Brewing Water Chemistry

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.

February 16, 2018   Time: 1pm – 3 pm

Cost :$5.00

Please call (218) 326-9490 to register.

Don’t miss out!



Barrel Aged Week 2019

Town Hall brewery in Minneapolis will be showcasing their special barrel aged beers again this year during the week of February 18th.

An entire week devoted to Town Hall Brewery’s Barrel-Aged beers. Includes varied samplers, multiple beer releases through the week, limited release growlers, and a fantastic multi-coursed beer pairing dinner.

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.

Boreal Brewer Club Meeting!

Hey there, Boreal Brewers, friends and prospective Boreal Brewers!  We’re going to have a meeting, and you are welcome to attend.  We’ll meet at Klockow Brewing in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, November 27th, at 6 PM.  Because the bar is not open, we can bring our own beers to share.  And food.  Brewers truly make good cooks, as evidenced by the food at our potlucks.

If you are interested in our club, in learning about brewing, and possibly have beer to share, this is the place for you to be.  It’s potluck, but if you’re thinking about joining, do not worry about bringing food.  There will be plenty of food and beer to share.  I know I’ll be bringing a number of 750 ml bottles, which sometimes are just too much for one person at one sitting.  Our dues are a minimal $15 per year, which also covers liability insurance if you’re serving beer at one of our events.

We will share beer and food, talking about beer, food and brewing.  We’ll have a short business meeting, where we’ll consider what we want to plan for the next year.  We are Northern Minnesota’s longest running beer club, and are about three years away from a 30th annual celebration.  Come to our meeting, enjoy beer, food, and lots of tech talk about brewing, techniques, equipment and ingredients.  It’s a great place to get questions answered, as so many of us have branched out and become experts in various aspects of brewing.  One of us may even do a slide show on brewing with condensed Birch sap and share some Birch Mead and Birch Ale.  It’s not too early to begin planning for 2019 Maple and Birch brewing.

Respond to this post if you have questions.  Or use the “Contact Us” link at the bottom of each page on the Boreal Brewers web site.  If you have interest in remaining a club member, or joining as a new member, we hope to see you there!


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