The next meeting of the Heart River Homebrewers (AHA Club Number: 000163851) is scheduled for Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at Custom Data World Headquarters, 677 10th Street East, Dickinson, North Dakota at 7:30 PM.

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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.

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

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