Presenting Brewers In Arms #7: “SMaSH The Competition!!”
It’s time for the next installment in the Brewers In Arms Project, where we group brewers together into teams and assign them a fun task to complete together, requiring them to combine their ideas, ingredients, equipment, and techniques to brew a unique batch of beer and share it with the club! We are looking for 12 to 20 people, who will be split into 4 teams of 3-to-5 people each. Sign up today – Don’t wait around!
This Challenge’s theme is: Brew a beer using only one malt plus only one hop.
We will provide the malt, which you must use. You provide the hops of your choosing + everything else!
Want to participate? Click here for the full challenge rules & important dates – and to sign up!!.
Sign up closes on Sunday, March 4th! Teams will be announced on Monday, March 5th.
March’s competition will cover Amber & Brown Ales. More specifically, we are judging the following six styles:
- 13A. Mild Ale
- 13B. British Brown Ale
- 13C. English Porter
- 19A. American Amber Ale
- 19B. California Common
- 19C. American Brown Ale
So if you want to have your beer judged at the next full meeting, you need to get to brewin’ (if you haven’t already). Like any other competition, you’ll need two full bottles for judging. For more information click here!
Monthly Club Meeting:
We’ll be going back to a set schedule again this year to try and wedge in some predictability into our business meetings. Find us on the first Thursday of every month, at The Happy Raven. Meaning March 1st will be the next full-on meeting from 6 to 9 pm. (Club Business will begin around 7pm).
Homebrew is welcome at monthly club meetings, however to we ask that you do not bring commercial products to bottle-share.
2018 Club Dues:
That’s 20 bucks for you veterans and 30 dollars for any first time members (you get a piece of club apparel!). Find Terry at the meeting; give him money.
It’s that time again — We’re loading up the Beer Bus and heading to Omaha on Saturday, February 10th, 2018!
If you’ve already paid up your 2018 membership dues, then give your $20 bucks per seat to Treasurer Terry — Non-member attendees, it’s gonna run you $30 bucks per seat.
This year we’re requiring pre-payment for bus seats — Please be sure to pay Terry as soon as you possibly can, to reserve your seat! (PayPal links are at the bottom of this post!)
You can look forward to sleeping in, as we’ve planned a later start time this year since we’re just meandering up the road to Omaha. We’ll begin to board the bus at the Indian Village Shopping Center (13th & High St.) at approximately 10:30am – Beware: we’ll leave the parking lot at 11am Sharp, so you’d be better be on board before then! Homebrew and bottle-sharing is welcome on the bus; but please pace yourselves, we’ll be going all afternoon. Make sure you’ve got a plan to get enough food & water in you so that you can keep it on the level.
We will begin our day in La Vista, NE with a brewery tour of Kros Strain, and we’ve set aside enough time for you to pop in next door at Pint Nine‘s taproom as well.
Our afternoon stop will be at Vis Major Brewing at 35th and Center.
We will end our day in the Blackstone District with brewery tours at both Scriptown and Farnam House, and feel free to stop into any of the fine taprooms at Beer Corner USA while we are there.
We aim to depart Omaha by 7 and return to Lincoln right about 8:00pm, so you can arrange your ride home right now!
Get on it – Reserve your seat TODAY!! Let’s go take Omaha by storm!
Social Meet-Up: Join us at Jake’s Cigars & Spirits-Lincoln for a pint of beer and fun conversation with fellow brewers! No homebrew permitted – Anyone is welcome to join us, there is no set agenda, and you can stick around as long as you’d like. If you’re curious about what the Lincoln Lagers are, this is a great opportunity to come say “Hi!” and get to know us.
Thursday, January 18th – 5:00-6:00 PM – Jake’s Cigars, 101 N. 14th St
February Club Meeting: We’ll see you at The Happy Raven for the next monthly meeting, led by our new 2018 Club Officers! Homebrew is permitted in the large South room only – Please do not take any outside beverage into the North (bar) room! We will hold the official club business meeting at around 7PM.
Thursday, February 1st – 6:00-9:00 PM – The Happy Raven, 122 N 11th St.
November Club Meeting
Join us on the evening of Thursday, November 2nd at The Happy Raven.
Homebrew is welcome (in the South room only – Do not take it with you up to the bar!). No outside commercial beer, please.
November Learn To Homebrew Day / Social Meet-Up
This year’s annual AHA Learn To Homebrew Day falls on Saturday, November 4th – Join us between 11AM-4PM at Turbine Flats (2124 Y Street).
This is a combined monthly Social Meet Up and our annual brewing demonstration event. Visit our Facebook event for more info.
No outside homebrewed beer is permitted, please!
December Club Meeting
Join us at Lee’s Chicken on the evening of Thursday, December 7th for our annual finger-lickin’ fried-chicken club meeting. (Tradition is tradition!)
Homebrew is welcome (in the Meeting Room only – Do not carry it out into the rest of the establishment, please!).
September Club Meeting
Our September 2017 club meeting will be held at Trent & Jennifer Konecky’s house on Wednesday, September 6th at 6PM.
All Lincoln Lagers members & emeriti are invited — We do ask that guests who are interested in a club meeting please email us first to let us know to expect you! Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and introduce yourself, we’d love to have you join us.
Refer to the latest Newsletter or the Facebook event to find their home address.
2017 Club Pot-Luck Picnic & Mead Contest
The annual Lincoln Lagers Club Picnic will be held on Saturday, September 30th at 5PM. Our wonderful hosts Tim & Theresa Thomssen have invited us back again this year, so you know it’s gonna be a real party! This event is limited to our paid club members & their family members. Sorry, no guests.
Don’t forget about the annual Lincoln Lagers Mead Contest, held at the Picnic and judged by our lovely Lady Lagers! Bring one bottle (750mL or 22oz preferred) of your best and finest mead – Limited slots available, first-come first-entered, you snooze you lose, winner gets bragging rights!
If all goes according to plan, your 2017 Club Merchandise Orders will also be ready for pick-up! Come see Chris and get your sweet new swag!
October Club Meeting & Sower’s Cup Training
Our October 2017 club meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 4th at 6PM – in the Cafe at Turbine Flats, 2124 Y Street. Parking is available in the lot immediately to the West of the building, on Y Street.
This will be a hands-on, education-heavy meeting! We will be experimenting with beer off-flavor tasting samples and will discuss flavors & exercise our Beer Judges’ palates!! Meanwhile, our stewards take will take a minute to prepare for their role in the 2017 Sower’s Cup Homebrew Competition, and go over stewarding procedures, competition rules, and so forth.
All club members are encouraged to attend & prepare for your role in the competition!! We need all hands on deck this year, whether you’re a National judge or you just want to help set up tables & serve food. Each and every one of you are a valuable part of our team!!
Tuesday, June 20 – 5:30 PM – 7 PM
White Elm Brewing Co.
Come hang out with the Lagers at White Elm!
No agenda – No itinerary – Just good old fashioned friendship and brews. Join us any time – Don’t stress over running late, or leaving early. Come as you are – Wear your Lagers shirt if you want to!
Please, NO homebrew at this event!! Save it for a club meeting!
And don’t forget to tip the staff generously – We’re lucky to have so many places in town willing to let the club invade their space for free! Let’s let them know how much we appreciate their support.
Join the Lincoln Lagers on Saturday, May 6th at ALPHA BREWING OPERATIONS!
We have space for 15 “head brewers” to bring their equipment, grain, hops, & fermenter and come brew with us!
Each head brewer is welcome to have a couple of assistant brewers helping run their station.
For the rest of the information you need to know & to reserve your spot in the brewery, click the page below!
April Club Meeting
Thursday 4/6/17 6PM – 9PM
Empyrean Brewing Co 729 Q St, Lincoln, Nebraska 68508
Come join us for our April club meeting with the crew from Empyrean! We’ll be just above the loading dock space at 729 Q Street, in their Break Room on first floor. (Don’t park in the gravel lot, or you’ll get towed!)
Club Business: New President, Nebraska Shootout, Big Brew Info, Bus Trip, and more…
Education Topic: Brewers In Arms Witbier Tasting/Contest
Homebrew Policy: YES, PLEASE!
Tickets are going fast but we have a few seats left. Be sure you get yours today by following the link below or be sure to pay Kim or Terry the old fashioned way at the meeting on Thursday at Empyrean. Details about the bus trip are listed below. Remember we will have prizes for riders and a day’s worth of awesome beer related activities!
BREWERS! Who’s ready for a road trip?
Here are the plans for the 2017 Beer Bus to the Heartland…
50 RIDERS – FIVE BREWERIES – FOUR TOWNS – ONE DAY!
TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE!
When: Saturday, April 8, 2017
Destinations: Prairie Pride Brewery in Grand Island, First Street Brewing & Steeple Brewing in Hastings, Operat house Brewery & Grill in Fairfield and Bottle Rocket Brewery in Seward
How: Arrow Stage Lines Bus
Price: $35 for members and $45 for non-members
Members can purchase a “plus one” ticket at member cost for their significant others/family (but not friends).
Brewery Visit Schedule:
8:30 am Board the bus at meeting place (Indian Village Shopping Center)
9:00 – 10:30 Leave Lincoln, drive to GRAND ISLAND
10:30 – 12:30 Prairie Pride Brewing Co. featuring Pizza lunch from Wave Pizza!
12:30 – 1:00 Leave GI, drive to HASTINGS
1:00 – 2:15 First Street Brewing Co.
2:15 – 3:30 Steeple Brewing Co.
3:30 – 4:00 Leave Hastings, drive to FAIRFIELD
4:00 – 6:00 Opera House Brewery & Grill featuring a hot Buffet Dinner!
6:00 – 7:30 Leave Fairfield, drive to SEWARD
7:30 – 8:30 Bottle Rocket Brewing Co.
8:30 – 9:00 Drive back to Lincoln
9:00 pm Unload bus at meeting place.
(Final menu details will be announced ASAP.)
– You can bring food or drink onboard the bus – and sharing is encouraged! Please, no kegs – Bottles/cans/growlers only.
– The bus leaves the parking lot AT 9:00 AM SHARP – don’t be late, or you’ll be left behind in Lincoln.
– Consider leaving off your strong colognes or perfumes today – The bus does get a little whiffy!
– Small coolers are welcome onboard, but particularly large coolers will need to go underneath the bus!
TICKETS SOLD IN ADVANCE -ONLY-
NO SALES DAY-OF-TRIP!
The Oxford Companion to Beer definition of
is a type of non-enzymic browning that adds color and flavor to many types of processed food, including beer. The reaction is named after the French chemist Louis-Camille Maillard (1878–1936), who stumbled on it while trying to replicate biological protein synthesis around 1910. In essence, Maillard provided a chemical explanation for these browning processes that occur in everyday cooking and thus had been empirically known since man began cooking food.
Maillard products are the result of a complex series of chemical reactions between the carbonyls of reactive sugars and the amino groups of amino acids. Maillard reactions are favored or occur more readily at higher temperatures, low moisture levels, and under alkaline (basic) conditions with pentose sugars (i.e., arabinose, xylose) reacting more than hexoses (e.g., glucose), which in turn react more than disaccharides (e.g., maltose). Amino acids also have differing propensities for undertaking Maillard reactions, with lysine and glycine being the most reactive. See amino acids. The final products of Maillard reactions are melanoidins (brown nitrogenous polymers).
The most favorable process phase conditions for the formation of Maillard products, proteins or peptides linked to sugars, occur during malt kilning. Kilning, owing to the low moisture content toward the end, is manipulated by maltsters to achieve the various combinations of color and flavor utilized by brewers to produce different styles of beer. See kilning. Crystal and caramel malts are produced by increasing the kiln temperature of well-modified green malt quickly to 140°F–167°F (60°C–75°C) to liquefy, or rather gelatinize the starchy endosperm. The crystal malt is finished by further drying and heating to produce the caramelized malt. More extreme conditions are used to produce other specialty malts in roasting cylinders by increasing temperatures from 167°F–347°F (75°C–175°C) and then more slowly to 419°F (215°C) to produce chocolate malt and to 437°F (225°C) for black malts. These have substantially higher colors and more intense, potentially harsher flavors.
Maillard browning reactions also take place in the kettle during wort boiling and can develop deeper colors in worts. They also occur during mash boiling phases of decoction mashes, and proponents of decoction mashing often claim that superior depth of malt flavor can result.
Ames, J.M. The Maillard browning reaction—an update. Chemistry and Industry 17 (1988): 558–61.
From Craft Beer and Brewing https://beerandbrewing.com/dictionary/AVLhhy07n5/maillard-reaction
March Club Meeting
Wednesday 3/1/17 6PM – 9PM
Turbine Flats 2124 Y St, Lincoln, Nebraska 68503
MOVED!! This meeting will be hosted at Turbine Flats due to unforeseen complications. Please park in the paved lot to the West of the building, on Y Street. You will enter the building through the large glass doors on the South side.
Club business: Stars Hockey Game, Bus Trip, March Social Meet, April Club Meeting, Nebraska Shootout Club Round judging, Nebraska Shootout volunteer & steward sign-up.
Tech Talk: Guest Speaker Kolby Wood (Pending)
Guests: Please email us at email@example.com to let us know you will be joining us! Bring ID – All guests will be carded!
Members: Please be sure to sign in at the table when you enter – All members must sign in on our attendance sheets.
Homebrew policy: YES PLEASE!
We encourage you to bring your homebrew to share, but NOT any commercial beers. We want to see what you’ve been making lately!
Please make sure to keep the space clean, and we need at least a few of you to stick around and make sure everything is left exactly how we found it! Our club is lucky to have so many places in town that let us use their space for free! Let’s keep it that way, and show them how much we appreciate their support.
National Homebrew Competition
Entries to Matt by 3/2 for club shipping to St. Louis and Denver
Entries to Matt by 3/13 for club shipping to Iowa
Golden Promise pale malt, made from the eponymous spring barley variety, is a UK classic. Historically the Scottish analog to English Maris Otter malts, Golden Promise is well used in any English or Scottish style ale. The sweet, robust malt flavor of Golden Promise has also made it a choice base malt for American IPAs, lagers, and several famous whiskeys.
|Malt Type||International Base Malt|
|Soluble Protein %||4.3|
|Total Protein %||10|
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