Monday, November 14, 2016

November Meeting Minutes 2016

Brad Klager hosted the November B.A.S.H. meeting on Sunday the 13th. El Presidente Daniel Fearn called the meeting to order, thanking Brad and welcoming prospective members Brandon Harper and Cale Moore. Treasurer “Cretaceous” Carroll Pate reported a favorable club balance.

In new business, William Lee announced that he is looking to buy corny kegs. Aggie Bill Hughen explained that the 10’ X 20’ B.A.S.H. shade canopy is getting worn out and is a pain to erect. He and Daniel will research replacement options and will present a recommendation at the December meeting. Members agreed to discuss Iron Mash procedures again in June. The club agreed to start “official” B.A.S.H. visits to local brewpubs/microbreweries, beginning this Saturday at Lorelei Brewing at 4:00 p.m.

The competition this month was for Russian Imperial Stout. Greg Sawyer’s entry earned three points with the win, with a judge’s score of 194. Wild Bill Lehfeld earned two points for 2nd place with a score of 166. Vic Aguilar rounded out the scoring with one point for 3rd place with a score of 142. Daniel’s entry received a judge’s score of 78. After all six club competitions, cumulative scores are as follows:

  • Wild Bill – 10 points
  • Greg Sawyer – 5 points
  • Vic Aguilar – 4 points
  • Mark Quade – 3.5 points
  • John Daniels – 3 points
  • Jim Hildreth – 3 points
  • Paul Kalaghan – 3 points
  • Andrew Herzig/Sabrina Krueger – 1.5 point

Wild Bill is thus 2016 homebrewer of the year and will be recognized next month. As the meeting concluded, we feasted on Brad’s ground beef and salmon blinis and beefy borscht that was hard to “beet”. Besides the competition beers we enjoyed new homebrews by Paul Holder (Belgian pale ale), Aggie Bill (“Jolly Rancher” raspberry and watermelon lambics) and Jeremy Van Horn (American pale ale). Interesting commercial beers included host Brad’s Freetail Berliner Weiss, William Lee’s Shock Top Belgian White, John Milan’s Stella Artois, Wehenstephaner Hefeweizen and Erdinger Pikantus Weizenbock and Phil Sims’ 101 North Brewing Heroine IPA.

Upcoming B.A.S.H. events:

  • 11-Dec-16: B.A.S.H. meeting (Carroll Pate, brewing demonstration)
  • 8-Jan-17: B.A.S.H. meeting (Tom Freund, Iron Mash XIII judging)
  • 12-Feb-17: B.A.S.H. meeting (Daniel Fearn, Dark European Lager competition, BJCP 8A-8B)
  • 12-Mar-17: B.A.S.H. meeting (Chris Swanson?, brewing demonstration)
  • 9-Apr-17: B.A.S.H. meeting (Walt Crawford, specialty IPA competition, BJCP 21B)
  • 6-May-17: Big Brew (B&J’s Pizza on Staples at Timbergate, multiple brewing demonstrations)
  • 21-May-17: B.A.S.H. meeting (John and Nikki Daniels)
  • 11-Jun-17: B.A.S.H. meeting (William Lee, extract competition, BJCP open category)
  • 9-Jul-17: B.A.S.H. meeting (B&J’s Pizza on Staples at Timbergate hosted by Paul Holder)
  • 13-Aug-17: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, British golden ale/Australian sparkling ale competition, BJCP 12A-B)
  • 10-Sep-17: B.A.S.H. meeting (Mark Woerner, brewing demonstration)

Thanks again Brad, keep on brewin’ and we’ll see you next month at the Pate’s !

P.S. – John Milan is STILL NOT DEAD!!!

Monday, November 7, 2016


Iron Mash XIII was held on Saturday, November 5 at B&Js Pizza on Staples at Timbergate. The weather cooperated for the most part – partly cloudy and breezy, with a little rain near the end.

Five teams competed in this years’ event. “Chopper Hoppers” consisted of Vic and Josie Aguilar, Mark Anthony Gonzales and new member Dolores Montemayor. Talk about prepared – these people showed up with a trailer full of equipment, a dolly to move the equipment, a table, a canopy and team t-shirts. “Good Karma Brewing” included Daniel and Jessica Fearn, Steve Cook and new member Cha Mathews. They also brought a table and canopy, along with a Grain Father electric brew system. Mark Woerner, Mark Quade and Terri Loe were the “Repeat Offenders”. Sarah Tilton competed solo as “Tilted Keg Brewing”. Phil Mooney, Brent Falwell and new member Cody Martin formed “Fustercluck Brewing”.

At high noon, impresario Paul Holder read the rules and handed each team a box of ingredients. The competitors had 30 minutes to concoct a recipe for an American amber ale, American brown ale or California common. Ingredients included grains, dried malt extract (DME) and hop pellets. The teams supplied their own water and yeast.

“Chopper Hoppers” and “Good Karma Brewing” chose to make a California common. “Tilted Keg” and “Fustercluck” opted for an American amber. “Repeat Offenders” decided on American brown ale. The propane burners were then fired up, the electric systems were plugged in and the brewing commenced.

The event was well attended by club members and the general public. Besides the new members who competed, we welcomed William Lee into B.A.S.H. The usual trash talking and good-natured banter occurred. Paul was heard to utter “You gave me a rubber extension thing”! and “I just want it on the record – I’m not a hooker”! After Carroll Pate exclaimed “I’ve never woke up with Paul still in the backyard” Paul retorted “You slept too late”!

After several hours the teams departed with their completed wort. Which beer will win the coveted Iron Mash Cup and secure bling medals for the winning team members? You’ll have to attend the January 2017 B.A.S.H. meeting to find out (and to drink the beers). See you then!