ALE Club meeting – November 19, 2020

NOTICE: Location change – We will be meeting at a different location this month. If you plan on attending and want to know the location please email the club at

The time remains the same, 6:30 to 8:30pm

The next meeting is coming up fast. I hope you all have your Iron Brewer beers brewed up and packaged. We will be holding the 2020 Iron Brewer Comp during this meeting.

For the Iron Brewer Competition, please bring 3 – 12oz bottles. Use a rubberband to affix a label to your beer bottles indicating your name, beer name, and beer style. As in the past we will need 4 judges.

I hope we get a lot of entries! Remember, if you win the competition you get to pick the special ingredient for next year.

Please let me know if you plan to enter a beer into the Iron Brewer. If you are unable to attend but you have a beer for the Iron Brewer please arrange with me to drop off your beers before the meeting.

I look forward to seeing you all at the meeting!

Malt Sensory Analysis

Have you ever discovered a new malt and wondered what it tasted like? Many homebrewers like to crunch a few kernels of a new malt. Crunching the kernels can give you a general idea of the flavor of the malt but it won’t be quite the same as if it has been mashed.

This is where the hot steep method comes into play. It is like doing a short, tiny mash to get a better idea of the taste of the malt. Briess Malting demonstrates how to perform this simple process.

You can find a video here:  

You can find additional information here:

UPDATE!!! Iron Brewer Competition 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Iron Brewer Competition:

1st Place: Tom Kaul with his Dark IPA

2nd Place: Cindy Kolbe and Kat Sachs with their Octoberfest

3rd Place: Zach Koepke with his White Stout


For the next Iron Brewer ingredient Brian chose the White Labs WLP036 Dusseldorf Alt Yeast
Check it out here:

You can use this yeast to produce any type of fermented beverage – beer, cider, wine, or mead.

Put on your creative hats and come up with some interesting beverages!

It will be held during the regular November club meeting.

ALE Club annual meeting

It is that time of the year again for the annual meeting. We will be getting together at Mark Siegel’s home in Hortonville on Saturday January 12, 2019.

We will be holding Officer Elections at this time. If you are interested in running for an office please let me know.

Please bring a dish to pass and homebrews to share.