Welcome to the Ale Riders Homebrew Club

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Club Meetings are moving to the Firehouse upstairs.

At 5 PM on the second Saturday of the month. Geek Corner will usually start between 4:00 and 4:30 PM.

See you there!

The 2014 Ale Riders Homebrew Competition is nearing the day of judging!

Judging will be the weekend of 20 September 2014 with winner announcements at the Rapid City Bierbörse event on 4 October 2014. For more information, rules, and to register as a Judge or Steward go to AleRiders.BrewCompetition.com.

This is a BJCP sanctioned event.

For more information about events at the Main Street Square in Rapid City, SD visit www.MainStreetSquareRC.com

Water and Brewing

How does water affect your beer?  For all-grain brewers pH has effects on enzymes and mash conversion as well as the sparge and tannin extraction.  For all brewers pH can affect the boil, clarification, hop extraction, flavor, and ultimately the fermentation.  There are several aspects to consider when adjusting your water.  Why are you adjusting, when are you adjusting, and how are you adjusting your brew are all questions that you as the brewer having to answer. Continue reading

2014 Ale Riders Homebrew Competition and Main Street Square Bierbörse

The planning has started for the 2014 Bierbörse. It looks lke this will finally be the year for the actual Bierbörse or beer stock exchange. Watch the price of a popular beer rise as the less popular drops until there's a run on it and everything turns around. This is going to be fun.

As always when we have the Ale Riders Homebrew Competition we'll need help. We'll need judges, stewards, and entrants. Start thinking about which you want to help with.  We haven't set the judging dates yet but mid-September is likely going to be it.

The Club will also have it's booth so that means we'll need volunteers to work it as well as brews. It's not too early to step up and volunteer.

More to come.

Beerware

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