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Why sign up for the club dues full payment plan?

Enjoy the many benefits available to club members on the
full-payment plan. A one time fee of only $65 covers all meetings,
plus discounts for DB15 special events.

This year members received benefits that totaled well
over the dues
amount.  Substantial discounts were provided for the TAP NY
beer fest trip, the Newark Bears baseball outing, the NJ Brewers
Festival, and the Victorian Dinner.  In addition members on the full
pay plan are exempt from the individual meeting beer fee.

Ask any Cask Commissioner
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May 17 - Home Brew Challenge

Taste beer from some of the finest home brewers in the
state along with a few special surprises at our May 17
meeting, 4 PM at the Gaslight

Everyone in attendance, both brewer and non-brewer will
taste and rate each of the entered beers.  Don't miss this
chance to decide the winners of our brewing challenge.

The competition beer style: Maibock
(from BJCP style guide)
5A. Maibock/Helles Bock

Aroma: Moderate to strong malt aroma, often with a lightly toasted
quality and low melanoidins. Moderately low to no noble hop aroma,
often with a spicy quality. Clean. No diacetyl. Fruity esters should be
low to none. Some alcohol may be noticeable. May have a light DMS
aroma from Pils malt.

Appearance: Deep gold to light amber in color. Lagering should
provide good clarity. Large, creamy, persistent, white head.

Flavor: The rich flavor of continental European pale malts dominates
(Pils malt flavor with some toasty notes and/or melanoidins). Little to
no caramelization. May have a light DMS flavor from Pils malt.
Moderate to no noble hop flavor. May have a low spicy or peppery
quality from hops and/or alcohol. Moderate hop bitterness (more so in
the balance than in other bocks). Clean, with no fruity esters or
diacetyl. Well-attenuated, not cloying, with a moderately dry finish
that may taste of both malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate to moderately high
carbonation. Smooth and clean with no harshness or astringency,
despite the increased hop bitterness. Some alcohol may be present.

Overall Impression: A relatively pale, strong, malty lager beer.
Designed to walk a fine line between blandness and too much color.
Hop character is generally more apparent than in other bocks.

Comments: Can be thought of as either a pale version of a traditional
bock, or a Munich helles brewed to bock strength. While quite malty,
this beer typically has less dark and rich malt flavors than a traditional
bock. May also be drier, hoppier, and more bitter than a traditional
bock. The hops compensate for the lower level of melanoidins. There is
some dispute whether Helles (“pale”) Bock and Mai
(“May”) Bock are synonymous. Most agree that they are identical (as
is the consensus for Märzen and Oktoberfest), but some believe that
Maibock is a “fest” type beer hitting the upper limits of hopping and
color for the range. Any fruitiness is due to Munich and other specialty
malts, not yeast-derived esters developed during fermentation.

History: A fairly recent development in comparison to the other
members of the bock family. The serving of Maibock is
specifically associated with springtime and the month of May.

Ingredients: Base of Pils and/or Vienna malt with some Munich malt to
add character (although much less than in a traditional bock). No non-
malt adjuncts. Noble hops. Soft water preferred so as to avoid
harshness. Clean lager yeast. Decoction mash is typical, but boiling is
less than in traditional bocks to restrain color development.

Vital Statistics:  OG: 1.064 – 1.072  
IBUs: 23 – 35  FG: 1.011 – 1.018  
SRM: 6 – 11  ABV: 6.3 – 7.4%  

Commercial Examples: Ayinger Maibock, Mahr’s Bock, Hacker-
Pschorr Hubertus Bock, Capital Maibock, Einbecker Mai-Urbock,
Hofbräu Maibock, Victory St. Boisterous, Gordon Biersch Blonde
Bock, Smuttynose Maibock


April : TAP-NY Fest

The annual DB15/Gaslight bus trip to NY's largest beer
festival sold out at a record pace.  A packed bus of over
50 beer fans let South Orange at 9:15 AM on April 26
heading for Hunter Mountain (NY).  Special thanks to
Jeff Levine for securing the travel accommodations for
the handicapped club members on the trip.  Also thanks
to DJ Soboti for organizing the entire adventure.
Well done!

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Annual DB15 membership fee is now
payable - see Jeff at the Gaslight.
Dues: $65 which includes all club meetings and all
event discounts.  The total savings equal much
MORE than the amount of the dues!

Do you need a
Beer Reality Check?

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If you don't home brew you should read this:
To Brew or Not to Brew
Check out member Glenn DeLuca's latest beer
musings in
The Big G Beer Beat
Read the behind the
scenes story and
watch the trailer for
the  upcoming
TV series
"Beer Snobs" filmed
at the Gaslight
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to see  eight
from last year's
trip who did.
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Remember -
All meetings are
generally held on
the second
Sunday of the
month, 4 PM,
at the Gaslight.
Congratulations to
club member
Doug Vohden  
for winning the Gold
Medal and "Best in Show"
at the NJ State Fair
Homebrew Competition
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