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Many thanks to Kevin and Jon for working with the brewers at Union on our May wort collaboration. Union is doing us a huge solid and providing the wort from this event at no cost to us so please when you pick up say a big thank you to the staff. We have the following folks confirmed for about 80 gallons!

The brewers are going to start their brewday around 8AM and are aiming to finish up around 3:30 or 4PM. If you are planning to come hang during the brew closed toe shoes are a hard requirement to be in an active production space, and waterproof boots are highly encouraged if you have a pair. The final recipe is at the end of this email. As with any brew day, things could run long so please be patient if things run over.

We will aim to start the monthly meeting at 3 PM. We will be meeting in the conference room, not the Duckpin room. Please bring homebrew to swap as we have plenty to talk about as we plan for the rest of 2024! There is a vintage expo running 9-5 at Union that day so parking may be a bit tight so if you want to make transportation arrangements accordingly.

Dark Siason (5/19/2024 @ Union)

  • Weyermann Pilsner - 65.5%
  • Weyermann Rye Malt - 17.9%
  • Flaked Oats - 10.8%
  • Carafa Special 2 - 5.8%
  • (some rice hulls as well, because rye)

Mash in at 113, steady rise to 172 over 2 hours

  • 30 BU Perle at 60 minutes
  • Whirlfloc at 15 minutes

Targeting 16.4 plato (1.067) OG, Knocking out at 75F with 10-12ppm target oxygen.

Brübakes IV Recap

Many, many thanks to all the competitors and attendees that showed up for Brübakes IV! The event was a big success, selling out and raising $1,400 for the Station North Tool Library. Here's a quick rundown of the results:

Winners by judges vote:

  • 1st place best pairing: Kevin Granger with Szechuan Saison and Lemon Pistachio Bars 
  • 1st place best beer: Kris Quinn with French Saison
  • 1st place best baked good: Laura Kooyman with Raspberry Bouquet
  • 2nd place best beer/Judges honorable mention: Rob Kooyman with Raspberry Bouquet

Winners by attendee vote:

  • 1st place: Elizabeth Urban and Joanna Hagan with Hatters Special Brew and Down is up and up is down
  • 2nd place/honorable mention: Kris Quinn with French Saison and Zucchini Bars w/ Chocolate Grist Topping

Brübakes would not have been possible without the planning committee of Chuck, Cynthia, Jude, Kevin G, Greg, Jon, and Max. A big thanks goes out to all of them.

May Activities

With regards to the wort pickup and May meeting, Jon has relayed that things are looking promising for the May 19th date. He is in conversations with the brewers at Union and will communicate when things are official (it's still not 100% yet).

For now, we are planning to NOT meet for a group brew this weekend as we have discussed earlier in the year. We ARE planning for a normal meeting on Sunday, May 19th at Union, with the exact time TBD. If things change we will relay them as soon as possible.

Union asked us to claim at least 50 and up to 90 gallons of Dark Saison wort (~65% pils, 15% rye, 10% flaked oats, 4% midnight winter wheat, +acidulated malt, hopped to 25-30 IBUs, target about 7-7.5% after fermentation) at materials cost. We have about 70 gallons spoken for at the moment, so there is still time if more folks would like to step forward.

Cheers and happy May!