It's Spring Break week for our county public schools, so that may account for only 7 in attendance this month. Still, it was a productive and interesting meeting with several topics of discussion and 7 beer tastings!
Topics included the advantages of hydrating yeast or using "smack packs" like Y-Yeast and White Labs. Recommendations for more info include an online resource from Scott Labs and a book "Yeast" available through the Brewers Association. As expected, freshness, timing and temperature are important.
Beers included an IPA with oats and late hopping, a German pilsner, a red ale, a gluten-free porter/stout, and a Belgian golden with loquat. Ray brought the HEAT with a ghost pepper imperial stout and a habanero meed!
I filled in to run this month's meeting, but we're still looking for a new President and VP. Ideas for club activities and meeting topics are also welcomed! Speaking of related topics, check out www.tampabayhistorycenter.org for events related to their new brewing exhibit, like Brewseum March 28 from 5pm to 8pm!
New to brewing. So much to learn. Grateful to have this club's help!