December 2008

Present: Rocky Stoltz, Paul Ellerkamp, Jeremy Jahner, Todd Solem, Dale Sattler, Ryan Jilek, Dennis Froemke, Jon Stika, Mike Anderson and Todd Dorval. 

Welcome to new members Mike Anderson and Todd Dorval! 

The beer of the month supplied by Town & Country Liquors was Leinenkugel’s Fireside Nut Brown lager.  Fireside is a deep amber colored lager with prominent maple sweetness, hazelnut and chocolate flavors and a clean crisp finish.  Fireside is likely the most flavorful beer available of the many varieties brewed by Leinenkugel’s.

Dennis brought a sample of his first beer that he brewed, an Irish Red Ale, which was now fully carbonated.  Paul brought some of his Scottish 60+/- Ale.  Ryan brought some Oktoberfest that was fermented with a California Common (Steam Beer) yeast.  Rocky brought some ESB.  Jon brought some Espresso Porter.  Todd S. brought some wine that is now a year old that was feremented from Concord grapes locally grown by Guy Harper.  Dale brought Elderberry wine from locally grown Elderberries.  Todd D. and Paul each brought Apple Pie liquor. 

Discussed production of brewing shows for Channel 18 (Consolidated Communications local access).  Jon will script some outlines and questions that could be used in shows.  Topics suggested were: types of beer, ingredients, equipment, process for extract brewing vs. all grain, and the steps in making wine.

Jon updated the website to include the link to CafePress for those interested in purchasing items with the club logo on them.  The link to CafePress is on the About Us page.

Jon Stika

Here is a link to Brew Your Own’s website with a page for the new brewer to learn how to brew your first batch!

November 20, 2008
Meeting Minutes of the Heart River Home Brewers

Present: Todd Solem, Ryan Jilek, Rocky Stoltz, Paul Ellerkamp, Dennis Froemke, Dale Sattler and Jon Stika.

Paul reported on the Beaver Creek Brewery in Wibaux, MT that brews and sells beer locally in Wibaux.

Ryan brought some Chokecherry Stout which has very well balanced. Jon brought some Belgian Wit. Dennis brought a few bottles of his first beer, an Irish Red Ale, which was a bit under carbonated, very young and malty. This beer should improve with some carbonation and conditioning. Paul brought some Small Batch 471 Double-hopped IPA which was malty, very hoppy but balanced, with a subtle pineapple aroma. Paul also brought an Irish Stout which was good, but a bit sweet, and fit the Porter style better than a stout.

Dale brought a peach wine and a German rhubarb wine that included some clove and ginger. Both wines were very good.

Beer of the Month from Town & Country Liquors was Summit Maibock. The boys at Summit have done it again and brewed a winner that is true to style. The Maibock had a deep golden color, malty aroma, very malty flavor profile with just enough hop bitterness to balance the sweetness and a soft noble hop finish.

Discussed production of brewing shows for Channel 18. Suggestions included; the first show center on why we brew our own beer and the basic styles of beer. Next, could cover basic equipment and the brewing process, then progress on to each step of the actual brewing process.

Also discussed the possibility of collecting dues and what those dues could be spent on. One suggestion was to sponsor a subscription to Zymurgy and/or Brew Your Own for the Dickinson Public Library so each issue would be available to the public and be archived by the library for future reference.

Jon Stika