High Plains Draughters February, 1997

I. Last Meeting
II. Next Meeting
III. Hail to Ale Winners
IV. Luscious Lager Competition
V. 11th Annual Blue Bonnet Brewoff
VI. Winners Circle
VII. New at the Brewshops
VIII. Next Month's Meeting

I. Last Meeting

BOCK IS BEST!! The program for our January 24th meeting certainly hammered that point home. The meeting, held at the Belle Isle Brewery, was attended by about 45 of the faithful, including some new visitors. All came out, no doubt to taste some great Bock Bier and ponder the style. The evening begain with an excellent presentation by resident historian-philosopher-beer geek Steve Law. In the beginning, bocks were brewed strong to be tapped in March, when winter's fading effects still chilled those imbibing in the biergartens of Munich. The name was allegedly derived from the town of Einbeck, Germany, though variations of the word mean "billy goat". With the kick a bock can deliver, the term is appropriate, especially with doppelbocks. These high-strength beers were originally brewed by the Pauline monks as "liquid bread" for the Lenten fast and may have contributed to more than one religious experience!

Following Steve's presentation, a tasting session was conducted by the judging committee. Homebrewed beers sampled and discussed by the crowd included Tim Nagode's Maibock and a traditional Bock (recipes for both these beers reside on the club's web page at http://www.draughters.com). [Web Bozo's note: I have Tim's Hellesbock recipe but I'm still looking for that Maibock.] On the commercial side, Spaten's Optimator served as the doppelbock example. Though Oklahoma's import beer selection is a bit limited, Optimator and Paulaner's Salvator are widely available, both excellent examples of the style. The program and tasting seem to have been intended to incite the crowd to brew up a bock for the Bock is Best competition in May, so whip out your Munich malt and go for it!

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II. Next Meeting

The February meeting will be held at the Belle Isle Brewery on Friday, February 21st at 7:30. The technical program will concern the occasionally-neglected-but-oh-so-important-subject of bottling. A really good beer can be thoroughly trashed through neglectful bottling practices. We'll give you the low down on good basic bottling technique as well as some advanced practices like krausening. Bring some of your own best bottling examples, some vittles and a date for the festivities. See you there!

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III. Hail to Ale Winners

Well.We said that the eligible categories in the Hail to Ale competition were popular, but WOW!!! We had an unheralded 39 entries in the competition, even though brewers are limited to one entry per sub-category. Fortunately, the judging committee was prepared and sat two tables of judges with a couple of relatively competent stewards per. There were many excellent beers in all categories and the point spread was tight throughout.

In the Freshmen division (for newer brewers), Bob Rescinito took the honors with an American Brown Ale scoring a 35.7. Second and third were taken by Bill Wiles and Neal Wesson, respectively.

In the Master's division (for beer geek-snobs), the wily Joseph H. Bocock took first with a stellar IPA, scoring an even 39. Yes, for those of you keeping score, it is two years in a row for the Joemeister. Second was taken by Jim Andrews for an American Wheat, while third was snagged by Michal Carson for an American Pale Ale. Michal's win is his second in the Master's division, propelling him into the ranks of the Masterbrewers, though he has yet to correctly answer the question "What are the correct original gravity, terminal gravity, degrees Balling, IBUs, SRM, IMHOs and BFDs of a basic Romulan Ale?

If any of you winners missed picking up your trinket, you can get it at the next meeting or at Professional Brewer's Warehouse. Bragging rights may be utilized immediately.

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IV. Luscious Lager Club-Only Competition

The Luscious Lager competition will be judged on March 7th, so get those entries turned in. They will be accepted at S.W. Brewing Outlet and Professional Brewers' Warehouse until 4:30 p.m. on March 6th, as well as at the February HPD meeting. For a listing of eligible categories, see the Competitions Page. For a detailed description of each category, see the AHA Style Guide.

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V. 11th Annual Blue Bonnet Brewoff

It's shotgun time, folks, so bite the bullet and drag out everything you've got for the Blue Bonnet Brewoff. The trip's going to be a hoot and you should take the necessary steps to get registered now. Friday and Saturday events include a dinner/speaker/tasting thing, judging/stewarding, BJCP test, pub crawl, awards ceremony and other uncategorized distractions. We have the necessary forms to pre-register for all this insanity, so read on. To sign up and/or get your beers entered at the low, low HPD super-special, no-mailing-cost-price, use one of the following methods:

  1. Bring your entries to Professional Brewers' Warehouse on any Saturday during regular operating hours by March 1st. Forms will be available, you'll just have to fill them out and write a check ($7 per entry, extra for the good stuff mentioned above).
  2. Bring your entries and your checkbook to the February HPD meeting. Someone can help you decide what category to enter (an often over-looked skill in entering beer competitions), assist in filling out the necessary forms (of course, you may complete them on your own) and deprive you of hard-earned cash, which we will then forward to the Texans (a small price to pay for the ensuing frivolity).
  3. Contact Tim Nagode (number at bottom) to arrange for some other distorted entry-handoff arrangement (offerings of homebrew or quality imports will almost certainly grease the skids for this method).

If you haven't done one of these forays, you should try it. The Blue Bonnet is one of the best, it's close to home, and you can load up on Belgian ales at Wholefoods in Dallas. Just do it!!

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VI. Winners Circle

As previously stated, how can you go wrong with Mr. Ale Boy's recipe? This beer is swoon-worthy, so don't hesitate, procrastinate or any other -ate. Just brew Joe Bocock's "Oscar's New Year's IPA" now!

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VII. New at the Brewshops

Professional Brewers' Warehouse

Construction of the Killer Grain Mill is finally complete! Andrews has now rebuilt the 1/3 hp steel Schmidling housing so that you get a perfect crack at high speeds with no spillage (so you can crack indoors). The new belt and pulley cracks grain as fast as you can pour it in. Crack in style! Now we have to name the beast. Drop by the warehouse, examine our creation (don't get your fingers in the way), and give us your suggestion for a name. If you supply the best name, you'll win a HPD tshirt.

We just now received U.S. grown Goldings, Saaz and Tettnanger. This means you can use these noble hops for $.90 an ounce instead of the plug price of $1.50 an ounce. We also have a new shipment of U.S. Hallertau hops. So our fresh hop selection (all domestics at $.90 per ounce) is as follows: Hallertau, Columbus, Norther Brewer, Willamette, Cascade Perle, Goldings, Saaz and Tettnanger. We also have Czech Saaz and Hallertau Hersbrucker in imported plugs.

New exotic grains include Hugh Baird Pale, Hugh Baird Smoked Peat Grain and Durst Pilsner Malt. This brings our total inventory of grains to 33 different types.

Our next brewing class will be "All Grain 101" on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10:00 a.m. to noon at the Warehouse, 317 NW 67th. RSVP at 528-3889 or BrewTrout@aol.com.

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VIII. Next Month's Meeting

Uncertain at this point, what with the Blue Bonnet and all. Stay tuned.

That's all for now. If you have comments, contributions, gripes or whatever, feel free to contact one of the newsletter staff. They may be reached (at reasonable hours) at the following numbers: Joe Bocock - 552-2256, Rick Lloyd - 340-1977, Tim Nagode - 280-4957, fax: 290-2754.

See you on the 21st... Hoppy brewing!!!

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