High Plains Draughters December, 2001

I. Last Meeting
II. Next Meeting
III. Luscious Lager Winners
IV. Bock is Best Competition
V. 4th Annual Wichita Homebrew Competition
VI. New Enid Club
VII. Winners Circle
VIII. New at the Brewshops
IX. Next Month's Meeting

I. Last Meeting

Our February meeting, held on Friday, the 21st, featured an excellent program on bottling by Dr. Stephen Law. Following a few brief historical notes, we discussed bottle selection, sanitation procedures, priming options, racking and bottling techniques (the exclusion of oxygen being of utmost importance), capping strategies and proper storage. Steve had lots of buckets, bottles, hoses and other sundry bottling accouterment for everyone to check out. Net, net on the deal, don't treat bottling as a last step, get-it-over-with operation. Respect your beer and bottle it accordingly.

Lots of good beers made the rounds and the spread was the best ever seen. Seems that Caroll Houser was a tad dismayed with the previous month's snacking selections and took it upon herself to put out come fabulous chow. Looked great, tasted better. Thanks, Caroll.

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II. Next Meeting

With all the Bluebonnet Brewoff hullabaloo and everyone's hectic schedule, we've decided to delay the March meeting until April 4th. We'll meet, as usual, at the Belle Isle Brewery at 7:30. No program has been decided upon yet. We may just sit around and show off all our Blue Bonnet winnings.

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III. Luscious Lager Winners

With pale lagers being an especially hard style to brew, we had fewer than 10 entries in the Luscious Lager competition. However, the beers that were judged were excellent across the board. Taking first place with a Bohemian Pilsner was the omnipotent Jim Andrews. His Bo Pils was dead-on style, with a Saaz nose, a bitter palate and a dense, creamy head. The usually-stingy Judge Lloyd gave up a 40 on it, so you know it had to be good. Second was taken by Mike Bovee for an American Pilsner while Third went to Tim Nagode for a Bohemian Pils. We didn't have enough entries in the Freshman division to give out awards, but an honorable mention goes to Neal Wesson for his American Premium Lager.

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IV. Bock is Best Competition

The AHA's Bock is Best Club-Only competition is slated to be judged on May 9th. Entries will be accepted at the Professional Brewer's Warehouse and at SW Brewers Outlet until noon on May 8th. For more info, call one of the newsletter staff, listed below. [For eligible categories, refer to the Competition Page. For a detailed description of each category, see the AHA Style Guide.]

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V. 4th Annual Wichita Homebrew Competition

The 4th Annual Wichita Homebrew Competition will be held on Saturday, April 12. The Wichita competition is always a quality event, well-organized and efficiently run. It's also a one-day trip that is easy to fit into a busy schedule. Those of you looking for judging experience should certainly attend. On March 26th, all club entries will be hand-carried to the event, saving you those nasty shipping hassles and charges. Entries may be brought to Professional Brewer's Warehouse or to SW Brewer's Outlet by Tuesday, March 25th or you may call Tim Nagode (number below) to arrange a drop-off. Entry fee is just $5 per ($4 for 5 or more entries), a small price to pay for the excellent judging and feedback that the Wichita event provides.

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VI. New Enid Club

The state's newest homebrew club with HPD ties is the Fermented Minds Wine and Beer Club in Enid. The club normally meets on the 3rd Saturday of each month and they have been kind enough to put us on their mailing list. Copies of their newsletter are always available at the warehouse shop on 67th. In mid-February, Joe Bocock and Jim Andrews conducted a beginning/intermediate brewing class for the group. Dan and Cheryl Bangs, operators of Cher-Dan's in Enid, hosted a group of active brewers who were eager to learn and willing to taste the dozen or so selections offered by the Professional Brewers team. Following the excursion, Jim, Joe and Oscar the Wonderdog spent the evening at Jim's farm, drinking wine, smoking cigars and chasing the cows.

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XI. Winners Circle

Jim Andrews' winning Bohemian Pilsner was everything a Bo Pils should be--bitter and hoppy with a touch of malt, crystal clear, sporting a dense, rich head. Try this one out.

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XII. New at the Brewshops

Professional Brewers' Warehouse

We just got in a bunch of Schmidling roller mills and we're letting them go for a mere $115 each. Say goodbye to your old Corona and crack the way the experts do.

Fresh flaked oats and flaked barley have just arrived and are ready to go. Don't forget about those new "noble" Oregonian hops we have in stock: Saaz, Tettnanger and Goldings are all available.

The warehouse will be closed on Saturday, March 22nd 'cause we'll be whooping it up at the Bluebonnet. See you there!

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XIII. Next Month's Meeting

May 3rd, National Homebrew Day, need we say more?

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 15th... Hoppy brewing!!!

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