Cider Pressing 2013

One of the perks of RIFT is that you get to see some cool gear that other members have put together. Electric breweries, 70 gallon systems, stuff like that. But I’m pretty sure nothing tops Rob’s mobile apple pressing trailer for sheer size and awesomeness in pursuit of fermented beverages. It was great to hang out on a beautiful fall day in Jamestown and get our carboys filled with fresh pressed apple cider. Thanks Rob!

Single Hop Pale Ale 3: The Tasting

Single Hopped BeersAt our May meeting, RIFTers cracked open the results of our single hop pale ale experiment (round 3). All the beers came out great, with a definite difference among all the varieties. Here are some tasting notes from club members.

Big thanks for Mark L. and Matt J. for taking excellent notes, especially as those later samples really started to run together. Vote in the poll below on your favorite variety.

Variety Aroma Flavor
Ahtanum peppery, peanut, lemon jolly rancher, earthy/musty, plum, floral mild bitterness, mild overall
Amarillo orange, good skunk, plastic good bitterness
Calypso strawberry, watermelon, cantelope, peach, wet dog blueberry, strawberry
Citra grapefruit, lime, papaya, catty, pine lime, citrus
Comet balsam fir, piney, bubble gum, herbal initial scent very mild, nondescript
Falconer’s Flight citrus, clean, malty, alcohol citrus, piney, clean
Green Bullet green apple, grass grassy, weedy, soft bitterness
HBC 342 watermelon, strawberry very mild
Mosaic pineapple, passion fruit, cantelope, papaya, kiwi similar to aromas
Nelson Sauvin white grape, unique, tangerine
Pacific Gem peanuts, burnt sugar, sweet fruit, apple, dark berries harsh bitterness
Sybilla wet dog, grapes, soapy, flowery, waxy, malty, cabbage mild bitterness, sweet lager flavor
Junga prunes, fiberglass, acetone, clean malt, waxy sex wax (thanks Tom!)
Zythos berry, bubble gum, strawberry, fruity, light spice mild bitterness, clean, strawberry grapefruit


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Big Brew 2013

RIFT joined thousands of other homebrewers around the country by celebrating National Homebrew Day with a Big Brew on May 4, 2013. Making full use of John C’s awesome system, we brewed 70 gallons of a dark mild ale, based on the AHA provided recipe.

It was a great day to enjoy the spring weather and share homebrews. Everyone went home with 5 gallons of 1.052 wort and our next meeting is sure to be filled with milds!

Big thanks to John for hosting and everyone who came out.

Single Hop APA Experiment III: Single Hop with a Vengeance

It’s been a while since our last single hop experiment, so it’s time to fix that. Round three of the always tasty, always enlightening RIFT Single Hop Pale Ale extravaganza will get underway this spring, with tastings being done at the May meeting.

Anyone who wants to participate will make a simple American pale ale (recipe below), varying only the variety of hop used. This is a great way to really isolate the unique contributions to bitterness, flavor, and aroma that individual hop varieties can add to a beer. At our May meeting we will taste them all side by side and discuss the differences.

There’s no restriction on which variety you can choose, but perhaps this would be a good opportunity to try out a new or uncommon hop that you’ve had your eye on? If you’d like to participate, leave a comment on this post with your choice of hop.

RIFT Single Hop Beer Recipe [pdf]

South Shore Brewoff 2012 Result

RIFT members raked in a few medals at the recent 2012 South Shore Brewoff. The competition judged 230 entries, which is a good number. Congrats to the following members for their achievements!

Ron S
2nd Place – English Pale Ale
3rd Place – Amber Hybrid Beer
3rd Place – Scottish and Irish Ale

Eric C
3rd Place – English Pale Ale

The full results can be found here.