|Posted by Sharon R. on February 1, 2015 at 7:55 PM|
The joint meeting with BURP with a wonderful success! We met on a nice winter afternoon at the American Legion in Wheaton. The neat dimension of the meeting was the caveat we could only bring homebrews, and both clubs did not disappoint. BURP and BADASS filled the bar with tasty brews and delicious snacks.
Everybody mixed and mingled for the first hour or so as beers were shared and new friends were made. Then, BURP education and enlightenment taught us about sparging. This process, also called lautering, is a step at the end of the mashing process where hot water is run through the grain bed to extract wort. As we know, the wort is later boiled and fermented to produce beer. I hope I heard this correctly, but theoretically you can mash in any type of equipment, but they were using false-bottomed mash tuns. Water flows through the grain bed and enters the lauter tun. Water upwards of 170 degrees is poured ontop of the loose grain bed, and the wort is compacted. A five gallon batch could take about 40 minutes to sparge and a 10 gallon could take about an hour. We also discussed the differences between continuous sparge and batch sparging.
The next topic of conversation was led by our own Dan K., who led us on a discussion of brewing in a bag. We saw an inside view into Dan’s setup, who showed us a very detailed and descriptive photo lecture on how we would boil in a bag with a kettle and using a magnetic coil to heat. His brew station is perfect for all-grain solutions, and you can use a pulley to lift bag after the mash. Hop additions are done in another bag, and Dan uses a drilled kettle lid during the boil. I am sure he’d be happy to share his presentation and knowledge to anyone else who is interested!
The meeting then progressed with more socializing and simultaneous judging/scoring of strong ales. I believe that Michelle T. and Justin K. were among some of our representatives on the judging panel. While unfortunately no BADASSers won the competition, we had some wonderful submissions! There was also a raffle, and we heard about BURP’s upcoming trips to Richmond.
Overall, it was a great joint meeting, and everyone could drink more than there fill of the varied homebrews. Please feel free to share your pictures or other memories from January’s meeting. I’d be happy to update this section. Cheers, and see you all February. --Sharon R.
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