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.
[5 Feb 2014]
Got the tuff tank fermenters today. It's hard to believe that they're 14 gallon which will be perfect for those 10-gallon batches (more like 11-gallons). They're going to save a lot of space. The walls are a little thinner than I had hoped but they are still very strudy. The all plastic valve is a good inch from the inside bottom so trub won't be an issue. I'll have to see how much liquid this equates to. The valve stem is also a solid half inch above the table or surface on the outside. They won't make yeast harvesting easy unless you scoop it up or tip it after transferring the beer. The threaded end of the valve assembly is inserted through a hole and uses a plastic nut and thick sealing washer compressed together. The air lock uses a small drilled stopper in a whole in the lid. The lid goes on and off easily and has an o-ring for sealing. They look to be easy to clean and sanitze. I'll update this once I brew with them. Maybe this weekend.
[23 Feb 2014]
Well the first 10-gal batch is coming to the end of its fermentation. So I thought I'd give some of my thoughts on this product.
- Nice size - the cube shape is very space saving.
- Seals very nicely.
- Built in handles on all four sides.
- Very large opening.
- Light weight while still being fairly strong.
- Cost – under $70 for a 14-gallon fermenter.
- Shop for vittles vaults, better bottle or similar valve, and a small drilled plug and airlock to make your own and save 10% to 25+%.
- The 14-gallon version when filled to 10-gallons is very heavy.
- The 7-gallon version may be a lot easier to handle.
- The handles can be a little slippery as they are slightly rounded.
- The flat bottom means maximum beer to trub contact and extremely difficult to harvesting yeast if you are doing this.
- Most importantly sanitizing may be challenging.
- The interior surface is slightly textured, but not rough, with lots of bends and corners.
- The interior of the lid has a lot of “ribs” and crevices.
- The thread on the tank is a sleeve that’s very securely applied to the large opening but there remains a tight gap on the inside.
- This may need to be filled with silicone or marine epoxy.
- Cost – 9
- Functionality – 6
- Ease of use – 8
GET TO BREWING!!!!!!
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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