The champion beer of Britain, Harvest Pale (3.8%) from Castle Rock brewery in Nottingham was announced at the CAMRA GBBF on Aug 3rd, so this is not exactly hot off the press. Timothy Taylor’s Landlord Bitter (4.3%) was the runner up, with Hammer Mild (3.8%) from Surrey Hills in third place.What I find of interest is that the Champion beer is described as: ‘blonde and refreshing with distinctive citrus hop.’ , and it has an ABV of 3.8%. So who’s going to brew a blonde session beer with Cascade hops?Of the 25 beers in the winners list only 5 had an ABV of 5% or higher, the highest being an 1872 Porter and a Welsh beer(?) Ysbrid y Ddraig (Ramblers Ruin) both at 6.5%. I wonder when, or if, any US brewers will follow suit and brew beers that we can have more than one of and still walk?
For those who were not able to be at the NHC here is a link to most of the speaker presentations posted on the AHA website.Check out the latest dashboard!
The monthly meeting will be at Northern Brewer at the Mead Day thing on Saturday August 7th.
Elections for Pres and VP will be held.
iPod touch and iPhone apps.
Here are some free Beer related apps for your iPod or iPhone:
Avery Brewing Co.
These are not free:
Brew Pal 0.99c
Get Hoppy 0.99c
My Brew $1.99
Northland Brewing. Tim Cichon Northland Brewing is a shot of my system functioning following with a couple different side angles. The mash-tun sits on a shelve that will slide in and out. Once I’m done mashing I can tear down the system and be left with just my boil kettle. I use an immersion chiller and do not use a pump. Results have been pretty good over the years. I have only dumped 2 batches – one my temperature gauge broke and the other mistake was adding fresh Mango to a couple gallons of Helles. I only lager two batches per year. One O-fest for my annual poker party and one Helles for spring.Next pictures are (4) of my gravity fed system working. Yes, I do climb the ladder to dump water for my HLT.Pictures 5 and 6 are of my fly sparging lid. This is also homemade as my system was made on a very tight budget7 is a picture of my homemade hopstopper. Works very well. I purchased 2 stainless steel strainers from IKEA, deconstructed them, sewed them together with copper wire.The last picture is the outcome of the Northland Brewing Ghetto Gravity Stystem ~hmmmmmm BEER or wort at this time.
Nic Henke and other SPHBC members were interviewed for an article in Saturday June 19th edition of the Pioneer Press.
The June meeting will be at the National Homebrewers Convention.There will not be a meeting at the Happy Gnome on Tuesday June 1st.Normal service will be resumed in July.
This Saturday, May 1st, the SPHBC May meeting will be at the Big Brew behind Northern Brewer. Come and see the club’s 40gal system. We are starting at about 10:00.
SPHBC Memebers message:Drop off your entries by Friday night at the Northern Brewer retail store (the retail store closes at 7pm).Members can check the SPHBC discussion group for more details.
Check out our own Curt Stock as he is featured, dare I say starring in this feature from KPHO, Arizona? This is a red letter day for SPHBC; Curt stars on TV and Kristen and Ron Pattinson have their book 1909! Beer style guide published.
There won’t be a February meeting at the Happy Gnome. Come an help at Mash Out the weekend before!The March and April meetings are OK. There won’t be a May meeting at the Happy Gnome but we may have a big brew instead so watch here for details….