Aug 16, 2015

Lobster Boil Brewing Competition Details

Brewers,

As always, Lobster Boil means it is time for our open category brewing contest. That's right, you can enter beer from any category in the 2008 BJCP Style Guidelines, though traditionally most entries tend to be warm-weather brews. (Yes, yes, I know that there are new 2015 BJCP category guidelines, but the judging sheets and phone apps are still keyed to the 2008 version, so the new guidelines will have to wait until next year.)

We do not charge entry fees for this competition. Each brewer may submit one or two different recipes for judging. For each recipe, you must submit two 12-ounce bottles. Bottles should be brown glass with no glued-on labels or identifying marks. Longnecks and stubbies are both welcome. Highly carbonated entries may be submitted in 375 ml Belgian bottles to prevent bottle bombs, but please use bottles that take crown-caps, not corks and cages. Each bottle should have a BJCP identification form attached with a rubber band. It is wise to hold onto a third bottle just in case we need additional samples.

Entries must be turned in by Monday, September 14th to allow us time to hold preliminary judging prior to the night of the Lobster Boil. We will judge the top five entires the night of the event and announce a winner on the 26th.

Midland entries can be dropped off at Aaron's house (3520 Hyde Park.) Odessa entries can be dropped off at The Cellar (5100 East University.)


Aug 12, 2015

Lobster Boil is coming Saturday, September 26!

Brewers,

Lobster Boil is coming!

We'll be eating lobsters, drinking beer, and rocking out with the Tim Kreitz band from 7pm-11pm at the Grand Texan Hotel and Convention Center at 4300 W. Wall Street in Midland.

This year, we lobster tickets will be $30. Just like last year, we will be flying in lobsters from Maine. If you didn't get one of the fresh, juicy suckers last year, you really missed out. These are top-quality critters.

For those of you who don't like lobsters, admission will be $10 and you can bring the entree item of your choice to be cooked by the officers. The club will also provide potatoes, corn on the cob, and cookies. (If you feel like bringing an extra side or desert for yourself or to share, feel free.) No need to bring tables and chairs. We've got that covered.

Due to Texas laws, the club cannot provide beer, so the event is BYOB. Also, be safe, don't drink and drive. Book a room at the Grand Texan or we will call you a cab.

Every ticket holder will be eligible for door prizes.




Aug 6, 2015

August Meeting Set For the 22nd


Come on out to Gil's for a summer bash of portly proportions. Bring your swimsuit and some home-brew or craft beer you want to share. Adults only (sorry parents.)

Jul 10, 2015

July Meeting on the 18th!

Sorry for the late notice, folks. Summer has gotten the best of me.

Our Next meeting is on Saturday the 18th at 7:00 pm at the home of Amanda LaPlante in Odessa. If you need her address, e-mail her here.

The theme is Summer Fun so bring a few of your favorite home-brews and craft beers for beating the heat!

May 25, 2015

Special Event- Real Ale Brewing Company at the Beer Garden

A note from Trey Williamson...

Brewers!
This Thursday (May 28)  the Beer Garden will be hosting an evening with the owner of Real Ale Brewing company at 7:00 pm. We must not forget that the Rio Blanco Pale Ale started as a home brew recipe by one of our founding members. 
The Beer Garden will be tapping two very special Real Ale kegs, the 17th anniversary and the Brewers Cut Kriek. 

Beer Garden At Garden View, 7112 W Hwy 80, Midland, TX 79706, USA


May 16, 2015

Patience: An Essential Homebrew Ingredient

Patience: An Essential Homebrew Ingredient

by Tim Kreitz



For me, one of the funnest aspects of being a veteran Basin Brewer is helping new people learn the art and science of crafting beer at home. Beer is food, after all, and my philosophy has long been that just as everyone should know how to cook, so should everyone know how to brew. Beer makes the world a better place. So in the interest of realizing my dream of a homebrew nation, I'm always willing to answer questions, offer advice, and share my own
experiences with new brewers when they ask.

Along the way, however, I have noticed that one of the primary common denominators shared by noobs throughout the entirety of the crafting process is an almost universal lack of patience and tendency to want to rush things along. Granted, this is understandable because brewing is always exciting, and the anticipation of drinking a batch of delicious homemade beer can get the best of even the most seasoned homebrewer. But the bottom line is that from milling grain to sipping a finished creation, you must be willing to invest the appropriate amount of time in each step. The payoff is always better and satisfaction is thereby increased.

A dear friend and fellow brewer, Stan Moore, once told me long ago, "One of the most important things a beer needs for it to be really good is time." Mark this down as an irrefutable truth. In fact, there are several stages in beermaking where time and patience are the secret ingredients. Here's a partial list applicable to most styles:

1. Don't cut mash times short. 
There has been a popular viewpoint in recent years that a saccharification mash is complete within 15 to 20 minutes and that there's really no reason for mash times of, for example, an hour or more. And while (from a strict conversion standpoint) there may be an element of truth to this assertion, scores of independent taste tests have reinforced that the traditional practice of longer mash times generally produces better tasting beers. Keep in mind that in more ancient times, brewers didn't necessarily understand the science of brewing at all. For them, producing the best beers was achieved through simple trial and error. Our brewing forefathers deduced as a matter of perception that when grain was mashed for longer, the beer not only produced more alcohol, but also tasted better. Those gustory awarenesses should not be ignored today simply because we can apply certain mathematical and scientific formulas to the brewing process.

2. Leave it on the cake a while. An aspect of traditional brewing that, as of recent years, has been shown to be somewhat of a misconception is the idea that a beer should be racked off of its yeast cake as soon as possible after fermentation "completes". AHA Nationals Ninkasi award winner Jamil Zainasheff claims his beers improved dramatically when he stopped using a secondary on most of his low- to mid-gravity beers. He primaries for up to four weeks and argues that removing the beer from the large mass of yeast too quickly substantially prolongs the conditioning process. Starting six or seven years ago, I began adopting this same practice for most of my beers and immediately noticed an improvement, especially with pale ales and lagers. It's now a standard practice for me to leave a beer in primary for at least three weeks since it has become widely accepted that residual yeast at constant fermentation temperatures perform a "clean-up" effect on the beer, making it generally smoother sooner. This has been my experience, and I always recommend it.

3. Conditioning is king. Just because you've racked you beer into a keg and carbonated it over the span of four or five days doesn't mean you have to drink it immediately. If you can wait it out another week or two (or even longer for some styles), the cold and pressure make magic happen. Flavors further develop and complexities emerge. Much like with traditional cask-conditioned ales or German lagers which sit in cold cellars for months at a time before being tapped, most home-brews will benefit greatly from the same treatment using modern refrigeration. The same goes for many bottle-conditioned beers. Once the bottles have carbonated, store them cold for a while. With the exception of only a few styles such as IPA (which will lose certain hop characteristics over time), well conditioned beers tend to get better. 

So there you have it. I encourage you to try one or more of these practices and experience the difference for yourself. You will not be disappointed. In the meantime, cheers and happy brewing. 

May 9, 2015

June Meeting Set- Sunday the 14th @ 3:00 pm

Brewers, our next meeting will be another Brewers' Round Table. Bring a homebrew and let other brewers give you feedback or bring a store-bought beer you'd like to imitate at home, and get recipe ideas from the gang.



Our hosts will be The Humidor of West Texas, located at 5100 E. University in Odessa, next door to The Cellar.

The meeting will end promptly at 6:00 pm.