October 2007 Meeting and Tasting

Last night we gathered for the October meeting of the HRHB at 7:30 at the office of Custom Data.  Beers that were tasted and evaluated are pictured below. Thanks to Paul and Ryan for their contributions to the tastings… more will follow as the official minutes are posted. No homebrews were evaluated at this meeting. Thanks again to all those who attended.

2007 Heart River Homebrewers Picnic

Well another year has passed us by and the arrival of fall really kicks off the start of the brewing season. To celebrate this transition we all gathered at Rocky Stoltz’s house for our annual picnic and beer appreciation night. Peanuts and beer served as our kickoff appetizer. Brats, salads, cakes and of course beer were offered up as the main course. For desert we got real serious and started drinking beer. Now since my Read more…

Old Peculiar

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 Read more…

January 2006 Meeting Minutes

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 Read more…

First Official Meeting of HRHB Scheduled

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 Read more…

HRHB Call for Members Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Jon Stika 1060 4th Avenue East Dickinson, ND 58601 Work Phone: 701-225-5113 x107 Home Phone: 701-483-8788 homebrew@heartriverhomebrewers.com http://www.heartriverhomebrewers.com Home Brewers Club forms in Dickinson Dickinson, North Dakota — November 14, 2005 — There’s something new brewing for do-it-yourself beer and wine makers in Dickinson. The Heart River Home Brewers are looking for folks interested in joining a club where they can explore the art and science of brewing beer and making Read more…

Amber Bock

Michelob Amber Bock clone Brewer: Jon Stika Type: All Grain Style: Bock Added: 10/29/2005 OG: 1.043 FG: 1.016 For a 5 gallon batch.  96 oz Pale malt, 14 oz Munich malt, 12 oz 10L Crystal malt, 12 oz Vienna malt, 8 oz Wheat malt, and 6 oz Roasted Barley.  Single infusion mash starting at 154F for 80 minutes.  .5 oz Santium 7.6% AA for 30 minutes, .5 oz Cascade 5.8% AA for 20 minutes, dry hop Read more…

Sweet Mead

A slightly sweet sparkling traditional mead. Brewer: Jon Stika Type: Wild Fruit/Other Style: Traditional Mead OG: 1.083 FG: 1.008 9.5 pounds raw honey 5 teaspoons acid blend 3 Tablespoons yeast nutrient Wyeast 3184 Sweet Mead yeast Boil 5 gallons of water for 10 minutes then allow to cool to 180F.  Dissolve acid blend and yeast nutrient in water then stir in honey until completely dissolved.  Cool to 80F and pitch yeast.  Ferment at 70F-80F until fermentation Read more…

Water Filter and Their Effects on Brewing Water

Water Filters Effect on Brewing Water (by Jon Stika) Activated charcoal (carbon) should reduce Cl significantly and may affect SO4 (as it also has a negative charge and high molecular weight) but I don’t believe it will affect Ca, Mg, Na, and HCO3 significantly even though HCO3 does carry a negative charge. HCO3 and Ca typically will buffer each other, so if a little HCO3 is removed by the activated carbon filter, it will “bounce Read more…