High Plains Draughters November 1995

ILast Meeting
IILost and Found
IIINext Meeting
IVIn December...
VRenowned Brown Club-Only Competition
VIComing Up...
VIIWinner's Circle
IIXNew At The Brewshops

I. Last Meeting

If you missed our annual Oktoberfest celebration, you really missed it. A large turnout of brewers, brew-significant others and brew-kids whooped it up on a sunny, wonderful afternoon. With strains of classic German oompah music wafting through the air, the crowd dined on bratwurst, saurbraten, potato salad, sauerkraut, strudel and other good stuff. And yes, indeed, the sauerkraut balls got even better, cooked up and served on the spot. Several kegs and innumerable bottles of marvelous home-brew succumbed to the thirsty crowd as well. And, thanks to Stan Babb, the kids (and most of the adults) partook of some fabulous, home-made cream soda.

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II. Lost and Found

As brewmeetings go, the High Plains Draughters certainly have their share of fun. So much fun, in fact, that they forget that they bring stuff along. Said stuff that is left behind usually winds up in Joe's garage or backyard. Joe's garage or backyard is getting full enough that he is considering a yard sale of considerable size. So if you are missing items, articles, things, or just some stuff, check out the lost and found at the Friday meeting. Lost and Found Items include: Lawn chairs: some in good shape, some really hammered. Ice Chests: curiously empty of the home-brew that arrived in them. Beer glasses: different shapes and sizes. Lingerie: different shapes and sizes. Minds: a little worse for the wear, but basically in good shape.

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III. Next Meeting

On Friday, November 17th, we'll gather at 513 NW 38th for a technical/social program on "Water Treatment for Better Brewing". Joe Bocock will lead the way, bringing with him the water analysis for Oklahoma City. If you happen to possess the water analysis for Norman, Edmond, etc., please bring it along and we'll figure out the best way to treat your water for maximum brewing excellence. Because the club is gravitating toward style-specific brewing, we'll also be talking about water treatment for specific types of beers. We promise the technical portion will last just 30 minutes, so bring your SO for SOcializing. 7:30 p.m. is the start time, so bring some brew and a snack.

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IV. In December...

Yes, Christmas time is headed our way once again, and if you haven't started brewing those special holiday beers, you better get with it. We'll need them for the HPD annual Christmas gathering, to be held on December 8th. While this is primarily a social event, we usually do a little organizational housekeeping as well. We'll be deciding on which AHA Club-Only competitions we want to support, and maybe look at doing some of our own. If you make a stellar beer that we don't have a competition for, come vote it in. We'll also be announcing the winners of the Renowned Brown competition (see below.)

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V. Renowned Brown Club-Only Competition

The judging for the American Homebrewer's Association Renowned Brown Club-Only Competition (say that after chugging some barley wine!) will be held on Friday, December 1st. As usual, entries will be accepted at Brewer's LLC, 10902 N. Pennsylvania up until noon on December 1st. Winners will be announced and lauded at the annual Christmas party (see above.)

The judges would really like to see more beers in the competitions, so please make an entry. These events aren't about winning, they're about making better beer. The judges will provide feedback and practical advice to help you brew better, more consistent beers within the competition's style. If the drop-off site is a problem for you, give one of the newsletter staff a call (phone numbers below) and we'll see what we can do. Our judges come from Norman, Oklahoma City and Edmond, so we should be able to work something out.

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VI. Coming Up...

Because there are quite a few HPD members into Belgian brewing, we're looking at the Second Annual Spirit of Belgium Homebrew Competition, to be held in the nation's capitol on February 10th of 1996. This competition has only 9 categories strictly for Belgian beers. They include Belgian ale, Belgian strong ale, Double, Triple, White beer, Oud Bruin, Oud Bruin w/fruit, Lambic/Gueze and Lambic w/fruit. You can expect excellent feedback, because BJCP Master or National judges will head each panel and all judges will be experienced and knowledgeable about Belgian beers and judging them. We'll have details at the next meeting, (see somewhere) so if you're interested, grab one of the newsletter staff for the straight poop.

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VII. Winner's Circle

In an attempt to keep bringing you the finest in beer recipes, you will occasionally be seeing the Winner's Circle. With this format, we'll be giving you recipes from the back files of the High Plains Draughters, Zymurgy and any other place we find them. We'll include all-grain and extract/grain recipes to fit any homebrewing operation. Most of the recipes you see here will have placed in past HPD or AHA competitions, so you know they're good. Up first, Rick Lloyd's recipe for an Oktoberfest, third-place winner of the 1994 AHA National Best of Fest Homebrew Competition:

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VIII. New at the Brewshop

Of course, there's tons of new stuff at the brewshop and it's flying out the door as the brewing season kicks in. However, in the interest of getting the newsletter out before the upcoming meeting is over, we'll save it for next time.

That's all for now. If you have comments, contributions, gripes or whatever, feel free to contact one of the newsletter staff. They may be reached (at reasonable hours) at the following numbers: Rick Lloyd - 340-1977 Tim Nagode - 728-4957 Joe Bocock - 552-2256

See you Friday.... Hoppy brewing!!!

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