January 2006

A complex malty English Brown Ale.

Brewer: Jon Stika
Type: All Grain
Style: English Brown Ale
OG: 1.056
FG: 1.020

9 pounds pale malt
1 pound crystal malt
1/2 pound wheat malt
3 ounces roasted barley
1/2 pound molasses
1/4 pound brown sugar
1 ounce Willamette hop pellets (4.9%AA)
1 ounce Northern Brewer hop pellets (7.1%AA)

Single infusion mash starting at 157F for one hour in 13 1/2 quarts water.  Sparge with 13 1/2 quarts of 168F water pH 5.7 – 6.5.  Sparge runoff should be about 1 cup every 40 seconds.  Boil 10 minutes and add Willamette hops.  Boil another 40 minutes and add Northern Brewer hops.  Boil 10 more minutes then cool and transfer to fermenter.  Pitch Wyeast 1968 or other British ale yeast and ferment between 65F and 70F.  Package and condition for at least one month before consumption.

Draft (no pun intended) Minutes of January 13, 2006 meeting of the Heart River Home Brewers

The first meeting of the HRHBs was held at Stika’s at 7:30PM on January 13, 2006. Present were Steve Rock, Austin Lang, Jeremy Jahner, Rocky Stoltz, Ryan Jilek, James Samuels, and Jon Stika. Members present were asked to complete a brief information sheet about themselves and their interests in brewing and goals/activities of the club. Discussion centered around the information on the sheet and a consensus was reached that the club should meet once a month on the third Thursday evening on or after 7:00 PM.

General discussion about brewing took place and Rocky shared a bottle of Porter with the group. Jon provided Berliner Weisse, Oatmeal Stout, and Sweet Mead that he had on tap. Jon showed the group most of his brewing equipment in his basement and the batch of Old Peculiar he brewed that day.

A summary of the completed information sheets showed the following goals/activities for the club to be (in order of most votes): Just have fun, Help each other become better brewers/vintners, Develop and share recipes, Annual picnic/cookout, Collectively purchase ingredients, Trade ingredients and/or equipment, Brew together, to learn to brew or do shared batches, Culture and share yeast strains.

The next meeting of the HRHBs is scheduled for February 16, 2006 at 7:00PM, location to be determined.

Jon Stika

The first official meeting of the Heart River Homebrewers is tentatively scheduled for Friday, January, 13th at the residence of Jon Stika for 7:30 pm. Jon’s address is: 1060 4th Ave East.

If you need directions or would like to confirm your presence please call either Jon (483-8788) or myself (290-3036).

Items discussed will be the formation of the club and the groups general sense of direction for the club. At this time we will decide on a frequency of meetings and their dates. It will also be a time to share with the group where your brewing experience is and what area you are looking to explore or improve.

I hope to see you all there and help us kick off the Heart River Homebrewers!