January 2013

Present: Chip Ford, Jerry Ford, Alan Church, Joel Empter, Rocky Stoltz, Michael Kreitinger, Ryan Jilek, Dale Sattler, Paul Ellerkamp, Jeremiah Thorpe and Jon Stika.

Jerry Ford, Alan Church, Rocky Stoltz, Michael Kreitinger, Ryan Jilek, Paul Ellerkamp and  Jeremiah Thorpe delivered quantities of Brown Ale for barrel aging.

Rocky provided a Treasurer’s report showing a balance of $725.65.

Rocky circulated and completed paperwork for the club to retain its’ non-profit status with the state of North Dakota.

Jon reported that he has been promoted to the rank of “Certified” beer judge with the Beer Judge Certification Program.

Discussed transfer of barrel beers.  Thursday, January 31st was tentatively set as the date to transfer Imperial Stout out of the barrel into shareholders vessels and transfer Brown Ale into the barrel for aging.

Elections were held for Vice President, Treasurer and Members at Large.  Ryan was nominated by Michael and Michael nominated by Rocky for Vice President.  Rocky moved that nominations cease, seconded by Alan, motion passed.  President Ford called for a voice vote which elected Michael Kreitinger as the new Vice President.  Alan nominated Rocky for Treasurer.  Michael moved that nominations cease and unanimous ballot be cast for Rocky, seconded by Alan, motion passed.  Rocky will continue to serve as club Treasurer.  Rocky nominated Jeremiah for Member at Large, seconded by Paul.  Ryan nominated Alan for Member at Large, seconded by Michael.  Dale moved that nominations cease and unanimous ballot be cast for Jeremiah and Alan, seconded by Ryan, motion passed.  Jeremiah and Alan are Members at Large.

Discussed malting, home grown hops, wine grape varieties suited to North Dakota and Belgian yeast strains.

Rocky brought a Chokecherry Wheat beer, Ryan brought samples of experimental beers from Budweiser and some of his home-brewed “Hop Concentrate”, Paul brought an ale from Saint Somewhere brewery, Chip brought  an Abbey Dubbel, Jon brought a barrel-aged Scottish 80 Ale, Alan brought Goose Island Mild Winter ale, Dale brought spiced wine and lime wine.

Jon Stika

At the monthly meeting of the Heart River Homebrewers last night we collected all the members beer for the next filling of our Cabernet barrel. Although it was slightly after several members left for the evening we did tap into the current offerings to make sure they were worthy. The 60 gallons of imperial stout that has been resting in there since August 26th has blossomed into a very fine beer. The roasted malts have really balanced out nicely. The delicate subtleties of the cabernet and oak have worked their way nicely into the malty base. This was from a room temp barrel and not carbonated.

The successor for the imperial stout in the barrel will be a brown ale that we collaboratively on a recipe and brewed. There will be 10 different batches of brown ale going in from 8 different brewers. We will be dumping and kegging the stout and putting in the brown Thursday evening the 31st. So samples should start becoming available from the contributing members within a few weeks.

For those who missed the tasting last night at the meeting you’ll see that your club president Jerry didn’t let the spilled imperial stout go to waste. Like a true boy scout the improvised straw made from a pen made handy work of slurping up the spilled stout!