Sunday, February 23, 2014

Stout Meeting - February 2014

The winners from the Stout Meeting are:

PlaceBrewer(s)Style
1stJoe AForeign Export
2ndBrian CRussian Imperial
3rdDallasForeign Export

Congratulations to the winners!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Dark Beer Meeting and the Big Bad Barrel Project

Big Bad Barrel
This post is a little late, but we had a combination Dark Beer Meeting and filled our barrel for our Tart of Darkness project back on November 9th. The meeting was open to any dark beer which allowed members to judge a variety of styles. Here are this month's winners:


PlaceBrewer(s)Style
1stBrianDoppelbock
2ndJoe AOatmeal Stout
3rdBonnieCoffee Stout

Congratulations to the winners!

Big Bad Barrel Project
This project started off a little while back when we acquired a used whiskey barrel from Epic Brewing. Epic retires their barrels after three fills and this one was used to age their Big Bad Baptist Imperial Stout. We considered doing a clean beer for our first fill but eventually settled on a beer inspired by Tart of Darkness, a sour stout from The Bruery. I think it's safe to say everyone was excited about this project.

All participants brewed the same recipe (Tart of Darkness - Sour Stout) and primary fermentation was performed at home. Two batches were fermented with Roeselare (Wyeast 3763) and the rest were fermented clean (WLP013/Wyeast 1028). The only other difference was some toasted the flaked oats and some did not. By November 9th, all the batches had finished primary and were ready to be transferred to the barrel for aging.

With all the kegs and carboys lined up, we did an informal tasting before transferring each contribution to the barrel; I'm glad to say none were rejected. It was really interesting to taste the subtle differences between each batch. As for the fill itself, everything went well but there were some lessons learned. For example, it takes quite a while to rack 55-ish gallons of beer through 3/16" tubing and gravity fed racking canes. Next time we'll shoot for having more CO2 tanks and fittings on hand in order to move the beer into the barrel more quickly.

When all was said and done, we had a barrel full of delicious stout that which seemed to already be experiencing a secondary fermentation. We intentionally added some of the yeast cake from the Roeselare batches to inoculate the barrel and hopefully ensure some nice souring over the next 6-12 months. We hooked up a blow-off hose and rolled it into the corner for its aging period.

Thanks go out to Jeff N for spotting the barrel on Epic's Facebook page, for hosting the meeting, and for being willing to store the barrel for the next 6-12 months. Thanks to Rob R for picking up the barrel and making the cradle. Thanks to Dallas for researching the recipe. And finally, thanks to the following participants who helped make this a success:

  • Dallas
  • Dan O
  • Jeff N
  • Jeff O
  • Joe A
  • Josh
  • Mike H
  • Mike J
  • Rob R
  • Travis
Jeff and Dallas are ready to fill the barrel
Barrels make people happy
Sanitation is even important when it comes to barrels 
Everyone pitching in to help
Don't get between a man and his CO2
Travis and Mike sampling one of the beers
Dan and Mike enjoying more samples
Dallas contemplating what this brew will become 
Travis, barrel guardian
One of the Roeselare batches
Getting there...
Stout, whiskey, and oak aromas filled the air
Jeff taking his turn at steadying the corny
Mike has his contribution ready to go
Jeff adding a blowoff - it foamed for about three days

Tart of Darkness - Sour Stout

This is the recipe used for the club's Big Bad Barrel Project. Each participant brewed their batch and did a primary fermentation at home. They were then combined in the barrel for aging.

74% American 2-row
7% Crystal 60
7% Flaked Oats
6% American Chocolate
3% American Black Roast
Saaz for bittering
Yeast - Split between Wyeast 1028 or WLP013 for a clean primary and Wyeast 3763 Roeselare Blend

OG 1.065
8 IBU

Mash at 156-158F

Monday, September 30, 2013

2013 Bier Brauen at Grace Lutheran


The first ever Bier Brauen Competition was held 9/20 and 9/21 as part of Grace Lutheran's Oktoberfest celebration. Congratulations to ZZ Hops members Mike H, Travis, Mike J, and Josh. Special thanks go out to Kevin Bartel, Travis Grimm and all the volunteers that helped make this innaugural event a success.


Best of Show Winners
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stMike HornerHelles1D: Munich Helles
2ndMike JohnsonWeizenbock15C: WeizenbockZZ Hops
3rdJohn Coates14B: American IPA


Table 1: Light Lager/Pilsner (8 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stMike HornerHelles1D: Munich Helles
2ndMike JohnsonHelles1D: Munich HellesZZ Hops
3rdTravis GrimmGrimmbrau Wunderschon Pils2A: German Pilsner (Pils)ZZ Hops


Table 2: European Amber Lager (8 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stTravis GrimmGrimmbrau Festbier3B: Oktoberfest/MarzenZZ Hops
2ndVince StuartOktoberfest3B: Oktoberfest/MarzenLauter Day Brewers
3rdTracy JohancsikOver The Pond Octoberfest3B: Oktoberfest/Marzen


Table 3: Dark Lager (6 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stVince StuartSchwarzbier 2.04C: SchwarzbierLauter Day Brewers
2ndTracy JohancsikDawn’s Dunkel4B: Munich Dunkel
3rdTracy JohancsikSalvation Schwarz4C: Schwarzbier


Table 4: Stout (7 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stRobert TrewarthaRelentless13C: Oatmeal Stout
2ndMike JohnsonRIS13F: Imperial StoutZZ Hops
3rdWesley SwensonStoutness13B: Sweet Stout


Table 5: Belgian/French Ale (11 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stAndrew Ayers
Co-Brewer: LaDayna Riggs
Lemongrass Saison16C: Saison
2ndMike HSaison16C: Saison
ZZ Hops
3rdAndrew Ayers
Co-Brewer: LaDayna Riggs
Flemish Pale Ale16B: Belgian Pale Ale


Table 6: K├Âlsch (4 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stAndrew Ayers
Co-Brewer: LaDayna Riggs
Honey Kolsch6C: Kolsch
2ndGreg PopeWeispfennig Kolsch6C: Kolsch
3rdCody McKendrickIt Happened To Be On Tap Kolsch6C: KolschLauter Day Brewers


Table 7: Altbier (5 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stKenneth MunckDusseldorf Altbier7C: Dusseldorf Altbier
2ndHoyt BrewsterThe Altstadt7C: Dusseldorf Altbier
3rdKenneth MunckMunster Alt7A: Northern German Altbier


Table 8: English Pale Ale (7 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stPatrick BourqueEnglish Blunderbuss8C: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
2ndLennie MahlerESB8C: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)
3rdTracy JohancsikSorachi ESB8C: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale)


Table 9: German Wheat and Rye (2 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stMike JohnsonWeizenbock15C: WeizenbockZZ Hops
2ndScott CoxRye Knot15D: Roggenbier (German Rye Beer)


Table 10: American Pale Ale (10 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stJoshua Van JuraOz Neuvo10A: American Pale Ale10A: American Pale AleZZ Hops
2ndPaul GaileyLate Night10A: American Pale AleLauter Day Brewers
3rdVince StuartWyld Clone10A: American Pale AleLauter Day Brewers


Table 11: IPA (15 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stJohn Coates14B: American IPA
2ndHoyt BrewsterTrapped In Time14B: American IPA
3rdScott CoxCitra Double IPA14C: Imperial IPA


Table 12: Specialty Beer (13 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stLennie MahlerBelgian Blond On Oak23A: Specialty Beer
2ndMike JohnsonSaison With Brett23A: Specialty BeerZZ Hops
3rdMike HahnIPA On Spanish Cedar23A: Specialty BeerZZ Hops

Flying Carp Open Meeting - August 2013

It was a three way tie this month. The winners from the Flying Carp Open Meeting are:

PlaceBrewer(s)Style
1stDan OJalapeno Cream Ale
1stJeff OBlack IPA
1stJoe AFarmhouse Ale on Cherries

Congratulations to the winners!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

2013 Beehive Brew-off Results


Last weekend was the 5th Annual Beehive Brew-off. ZZ Hops members did well again this year. Congratulations to Mike H, Travis, Mike J, Davo, Joe, Jeff, Josh, and Rob. As always, special thanks go out to Jamie Burnham, Kileen Alston, Mark Alston and all the volunteers that helped make this event possible.


Best of Show Winners
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stChris Detrick
Co-Brewer: Kyle Trammell
Jack Mormon Sour Monk16E: Belgian Specialty AleThe Brewing Network
2ndSean LandisTwin Peaks Doppelbock5C: DoppelbockLauter Day Brewers
3rdMike HahnRussian Imperial Stout With Spanish Cedar22C: Wood-Aged BeerZZ Hops


Table 1: (1402) 1 - Light Lager (14 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stConor PapineauCervesa1B: Standard American Lager
2ndLawrence OstroskiRasenmaher1A: Lite American Lager
3rdMike HornerHelles1D: Munich Helles


Table 2: (1502) 2 - Pilsner (15 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stTravis GrimmWild American Pilsner2C: Classic American PilsnerZZ Hops
2ndMark AlbrechtBrohemian Pills2B: Bohemian PilsenerLauter Day Brewers
3rdBrad CooleySeditious2A: German Pilsner (Pils)


Table 3: (1502) 3 - Euro Amber Lager (14 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stVince StuartOktoberfest3B: Oktoberfest/MarzenLauter Day Brewers
2ndBart HansenLoosen Der Leaderhosin3A: Vienna LagerO Town Hop Heads
3rdConor PapineauVienna Lager3A: Vienna Lager


Table 36: (1402) 4 - Dark Lager (13 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stJustin KingsfordDer Teufel Dunkel4B: Munich Dunkel
2ndTravis GrimmGrimmbrau Schwarzherz4C: SchwarzbierZZ Hops
3rdScott HuntBrazilian Black4C: Schwarzbier


Table 5: (0701) 5 - Bock (6 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stSean LandisTwin Peaks Doppelbock5C: DoppelbockLauter Day Brewers
2ndScott HuntTelefunken U-475B: Traditional Bock
3rdMike JohnsonTraditional Bock5B: Traditional BockZZ Hops


Table 6: (1001) 6a, c - Cream Ale & Kolsch (9 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stEric Fredrickson
Co-Brewer: Casey Hemmis
Kappa Kolsch6C: Kolsch
2ndMike MirabellaCream Ale6A: Cream AleLauter Day Brewers
3rdVince StuartGP LITE6A: Cream AleLauter Day Brewers


Table 7: (1402) 6b - Blonde Ale (13 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stMike HornerBlonde6B: Blonde Ale
2ndTrent BangerBlonde6B: Blonde AleThe Brewing Network
3rdChris O’BryantBig Titty Blonde6B: Blonde Ale


Table 8: (1201) 6d - American Wheat or Rye (11 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stDean VolungisWhite Wheat6D: American Wheat or Rye Beer
2ndBranden McIntyreAmerican Wheat6D: American Wheat or Rye Beer
3rdBenjamin Jones
Co-Brewer: Robert Willingham
Iron Wheat6D: American Wheat or Rye Beer


Table 9: (0701) 7 - Amber Hybrids (7 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stZach AdamsAlt7A: Northern German AltbierThe Brewing Network
2ndTravis GrimmSteamroller Lager7B: California Common BeerZZ HOPS
3rdHoyt BrewsterThe Altstadt7C: Dusseldorf Altbier


Table 10: (1402) 8 - English Pale Ales (14 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stJared YoungYES (Young's Extra Special)8C: Extra Special/Strong Bitter
2ndPaul DeschampsSchool Night8A: Standard/Ordinary Bitter
3rdJared Young Brigham’s Best8B: Special/Best/Premium Bitter


Table 11: (2202) 9 - Scottish & Irish Ales (22 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stDavo MahaffeyYummie Scotch Ale 9E: Strong Scotch AleZZ Hops
2ndTrevor GowansBollocks Be The Irish Red9D: Irish Red Ale
3rdAndrew AyersHoly Haggis 80/-9C: Scottish Export 80/-


Table 12: (3703) 10a - American Pale Ale (36 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stJosh TurnerPike’s Pale Ale10A: American Pale Ale
2ndPaul GaileySuck It, Valentine No. 210A: American Pale AleLauter Day Brewers
3rdHoyt BrewsterCrosseyed & Painless10A: American Pale Ale


Table 13: (1502) 10b - American Amber Ale (15 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stPatrick Bourque
Co-Brewer: Bryant Gordan
Pale Gone Amber10B: American Amber Ale
2ndLennie MahlerAmber Ale10B: American Amber Ale
3rdLanny DerbyUp Weight10B: American Amber Ale


Table 14: (1602) 10c - American Brown Ale (16 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stClay TurnbowBaseline Brown10C: American Brown AleLauter Day Brewers
2ndCort SessionsGrand Jury10C: American Brown Ale
3rdTerry SeylerBuddy’s Brown Ale10C: American Brown Ale


Table 15: (1301) 11 - English Brown Ale (13 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stLanny DerbyOn The Button11A: Mild
2ndTrevor Gowans
Co-Brewer: Josh Gowans
MR F11C: Northern English Brown Ale
3rdRobert RysYallery Brown11A: MildKC Nanobrews


Table 16: (0801) 12 - Porter (8 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stDavo MahaffeyDavo’s Baltic Porter12C: Baltic PorterZZ Hops
2ndTrent BangertPassy McPassed Out Porter12B: Robust PorterThe Brewing Network
3rdDanny KunimuraEast Kent Porter12A: Brown Porter


Table 17: (2202) 13 - Stout (19 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stJoe AruscavageKief’s Extra Stout13D: Foreign Extra StoutZZ Hops
2ndChris DetrickJack Mormon Stout13B: Sweet StoutThe Brewing Network
3rdBonnie BarlowMatrimony MilK Stout13B: Sweet Stout


Table 18: (1202) 13f - Imperial Stout (11 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stDallas BarlowDirty Hippie Celebration Ale13F: Imperial Stout
2ndChris DetrickJack Mormon Imperial Stout13F: Imperial StoutThe Brewing Network
3rdJordan Smith
Co-Brewer: Steve Kirk
Winter Solstice13F: Imperial Stout


Table 19: (3604) 14 - India Pale Ale (36 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stChris Detrick
Co-Brewer: Shawn Margetts, Daniel Schulz, Greg Robinson
Jack Mormon Double 69 IPA14B: American IPAThe Brewing Network
2ndMike Hahn English IPAEnglish IPA14A: English IPAZZ Hops
3rdMick CummardBig Rock IPA14B: American IPA


Table 21: (2202) 15 - German Wheat And Rye (22 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stScott HuntBanana Hammock15A: Weizen/Weissbier
2ndMike JohnsonWeizenbock15C: WeizenbockZZ Hops
3rdWes Bowen
Co-Brewer: Ro Erb
Hefeweizen15A: Weizen/Weissbier

Table 22: (0901) 16A - Witbier (9 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stScott Hunt
Co-Brewer: Mick Cummard
Manneken Pis16A: Witbier
2ndMarc KieselLemongrass Belgian16A: Witbierclass bravo brewing
3rdZachary CrawfordGet Wit It!16A: Witbier


Table 23: (2002) 16c,d - Saison and Biere De Garde (18 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stRay MadsenSaison D’ Madsen16C: Saison
2ndPatrick Bourque
Co-Brewer: Bryant Gordan
Summer Is Coming... 16C: Saison
3rdZach BarrowsMiel Ble Saison16C: Saison


Table 26: (2002) 16e - Belgian Specialty (19 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stChris Detrick
Co-Brewer: Kyle Trammell
Jack Mormon Sour Monk16E: Belgian Specialty AleThe Brewing Network
2ndBryan GordonBG’s Grisette16E: Belgian Specialty AleO-Town Hop Heads
3rdJeff NicholsonMonks Cut Patersbier16E: Belgian Specialty AleZZ Hops


Table 25: (2202) 17 - Sour Ales (22 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stDallas BarlowMay Love Never Sour (Wedding Berliner Weisse)17A: Berliner Weisse
2ndJosh Van JuraOud Bruin17C: Flanders Brown Ale/Oud BruinZZ Hops
3rdWes BowenOud Pank17F: Fruit Lambic


Table 26: (3303) 18 - Belgian Strong Ale (32 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stPatrick Bourque
Co-Brewer: Bryant Gordan
Belgian Strong Ale18D: Belgian Golden Strong Ale
2ndRobert FrazierBelgian Dark18E: Belgian Dark Strong Ale
3rdRay MadsenTwo Monks Belgian Dubbel18B: Belgian Dubbel


Table 27: (1402) 19 - Strong Ale (14 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stClifton WinterA Mad God19A: Old Ale
2ndBob TrewarthaHairy Belly Bob’s19C: American Barleywine
3rdKirk HofelingFireside Contemplation19C: American Barleywine


Table 28: (3003) 20 - Fruit Beer (28 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stRob RutledgeWisconsin Belgian Red20A: Fruit BeerZZ Hops
2ndRobert RysJubilee20A: Fruit BeerKC Nanobrews
3rdMichael Pezely
Co-Brewer: Tim Cantwell
Haole Coconut Brown Ale20A: Fruit BeerLauter Day Brewers


Table 29: (4004) 21 - Spice/herb/vegetable Beer (38 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stDJ BenwayCPPA #221A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
2ndScott Hunt
Co-Brewer: Mick Cummard
Schism Juniper Rye Ale21A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer
3rdTrevor GowansRoasted Poblano Cream Ale21A: Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer


Table 30: (2202) 22 - Smoke And Wood Aged Beer (22 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stMike HahnRussian Imperial Stout With Spanish Cedar22C: Wood-Aged BeerZZ Hops
2ndSteve MottBourbon Barrel Oatmeal Stout22C: Wood-Aged Beer
3rdO-Town Hop Heads
Co-Brewer: B. Gordon, C. Fonnesbeck, T. Shivers, R. Ellis, B. Parsons, P. Winslow, G. Bevenger, E. Byrd
RIS Barrel Project22C: Wood-Aged BeerO-Town Hop Heads


Table 31: (2703) 23 - Specialty Beer (24 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stMichael Pezely
Co-Brewer: Tim Cantwell
Tropic Thunder (Wild Ale)23A: Specialty BeerLauter Day Brewers
2ndJosh Van JuraRye’d Divide23A: Specialty BeerZZ Hops
3rdPatrick Bourque
Co-Brewer: Bryant Gordan
Go-Go Gose!23A: Specialty Beer


Table 32: (1802) 24, 25, 26 Meads (18 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stKarl HansenCheery Mead25C: Other Fruit Melomel
2ndBryce SchulzkeLady Of The Holy Trinity24C: Sweet Mead
3rdBryce Schulzke1st Braggoteer26B: Braggot


Table 33: (1502) 27 - Ciders (13 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stChaz SmithElder. Cider28B: Fruit Cider
2ndAlun Thomas
Co-Brewer: Craig Teerlink
Scrumpers Natural27B: English Cider
3rdLennie MahlerDry Cider28C: Applewine


Table 34: (0801) 16B - Belgian Pale Ale (8 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stHans GrobergGewoon Pale16B: Belgian Pale Ale
2ndDJ BenwayBrightown Belgian16B: Belgian Pale Ale
3rdJeremy LlewellynBelgian Pale Ale16B: Belgian Pale AleLauter day Brewers


Table 40: (1902) 14C - Imperial IPA (19 entries)
PlaceBrewer(s)Entry NameStyleBrew Club
1stDallas BarlowCold Hop Water "With A Smack Of Hops"14C: Imperial IPA
2ndMike HornerPliny Ala Mike14C: Imperial IPA
3rdDennis BrownPlenty Good Beer14C: Imperial IPAO-Town Hopheads


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Framboise Blend

This is Mike H's winning Framboise Blend recipe from the June 2013 Flying Carp Open Meeting.

Framboise Blend:

5# Pilsner Malt
1# Cara-Pils
3# Flaked Wheat
2 oz. Really old dry hops
East Coast Ale Yeast

Added brett starter after 3 weeks
Added pedio 2 weeks after brett
Added 4 lbs raspberries 9 months later
Bottled 6 months later
Split 2 1/2 gal with old lambic
Bottled 2 1/2 gal straight