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Iron Mash XV minutes

Iron Mash XV was held on Saturday, November 3rd at B&J’s Pizza on Staples at Timbergate. For the first time in Iron Mash history, the event was not really a competition. One by one the teams dropped out, leaving the Repeat Offenders as the only “competitor”. Who are these guys? Head perp Mark Quade has a rap sheet so long it runs to several volumes. His partner in crime, Jim Hildreth, strikes fear into the hearts of law enforcement everywhere.

The weather cooperated this year – high temperatures in the 70s, partly cloudy and breezy. The shade canopy was erected outside B&Js at 11:20 a.m. and the Offenders began setting up their equipment. At high noon, Paul Holder revealed the ingredients for this years’ declared Saison style. Malts consisted of 6 lb extra light dried malt extract (DME), 1 lb wheat DME, 1 lb corn sugar, 1 ib light Munich malt and 1 lb pilsner malt. Several spices and flavorings were included – peppercorns, ginger root, coriander seeds, sage flowers and allspice. The teams were allowed to supply one mystery of their own choosing. The Offenders used all of the malts, few of the spices and added about ¾ lb of honey to their recipe.

The brewing proceeded without incident. The Offenders took their wort home and added yeast offsite to begin the fermentation process. We will all get to enjoy the results at the January meeting and congratulate the Repeat Offenders as they hoist the Iron Mash Trophy and don their bling medals.

Upcoming B.A.S.H. events:

11-Nov-18: B.A.S.H. meeting (Lou Needleman, competition BOS open/HBOY spiced beer, BJCP 30 A-C)

13-Nov-18: Education event “Partial Grain Brewing” (CC Homebrew Supply)

2-Dec-18: B.A.S.H. meeting (Carroll Pate NOTE: 1ST SUNDAY)

11-Dec-18: Education event “All Grain Brewing” (CC Homebrew Supply)

8-Jan-18: Education event “Recipe Development” (CC Homebrew Supply)

13-Jan-19: B.A.S.H. meeting (Tom Freund, Iron Mash XV judging)

10-Feb-19: B.A.S.H. meeting (need host, competition BOS open/HBOY saison, BJCP 25B)

12-Feb-19: Education event “Sour Beers” (CC Homebrew Supply)

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