2018 ABL Raffle
The Ames Brewers League 2018 Raffle event had a great turnout.
We would like to thank Torrent Brewing Company as always for graciously hosting the event.
Of course, a huge thanks also to all of our sponsors and members that made donations to this fund-raiser.
Finally, thanks to the attendees of the event for supporting this event and making it a continued success.
Please find a list of the donations and our sponsors below.
Check back later for pictures from the raffle!
2018 Raffle Donations
2017 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
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. Also note that the City
of Ames uses chloramines rather than chlorine, so
boiling alone will not remove that from your
water. The best way to treat chloramines 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) Hardness = 11 mg/L
Calcium (Ca) Hardness* = 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.
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-depth
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
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!
2015 Ames Brewers League Raffle
We had another great raffle this year for the
Ames Brewers League, and with the help of all
our donors/sponsors, we were able to raise over
$700 for the club! We really appreciate
all the organizations & businesses that donated
items to the raffle this year. We couldn't
do it without you. Also, we'd like to
thank Olde Main for hosting this even for the
last several years. They are always very
accommodating and really bend over backwards to
help us out. Check out the pictures below
and also a list of all our sponsors and
donations for the year. Cheers!
First Meeting at Torrent Brewing!
We had a great first meeting at Torrent Brewing!
The brewery is really coming along and the guys
are hoping to be open sometime middle-late
November. We had one of the biggest turnouts for
this meeting since people wanted to check out
the brewery. There were also a couple new people
that came that were interested in the club, so
that's always a good sign right after moving
meeting locations. We look forward to this new
partnership with Torrent Brewing and can't wait
to see where it goes from here!
2014 ABL Mead Day
We had a great turnout for this years annual ABL
Mead Day! We made a few batches of mead and of
course sampled some meads from different club
brews. Mark and Colette were great hosts as
always. We had a table full of crock pots and
different food that members brought for people
to snack on throughout the day. Mark served a
couple kegs of his Russian Imperial Stout that
he ages in a Jack Daniels barrel, and they were
great. Several other members brought beers that
they've been saving for a special occasion. All
in all, it was a great day to enjoy a sunny day
NEW Business Meeting Location - Torrent Brewing!
With Wallaby's moving to their new location at
the end of September, they will no longer be
able to accommodate our ABL club meetings.
We greatly appreciate Wallaby's generosity over
the years by allowing the club to meet at their
restaurant and bring in samples of our homebrew
when no one else in Ames would. Our
September 9th meeting will be the last one held
at Wallaby's, so let's make it a good one!
After discussing new meeting locations,
Brewing Company has generously offered to
allow the ABL to meet at their brewery, and we
are happy to accept! Starting in October,
the business/competition meeting (2nd Tuesday of
the month) will be held at Torrent Brewing.
We look forward to this new partnership and hope
to see it grow over the years.
Upcoming Meeting Info/Recap:
September 9 - Last Meeting at Wallaby's
October 14 - First Meeting at Torrent Brewing Company!
2014 Iowa State Fair Beer Competition Results
Check out the State Fair Homebrew Competition results here.
Ames Brewers League 2014 Raffle
We had a great time at our annual raffle as
always this year, with even more prizes and
attendance than previous events. We
greatly appreciate all the organizations that
donate items to the raffle each year. This
year, we were able to raise around $800 to fund
the club and our activities. Thank you to
everyone who made the event a success!
Oktoberfest Competition Information
A page has been setup for our Oktoberfest
Competition later this year that includes
Competition Information, Entry Forms, and Bottle
ID Forms. This will be the first BJCP
competition that the ABL has hosted, so we're
hoping everything goes smoothly.
2013 Summerfest Brewing Demonstrations
This summer, the Ames Brewers League had an
opportunity to show the community about the
brewing process and homebrewing in general.
We all had a great time talking with people,
handing out information sheets, and giving
people business cards. Even though it
started pouring rain later in the day, it was
still a fun event. Here are a few
ABL Logo Redesign
After working through several different logo
designs, the Ames Brewers League decided to go
with the image below. We worked with a
very talented graphic designer named Luke Leidal
who was able to take our ideas and present
several different options. The website has
been mostly updated, and we will be working on
updating several other club items including our
banner, business cards, and flyers. Also,
look for a t-shirt and merchandise order in the
2013 ABL Raffle
We had another great turnout for the raffle this
year, with a record number of items donated and
people attending. With the help of all our
sponsors and people who donated items, we were
able to raise close to $800 to benefit the club.
Thank you to everyone who donated items to the
raffle, Olde Main for hosting the event, and
everyone who came and purchased tickets. We
couldn't do it without you!
2012 ABL Winter Potluck
Eric and Susan hosted a fun day of food and
great beer where everyone brought a food item to
share along with homebrew and any special
bottles of commercial beer they had been aging
for a special occasion. As you can see
from the pictures, we ended up with a lot of
ABL 2012 Mead Day
Mark and Colette hosted another great Mead Day
this year. Even though the dry weather prevented
us from crushing any apples or pears to make
cider/perry, we made a couple batches of mead
and melomel and enjoyed batches from previous
ABL Club Article & Video
One of our members (Mike Young) was recently
approached by an ISU student named Matt
Wettengel who was producing a short video for
one of his classes. After completing the
video, Matt was very interested in the brewing
process and hobby, so he decided to write an
article about it for the first publication of
Sir Magazine, which is a GSB funded student
magazine. The ABL also decided to put an
advertisement for the club next to the article
in order to boost membership and raise awareness
of our organization. You can find
links to the SIR article, video, and ABL
advertisement that was placed in the magazine on the "Resources" page.
2012 Annual ABL Raffle
We had another great turnout for our annual
raffle this year, and we'd like to thank
everyone who donated items as well as everyone
who came and bought raffle tickets. There
were a ton of great prizes to give out this
year, and we were able to make around $900 to
help support the club. I've listed out
everyone who donated items to the raffle below.
Thank you again for all your support for our
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