Welcome to the Ale Riders Homebrew Club

We found a home with Thirsty's

Club Meetings will for the foreseeable future be at Thirsty's. Watch the Happenings - Club Dates page for details.
See you there!


Things we're working on

A quarterly eNewsletter - If you would like to contribute let us know at a Club meeting.
A monthly or as needed eReminder. This will be an emailing list that will remind you of upcoming Club meetings and events.


Use Tax

If you live in South Dakota don't forget to pay Use Tax on goods that you recieve without paid sales tax. For more information and how to pay go to UseTax-Everyone's Responsibility.

Size Matters…for Corks

When you select the corks you use for your wine size matters.  Most home wine makers will have a choice of 3 cork sizes of 2 lengths.  The corks you select will depend on four things; your tools, the length of storage, the bottle size, and the cork material.  Most home wine makers use agglomerate corks, hand corkers, and typically store their wine less than 2 years.  Based on that a #8 – 1 ¾ inch cork is the best choice.  If you intend to store your wine longer than moving up in cork size will accomplish that.  Keep in mind with a hand corker it’s very difficult to get the #9 cork fully into a bottle.

Here's a chart to aid in your cork selection:  Cork sizes


Read about the more common beerware in this contribution from Club member Bill Haggerty.

Beer glasses, like beer drinkers, come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

 Some say that this is simply a marketing issue, that is, building the “brand” by designing a unique vessel that might influence the buying decision more than the beer itself.  InBelgium, where beer glasses are a true art-form, breweries have been known to design the glass before they even craft the beer.  And yet my senses tell me that a fine beer really does taste better in the right glass.  Is it psychological (those marketing people again), or is there is real science backing it up? In truth, using the shape of the glass to affect the beer-drinking experience does have a basis in science.  As we each developed our own awareness and appreciation for fine brews, we’ve become aware of these characteristics:  a hoppy aroma, a creamy head, a hint of fruit, or the visual appeal of a freshly poured beer.  Choosing the right glass will help bring out the best in that brew whether it’s a fine craft beer from a microbrewery or one that you put a lot of love into brewing yourself. I will admit that, as I watch the beer leave the bottle and roll into a glass, I do get a little spacey watching it all develop.  It’s all about that foamy head.  The head acts like a net, capturing the volatiles that create the beer’s aroma. These compounds (which evaporate when the beer is poured) include fruity esters, hop oils, spices, and other additions. And since different styles of beer present different appearances and benefit from different levels of head retention, it follows that the glassware used should “exploit” the characteristics of the beer within the glass... To read the rest of the article download this Adobe pdf:  Beer glasses by Bill