Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Red Earth Brewer Takes Best of Show at Bluebonnet

Ladies and gentleman, we have a celebrity in our midst!

As you may know, last weekend was the Bluebonnet Brew-Off, one of the nation's largest and most competitive homebrew competitions. Congratulations to our own Tony Tielli, whose American Stout not only won 1st place in the Strong Stout category, but beat out almost 1600 other entries for 1st Place Best of Show!

For those of you who were at our February meeting in Guthrie, you'll remember that Tony's stout took 1st Place in our club stout tasting (proving we have good taste!).

So congrats Tony! This is a huge honor for you, and a great start for our new club.

Here is the recipe for Tony's award-winning stout:

Tony's American Stout
BJCP Category 13E
Target OG : 1.080
Target FG : 1.022
ABV 7.69%
Batch Size: 6 Gallons (at the end of the boil)
Calculated at 70% efficiency.
75% (6.44kg) Pale Ale Malt
9% (800g) Chocolate Malt
5% (480g) Roasted Barley
5% (400g) Crystal 40L
2% (160g) Crystal 80L
4% (350g) White Table Sugar
33g Magnum (13.6%aa) - 60 minutes
20g Centennial (10.0%aa) - 10 minutes
20g Cascade (5.5%aa) - 10 minutes
30g Centennial (10.0%aa) - 1 minute
30g Cascade (5.5%aa) - 1 minute
30g Centennial (10.0%aa) - Dry Hop
20g Cascade (5.5%aa) - Dry Hop
White Labs WLP007 Dry English Ale (repitched slurry from previous batch)
Ferment at 65F until complete, dry hop for 7 days following fermentation.

Monday, March 21, 2011

March Meeting Recap

A big thanks to all who attended our March club meeting last weekend.  And a special thank you to REB member Scott Cragg for hosting us at his home in Piedmont.  While the dry conditions nixed our plans for a bonfire, it certainly didn't stop the good times.  Some of the highlights included:
  • Jeremiah's Rye IPA
  • Jessica's Irish Carbomb cupcakes
  • Brandon's melt-in-your-mouth smoked brisket
  • Tony's dunkelweizen
  • Scott's smoked venison
  • Julie's half-and-half cupcakes
  • The Chocolate Trio (Boulevard Chocolate Ale, Southern Tier Imperial Choklat Stout and Great Divide Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout)
A good time was had by all, particularly once the trampoline got involved.  But that's another story.  ;)

Don't forget--the tasting for our April meeting will be a SMaSH (single malt and single hop) beer. If you haven't already brewed one, be sure to hit up The Brew Shop this week.  We'll have more information with time, location, etc. for the April meeting coming shortly.