January 7th 2015 Meeting

January 7th Meeting: Tim Lambert and Kevin Fleming kicked off the first 2015 Dukes meeting. The event drew over 60 attendees, and several new member sign-ups.

Before the seminar began, A heart-felt thank you went to outgoing President Mike Greismeyer, who served the Dukes for 5 years. Outgoing Treasurer, Larry Thurber presented Mike with a gift card on behalf of the club. Mike recently retired from Sandia Labs and his sights set on travelling and being more active in his charity called “Engineers Without Borders”. We thank the former officers for their service, and on behalf of the club, gives its best wishes to you all, and now you can come to the meetings to just hang out and taste beer!

The first leg of the seminar was given by Kevin Fleming, who gave an overview of using and making invert sugar, caramelized sugar, and Belgian-style “Candi Sugar” (presentation and two recipes in Powerpoint linked below). Samples of various sugars were available for tasting.

Unlocking the Mysteries of Making Candi Sugar

Tim Lambert was the winner of both Gold and Silver medals in Category 11, “English Brown Ale” in the first ABQ Holiday Brewfest, held at Red Door Brewing last December. Tim gave an overview of the history of English Browns, and what to look for in the color, taste, as well as brewing processes. Tim shared some of his brewing skills and tips on making that perfect Brown. Kirk Bigger, also an English Brown aficionado shared some of his tips for both Brown ale brewing and his Candi Sugar making processes.

*Note: Due to the unexpected large audience and large space, it was quickly determined we need a PA system to allow all attendees to hear the presentations. So a system is ordered and we will have it for the next meeting, which is headed by Phil Brown and is the Canteen tasting event, January 24th.

After the seminars, several examples of English Browns were on hand for comparing each sub category with the particular flavors that should be associated with the beer to keep it in style, and have a better chance of medaling in competitions.

Finally, club brew tasting completed an enjoyable night by trying out many of the superb beers members brought to share.

We thank Red Door Brewing for being so accommodating and letting us take over part of their facility. We had many compliments on their beer, with the Dark Belgian Strong Ale getting the lion’s share of the thumbs-up.

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