Ames Brewers League

  Home  |  Information  |  Style of the Month Competitions  |  Meeting Minutes  | Pictures  |  Links  |  Files

Site Map


ABL Information

Style of the Month

Picture Gallery


Oktoberfest Comp



Meeting Info

ABL Meetings

2nd Tuesday of the Month

Torrent Brewing Co. (MAP)



How to Join

Join the Mailing List

(click image below)

Email MikeYoungHB "at"

if you run into problems.

Check us out on Facebook:


Club Officers


Scott Nelson

Vice President: 

Luke Hoekstra


John Murphy


Mike Young


Mike Young 




Welcome to the Ames Brewers League Website!


Club Business & Style of the Month Competition

2nd Tuesday of the Month

Torrent Brewing Company (MAP)

7:00 PM


How to Join

- Show up to our monthly meeting!

- Dues: $15 per person/family per year

- Check us out on FACEBOOK

- Join the Google Group to signup for the mailing list

*email MikeYoungHB "at" with any problems*

Meeting Info

A typical Ames Brewers League meeting consists of discussing club business & events and then holding a monthly Style of the Month competition.  The monthly competition is a great way to get feedback from experienced judges and provides a way for you to discuss feedback afterwards.  When the competition has ended, members will talk amongst themselves about various brewing related topics and share any other homebrews that were brought.  Bringing samples of your homebrewed beer is always appreciated!


**We ask that no one under the age of 21 attend our monthly meetings.  Torrent Brewing Company has been very generous to allow us to meet at their brewery, and we would hate to jeopardize their Native Iowa Brewery licensing.**


How to Join the ABL

Joining the Ames Brewers League is easy - Come to a monthly meeting at Torrent Brewing Company! You can check out the club and see if it's something you would be interested in.  No commitment needed up front.  If you decide you'd like to join the club, dues are only $15 per person/family per year.  So if your significant other or spouse would like to join the club also, you still only pay $15 per year for both people.  To stay up-to-date on club information and activities, we suggest you sign up for the ABL Email List through Google Groups as well as the ABL Facebook group.  Click the links below to sign up!






***Starting in May, the ABL meetings will resume the 7:00pm start time***


2017 ABL Big Brew




The Ames Brewers League recently participated in the national Big Brew day coordinated by the American Homebrew Association (AHA) at Torrent Brewing Company.  Every year on the first Saturday of May, the AHA coordinates a global brew day for homebrew clubs and brewers all over the world.  This is a great opportunity to brew beer in a more public place and provide brewing demonstrations for people who may be interested in homebrewing but haven't jumped in yet.  Luckily for us, the downtown Ames farmers market was going on the same day so there was plenty of foot traffic right next to Torrent.


Updated Ames Water Report



Dr. Ron recently contacted the Ames water department to get an updated water analysis with information pertinent to brewers, especially those who brew all-grain.  The updated information has been listed below and is also available under the Files page along with the previous report from 2009 for comparison.  **Also note that the City of Ames uses Chloramine rather than Chlorine, so boiling alone will not remove that from your water.  The best way to treat Chloramine is to add a portion of a campden tablet (Potassium Metabisulfate) to your brewing water.  One tablet can treat up to 20 gallons of water.  These are available at mostly all homebrew stores or online vendors.


Total Alkalinity (CaCO3) = 55 mg/L

Sulfate level (SO4) = 110 mg/L

Sodium (Na) = 29 mg/L

Chlorate = 0.12 mg/L

Chlorite = less than 0.04 mg/L

Chlorine level = 2.2-2.5 mg/L (total chlorine)

Magnesium (Mg) = 11 mg/L

Calcium (Ca) = 152 mg/L


** Hardness ppm is listed as CaCO3 (not ppm as Ca)

2017 Ames Brewers League Raffle



We had a great turnout at the raffle this year thanks to a great selection of donations from various local breweries, businesses, homebrew shops, and online vendors. Thank you very much to everyone who donated items and attended the raffle to buy tickets to support our club!!!  We were able to raise a $950 to fund current and future club events.  We will use a portion of the money to support a current BJCP judging study class, supplement the club's participation in the upcoming 2017 HomebrewCon in Minneapolis this summer, and various other club events.  Thank you again to everyone who donated and participated to make the event a great success!  Here are a few pictures from the event along with a list of our generous donors.




515 Brewing

40 lbs Centennial Hops (11%aa)

Hat & shirt

2 x tulip glasses

2 x Beer Coupons


Lesaffe/Fermentis Yeast

Yeast Packets – 5 of each

-          W-34/70, WB-06, T-58, S-33, S-04, S-23, BE-256, K97, S-189, US-05

Hats, shirts, pint glasses, coasters (2)


Five Star

24 x PBW

Pens & Stickers


LD Carlson

10# Avanguard Malt

1# Goldswaen Brown Supreme Malt

1# Goldswaen Red Caramel Malt

Chocolate Chili Stout Kit (1 gal)

Yellin’ Melon Extra Pale Kit (5 gal)

10 x Brewers Best Wine/Bottle Openers



Wyermann Barke Munich 10# (2)

Simpons Golden Promise 10# (2)

Irish Stout Malt 10# (2)

Simpsons Double-Roast Crystal (4)

Patagonia Black Pearl Malt (2)

Weyermann Carafoam (2)

8 oz Azacca Hops

8 oz Mandarina Bavaria Hops


Mark Simpson

Wooden bottle case – handmade

Signed copy of “Brewing Better Beer”

Barn Town Brewing

Pint Glasses (2)

Snifter Glasses (2)


Torrent Brewing

Pint Glasses (2)

50 # Sack Briess 2-row


Boone Valley Brewing

“Brewer for a day”

-Brew a 40 bbl batch for winner & guest!


Olde Main Brewing

50 lb Pale Malt

Galena Hops


Alluvial Brewing

50 lb Golden Promise

Experimental Hop Samples


Firetrucker Brewing

Growler w/ $20 fill coupon


New American Brewing

3 x T-Shirts

Pint Glasses


Reclaimed Rails

2 x Pint Glasses


Beer Crazy

$50 Gift Card

2 x T-Shirts


Wyeast Labs

4 x Prize packs (bag, t-shirt, coozie)



Rock Bottom Brewery

Growler w/ Case & Fill Coupon


Morning Bell Coffee Roasters – Main Street

1 lb Arizona House Blend

1 lb Mexico Blend

1 lb Brazil Blend


Little Woods Herbal – Main Street

Belgian Wit Spice Mix

Eternal Youth tea & tea ball


Fox Brewing

$20 Gift Card

Pint Glass



C&S Brew Supply

2 x $20 Gift Cards

1 Gallon Fermenter Kit

2000ml flask

C&S Growler

2# Cara Rye x 2

1# Chocolate Malt x 2

1# Special B x 2



Full Court Press

2 x $25 Gift Cards good at all locations

(el Bait Shop, Royal Mile, Fongs, Buzzard Billy’s, Mullets, High Life Lounge, Hessen Haus)


Peace Tree Brewing

$20 Gift Card



Confluence Brewing Company

55lb Sack of Golden Promise

$20 Gift Card

4 x Tulip Glasses

Stickers & Coasters



Science of Beer & Brewing



Ames Brewers League member & current President Dr. Scott Nelson gave a great presentation on the Science of Beer & Brewing at Torrent Brewing Company!  Scott provided in-dept information on the process of brewing, which included topics such as the malting process, enzyme activity, how yeast multiply & convert sugar to ethanol, and many other interesting topics. There was a great turnout for his presentation, and the brewery was filled with people interested in hearing about the more scientific aspects of brewing.  Great job Scott!





2016 Mead Day


We had great weather for this years ABL Mead Day hosted by Mark & Colette Simpson!  Several buckets of apples were crushed and pressed along with a few batches of mead being mixed up.  Everyone who attended brought several different types and bottles of meads, beer, and cider for sampling among the group.  A great time was had by all!




2016 Big Brew Day at Torrent Brewing



The Ames Brewers League setup a few different brew systems in front of Torrent Brewing Company to celebrate national Big Brew Day. There was a lot of foot traffic earlier on in the morning for a local food truck showdown down the street, so the club was able to hand out business cards and talk through the brewing process with a few people. The weather turned a bit rainy around noon, so since the current beers being brewed were almost finished, we called it a day at that point. Overall, it was a fun event to get the club together as well as provide anyone interested in the brewing process a little more detailed look at what's involved.



2016 Ames Brewers League Raffle


We had another great ABL raffle this year! Since we started meeting at Torrent Brewing Company, we decided to hold our raffle there and have a potluck for food which worked out great.  I didn't get as many pictures as usual and missed images of all the grain donations we had that came in a little later, but as you can see from the image below, we had a great turnout.  We'd like to thank all the people and businesses that donated to our raffle this year as well as Torrent for hosting.  With the help of all our donors, we were able to raise close to $800 to fund our club activities for the year.  Thank you to all of our donors and members who purchased raffle tickets at the event!





Confluence Brewing

55lb Golden Promise

Tasting Glasses (4)

$20 Gift Card



C&S Brew Supply

Growlers (2)

$20 Gift Cards (2)

Pint Glasses (2)



T-Shirts (4)

Hats (2)

Lanyards, Stickers, Magnets







Yeast (US-05 & S-04)

Weyerman Munich (5 lb)

Irish Stout Malt (5lb)

Grain Samples (5 varieties)

Mandrania Bavaria Hops (8 oz)

Citra Hops (8 oz)


Full Court Press

$25 Gift Cards (2)


Madhouse Brewing

Gift Basket (2 Bombers, coozie, bottle opener)


515 Brewing

5 lbs Simcoe Hops

T-Shirts (2)


Boone Valley Brewing

Growlers w/fill coupon (2)



LD Carlson

Chocolate Milk Stout kit (5 gallon)

Cranberry Dark Wit kit (1 gallon)

Cider House kit (6 gallon)

Wine/Bottle Openers (3)


Beer Crazy

$50 Gift Card



Andrew Koehring (Bells)

2011 Excentric Ale (4)

Bells Sachel/Cooler

T-Shirts (2)

Ceramic Coasters

Patches & Buttons


Olde Main Brewing Company

50 lb Rahr Pale Malt (3)


Alluvial Brewing

50 lb Rahr Pale Malt

Pint Glasses (2)


Lallemand Yeast

Nottingham (10)

Munich (10)

Abbaye (10)

Munich Classic (10)

BRY-97 (10)

Belle Saison (10)

Windsor (10)


Exile Brewing

Growler w/ fill coupon

Morning Bell Coffee Roasters

1 lb Fresh Roasted Specialty Coffee (2)


Granite City Brewing

Various Grain Samples

Various Hop Samples


Torrent Brewing Company

Dark Star Burner

Growlers w/ fill coupon (2)


Mark & Colette Simpson

T-Shirts (5)

Glassware (12)


Christine Wydert



Firetrucker Brewing

Growler w/ fill coupon



Star-San Sanitzier (15)

PBW Cleaner (15)



Yeast Packets (5 of each)

US-05, S-04, S-33, S-23, W-34/70, T-58, Abbaye, WB-06

Calculators, Lanyards, Coasters, Pens


Reclaimed Rails Brewing Co

Pint Glasses (2)


Founders Brewing

T-Shirts (2)


Archived Homepage Posts