Next Meeting: August 6, 2020, Via Zoom
Business at 7 p.m. with General Discussion to Follow
August 2020 - Lincoln Lagers Home Brew Club - Est. 1993

The next monthly meeting of the Lincoln Lagers Homebrew Club will take place via Zoom.

Date: Aug. 6, 2020, Time: 6:00 p.m. for the social hour, 7:00 p.m. for the business.

Join the Zoom meeting by clicking here or copy 'n' paste this link:
Meeting ID: 577 780 0343, Passcode: Lagers2020

Please join us for our August meeting via Zoom. We will be discussing tips and tricks to making spectacular mead. Jeff Anderson, Dustin Deisher and Jeremy Goehring will be on hand to field questions. In anticipation of September's meeting, we will also be picking a beer style to do a "Deep Dive." And last but not least, we have our Imperial Yeast buy coming up. If you are interested, we will get you on the list!

Honey Buzz...
The annual AHA Mead Day took place on August 1, 2020. The Lagers celebrated the world's oldest fermented beverage with a whole bunch of honey. This year we purchased some special varietal honeys form Z-Specialty Foods: 60 pounds of Florida White Tupelo and 60 lbs of Blackberry Blossom. The club also distributed 36 pounds of clover honey from Gibbons Honey Farms in Crawford, Nebr. Watch for a whole lot of mead and braggots in the future!

In other news...
The Sowers Cup competition committee has come to a hard decision. The COVID-19 numbers are going in the wrong direction as of this date and it doesn't seem that safety will return before October. We have looked at all the options, including a smaller competition with fewer judges in a large setting, 'virtual judging,' and splitting the competition between other clubs. Any in-person judging seems to be too much of a risk (because it involves way more than just judges!) and virtual (in my opinion only) will not provide the high quality feedback and results owed to the entrants. As a result, the Sowers Cup will not occur in 2020, but rather will return in 2021. Please stay tuned as we work out schedules, dates and timelines. See you in 2021!
- Sowers Cup Competition Committee


In local festival news...
The Happy Raven (our home away from home in "normal" times) is excited to announce an all-new and socially responsible Sourfest! 

This year, The Happy Raven will host Sourfest on a reservation basis on Saturday, Aug. 22. Reservations are good for two-hour blocks, with multiple time slots available. After which guests will be asked to leave (unless multiple and consecutive time blocks have been reserved) to give our staff and bartenders the opportunity to sanitize and clean for 15 minutes before new guests are welcomed in.

The reservations will be made by the table size, allowing the reservation holder the opportunity to choose their group size. Reservations are based on $1 per seat per table. The day-of entrance fee will be $5. This is a mask-required event. Multiple time slots can be reserved!

All sours will be tapped at the start of the day. No guarantee that any sours will be available at a later time. We will also have a bottle list and will be tapping non-sour beers. The Sourfest tap list will be announced at an upcoming date.

Tickets available at this link.



Congratulations to the Homebrewers 402, this year's winning club at the 2020 Nebraska Shootout. Second place went to the Brick Street Brewers, and tied for third: the Lincoln Lagers and the South Omaha Brewers; eight clubs participated. Fifty-six registered participants, judges and stewards judged 80 beers in this year's edition of the annual contest, hosted by the Brauer Unterstützungs Verein Homebrew Club on Sunday, July 12. 

"Best of Show" honors went to Brian Koch of the 402s. Brian brewed a classic style smoked beer (Gustrower What?). Bryan Dort, also of the 402s, took second with his American Lager (Suck A Koc-H). BOS third place was taken by Jeff Schauss of the Railroaders with a New England IPA (Cover My Mouth and Call Me Sally).

Top finishers by the Lincoln Lagers included Zach Fenton with his second-place American Light Lager (USA! USA! USA!) and a first-place cider from Brett Walburn (Dublin Dry Irish Cider). The coveted Rusty Capper trophy (pictured) went to the 402's Mark Milne and co-brewer Scott Schemahorn for their "Yeeeeshhhh!!!" in the Best Damn Beer category.Congratulations!

Here's a shout out to the generous Shootout sponsors for this year's comp: Gambrinus Malting Co.Crisp MaltingSimpsons MaltRahr Malting CompanyMouterij Dingemans, Weyermann, and BSG Hops

Complete results for the event can be found here.



For all of your competition information and comprehensive schedule, check out the BJCP website.
For important dates for the National Home Brew Competition, go here.
More info on these links for the High Plains and Midwest competitions.


Those who know my beer preferences will love this one. A dear friend of mine -- who does NOT know my beer preferences -- stopped off at Moran's Liquor Works and asked the guy behind the counter about buying some beer for a friend. For a clue, she even dropped my name, thinking he just might know me; he didn't. "Oh, if he's a homebrewer, he'll probably like these..." 

Well, you can see where this is going; yep, I received six different IPAs! James "EhrmanHammer" said, "All six are IPAs. That’s legendary! FWIW, IPA is normally a super, solid guess for a homebrewer and craft beer lover."

Well, James, I guess I'm not "normal." Whaaa?! That got me thinkin'... I was trying to come up with another food or beverage equivalent. Hey! Let’s get James some candy from the candy mart! I thought I heard that he's got a sweet tooth. Here's a package of Darrel Lea Black Licorice, some black licorice laces, 200 grams of Henry Goode's Liquorice, Claey’s Licorice Hard Candy, a half-pound of Walker's Liquorice Toffees, and a quarter pound of Sweet Finnish Black Licorice. Done!

No; it's not that I dislike hops; I like Styrian Goldings, Saaz, Hallertauer, Sterling and Tettnang, along with EK Goldings and Fuggles, just to name a few. Darn near all of the beer I brew and drink have some hops I in it. There are so many strains available now. How can anyone keep up? And by now we all should know when you make two identical beers, side by side, but with different hop varieties, that you're going to get two different beers. 

It took me a while, but through trial and error and tasting several IPAs and their spinoffs, I think I figured it out. It basically comes down to these three: Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe. I've tried and tried again to acquire the taste. (Hey! I didn't especially like sour ales and Belgians at first, but drink and love them now.) These three popular hops are used in just about every IPA and all the IPA variants, and they remind me of a piney-resiny cleaning solvent -- with a hint of tropical fruit -- drained from a wet cat box stored in a dark, musty basement. 

I can hear the screams now... Oh well. Different tastes for different palates. There will always be polarizing flavors out there. I love lots of cilantro in my salsa and Mexican food; many can't stand this herb and say it tastes like soap. I've already mentioned licorice, a favorite flavor, which I've used in some of my dark beers. Coconut? Dark chocolate? A friend once quoted Gerry Garcia who spoke of his fanbase said that the "Grateful Dead a lot like licorice. People who like black licorice, really like black licorice."

Please, I don't want to sound ungrateful. It is the thought that counts. I thought, "they're from Moran's. Yes!" A shout out and a big THANK YOU to Moran's Liquor for their generous return policy. I'm now working on a six of porters and stouts and a tasty bock. Gotta have some variety, eh?

Drop me a line and let me know somebody is reading this. See you in cyberspace. Cheers! 
K!M T.
Lincoln Lagers Brewsletter Editor

Random Drinking Quote for the Month: "Beer doesn't have many vitamins; that's why you need to drink lots of it."
THE LINCOLN LAGERS LOG: The Local-Regional Beer Calendar


6... Thu... Monthly Meeting - Zoom
20... Thu... Monthly Anti-social - TBD
22... Sat... Happy Raven Sourfest

3... Thu... Monthly Meeting - Probably Zoom
17... Thu... Monthly Anti-social - TBD

9... Thu... Monthly Meeting - Zoom (again!?)
15 or 22... Thu... Monthly Anti-social - TBD

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