March 2019

Meeting Tasting Style

Barley Wines, Old Ales, and Belgian Ales

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

Brewing Trivia

True or False:

Chlorinated bleach wears down stainless steel.

Brewing Terms

Barrel -

One specific size of a cask or a keg. In Britain, a barrel holds 36 imperial gallons (1 imperial gallon = 4.5 liters), or 1.63 hectoliters. In the United States, a barrel holds 31.5 US gallons (1 US gallon = 3.8 liters), or 1.17 hectoliters.

Cask -

A generic term for a closed, barrel-shaped container of traditional ale. They come in various sizes (9-gallon firkin is common) and are usually made of metal or plastic. The bung in a cask of "Real" beer or ale must allow the pressure to be relieved, as the fermentation of the beer--in the cask--continues.

Keg -

A generic term for a closed, barrel-shaped container of brewery-conditioned ale or lager. Like casks, they come in various sizes (15.5-gallon half-barrel is common) and are usually made of metal. A half keg or, 7.75 U. S. gallons, is referred to as a pony-keg.

Past Events

Shelf Ice Brew Fest

February 16

Upcoming Events

BrewFest 2019: Elkhart County Symphony Fundraiser

March 9 at 5p

Northern Indiana Event Center

Bloomington Craft Beer Fest 2019

April 20 at 3p

Bloomington, IN

2nd Annual Beer in the Buff Fest

April 27 at 12p

New Buffalo, MI

JA St. Joseph County Wine & Beer Festival

May 3 at 6p

Four Winds Field

Taste of Michiana 2019

June 6 at 5p

Century Center

Next Official Meeting is Sunday, March 10, 2019

2:00 pm

Crooked Ewe Brewery & Ale House, South Bend

Tasting Styles: Barley Wines, Old Ales, and Belgian Ales

“Give a man a beer and he wastes an hour. But teach him how to brew and he wastes a lifetime.”


Meeting Agenda

Help a Brewer Out: Bare Hands brewer Tommy was seriously injured in an accident, and Bare Hands is planning a benefit event (possibly March 22) to raise funds to help him. More details to come.

MEGA Barrel Project: We are in the early stages of planning another barrel project. Possibly a Belgian Quad in either a port or a bourbon barrel. We’ll need to gauge club interest and decide on recipes and barrel types.

MEGA Bulk-Grain Buy: We’re procuring the most recent price list and will make it available to MEGA members. Once it’s been posted to the website, we’ll announce a cutoff date and compile the orders.

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’ll need to gauge club interest and decide what to order.

News: Other old business and new business.

Education Topic: How and why to brew a no-boil beer.

Feedback Tasting of Homebrews

Club News

Membership Dues: 2019 MEGA membership dues are $25 for an individual or $35 for a family. You can join or renew your membership with any MEGA officer at a club meeting or on the website by clicking the PayPal option on the About Us page. Your dues are an important source of revenue that allows the club to participate in events and bring the joy of homebrewing to those who may not otherwise experience it.

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

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

Oregon State University Brewery Courses: OSU's beer courses draw on an 80-year history of brewing education and research, as well as the expertise of globally recognized brewing experts such as Tom Shellhammer, Ph.D. and industry leaders like the founders of Ninkasi Brewing. Each course is designed with brewers in mind, helping them enhance and accelerate their expertise and network with industry insiders. There are no prerequisites, so you can register online and enroll instantly. The upcoming course runs from May 13 - June 14 (online) and from June 17 - 21 (onsite in Corvallis, Oregon). Learn more at

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.

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