Big Brew/May 2015 Meeting Notes

Once again, James and Joan opened up their lovely house and lovely yard for our annual Big Brew event (with a little meeting thrown in).

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Takumi’s Beer Ice Cream Recipe

As requested, here is the recipe for the ice cream (base recipe is from the Ample Hills Creamery book)

1 2/3 c whole milk
1 2/3 c heavy cream
1/2 c powdered milk
3/4 c sugar
3 egg yolks
2 oz homebrew coffee stout reduction (or any other beer)

For the reduction, reduce one pint of beer over low heat until there is approximately 2 oz. I allowed for some caramelization to give a little extra flavor complexity.

Heat and stir the first four ingredients over medium heat in a saucepan. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks. Temper the egg yolks by slowly transferring a few large spoonfuls the heated milk mixture into the bowl while constantly whisking. This is to prevent cooked eggs in the ice cream! Then, pour the egg yolk mixture and beer reduction into the saucepan while stirring. Once the mixture coats the back of a spoon, pour into a 1 gallon freezer zipper bag. I like to pour the mixture through a mesh strainer just in case there are lumps. Immediately seal and place in an ice bath. Once the ice cream base is fully cooled, add to your ice cream machine and follow the manufacturers instructions. Enjoy!

Notes: The powdered milk helps to bind water molecules to help the ice cream remain creamy rather than icy.

2015 Brewer of the Year

The 2015 Competition Styles are as follows:

March: 21B Specialty IPA
June: 25B Saison
September: 14B Scottish Heavy
December: 26D Belgian Dark Strong Ale

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February 2015 Meeting – Notes

Kevin and Bailie foolishly invited the club to meet in their lovely home in Salem. And we showed up in force!
We had 33 members, 7 guests, and 1 new member, Robb Burden. (And three kids….)

January 2015 Meeting – Notes

Blue Ridge Hydroponics and Homebrewing welcomed us into their establishment for fantastic meeting. Perhaps the best meeting of 2015 to date! Certainly the most productive meeting of 2015 so far!
We had 28 members, 1 guest, and 5 new members attend for a total of 43 people. (I may be missing a guest or two…) New members include: Rudy Lyon and wife (she wasn’t present), Iain & Abbie Watson, Andy Bishop, and Berry Robertson. Christopher Kavanaugh came back to the fold as well. Welcome everyone!

December 2014 Meeting – Notes

Thanks go out to Chaos Mountain (Joe, Wendy & Will) for hosting the December meeting! It was a chaotic meeting, but I guess that was to be expected…
We had 45 members (including three new members: Matt Nicholson, and John & Stephanie Trout), four kids, and one guest (Travis).

October 2014 Meeting – Notes

On a brisk autumn day, 24 club members (plus two latecomers), two guests, and three children, for a total of 31 people gathered together for food, friendship and fine beverages, at the lovely house of James and Joan.

August 2014 Meeting – Notes

General Business
On what turned out to be a very tropical day (including a few dramatic rainstorms), 36 members, 2 guests and 10 children (for a total of 48 persons) met at the lovely home of Dan & Terri. Luckily, they had the foresight to put up the club tent (and a couple other pop-up canopies), since we needed the shade before the business portion of the meeting and needed the shelter from the rain for the rest.

July 2014 Meeting – Notes

General Business
On a somewhat cool & occasionally rainy July day, 28 members, 4 guests, and 6 children, gathered at the Moyer residence for beer, food, companionship and education.

June 2014 Meeting – Notes

General Business
Twenty two members (and one kid) along with five guests (and one guest kid), for a total of twenty seven adults and two kids, gathered on a beautiful June day at the lovely home of Jim and Sue Dodd. (If you didn’t make it, you really missed out seeing the amazingly beautiful wooden canoes that Jim built – the pictures don’t do them justice!)

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