May 2008

HRHB meeting minutes – May 22, 2008 Custom Data Dickinson, ND

Present: Paul Ellerkamp, Dale Sattler, Dennis Froemke, Ryan Jilek, Rocky Stoltz (at 9PM) and Jon Stika.

President Ellerkamp called the meeting to order at 7:40PM. Motion to change the starting time of regular monthly meetings from 7:30PM to 6:30PM that was tabled at the last meeting was discussed. Sattler called for a vote on the motion and the motion passed. Starting with the June 2008 meeting, the regularly scheduled monthly meeting will begin at 6:30PM.

Beer of the month from Town & Country Liquors – Rogue Mocha Porter. Following is the evaluation: Malty-roasty aroma. Flavor was complex with sweetness up front, good hop flavor in the middle, with a slightly dry cocoa/coffee finish. A very late hop flavor, but not as hoppy or dry as a Stout. Nice head formation and retention.

Ellerkamp reported that the lagering box built by Stika from plywood and an old water cooler from Jilek had stopped running and was most likely beyond repair. Jilek suggested that the insulated box could be connected to an existing refrigerator to cool it and it could still be used for the intended purpose.

The summer picnic was briefly discussed but no action taken.

The idea of a requirement for membership in the HRHB club was brought up by Jilek and briefly discussed by the group. Jilek suggested that to be considered a member in good standing, each member should be required to brew a batch of beer or wine at least once a year, and share it with the membership present at a regularly scheduled meeting. No motion was made on this topic.

Stika brought some Avery White Rascal Belgian Wit beer. Ellerkamp brought some; Hoegaarden Wit, homebrewed Grand Cru and Belgian Wit (Patersbier kit) and Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine. Sattler brought some chokecherry wine.

The Avery White Rascal was very yeasty and spicy and generally not well received by the group. The Hoegaarden Wit was excellent. The Grand Cru was only slightly carbonated as it had not had much time to condition but was otherwise judged to be very good and would be even better once carbonation and conditioning is complete. The Patersbier Belgian Wit was good but had a very pronounced butterscotch (diacetyl) flavor. The diacetyl was not offensive, but more pronounced than typical for the style. Ellerkamp reported he had problems with the yeast initiating fermentation and it was theorized that perhaps the yeast finished weakly and did not appreciably reduce the diacetyl in the secondary fermentation. The Bigfoot Barleywine was a VERY INTENSE beer. Huge malt, hops and alcohol flavors were almost overpowering. Definitely a beer that must be sipped! The chokecherry wine had excellent color, body, and flavor and was well balanced between sweet and dry.

Jilek suggested a flyer of our beer-of-the-month evaluation could be published and provided to Town & Country to promote their beers.  No formal action was taken on this issue.

Motion by Jilek seconded by Stika to adjourn. Motion passed, meeting adjourned.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Heart River Home Brewers will be on June 26, 2008 at 6:30PM at Custom Data.


Jon Stika

Present at the April 24, 2008 meeting were; Ryan Jilek, Todd Solem, Rocky Stoltz, Dale Sattler*, Dennis Froemke and Jon Stika. In the absence of President Ellerkamp, Vice President Jilek called the meeting to order at 7:30PM. *Dale Sattler is a new member recruited by Paul Ellerkamp.

Ryan informed the group that he had made an arrangement with Town & Country Liquors of Dickinson that T&CL would provide the club with a different beer for evaluation each month, and that the club would agree to post the evaluation on the club website. The beer provided by Town & Country Liquors for this meeting was McEwan’s Scotch Ale brewed by Scottish Courage Ltd. of Edinburgh, Scotland. Evaluation of the beer found it to be sweet with a very strong malt aroma described as “a baked biscuit covered in malt syrup”. The flavor was described as “drinking chocolate cake” with a distinct alcohol flavor in the profile. The beer had excellent head retention, Brussels lace on the side of the glass and was a deep brown in color.

Rocky brought some of his Coffee Stout which had a very good coffee aroma and flavor with a slightly dry finish…overall a nice example for the style. Jon brought Boulevard Pale Ale, Stone Mill Pale Ale and some of his own Pale Ale. The Stone Mill Pale Ale was judged better by virtue of maltiness and smoothness than the Boulevard Pale Ale. Jon’s Pale Ale was judged to be smooth with a citrusy hop aroma and a medium malt finish. Todd brought a wine he made from locally grown Concord grapes. The wine was light in color with a slight astringency and some acetic acid detected by Dale. Dale brought some Dandelion wine that included some lemon. The wine was very light in color with an excellent flavor and balance.

Dale mentioned that Dave Walter was interested in becoming a member of the club. Dave formerly operated a homebrew supply business in Dickinson.

Ryan mentioned that he had a plastic conical vessel of approximately 16 gallon capacity and a small refrigerator that he would be willing to sell. Ryan said the refrigerator would hold 3 or possibly 4 Cornelius kegs.

Motion made by Froemke, seconded by Stoltz that the club consider starting the monthly meetings at 6:30PM rather than 7:30PM. Solem asked that the motion be tabled until the next meeting at which the President was present before the motion would be voted upon.

Discussion took place regarding a deadline for Froemke to brew his first batch of beer. Though no motion was made on the subject it was generally agreed that he should have his first batch of beer brewed before November 2008.

Discussion also took place regarding the club developing a bank of brewing yeast. Ryan mentioned that he had experience preparing slants for the purpose of preserving yeast.Ryan moved to adjourn, seconded by Solem. Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully,Jon Stika