THIS is the HOTV BREWSLETTER
VOLUME XX NUMBER 3
PRESIDENT: Scott Caul
NEWSLETTER EDITOR: Kendall Staggs
THIS MONTH'S MEETING
The next meeting of the Heart of the Valley Homebrew Club will be Wednesday, March 15, at the new location of Corvallis Brewing Supply (Joel's store). The address is 434 SW Madison, across the street from Noah's Bagels. The shop's telephone number is 758-1674. It is easy to find in the heart of downtown Corvallis.
HIGHLIGHTS OF LAST MONTH'S MEETING:
Last month we met at the Oregon Trader Brewery in Albany. The Festival Planning Committee had a business meeting before the main gathering. Mark Kowalski has done an outstanding job of planning the upcoming event, and Beto Zuniga has done a fine job of preparing a flyer for publicity. The planning committee is working hard and we are confident that this year's festival will be the best yet.
The club did not really conduct very much business in our last meeting . . . at least not much that I remember. We had some good beers, both from Oregon Trader and our very able homebrewers. One highlight for me was Lee Smith's fabulous Imperial Stout. Thanks again to Eugene, the owner and brewer at the Oregon Trader, for allowing us the use of the brewpub and for the tour of the brewery.
BREW FESTIVAL WEBSITE by Beto Zuniga
Check out this cool site: http://www.hotv.org/fest2001/index.html
PUB CRAWL by Scott Caul
The Annual HOTV Pub Crawl will be Saturday, March 18. Here is the unofficial itinerary. All stops are subject to confirmation with owners or managers of these fine establishments. We have a good list of crawlers who have signed up, but there is still room for more. The cost per person is $15 for members and guests; $20 for non-members. E-mail me at email@example.com if you want to be added to the list. Pub crawlers, please pay Lee Smith at your convenience. You may pay at our next meeting, or as you board the bus. We'll still take you with us if you don't pay, but you may have to walk home. Just kidding.
- 1 Laidlaw Transit, Corvallis
- Depart 10:00 sharp
- 2 Select Market, Albany (vacant)
- Arrive 10:20 Depart 10:30
- 3 Gustav's Pub and Grill (Clackamas)
- Arrive 11:30 Depart 12:30
- 4 Hair of the Dog Brewing Company
- Arrive 1:15 Depart 2:15
- 5 Mystery Stop
- Arrive 2:30 Depart 3:30
- 6 Alameda Brewhouse
- Arrive 3:45 Depart 4:45
- 7 Portland Brewing Company
- Arrive 5:00 Depart 6:00
- 8 Select Market, Albany
- Arrive 7:30 Depart 7:40
- 9 Laidlaw Transit, Corvallis
- Arrive 8:00
YEAST EXPERIMENT by Joel Rea
Jeff Clawson, brewer at OSU Fermentation Studies, has arranged for Sunday, April 2, to be the day we brew up the batch of beer for the yeast comparison experiment. An exact time will be announced later. The event will be at the OSU Pilot Brewery at Wiegand Hall, and is open to all. Bring your own clean carboy. Please let me know if you plan to
FROM THE PREZ by Scott Caul
Decoction with the Club's RIMS, 1/9/00
I've used the RIMS probably a dozen or so times by now, most with good results. Most problems were my own fault. I guess that is how we learn. Now, I've got an itch to brew a Doppelbock with the traditional decoction method. Where will the RIMS fit into the equation? My friend Joel Rea said, "Why don't you just throw the decoction into the RIMS?" Why didn't I think of that? I'm brewing a 10 to 12 gallon batch; decoctions can take forever; this sounds like a good idea; I'll try it. I'm writing this as my first decoction is coming up to temperature. So far this seems to be working. . .
OK, the triple decoction is done. I'm waiting for the last of the starches to convert to sugars. The RIMS seems to have saved some time. Instead of giving the decoction mashes three rests of 30 minutes each, the RIMS gave a good gradual temperature gain until it reached the set temperature. This may not be exactly traditional, but, hey, I ain't German! Finally, it's time to sparge. . .
Mistake!!! I figured that since the RIMS usually is quite nice to sparge with, I'd use it. Well, being a large beer, and a big batch, there are a lot of grains. About 28 pounds, actually. The RIMS is good up to 22 pounds, so the instructions say. Can you say STUCK MASH?!?! Like I said, the problems are my own fault. Maybe I'll call this Doppelbock "Frustrator" or "Infuriator."
Now it is March 8. As I type this article out, after it has been sitting on my desk for three months,
I'm enjoying a glass of "Frustrator." It was worth the trouble.
CLUB STUFF FROM SOMEONE'S BASEMENT by Scott Caul
I met Glen Tinseth indirectly through my daughter and wife. Some of you "older members" may remember him. Glen was once the brewsletter editor years ago. In that capacity he was given the honor of holding on to the club's archives. After he heard that I had become club president, he said he had something for me: an old binder stuffed with . . . well . . . stuff. I said thanks for storing it.
To my surprise, I found a lot of interesting things in it, including HOTV brewsletters dating back to 1982, old member lists, and so on. I even found the flyer for the "FIRST ANNUAL WILLAMETTE VALLEY HOMEBREW FESTIVAL." Also, there was an article, from the Gazette Times dated October 16, 1982, about the newly founded Heart of the Valley Homebrewers Club.
It is kind of neat to see some history on our club, so I'll bring the binder to the next meeting for anyone to take a look. By the way, does anyone want to hold on to a binder full of stuff for a few years?
UPCOMING COMPETITIONS from Joel Rea
Here is still another reminder that the entry forms for the Strangebrew Homebrew Club's annual competition, "Slurp and Burp," are now available at Corvallis Brewing Supply. The event will be April 1st (no fooling) and the drop-off date for entries at CBS will be March 28th. Direct questions to Ted Hausotter at 503-538-9501. I am certain that they need judges. The prize for Best of Show is a 15.5 gallon converted keg mash / lauter tun.
CLUB-ONLY COMPETITIONS from Zymurgy
Here is the upcoming schedule of club-only homebrew competitions. I encourage you to brew one of these in time to enter it so our club can have some winners and tally some points.
Mid-May Category 17: Wheat Beers ("Weiss Is Nice")
Late August Pale Ales ("Best of Big Brew")
Mid-October Category 9: German Amber Lager ("Best of Fest")
CONGRATULATIONS by Kendall Staggs
Recently HOTV's own Mark Kowalski won two silver medals at the 7th Annual America's Finest City Homebrew Competition in San Diego, an event featuring 303 entries. Mark's Wee Heavy won second place in the English and Scottish Strong category with an average score of 33; and his American Barleywine won second place in the Barleywines and Imperial Stouts category with an average score of 35. Keep up the good brewing, Mark.
MOVING DAY from Joel Rea
I would like to send out a big, hearty thanks to all of the folks who helped me move my shop on Sunday, February 27. Lee Smith was the first HOTV member to show up at 10:00 and he quickly loaded his truck. By 11:30 all 25 people who came were standing in my new location drinking Oregon Trail IPA, eating pizza, and having a great time. To be rich in friends truly is a great reward. Thank you so much!
LITTER BRIGADE from Lee Smith
We are looking for volunteers to pick up litter on Saturday, March 25. This is one full week following the pub crawl, so everyone should be fully recuperated by then. Start time is 11:00 am at our usual meeting place, Hyack Park on Highway 20. Unless we were really thirsty on the pub crawl, there should be some Anchor Steam available for the crew. See Lee at the meeting to sign up, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMERCIAL BEER REVIEWS by Kendall Staggs
Have you had any good beers lately? Here are some brief reviews of some brews that I have tasted recently. All three were purchased at Shop ‘n' Go in Corvallis.
Eye of the Hawk Special Ale:
This is a wonderful, strong (8.0 percent abv) beer from the Mendicino Brewing Company of Ukiah, California. It is not really a Barleywine; it is more of a super premium Pale Ale, with lots of flavorful malt character and a somewhat subdued hop bitterness. The label is cool, too. This was one of the beers I sampled during last summer's Great California Beer Hunt, with John Lodge and HOTV members Joel Rea and Scott Leonard.
Roland's Red Ale:
This tasty brew is from Chico, California's "other brewery," the Butte Creek Brewery. The brewer and owner once lived in Corvallis and graduated from OSU many years ago before brewing for Sierra Nevada for a number of years. Roland's Red is a fine example of the West Coast Red Ale style. It features plenty of hop character but has a maltiness that is very distinctive. It will not remind you of Sierra Nevada. This is a beautiful beer. I like to support the little guys.
Sweet Betty Classic Blonde Ale:
This is a new offering from the Widmer Brothers in Portland. The beer comes in a very appealing, embossed long-neck bottle that is new for Widmer. I wish I could say that I was as impressed with the beer. Most "Blonde Ales" are pretty bland; this is no exception. It seems to be a crossover beer; it's more interesting than Budweiser but less interesting than McTarnahan's. Here is a slogan they will probably not want to use: Less malt, less hops, less flavor.
If you plan on traveling to distant locales and want tips on what beers to bring back, please contact me. I offer generous rewards for beer hunters.