This month’s meeting was well attended and included a presentation on Hops and 14 beer tastings!
The word of the day is Smash beer. What’s that, you may ask? Well, it’s an acronym, as in SMaSH, or Single Malt and Single Hop.
“SMaSH brewing is a way to cut down on various brewing ingredients and appreciate what each aspect of a recipe brings to the table. There really is no better way to get to know your ingredients than using one at a time.” - American Homebrewers Association (www.homebrewersassociation.org)
The 14 tastings included everything from the simple SMaSH recipes to complex ingredients consisting of 4 or 5 hop varieties and multiple hopping methods to aged beers of a year or more!
The Hops presentation led by Dean provided some excellent information on what to consider when growing, selecting, and using hops in your home brew. Did you know about dwarf hop varieties that you could grow in limited spaces? Interesting. For more info about hops… https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/news/10-facts-ych-hops-hop-brew-school-2016/. And while you’re there, why not join!
Members should expect a followup email with a link to a survey that will determine what we’ll do next month as a special meeting/party. Look for it and respond right away. And be sure to check the calendar for opportunities to share your beer and compete for awards!