Omahops July 2013  Meeting

Thanks to Sam Oakes for hosting our July meeting. You couldn't have ordered more perfect summer evening weather Sam. We tossed out potential Fall Big Brew ideas and discussed the progress of the new breweries in town. We had an opportunity to sample several homebrews Friday evening. We had a few Spring Big Brews to sample. Brian poured his lager version, Damian fermented his as a Kolsch and we had Sam's as well. Damian also shared his Blueberry Wheat and his Cider while Sam provided a Belgian Golden Strong and a Barleywine. Jose poured a nice roasty Porter. Tom (with his patented Hawk-Nip bottles) brought us an English IPA, Maibock and a Dopplebock.

After the homebrews we sample a variety of commercial beers. Notably Elliot's Mackeson Stout from England and Killer Penguin from closer to home.

Thanks once again to Sam for letting us invade your home, armed with beer.

Don't forget the August 21st meeting Chris has arranged for us Cornhusker Beverage. You might want to do a little shopping while you're there!  (meeting info here)

See you there.



Omahops May 2013  Meeting

Thank you President Marc for hosting our May meeting, especially for going above and beyond with the brats and other assorted munchies.  We welcomed a new homebrewer in Jason Romano and had a chance to sample his second ever batch of beer, a lemon coriander wheat.  Marc poured a young version of our spring big brew creme ale, along with an old ale, Russian imperial stout and a couple of meads.  Floyd provided a cranberry orange wheat and an american wheat, both from NBC's wort transformation competition.  Duane shared a steam beer.  Brian brought a gluten-free mocha mild ale, fall big brew old ale, and a clone of Dogfish Head's Bitches Brew (3/4 RIS, 1/4 Te'j).  We also sampled a few commercial brews before the night was over.  There was some preliminary talk of the Fall Big Brew with the only consensus leaning towards a darker style.  Next meeting is Friday June 21 at Tom Hawk's (meeting info here).  See you there.



Omahops Apri; 2013  Big Brew

Once again let me start with a thank you to everyone. When you all jump in to help plan and implement, it it just is easy to co-ordinate things.
the beer looks good and came out close to predicted numbers so i am hopeful.

We will have to spend some money on a chiller again.  The counter flow suffered some damage over the winter from residual water bursting some copper.  Did the same thing myself a couple years ago.  Elliot is going to inspect and decide if it is repairable. We used a nifty plate chiller of Kents that worked well  but needs ultra fine hop bags that might affect our hop utilization plans. . will get some facts then we can decide.

Hops- Kent: I owe you for the Magnums, can't believe i spaced ours. Can send you the lb. we have stashed or pay you and have you keep the other 1/2 lb for another occasion.
Was nice to meet your metalworker friend. We are a bit ahead on club funds, can you ask him if it would be possible to devise a collar or something to increase our capacity by 20- 25 gallons or so?
We had just enough wort for all members who wanted it. maybe we should look at at increasing volume in some way.

Again, Thanks to everyone. The munchies were great as was the beer. Clearly you brought out your best.

C    Y A


MARCH 2013


few of us got together tonight at the moon. Loved the Odells chocolate  imperial creme stout. Found something very unusual at Beertopia.  A Bass IPA. I had heard they were doing one based on their old recipe but had never seen it. Green label, says historically based , adjusted to modern malts.  6% ETOH  which i would think would be a bit low historically. Anyway I'm looking forward trying this one Sat AM.

 Have changed BB plan to fit in with our discussions. Could still increase the percentage of carapils if we wanted.