.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Present: Derek Fox, Jerry Ford, Joel Emter, Ellery Dykeman, Joe Natwick, Greg Walters, Glen Bruhschwein, Bryan Nelson, Jordan Sifuentes and Jon Stika.

Listened to and discussed proposal presented by Bryan Nelson of Maverick’s Saloon of Dickinson for Heart River Homebrewers club to participate in beer events at Maverick’s this summer.  Maverick’s would provide the venue for the events outdoors near Maverick’s Saloon and have the club serve beer that members brewed.  Funds raised by the events would be used to cover costs to Maverick’s and provide donations to the club, which the club would then use to cover costs of beer ingredients with the balance donated to a local charity.  If Maverick’s proposal for the club to participate is accepted by the club, the first event could be in July (10th?) with subsequent events on August 7th, September 4th, and October 2nd.  It was suggested that the club provide 4 or 5 different beers at each event and that the club purchase all ingredients/supplies used to make the beers and brewers would donate their time making the beers.  Members in attendance were in consensus to accept the proposal, but a motion was not made to do so at this meeting.

Discussed barrel beer project.  Jon, Glen, and Joe have each brewed 5 gallons of Wee Heavy for the barrel to date.  Nate, Joel, Greg, Ellery, Ryan and Derek have committed to brewing their contributions soon.  Therefore, 45 gallons have been committed to date, with at least another 15 gallons needed to fill the barrel.  It was agreed that Wee Heavy to fill the barrel would be brewed by the next club meeting in June so the Double IPA could be removed from the barrel and immediately replaced with Wee Heavy.

Discussed the need for a club banner to be used at public events.  It was agreed that Ryan Jilek should look into this to determine types of banners and costs.

Jon Stika
Secretary

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The Heart River Homebrewers, represented by Jon Stika and Ryan Jilek, served a Pale Ale at the 2016 “A Chocolate Affair Plus” to benefit the Best Friends Mentoring program in Dickinson.

Present: Jerry Ford, Rocky Stoltz, Alan Church, Derek Fox, Ryan Jilek, Virginia Lloyd, Glen Bruhschwein, Ellery Dykeman, Greg Walter, Nate Shilman and Jon Stika.

Discussed upcoming events.  Jon has club batch of Pale Ale brewed for the Chocolate Affair at DSU and will represent the club serving it at the event.  Jon has been in contact with Two-Track Malting of Lincoln, ND and has received an invitation for a future tour.  Also discussed next barrel beer.  The consensus was to brew a strong Scotch Ale.  Jon will send out a base recipe and survey for brewers who wish to participate.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Present: Greg Walters, Jerry Ford, Ryan Jilek, Steve Klicker, Casey Ritz, Joel Emter, Alan Church, Rocky Stoltz, Nate Shilman and Jon Stika.

Motion by Stoltz, seconded by Jilek to amend club by-laws to read that monthly meetings will typically be on the fourth Thursday of each month rather than the third Thursday of each month.  Motion passed.  Discussed club participation in “A Chocolate Affair” to benefit Best Friends mentoring program.  The event is scheduled for May 14th from 6-9 PM at the Beisiot Activities Center.  Stika will brew a Daredevil Pale Ale kit purchased by the club and package it in a club keg for the event.  Stoltz will communicate with the owner of Maverick’s Saloon regarding a potential beer event that the club could participate in this summer.  Emter reported that the K of C “Knight’s Brew” event has been rescheduled for August 11th at the Dickinson Charities Bingo Hall.

Jon Stika
Secretary

Present: Mike Walton, Jerry Ford, Joel Emter, Ryan Jilek, Ellery Dykeman, Greg Walters, Glen Bruhschwein and Jon Stika.

Discussed upcoming brewing-related events.  The club has accepted the donation of some ND Genesis 2-row barley from Greg Kessel, a farmer near Belfield.  The club has malted some of the barley and brewed a beer hopped with hops donated from the Dickinson Research and Extension Center’s 2015 hops production. The beer will be donated to Mr. Kessel to use as he sees fit to promote the production of malting barley in western North Dakota.  Joel reported that the Knights of Columbus “A Knights Brew” event is scheduled for August 4, 2016 at the former Dickinson Charities Bingo hall.  A message from Rocky Stoltz (not present) indicated that the owner of Maverick’s Saloon is considering hosting a beer event this summer and may wish to include the HRHB club.  Jon reported that he had brewed a club-purchased all-grain beer kit (Fresh Squished IPA) to make available at a future meeting.  Jon also reported that he had an article about brewing with citrus published in the March-April 2016 issue of Brew Your Own magazine.  Also discussed amending the club by-laws to indicate that regular club meeting dates would be the fourth Thursday of each month rather than the third Thursday of each month.

Jon Stika
Secretary

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.

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