Last year Bob McIntire offered a class on brewing water chemistry. I attended and learned a lot. Well, he’s offering it again on February 16th.
He’ll teach you how to read your water test results, and the basics that you need to get your brewing water right. You do not have to be a chemist to take the class, as he’ll show you some basic techniques and chemicals that you can use to dial in your Ph levels, hardness and alkalinity. He’ll even provide a handy free water chemistry calculator that you can use to guide you in adjusting the properties of your water.
The class will be held at Wine Creations, 814 NE 4th Street, Grand Rapids.
Town Hall brewery in Minneapolis will be showcasing their special barrel aged beers again this year during the week of February 18th.
Several members of the club have carried on a tradition of going down to the Cities on Friday of that week, so we can taste all of the beers released. Everyone is welcome to join us, the more the merrier. Really, we mean it! Send a note if you are interested in carpooling.
We usually find a little time to hit one of the other breweries along the Green Line, and find more good food. Don’t miss out on this fun event.
We’ll be gathering at Klockow Brewing Company for our annual Big Brew event. Bring your equipment and brew if you want, or just come and visit with friends who are brewing in the parking lot.
Some of the folks will be showing up at 11 AM to get started, but there is no hurry to get going and finish.
Don’t miss the simultaneous toast at 12:00 p.m. CT. We’ll raise a glass with fellow brewers across the globe who are participating in their local big brew events.
One of the members will be bringing in his electric HERMS system and will crank out a 10 gallon all grain Belgian Dubbel. Others will be doing extract kit brews, and all grain brews on traditional propane burner systems.
This is not a public tasting event, but feel free to bring some homebrew to share with your fellow brewers and guests. You might want to bring some food to eat, and as always, we can order food in for delivery.
In 1988, May 7 was announced before Congress as National Homebrew Day. The American Homebrewers Association (AHA) created AHA Big Brew as an annual event to celebrate National Homebrew Day around the world. AHA Big Brew is held each year on the first Saturday in May.
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During the European Middle Ages and the Renaissance, beer was often a nutritional necessity and was sometimes used in a medicinal setting. It could be flavored with almost anything, from the bark of fir trees to fresh eggs and thyme. Everyone drank beer, including children.