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May 14 15

May 2015 Meeting Recap

by Administrator

Tornado’s did not keep around 25 homebrewers from getting together at Elevator Brewery Taproom. The officers gave their reports and Gautam Bagchi talked about an upcoming homebrew contest involving Big Brew, more details upcoming. We had town hall style homebrew disaster story telling session. Elevator even shared one of their disaster stories, as you can imagine it was on a bigger scale than us mere homebrewers. Vic Schiltz, head brewer of Elevator gave a great talk on barrel aging. Dick Stevens, owner of Elevator brewer announced Elevator’s upcoming homebrew contest:

It’s time again for the Elevator Home Brew Contest! The winning beer will be a featured beer of the month at the restaurant for the entire month of July. July is a hot month, so we’re looking for a good summer beer. Besides bragging rights, the winner will receive many fabulous prizes including a free keg of beer, and a day of brewing at the Elevator restaurant! Please have entries (1 bottle, please) in to either the Elevator Restaurant & Draught Haus or the Elevator 13th Floor Taproom by the deadline of June 5, 2015. Cheers, and good luck!

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May 13 15

Ohio Hops Bine Training

by Administrator

I took a half day off in middle of May and met my Dad in Wooster, Oh at the OSU Horticulture Research Facility. They have a small hop yard for experiments and analysis and hosted a free hop bine (yes bine, not vine) training event. I already knew how to train bines, it’s clockwise and up (following the sun). However, I’ve been considering growing hops at the family farm in Marietta, Oh and I wanted to check out the yard and squeeze all of the information I could out of them.


The first thing I noticed was the huge 18 ft trellises. The next thing I noticed was the drip irrigation system on each row that was hooked up to a pump (pictured below). On this day, they were feeding nutrients too, just Phosphorus & Potassium for now. They will start feedings of Nitrogen later in the season. Generally, hops like slightly acidic soil with plenty of Nitrogen. Hops also likes lots of water an inch a week but they don’t like standing in water, that is when mold and mildew can set in.


Speaking of mildew while we were training the bines Chelsea, our gracious host found two plants already starting to show signs of Downy Mildew. See the black spots underneath the leaf below. Also, it can dwarf the plant make the bines stubby. This along with powdery mildew and Prohibition is what wiped hop farming out of the eastern part of the United States. Treatments for mildew and pests should be started before you see signs of them, they said liken it to a flu shot.


The question that was asked multiple times, was “What hops grows well in Ohio?” They kept answering with the sound advice of, “It doesn’t matter which hops get the highest yield in Ohio is, if you can’t sell it. Talk to your brewer and find out what varieties they want.” They went on to say that some brewers are very interested in working with Ohio hops and others are not, citing “They have too many other things to worry about.”, not happy with quality and consistency of hops seen so far.

I still want to research further before taking the plunge. It takes a lot of startup money, around $10k an acre and it takes 2-3 years before you see a full yield. Not to mention the constant fighting of disease, aphids and other pests. The upside is hops can yield above 1000 lbs/acre and the demand from craft brewers and IPA lovers doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

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Richard Sheppard

May 12 15

Iron Kettle 2015

by Administrator


Saturday June 13th, 9am


Vic Gonzales’s House
Westerville, Oh

Address will be emailed to those who signup.


If you’ve seen the Iron Chef, then you understand the premise: you will be given a special, secret ingredient that you must use, but how you use it is up to you. Each team will be given the same ingredients kit to review, decide on a style, formulate a recipe, and brew the beer. You need not use all ingredients but MUST use the special ingredient and be sure to showcase it.

Brewers will need to arrive a little before 9am to get set up. At 9am, kits will be passed out and you can start formulating a recipe based on your ingredients. If your team is brewing a 10 gallon batch then be sure to tell the Iron Kettle organizers so that they can be sure to have two kits for you.

Before brewing, each team must give a recipe sheet to the organizers. On it you will name your style, ingredients, hop schedule and any special notes. If you are splitting your batch and using different yeasts and/or dry hopping, list your intent for each of the beers in the notes. If you elect to deviate from your recipe while brewing, see the organizers to update your sheet. Brewers generally will take some time to review their ingredients and submit their recipes with the expectation that brewing will start by 10 or 11am.

This is a fun event to do in teams of two or more brewers. It’s also a chance for a brewer to introduce the hobby to someone who has shown interest in homebrewing.

Last of all rules are subject to change so don’t surprised if someone moved your cheese.

Beers will be judged at the summer picnic for bragging rights.


The kits will be all grain kits (no extract) and will include enough malt, hops and special ingredient to make a 5 gallon batch.


Please bring 2 yeast strains for each kit. If you are brewing with a partner you can have up to 2 kits and 4 yeast strains. If a team is brewing 10 gallons and will divide the beer into two fermenters, which then will be taken home to ferment separately, each brewer is permitted (but not obligated) to use independent yeast strains. This may lead to some discussion on the team regarding what to brew based upon what the two members brought, but each of the brewers must state what yeast strain will be used prior to brewing. You are not required to pitch the yeast on-site, but be honest about what strain you will use at home. You may bring (and use) O2 or a fish pump for aeration.


Do not bring your own water.

You will receive Westerville (Hap Cremean) water.

Do not bring your own water.

Do not bring your own water.

What You Bring

Anything you need to brew. If you brew outside with a burner at your house then you’ll probably need to bring all that plus a table of some sort to drain your mash tun/kettle.

The gear you would need includes but isn’t limited to:

  • Burner
  • Kettle
  • Mash Tun
  • Hot Liquor Tun
  • Propane Tank
  • Spoons, buckets, bags
  • Fermentation Vessel (Carboy/Bucket)
  • Star San/PBW
  • Gloves
  • Refractometer/Hydrometer/Graduated Cylinder
  • Yeast (up to two strains per kit)
  • Aquarium Pump/Oxygen Stone/Oxygen
  • Hoses/Splitters for Chilling.
  • Grain mill.

What We Provide

  • A kit that brews a 5 gallon batch. Kit includes the malt, hops and special ingredient.
  • Water. Don’t bring your own water. If you bring it we will dump it out in front of you.
  • Pre-Chiller Setup

What is Verboten

  • Your own water. See a pattern?
  • Any ingredients other than what comes in the kit. This includes fining agents, and elements to alter water chemistry.


May 12 15

May 2015 Club Only Competition Results

by Administrator

The May Club Competition (Fizzy Yellow Beers ) results were as follows:

  1. Gautam Bagchi​, German Pilsner, Barky Pilsner
  2. Jim Sudduth, Bohemian Pilsner
  3. Brian Gallow, Munich Helles, What the helles?

Reminder the remaining upcoming competitions with points available are Iron Kettle and Ohio State Fair.

Thanks all for participating and Winemaker’s Shop  for their sponsorship!

DCSN22691 SODZ Meeting Lineage  Brewing  Apr 20 2015
Gautam(right) holding the winner’s mash paddle.

Here is Gautam’s winning German Pilsner recipe:

Barky Pilsner | German Pilsner


  • For 5 Gallons (20.82 L)
  • 10.2 lb (4.99 kg) Pilsner malt
  • 8.0 oz (227 g) pale two-row malt
  • 0.7 oz (19 g) Magnum pellet hops 14% a.a. (60 min)
  • 1.75 oz (49 g) Czech Saaz pellet hops, 4% a.a. (15 min)
  • 1.0 oz (28 g) Czech Saaz pellet hops, 4% a.a. (5 min)
  • 1.75 oz (49 g) Czech Saaz pellet hops, 4% a.a. (0 min)
  • White Labs WLP830 German lager yeast (starter)
  • 7 g gypsum


  • Original Gravity: 1.047
  • Final Gravity: 1.005
  • ABV: 5.51%
  • IBU: 36
  • SRM: 3


  1. Mash at 147° F (64° C) for 90 minutes.  Boil for 90 minutes starting with 7-gallon pre-boil volume.  Ferment at 50° F (10° C) for three weeks then let it rise gradually for 2-3 days to 65° F (18° C).  lager for four weeks at 35° F (2° C).
  2. Primary fermentation for 3 weeks at 50° F (10° C).
  3. Diacetyl Rest for 2-3 days at 65° F (18° C).
  4. Secondary fermentation for 4 weeks at 35° F (2° C).
  5. Forced CO2 to carbonate (3 vol).

May 11 15

April 2015 Club Only Results

by Administrator

Better late than never.. again! The April Club Competition (Hopapalooza) results were as follows:

  1. 1st Brian Gallow​, Citra IPA
  2. 2nd Will Shiel​, Session IPA
  3. 3rd Justin Molenaur​, IP Lager, du hops

There were 9 entries in last month’s competition. Look for Brian’s Citra IPA recipe on our website.

Reminder the May Club Competition (Tomorrow May 11, 7pm Elevator 13th floor taproom) is Fizzy Yellow Beers – Light Lagers (1), Pilsners (2) and Light Hybrids (6). Signup here

Thanks all for participating and Buckeye Brewcraft for their sponsorship!

DCSN22691 SODZ Meeting Lineage  Brewing  Apr 20 2015 Brian (left) holding the winner’s mash paddle.

May 6 15

May Meeting 5/11, 7pm at Elevator 13th Floor Tap Room

by Administrator


Monday, May 11th 2015 7pm


Elevator 13th Floor Tap Room (Not the Restaurant)
165 N 4th St
Columbus, OH 43215


No Food. Please, consider eating at the Elevator restaurant on 161 N. High Street


  • Brewing Disasters
  • Elevator Tour and Talk

Club Competition

Fizzy Yellow Beer – Light Lagers (1), Pilsners (2) and Light Hybrids (6).

The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate.

Can’t see this form? Click here!

Apr 19 15

Swap Meet 5/23, 10am-2pm @ Actual Brewing

by Administrator

The SODZ swap meet returns for a great chance to do some spring cleaning, or acquire more equipment. The swap meet is a garage sale/swap style gathering where you can bring equipment you no longer need and trade or sell it to someone that does.

When: Saturday May 23rd, 10am-2pm, rain or shine.
Where: Actual Brewing Company, 655 N. James Rd. Columbus, OH. 43229

If you are bringing equipment to swap or sell, try to bring a folding table too. If you don’t have equipment, come anyways and find something you never knew you needed!

SODZ will be grilling up burgers and dogs, please bring a side to share. ABC is homebrew friendly if you want to share.

You can park in the front, or around the back by the dock doors for easy unloading. Please note that the ABC taproom is open from 12pm-5pm, so please respect their space and customers, and purchase a few great pints as well to thank them!

Sign up below if you are coming so we know how much food to bring.

Please note that SODZ does not mediate disputes over transactions or refunds. Mike Beargie will be at the May 11th, 2015 SODZ meeting to answer any questions

Apr 13 15

April Meeting 4/20, 7pm @ Lineage Brewing

by Administrator


Monday, April 20th 2015 7pm


Lineage Brewing
2971 N. High St.
Columbus, OH 43202


No Food. Since the kitchen is closed Lineage is allowing outside food.
Food places close to Lineage:

  • O’Reillys – It’s a bar but it has pretty good Burgers.
  • Hound Dogs – Greasy delicious pizza.
  • Aladdin’s – Mediterranean food.
  • Lavash – Mediterranean food.
  • Local Cantina – Cheap tacos.
  • Gatto’s Pizza – Pizza place across the street.
  • Harvest – Pizza, sandwiches, awesome food.
  • Acre – Tasty healthy food. A lot like Northstar but cheaper.
  • Northstar – Further north by Henderson on High St. but delicious.
  • The Crest
  • La Patrona – Mexican Food like El Vaquero.
  • Lucky Dragon – Chinese place.


  • Officer Report
  • Lineage Tour and Talk

Club Competition

Hopapalooza. Any beer over 40 IBUs.

The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate.

Can’t see this form? Click here!

Apr 13 15

AHA Big Brew 5/2 @ CBC

by Administrator

This years Big Brew is being hosted by the Columbus Brewing Company.  This event is not restricted to SODZ members and I encourage you to invite people who may be interested in the hobby.


Saturday May 2nd
Wort will be available from 9am – 11am.
This is a hard deadline anyone who comes after 11am will not get wort.


525 Short St,
Columbus, OH

The Columbus Half Marathon is happening on the same day so if you try to get to CBC using High St you will be less than happy. Please see the map below for an alternate route.

View Alternate Directions to CBC in a map.

What We Provide

    1. Wort – CBC will be brewing wort for an American Pale Ale. The recipe can be found here.
    2. Water for chilling.

What You Provide

You will need to bring everything else. This includes but is not limited to:

    1. Hops
    2. Kettle
    3. Burner
    4. Propane Tank
    5. Wort Chiller
    6. Hose Splitters – We should have some however having more is always better.
    7. Folding Chair(s)
    8. Pop Up Tent – If it rains you have two options:
      1. Get your wort and take it home to boil.
      2. Have a pop up tent and brew underneath.
    9. Sanitizer
    10. Food
    11. Etc, etc

Anything you need to brew at home you will need to bring with the exception of equipment used to create your wort.


This year like last year you are on your own for food. If people have portable grills that are used at tailgating events you are welcome to bring them.


Please RSVP below so that we have a rough number of who is coming.

Can’t see the form below? Click here!

Mar 11 15

March Meeting 3/16 7pm @ North High Brewing’s Production Facility

by President

Just so everyone is clear this is a production brewing facility so please bring a chair (if you need one) and a glass for imbibing.


Monday, March 16th 2015


North High Brewing Company (Production Facility)
Corner of E. 5th & Cleveland Ave
1125 Cleveland Ave Columbus, OH 43201
Street View


No Food.


  • Board Elections
  • NHC First Round Plug
  • Fast Fermentation Test
  • North High Tour and Talk

Club Competition

This is a wide open category where the only criteria is that you make a beer 4% ABV or less. While we realize “sessionable” is technically anything less than 5%, what’s the fun in that?

The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate.

Can’t see this form? Click here!