Here is what you missed if you couldn’t make it to the GBA October meeting.
We had the results of a hopping experiment that the club had undertaken. Several of us brewed the same beer, brewing and fermenting in the same location. All the beers were an American Pale Ale using the same grain bill and water profile. For the different beers the IBUs were moved from the 60 minute addition to other points in the process. We had a base beer, first wort hopped, mash hopped, and dry hopped version of the base beer. We also served the base beer through a hop rocket.
Trying each of these beers side by side was very informative. The consensus seemed to be that the first wort hopped beer had a higher bitterness than the base, and that mash hopping contributed a unique aroma but very little bitterness.
In addition to the hopping experiment, we also had a guest speaker, Chris White, at our meeting. Chris took tons of questions from the club, and covered some of the white labs history, as well as his history of going to UC Davis where he got into biochemistry. Big thanks to Chris White for talking to our club, everyone got a lot out of it.
Ian Elliott, Secretary