February 2014 MASH Meeting

ATTENTION All MANIACS!

Due to the winter storm, this month’s meeting will be postponed until next week, Thursday Feb 20th, 7PM @ Stomp N Crush.

Also:

  • 2014 Membership Dues are due and remain at $25.00.
  • Club dry stout competition will be next month. Here are the details Mike posted on our facebook page:

Fellow MASHers!

The in house dry stout competition is just a short month away. A reminder that this competition is for all those that have paid their 2014 club dues as of the February 13th meeting.

Here is a quick run down of how this competition will work. Beers will be judged to the BJCP 2008 style guidelines. The category we will be judging is 13A – dry stouts. Please read up on the style guidelines as we will be judging them accordingly as would be in a sanctioned BJCP competition.

Drop off window – Please drop off two 12oz bottles. Please make sure these bottles are mark free, meaning no defining marks. Raised letters such as Sam Adams, Green Flash, Dogfish Head etc etc, will be accepted. Clear or blacked out bottle caps. For example, no Tupper’s craft brew caps or Stomp n Crush caps. Please black them out with a sharpie. PLEASE write your name on paper and attach it to your bottles with a rubber band. Have your entries dropped off by Saturday March 1st BY 5PM @ Stomp N Crush.

Judging will be taking place between March 2-9.

The judging is closed to all but judges. Winners will be announced during the March meeting. Your brews will be judged by 3 certified BJCP judges who all have many many years of BJCP competition experience and who to which I’m very grateful for volunteering to help out.

Also please save enough of your stout to share with all at the March meeting. After all its only a few days away from St. Patty’s day!

Cheers!

Mike

That’s it for now.  Brew On!

Al
Stomp N Crush, LLC

January 2013 MASH Brew Club Meeting

ATTENTION All MANIACS!

 

This is a reminder that Thursday January 9th is our next meeting 7PM @ Stomp N Crush.
2014 Membership Dues are due and remain at $25.00.  Those paying on or before Thursday will be entered in a raffle to win a sack of grain, beer kit or malt extract.

This month we invite members to bring any alternative adult beverage they have made (wine, mead cider etc.).  Beer only members are certainly welcome to bring……. BEER!

Brew On!
Al
Stomp N Crush, LLC

Belgian Dark Ale Contest

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Calling All MANIACS!

We are holding a fun brew contest using the Wyeast Private Collection Yeast “Belgian Dark Ale”.  All members are encouraged to participate. We recommend groups of at least two members, the club will pay for the yeast. Here are the details (rules further below)…

3822-PC Belgian Dark Ale (Wyeast Private Collection)

Beer Styles: Belgian Strong Dark and Golden Ales, Belgian Quadrupel, Oud Bruin/Flanders Brown, Fruit Beers, Belgian Specialty Beers

Profile: This unique Belgian ale yeast is a high acid producer with balanced ester and phenol production allowing a good expression of malt profile, especially the strong flavors of darker malts and sugars. High alcohol tolerance. Spicy, tart, and dry on the palate with a very complex finish.

  • Alc. Tolerance 12% ABV
  • Flocculation medium
  • Attenuation 74-79%
  • Temp. Range 65-80°F (18-27°C)

Rules:

  1. You use only this yeast in the beer
  2. You keep good notes on fermentation temperature (temperature changes the flavor profile)
  3. Your beer is ready for the December meeting and you bring a growler or a few bottles to the meeting.

Timeframe:

We will order the yeast and have it available by the next meeting (August 8th). If you plan to participate please let Al (info@stompncrush.com) know by July 27th.

May MASH Meeting Reminder

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This is a reminder that Thursday May 9th is our next meeting 7PM @ Thimble Island Brewing Co.

Coming Up-

The Clinton chamber of commerce is holding a Beer & Wine tasting event next Friday, May 10th, 6:30 – 8:30 at the Clinton town hall. Tickets are sold in advance only and can be purchased at Glenwood Wine and Spirits (next door to Stomp N Crush). More info is available on the event website.

The June 13th MASH meeting will be held at Bar in New Haven. We will be tasting our attempts to clone their toasted blonde ale. It’s not too late to take part in this activity and brew this up. Call or email Stomp N Crush for details.

Brew On!
Al Mennone
Stomp N Crush, LLC

Big Brew 2013

All-Grain Brew Demo

Each year on the first Saturday in May, homebrewers unite non-brewing and brewing friends and family to celebrate  National Homebrew Day, joining with thousands of homebrewers from around the world in brewing the same recipes and sharing a simultaneous toast at noon Central Time.
  • Date: Saturday, May 4th
  • Time: 10AM-3PM
  • Location: Stomp N Crush
Please note that this event is contingent upon the weather!
Don’t miss out on this fun and educational opportunity, all are welcome.
Save 15%
Present this coupon and receive 15% off all Brewer’s Best beer kits, extract and all-grain recipe orders.

BAR Toasted Blonde Recipe

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Here is the recipe for our next club brew activity. This is a clone recipe for Bar’s (New Haven brew bar) Toasted Blonde Ale. The idea is to taste the subtle differences produced from the nuances all of our various equipment and techniques. Special thanks to Bar’s brewmaster, Jeff Browning, for discussing his beers at the April meeting and providing this scaled down recipe.

Anyone wishing to brew it will receive a 15% discount off the ingredients

We will hold the June club meeting at Bar and taste all of our attempts to replicate the blonde!

Feel free to contact us or stop by SNC for further info.

Brew On!

Al

MASH April Meeting Update

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This is a reminder that Thursday April 11th is our next meeting 7PM @ Stomp N Crush.  Refer to our calendar for this and all other meetings.

New development for this meeting…

Jeff Browning (head brewer at BAR in New Haven) will be attending the meeting to help us with our next brew project. We will be handing out a 5 gallon scaled down recipe (extract and AG) of his Toasted Blonde Ale along with fresh samples to taste. Anybody that would like to participate can brew this recipe and bring the results to the June meeting. We can then taste each others attempts to see what differences, if any, each person’s process brings to the brew while attempting to clone his beer with his help.  As an added incentive SNC will be offering 15% off the ingredients for this brew!

 

For all the newer members who may not be aware, SNC gives 15% off ingredients on meeting nights to all active members.

MASH April Meeting

mash_logo_variationsATTENTION All MANIACS!

This is a reminder that Thursday, April 11th is our next meeting  -  7PM @ Stomp N Crush.

The Agenda-

The belma competition was a huge success, congratulations to all the participants especially the winning teams. We will be announcing the next club brew activities, we have two planned that you will not want to miss out on.

We will be ordering shirts with our new logo, if you think you might like to buy one please let us know what size you would want. No commitment, we are only trying to gauge how many of each size to order. Shoot me an email or let me know at the next meeting.

When bringing beer to the meeting please remember to put a label on it with your name and style of beer. More information such as %abv, hops used, IBUs isn’t necessary but feel free to include as much info as you like. No good comes out of tasting a great beer and having no idea who to speak to about it, remember we are gathering to learn from each other.

Coming Up-

The May 9th MASH meeting will held be at the Thimble Island Brewing Co. Details forthcoming.

The Clinton chamber of commerce is holding a Beer & Wine tasting event on Friday, May 10th, 6:30 – 8:30 at the Clinton town hall. Tickets are sold in advance only, more info is available on their website.

Brew On!
Al Mennone
Stomp N Crush, LLC

M.A.S.H. December Meeting

Our next meeting will be held this Thursday Dec. 6th, 7:00PM @ Stomp N Crush.

We will be having a Holiday Pizza and tasting Christmas beers. Members are invited to bring a significant other along. In order to estimate how much food we’ll need, please RSVP to Al at: amennone@stompncrush.com.  Learn more about the event…

M.A.S.H. Club Competition

* Special Club Competition *  

The M.A.S.H. Homebrew Club is pleased to announce our first intra-club competition. Your beer recipe will revolve around the usage of Belma, a newly released hop.  Do you think you have what it takes?  Then, read on

M.A.S.H. October Meeting

ATTENTION All MANIACS!

This Wednesday, October 10th, 7PM @ Stomp N Crush, will be our next club meeting. Scott Vallely from Charter Oaks Brewing Co. will be our special guest speaker. It’s sure to be a fun and informative event.

Let’s have a good showing!

Hope to see you there.

Brew On!
Al Mennone
Stomp N Crush, LLC

M.A.S.H. September Meeting

Our next Brew Club Meeting will be Sept. 12th, 7PM at the Thimble Island Brewery, Branford, CT. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Hope to see you there.

Brew On!
Al Mennone
Stomp N Crush, LLC

M.A.S.H. July Meeting

ATTENTION All MANIACS!

We are pleased to have Paul Hayslett of the Underground Brewers of Connecticut (the YAHOOS) join us @ the July 11th meeting (7PM at the store).

Paul will be here to talk about the Southern New England Regional Homebrew Competition 2012 (SNERHC). The SNERHC is Connecticut’s only BJCP sanctioned competition. Paul will be covering some history of the competition, as well as entry dates, drop off locations and all other competition related information.

All M.A.S.H. members are encouraged to enter.

Competitions are a great way to get feedback on your beer from BJCP certified judges (unless Dave sneaks on the panel). At September’s meeting we will help to classify your beer to be sure it is entered into the proper category for your best chance to win!

We will also be judging member’s porters for the upcoming AHA club only competition, if you have one BRING IT.

ALL ARE ENCOURAGED TO BE AT JULY’S MEETING!

Brew On!

Al Mennone
Stomp N Crush, LLC

M.A.S.H. May Meeting

Our next Brew Club Meeting will be Wednesday May 9th, 7:00PM at Stomp N Crush.  This month we will be focusing on honing your hop IQ with a friendly hop identification contest.

Hope to see you there.

Brew On!
Al Mennone
Stomp N Crush, LLC

Big Brew Day 2012

National Homebrew Day

What do we do to celebrate National Homebrew Day?  We brew up an all-grain batch of beer at Stomp N Crush, of course!  Stop in to check it out, we’ll have the BBQ fired up too!

What is National Homebrew Day?  Each year the American Homebrewers Association highlights homebrew recipes for Big Brew. Then hundreds of homebrewers register their Big Brew locations for a communal brew-in to celebrate.

For you M*A*S*H Maniacs… this is a perfect opportunity for us to get our brew on!  Come on down and join the fun!