June 2014 Meeting

Hey Everyone,

We will be meeting this Thursday 6-19 at Ice Harbor Brewery. Tasting will begin at 7 PM back in the brew house with the formal meeting kicking off at 7:30.

Don’t forget to bring your Club Quarterly American Amber Ale to be judged by the group for a chance to win a $50 gift card to the homebrew shop.

We will also be discussing our involvement in BEERSTOCK 5060-5 (more info below), The Benton Franklin Fair Homebrew Competition, & enjoying a quick technical talk.

Beerstock 5060 is taking place July 12th. It will be held near Orting, WA(south of Seattle). Beerstock is yearly homebrew celebration where regional clubs get together and share their homebrew. It is a great opportunity to meet other homebrewers, taste lots of beer, and have a good time. Below is a list of activities taking place:

BEERSTOCK 5060-5 OFFICIALLY STARTS  at 1:00 pm, July 12, 2014: 
-Booth set-up starts at noon (you’re welcome to come at 11:00 if need be)
-1:00 pm begin tasting other brew club member’s concoctions in a Beerstock taster glass
-Meet homebrewers from all over the area
-Live Band – Blinded By No One will perform with other entertainers
-Fire Dancers, Muselheim, will welcome the full moon
-Free Range BJCP beer judges will be roaming if you’d like feedback on your beer
-Beer games, raffles & prizes
-Smell, taste and compare various hops and grains, etc.
-Brewing equipment Garage Sale
-Beer Art Sale
-6:30 pm Pot Luck, bring a side dish, snacks, dessert, salad, etc.  Best food made with    beer chosen by Bri, last year’s winner.  (Please write a descriptive sign for your dish.)
-Bratwurst provided by the Beerstock 5060 staff
-The Great Beer Exchange, back by popular demand, bring a bottle of homebrew!
-A new Beerstock t-shirt and/or cap will be for sale (cash or check only)
-Plenty of room for camping and RV’s (no hook-ups) – light breakfast included
Camping space is provided for Saturday night and everyone is encouraged to stay the night. Cost is $20 per person and will need to be given to me for check-in.

After the main business portion of Thursday’s meeting I will get everyone interested in attending together for quick coordination of car pooling, beer we plan to serve, supplies to bring, etc. If you are unable to make the meeting and are interested in attending email me eliotblack@gmail.com and I will get in touch with you.

May Meeting 5-15-2014

Hey Everybody,

Boy is this month flying by, between the beautiful weather coming back to the Columbia Basin and Untapped Blues & Brews last weekend, I just can not believe it is time for the May MCZA meeting. As normal we will be meeting in the Ice Harbor Brewery on Thursday, tasting and social time will start 7:00PM with the meeting kicking off at 7:30.

For those who have not heard yet our President Ty Rose has taken a job opportunity out of state so our VP Kelly Neal has stepped up to fill the Interim President position through the end of 2014. Also Kurt Grandgeorge has accepted the role of interim VP through the end of 2014.

This month’s meeting will include a Tech Talk by President Kelly Neal, a best of show judging for anyone who brings their version of the Blonde Megabrew where the winner will receive a free pint. Also don’t forget that next month we will be judging the Club Quarterly Style American Amber Ale. If you have not started yet you better soon, below is a basic recipe.

American Amber Ale Extract Recipe

8lbs Light Liquid Malt Extract

1lb Munich Malt – Steep

3/4lb Crystal 40 – Steep

3/4lb Crystal 120 – Steep

60 Minutes – .5 oz Columbus Hops

10 Minutes – .25 oz Cascade Hops

10 Minutes – .25 oz Centennial Hops

0 Minutes – .25 oz Cascade Hops

0 Minutes – .25 oz Centennial Hops

1 Packet Safale US-05 Yeast

April Meeting 4-17


It’s getting to be that time again, April 17th the club will be getting together at Ice Harbor Brewery for the monthly meeting. Come join in the fun and find out how you can help at this year’s UnTapped Blues and Brews Festival. Also, we will be voting on the next Club Quarterly style, the winner voted on at the June meeting wins a $50 gift card to the homebrew supply shop.

Show up at 7:00pm to share some beers and the meeting gets underway at 7:30 with announcements and short Tech Talk.



Spring Megabrew Blonde Recipe and more


We had a ton of fun at the Spring Megabrew, and for anyone who got wort and wants to know the starting gravity of the Blonde wort you have been fermenting is 1.053. For those that did not get any of the wort come by the Untapped Blues & Brews festival May 10th to give it a try at the MCZA/Ice Harbor booth.

We are always in need of volunteers for Untapped and if you are interested please register at the UnTapped volunteer page or come of the next Club meeting on 4/17

The recipe for 5 gallons of our Megabrew blonde is below

Est Starting Gravity: 1.052
Est IBU: 25
Mash Temp: 153
Boil: 90 Min

9.5 lbs US 2-row
5 oz Crystal 15L
3 oz Honey Malt
2 oz Carapils

.25 oz Millennium Hops (14% AA) 60 minutes
.75 oz Mosaic Hops (12% AA) 15 minutes

For my extract brewing buddies substitute 6 lbs of light liquid malt extract and 1 lbs of light dry malt extract for the 9.5 lbs of US 2-row and steep the remaining 3 grains.

March Club Meeting – 3/20/14

Happy St. Patrick’s Day All,

We will be meeting this Thursday the 20th at Ice Harbor Brewery for our March Club Meeting. As usual, tasting will begin at 7pm, with business getting underway by 7:30pm. Topics will include:

  • Club quarterly judging: Extra Special Bitter BJCP Category 8C. The winner chosen by People’s Choice get a fabulous prize.
  • Spring Mega Brew Blonde Ale sign-ups and final preparations for the March 29th brew day.
  • How we can help out at The Blues & Brews Festival in May.

If you know anybody who may not be signed up for the email list or our FB page, please have them contact Publicist@mcza.org