April 2019

Meeting Tasting Style

Mead, Cider, and Wine

The AHA has published some great recipes for these styles here.

Brewing Trivia

Fill In the Blank:

German brewers are required by law to use at least ____ percent wheat malt for the beer to be labeled as "wheat" beer.

Brewing Terms


Powerful flavor compounds formed by the combination of organic acids and alcohols during fermentation. They contribute fruity aroma to beer.


A brewing fault where a brew is exposed to excessive oxygen, causing flavor problems and spoilage. This can be caused by poor bottling procedure, or excessive headspace.


As an adjective, this descriptor refers to body and mouthfeel, but it literally refers to the resistance of beer to flow (i.e., its thickness).

Past Events

BrewFest 2019: Elkhart County Symphony Fundraiser

March 9 at 5p

Northern Indiana Event Center

Upcoming Events

Beer in the Buff* On the Go

April 13 at 12p

New Buffalo, MI

Bloomington Craft Beer Fest 2019

April 20 at 3p

Bloomington, IN

JA St. Joseph County Wine & Beer Festival

May 3 at 6p

Four Winds Field

Big Brew Day 2019

May 4 at 8:30a

3rd Horse Craft Beverage Supply

Taste of Michiana 2019

June 6 at 5p

Century Center

Bottle Caps & Corks 2019

June 15 at 5p

Southgate Crossing

Michiana Festival of Beers 2019

October 19 at 2p

Four Winds Field

MEGA Social Media

Next Official Meeting is Sunday, April 14, 2019

2:00 pm

Crooked Ewe Brewery & Ale House, South Bend

Tasting Styles: Mead, Cider, and Wine

Meeting Agenda

MEGA Bulk-Grain Buy: Price list and sign-up sheet have been posted to the “Other” section of the Members Only forum on the website. Deadline for entering your order is April 14 at 2p. After the deadline, we’ll tabulate and let all participants know exactly what they owe. Please note that we cannot order partial bags of grain. You’re more than welcome to split a bag with other members, but please don’t add fractions of bags to the order form.

MEGA T-Shirts: Chuck obtained a quote for having MEGA T-shirts printed. Basic 100% cotton shirt with two-color print (front side only) is $10.25 each for an order of 12 and $8.41 each for an order of 24. Two-color print (front and back) is $18.08 each for an order of 12 and $13.08 each for an order of 24. Add $1.50 per shirt for cotton blend. We need to gauge club interest and decide what to order.

MEGA Barrel Project: We need to gauge club interest and decide on recipes, barrel types, and timing.

News: Other old business and new business.

Education Topic: Roundtable discussion about mead, cider, and wine.

Feedback Tasting of Homebrews

Club News

Hop Rhizomes: Andy at Crooked Ewe has a surplus of hop rhizomes and is graciously donating them to MEGA. Varieties include Cascade, Centennial, Nugget, East Kent Goldings, Willamette, and Mount Hood. These will be available free of charge at the club’s April meeting. First come, first serve.

MEGA Ingredients Inventory: MEGA members are eligible and encouraged to use select hops and grain from the club’s inventory. Any beer brewed with these ingredients must be available to serve at a MEGA event (e.g., Taste of Michiana). You can see what hops and grain we have by visiting the website and hovering over the “Members” tab and clicking on “MEGA BREWING INVENTORY.” You must be logged in and have member permissions to access this page. If you see anything you would like to use, there is a form at the bottom of the page to submit your request.

MEGA Supplies Inventory: MEGA has PBW and StarSan for sale, and will soon have golden light dry malt extract. These are available for purchase at club meetings. Bring your own container.

AHA Big Brew Day 2019: May 4 at 3rd Horse Craft Beverage Supply. Always a popular MEGA event. See the AHA website for details about this year’s suggested recipes.

Taste of Michiana 2019: June 6 at Century Center. MEGA will be pouring homebrew. More details to come.

Michiana Festival of Beers 2019: October 19 at Four Winds Field. MEGA will be pouring homebrew. More details to come.

Join the AHA: If you are a serious homebrewer and not yet a member of the American Homebrewers Association, you should consider becoming one! Enjoy AHA Member Deals at over a thousand participating locations including breweries, pubs, restaurants, homebrew supply shops and more! Enjoy six issues per year of Zymurgy, the longest-running homebrew magazine, delivered straight to your door. Membership allows you to participate in exclusive events including Homebrew Con, National Homebrew Competition, AHA Rallies and more. To join, click on the banner at the bottom of the MEGA homepage or CLICK HERE!

Add Your Homebrew Club to Your AHA Member Profile: If you are a member of the AHA, please add MEGA as your homebrew club. This will help the club with the rollout of the new club insurance premium reimbursement plan.

MEGA Work Shirts: Limited remaining supply. $35. Check with the club for available sizes.

MEGA Sample Glasses: Limited remaining supply. $5.25 for members and $6.00 for non-members.


As always, please consume responsibly. Don’t be this guy:

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