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:

ALE Club meeting – April 2020

Due to the Covid-19 situation we will not be holding our usual meeting at Stone Arch.
We will be trying something different. We will have a video meeting using Skype. This will not require you to have a Skype account. However, you will have to install the Skype app on your smartphone. Since we typically start club business and upcoming events around 6:45pm during typical club meetings I will plan to start this video meeting at that time. I don’t know if this will last for 2hrs but we will meet as long as we can.
How will this work?  I will create a meeting with Skype. Then, I will email the link to the club. If you want to join the meeting simply click on the link and open it in Skype. If you haven’t used Skype previously I suggest that you download it and check it out in advance.
For the topics of the meeting we want you to show off your brewery. Also, we will talk about any homebrews that you have recently brewed or are planning on brewing. We can also discuss any troubleshooting if you’ve had issues in your brewhouse. Of course, you should have a beer while we are meeting. What kind of meeting would it be without beer?
If you are not curently an ALE club member but are interested in joining our video meeting please send an email to: for an invite.
With any luck we’ll be able to have our usual meeting in May. 
I’m looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!

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.