by Joe Gerteis
Saint Paul Homebrewers Club
September 7, 2010
When you first start using a brewing software package, one of the first things the software asks you to do is to pick a formula for hop calculations. The common ones are Rager, Garetz, Tinseth, and Daniels. You may have heard people say that hop calculations are estimates only, and what really matters is consistency rather than absolute accuracy. In other words, what they are saying is pick one that works for you and stick with it. That’s true and it’s good advice. The problem is that brewers are often then forced to pick before they really know what’s involved in the choice. The simple practical advice is this: pick Tinseth and stick with it. But if you care about what’s going on and why, here’s the deal.
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Congratulations to Steve Fletty, Randy Clay and Paul Dienhart who all won medals in the AHA 2011 competition.
The June club meeting will be held at club President Jeff Halvorson’s home, see the e-mail list for the address.The Big Brew begins at 9:00; the club meeting will begin around 2:00pm.
The March meeting will occur on Tuesday the 1st at The Happy Gnome. Meeting begins at 7pm.More details to be posted here and via the club mailing list.
Congratulations Steve Fletty, two medals at the Mazer Cup.
The complete list of award winners is available at the AHA website.Congratulations to Curt and Kathy Stock, Steve Fletty and Gordon Strong for winning gold medals. Kris and Orsi England took a bronze. Gordon also won the Ninkasi award, again! Well done to all.This year DOZE won the Homebrew club of the year award.
The next monthly meeting will be on Tuesday September 7th at The Happy Gnome, starting around 7:00pm upstairs.The topics for the meeting will be recipe formulation and brewing software, PC and Mac.Bring your ears and something to take notes, and don’t forget your beers for feedback. Having your notes from the brewing session will help in understanding what is good and not so good with your beer. So come prepared.
Entries are due by 8/6/2010. Details Results are posted
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!