High Plains Drafters

Homebrew Club – Cheyenne, WY

March 16, 2017
by Fred Hirsch
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Barrel Project – 2016





After several months, the High Plains Drafters 2016 barrel project has wrapped up. We racked 110 gallons of Belgian Golden Strong into two California Wine barrels. These barrels aged four months and were trialed throughout their maturation. Eventually, we decided it was time to pull the beer into individual kegs.

The beer retained much of its original high ester character (banana and bubblegum very prevalent), but also took on some tannins from the wood and a bit of an acetone note. We’ll have to watch to see if this solvent quality subsides. Unfortunately, very little of the wine quality of the barrel is expressed in the resulting beer.

Many thanks to DanielMarks Brewery in Cheyenne with their help with this project. Thanks to George for the space to keep the barrels, Shawn and Brent for the use of the barrels and all the members of the Drafters for participating in the transport, tasting and emptying of the barrels.

Lets come up with some good ideas on what we’d like to put in the barrels next and we’ll arrange for everyone to brew and get the beer ready for a 2017 session.


February 7, 2017
by Fred Hirsch
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Club Updates, February 2017

Our new officers have been elected for 2017. They are as follows:

  • Fred Hirsch, President
  • Doug Schmidt, VP Competitions
  • Ryan Willson, VP Education
  • Orris Wickham, Treasurer
  • Bill Briggs, Historian
  • Rusty Brinkman, Secretary

2017 is just getting started, and lots of things are already in the pipeline with the High Plains Drafters. You can follow regular updates, homebrewing news and regional beer events through our club discussion page on Facebook as well as our club mailing list.

Ongoing beer education & tasting meetings are now moved to the last Wednesday of the month. Our next meeting will be on February 22nd, 6:30pm @ Shawn’s house. We’ll be judging and discussing IPA. You can get more info at the Facebook event posting.

Coming up in March, we’ll be helping coordinate the homebrew competition with the Wyoming Brewer’s Festival. This is a Wyoming only competition, held in Cheyenne on March 11th. Unlike prior competitions, we’ll be helping run this as a sanction BJCP competition. There is no entry fee, but only a max of 3 entries per brewer will be accepted. We’ll be setting up categories once we have a better idea of the number of entries we receive, but will have places for each category, a best of show and two brewers will select beers to be served at the festival from the placing beers.

In addition to the competition with the festival, homebrewers have been invited to serve homebrew at the competition. If you’re interested in brewing and serving beer for festival goers, please sign up here. Preference may be given to brewers who have entered beers into the competition, but we are hopeful to be able to serve as much homebrew as possible. Dates for the festival are June 16 & 17. If you intend to serve, you will likely be required to attend a TIPS training session as well.

In April, this year’s Eight Seconds of Froth will be the 23rd annual competition and the second oldest on the front range. We’re already gearing up, as we’ve moved the competition up to April, 29th. Keep an eye out for new announcements on prizes and additional judging dates through the mailing list and Facebook discussion group. If you’d like to get involved with the competition, please contact Doug on the club mailing list. Additional information is available here.

We’re also in the process of planning a small homebrewing competition with the Laramie County Fair. This will be August 5th and will be conducted at the fair along with homebrewing demonstrations.

Commitee Updates

Our commitees help organize some club events and improve home brew culture in our community. If you’re interested in any of these groups, please feel free to contact any club officer for more info, or reach out on the mailing list for contact info:

  • Competition Committee – As always the annual competition needs volunteers for various tasks. With our additional competitions this year, anyone is welcome to help. On competition days, stewards and judges are always welcome to participate. If you don’t have judging experience, our monthly BJCP education meetings will help get you up to speed.
  • Social Committee – Lots of planning going on for the Summer party and possible camping trip. They are also looking at future brewery tours and other social events outside of the meetings.
  • Marketing/Internet Committee – We’re looking out for new members and ways of including more home brewers in the club from the local area. If you have ideas on promoting homebrewing and the club to others and how we can appeal to brewers outside the club, please let us know.

Upcoming regional competitions (Feb-March deadlines)

Sweetheart’s Revenge, February 17-18th, Loveland, CO
Dredhop, February 24-25, Boulder, Collins
2017 Peak to Peak Pro-Am, March 4, Longmont, CO
Mazer Cup (Mead only), March 10-11, Broomfield, CO

If you’re planning on entering into Sweetheart’s Revenge or Dredhop, entries are being transported to Fort Collins on Feb 10th @ 5pm. Contact Fred through Facebook or email for more information.

For more information on our recent club meeting, the minutes have been posted here.

March 2, 2015
by Doug
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BIG BREW DAY

Just a reminder that Big Brew Day is May 7th.  The Cheyenne High Plains Drafters will be hosting a Big Brew Day @ 6846 Hitching Post Ln, Cheyenne, WY.  More info can be found here.  Hopefully this year will be just a tad warmer than last year: BigBrewDay20140427

 

December 23, 2014
by Doug
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Reminder for Thomas Hardy Brew day. January 11th @ Brent’s

Thomas Hardy’s Ale – From Clone Brews

5 gallons
O.G. = 1.123 – 1.125
F.G. = 1.028 – 1.031
IBU = 70
SRM = 24
12% abv

All Grain
21.25 lbs Maris Otter 2 row
12 oz. Crystal 55°L
12 oz. Amber Malt
2 oz. Peat Smoked Malt

Extract
16.5 lbs Light LME
.33 lb Wheat DME
12 oz. Crystal 55°L
.5 lb Amber Malt
2 oz. Peat Smoked Malt

1 oz. Northern Brewer (60 min.)
3 oz. East Kent Goldings (60 min.)
1 oz. Fuggles (15 min.)
1 oz. East Kent Golding (2 min.)
.5 oz. Fuggles (Dry Hop)
.5 oz. East Kent Goldings (Dry Hop)

Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale

add 18 HBU less bittering hops than called for in the extract recipe above (25%)

Mash at 150° for 90 minutes.

July 1, 2013
by Jesse
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High Plains Drafters Social Hour

Since we’re not having a formal meeting this month Shawn Miller is hosting our first HPD Social Hour at his house. Bring some food to eat and plenty of beer to drink. No agenda.

When: Friday July 12th, 6:00pm

Where: 4309 Superior Ave. Cheyenne, WY 82001


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Shawn’s number is 307-287-3468 if there are any questions. Hope to see everyone there.

April 24, 2013
by Josh
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Big Brew Days is coming up!

Just a reminder that national Big Brew Day is next Saturday May 4th.  Bring your gear and some ingredients and brew a batch, or just hang out and help out others.  Hope to see everyone there!

When:    May 4th, around 10ish.
Where:  8211 Red Fox Rd., Cheyenne WY