Meeting Notes

March 10, 2016 Hop Bombshells Meeting

Know your Beer- Kolsch

Emily talked about the history and characteristics of Kolsch (See notes).  Kolsch’s are hybrid beers that are fermented around 55-70 degrees and then conditioned by lagering at cold temperatures.  One way to do this without a refrigerator is wrapping your beer in a wet towel or putting it in ice water and using a fan to cool the beer.  …

Nov 12, 2015 Hop Bombshells Meeting

    We discussed idea for the Karma Points Party in January.  We would like ideas for where to host the party and what prizes to have.  Our new charity partner She Jumps has a women’s ski film ”Pretty Faces” on December 2nd at 6:30pm at the Patagonia store in SLC.

Meeting lesson: Temperature control throughout the homebrew process presented by Brittany Nelson.

Sept 11, 2015 Hop Bombshells Meeting

Triangle Test

Kat explained how to conduct a triangle test based on the brewing book Experimental Homebrewing by Drew Beechum and Denny Conn.  A triangle test is a way to objectively test if a brewing method or ingredient actually changed the taste of the homebrew.  It is done by setting up a blind (the participants do not know which beer is different)or double blind ( the person pouring does not know which beer is different) experiment where participants try three beers.  …

June 9, 2015 Hop Bombshells Meeting

Thursday was our July open meeting that took place at my house in Centerville. We had a decent turn out considering the travel.

We are planning on participating in a big brew day in West Jordan on July 26. This is an open style brew day. Brew whatever you would like. We would really like it if you paired yourselves up. …

May 11, 2015 Hop Bombshells Meeting

Know Your Beer: Saisons


Saison­ French for "season"

Originated from ales brewed in cooler, less active months in farmhouses in Wallonia (French speaking region of Belgium)

Ales were stored for drinking on the job by the seasonal farm workers ("les saissoners") during summer months; were entitled to 5 liters each workday

March 12, 2015 Hop Bombshells Meeting

Our March meeting was met with great success, and 20 attendees. We added six new members this meeting as well; welcome Brandi, Rachel, Rachel, Stacy, Lillian and Lessie! Lots of information covered, including history of beer brewing and a nanomashing experiment.


February 12, 2015 Hop Bombshells Meeting

New members: Mindy and Helene.

Our new stainless steel mugs are here! We ask that we try and sell 5 cups each. They are $13 and will be at the Beer Nut.  If you would like to purchase them with credit card, they will be $15 each, since we get charge for Square service fees.  …

January 8, 2015 Hop Bomshells meeting

Welcome new members Morgan and Michelle!

We discussed a few club business items:

-AHA conference in San Diego, flights are cheap, and Tiffany can get 2 discounted rooms. Not sure on fees but we wanted to get it out there and see if we want to do this as a club.

-Jo and Becky are going to do a survey to see what we are interested in doing as a club, they will send out an email as soon as it’s ready.  …

November 13, 2014 Hop Bombshells Meeting

Hi ladies--

We have some important news to deliver!

First, Dave Watson, Education Ambassador of the Utah Brewers Guild, visited us to reach out to homebrewers to help bolster the local breweries and to find out how the Guild could help us.  The Utah Brewers Guild is a non-profit determined to promote craft beer and the interests of the Utah brewing community (

October 9, 2014 Hop Bombshells Meeting

We had a water presentation by Geoff Fischer from BSG.  He gave us 4 samples of water to try, Tap, Distilled, Pilsen and Burton.  The Pilsen and Burton water had been modified using added chemicals to mimic the water from Bohemia and England.  The counties send out a water analysis every year; it can also be found online.

September 18, 2014 Hop Bombshells Meeting

This week's meeting was all about ryes with a Know-Your-Beer style presentation given by Jamie. Samples were provided for tasting some of the variations on the style:
- Weihenstephaner - (the best substitute for a Roggenbier we could find in Utah, USA) A roggenbier typically has a grain bill of 60% or more rye and the rest made up of barley

August 10, 2014 Hop Bombshells Meeting

We had a mixer up in Millcreek canyon, everyone shared good food and beer. It was a good time. Thanks to all who showed up, always good to see you.

July 10, 2014 Hop Bombshells Meeting

We had two new members: Kate Austin and Amy Wilcox. Welcome ladies!

As far as official club news, there are a couple things:

Saturday July 19 @ 10:00am we are having the brew day at the Annex.  Please wear closed toe shoes, long pants, and our club shirts (if you bought one).  …

June 12, 2014 Hop Bombshells Meeting

It was great to see everyone that could make last night! And we want to welcome Allison (and Isaac!) to the club. 

For official club news:

We have been invited to do a collaboration brew with The Annex!  Because of timing, we needed to make a quick decision last night on which recipe to use. …

May 2014, 2014 Hop Bombshells Meeting

Today we went to Bonneville Brewery for a tour from our favorite commercial brewer, Dave Watson!

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April 10, 2014 Hop Bombshells Meeting

Thank you for all who brought their ciders last night! There were really tasty ones.  A lot of us really liked the Edinburgh yeast that Rhonda used, the Cry Havoc from Misti, and the Cote des Blancs from Meghan.  So many were good though, so it was an interesting experiment.  …

March 13, 2014 Hop Bombshells Meeting

Last night's meeting was great! Becky had a wide variety of American and English Pales and IPA's to try. For those who were unable to attend, here are the charts:

Know Your Beer: Pale Ale


We had two new girls show up - Loriann and Adriana. Welcome ladies!

We have new business cards and stickers. …

February 13, 2014 Hop Bombshells Meeting

We gained 3 new members in February:

Welcome Linda, Jenny, and Katy to the Hop Bombshells!

Chelsea is hosting a Hop Bombshells Club Brew Day on Sunday, March 23. We will be brewing a pale ale of some sort. We will discuss the details about the Big Brew in our March meeting. 

December 2013 Hop Bombshells Activities

Since December seems to be a busy time for everyone, we didn't have an official Hop Bombshells meeting. 

We held an event at Hoppers Grill & Brewing where we signed our 2014 Hop Bombshells Calendar. We gave calendar discounts for people who brought clothing to donate to the Road Home or brought non-perishable food for the Utah Food Bank. …

November 14, 2013 Hop Bombshells Meeting

We have a new member: Megan. Welcome!

We had a few orders of business to cover:

A. By-Laws and Constitution.  We need to vote on the By-Laws and Constitution, but need to make a final decision on whether officers should hold their office for one or two years, and if officers should automatically move up on Board, or have the option to move up.  …

October 10, 2013 Hop Bombshells Meeting

We got a lot of things done this meeting! It was very productive.  Thank you everyone who gave us some great suggestions on the direction of our club (re-capped below).

We gained two new members: Misti and Sharon. Welcome ladies!

Jamie announced that our beer club is officially a 501c3. …

September 12, 2013 Hop Bombshells Meeting

Rose hosted our Hop Bombshells meeting today in her beautiful garden of hops, flowers and vegetables. Thanks Rose!!!


We gained a new member, Kera Murphy. Welcome Kera!

Travis Grim spoke with us about the BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program). …

August 9, 2013 Hop Bombshells Meeting

Hello Ladies,

We had a meeting that was off our normal schedule and we ended up with a great turn out. 

To recap what we did- drank a few examples of a Biere de Garde for brew day on Sunday. We will be brewing at Becky's house on Sunday, Aug. 11. She will be sending her address out 

July 10, 2013 Hop Bombshells Meeting

July's meeting was one of the biggest meetings we have had so far. We made our 1st attempt to a nanomashing experiment where we mashed variations of crystal grains in mason jars. We realized we needed bigger jars to give more water and we need to add less 2-row and more of the special grain to taste, since all of the mashes tasted like 2-row and were the same color. …

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