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. 

We discussed buying the equipment for our Hop Bombshells homebrew equipment library.

Here is what we plan to buy for equipment:

  • 10 gallon Deluxe All-grain system: Igloo Hot Liqueur tank, Igloo Mash/Lauter Tun with false bottom
  • Wort Chiller
  • 5 gallon glass secondary
  • 6.5 gallon glass fermenter
  • 5 gallon brew pot, no spigot
  • Polarware 10 gallon brew pot with spigot
  • Burner
  • Bottle Capper
  • pH meter
  • Beer Gun + accessories

As of Feb 27th, we now have the following equipment: carboys (5 gallon and 6 gallon), boil kettle, mash tun/sparge  tank and a plethora of used 12 and 22 oz. bottles. These are free for Hop Bombshells to borrow at anytime. Please take bottles and don't bring back!

Tiffany gave a lecture about yeast. Here's what we learned:

To follow-up with the yeast lecture, we have an experiment, cider yeast tasting:

Cider Yeast Experiment Instructions

What you need:

  1. Bucket fermenter from Hop Bombshells (get from Jamie at Beer Nut)
  2. Airlock for fermenter
  3. Yeast, pick your favorite yeast or something you want to try
  4. Starsan/Iodophor to disinfect your fermenter and airlock
  5. Apple Cider from Farnsworth Farms (get from Jamie at Beer Nut)

What to do:

  1. Sanitize a clean fermenter with your favorite sanitizer (Starsan or Iodophor)
  2. Pour cider into fermenter 
  3. Shake cider in fermenter, or use a sanitized whisk to add oxygen
  4. Add yeast, make sure to wipe yeast package down with alcohol before opening. Add yeast according to manufacturer details (this will be different for each type of yeast)
  5. Attach airlock containing water/starsan (whatever you usually put in an airlock)
  6. Ferment in the dark until our meeting
  7. Bring hard cider to Hop Bombshells meeting, check our website hopbombshells.com for details

Happy Brewing! Becky

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