Learn To Brew Event

Join the Worthogs of Macomb for “Learn to Brew” day on November 17th 2012. We’ll make a couple batches of homebrew, talk about the process, and share some of our craft brews as well.

We’ll start setting up equipment and boiling water around 11:00 am, with boil times starting around noon and finishing around 2:00 pm. If time permits, we’ll bottle a batch as well.

Feel free to bring a dish to pass, or something to put on the grill.

For more info email: worthogsofmacomb@gmail.com

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March 26, 2011 Meeting

We had a great turnout yesterday with lots of home-brew.  There was a Stout on mixed nitrous gas, a English Mild, two Samichlaus clones, a Munich Helles, a Bragget, a Mystery Beer, a commercial Pale Ale and a Wheat beer from Colorado just to name a few.

Business: There was some discussion about the upcoming Peoria International Beer Festival.  Volunteers are to arrive at 11:00 am and the doors open to the public at 1:00 pm.  As a reminder we will not be meeting as a club next month in April and hope that everyone can make it out to the beer festival instead.  Additionally we decided to hold a group brew during the following May meeting.  So instead of meeting at the Wine Sellers we will be at 609 E. Piper Street.  All are encouraged to bring your gear over and brew a batch during the meeting but it’s not a requirement.

 

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2010 Learn to homebrew day!

This coming Saturday I will be holding an AHA learn to homebrew event in my backyard from 12pm to 6pm. So far it looks like there will be an extract, all grain, and possibly even a partial mash batch brewing that afternoon. All are welcome to attend and feel free to brew something yourself. For more information email me at cs-west2@wiu.edu.

AHA learn to homebrew website:

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/pages/events/learn-to-homebrew-day

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2010 Holiday Party Date Poll

The holidays are fast approaching and like previous years the club will not be meeting in November or December at our normal time in favor of a combined meeting/holiday party in the early evening. Please vote for your preferred option below.

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October 23, 2010 Meeting

Style of the Month

Scottish Ales

Meeting Notes

A reporter joined us wanting to know more about the club and homebrewing.

Three members were in attendance and none of us had a preference for the November/December party date. A poll will be placed on this website and an email sent to the listserv to get a better idea of when members would be able to attend.

Beers Tasted

Homebrewed

  • Scottish 60
  • 11 year old Lambic blended with fresh cider

Commercial

  • New Glarus Unplugged – Abt

Brewing Tip

Using gelatin to clear beer

I used gelatin for the first time on my last batch and found it to be a great accessible and inexpensive way to clear my beer.

Instructions:

  1. 1 to 1 and a half cups of water between 70 and 80 degrees
  2. 1 to 3 teaspoons unflavored gelatin (mix and let sit for 20 minutes to bloom)
  3. Mix mixture once again and microwave for about a minute, watch it because you just want to heat it till it turns clear
  4. Pour mixture into a chilled keg of beer, shake, and let settle for a day or two
  5. Now if you have cut an inch or so off of the dip tube you can rack to another keg or just start pouring
  6. Otherwise you can simple poor off a pint or two and will be good to go

The difference in the before and after of my American Brown was amazing.

Recipe

Mini Beer Donut Muffins – Just replace the milk with your favorite beer, I used a homebrewed american brown.

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September 25, 2010 Meeting

Style of the Month

Oktoberfest/Marzen

Beers Tasted

Homebrewed

  • Maibock
  • Schwarzbier
  • Magic Hat Number 9 Clone
  • Samichlaus Clone
  • Double IPA

Commercial

  • New Holland – Ichabod
  • Victory, Dogfish head, and Stone collaboration – Saison

Recipe

Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale Pumpkin Bread – I substituted Ichabod for Sam Adams

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June 26, 2010 Meeting

While the attendance was low there were plenty of well made homebrew samples to be had. The style of the month was mead. Unfortunately there are very few, if any, commercial examples here in Macomb and none of the attendees were mead makers, yet. Maybe this style could be brought back up at another meeting.

Links

A recipe that I mentioned at the meeting for a low alcohol melomel with a fast turnaround.
http://northernbrewer.blogspot.com/2010/04/mini-hefe-hydro-melo-mel.html

The Performing Arts Society’s Beer Fest has a date, October 16, 2010, and a website. There is not much up there right now but I’m sure that we will want to keep an eye on this.
http://www.wiu.edu/PAS/beerfest.php

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