March Meeting with Annette May

nh_20150706_0004_copyGreetings Everyone, As I sit here typing this the snow is gently falling outside and I am anxiously awaiting Monday to come for one reason only, our monthly Sons of Liberty Home Brew Club Meeting! That’s right! This is the one Monday a month that you can actually look forward to and this one is even more special with our special guest speaker Annette May.

As some of you know Annette is deeply immersed in the craft beer and homebrewing culture and has been for over 20 years. She is both a BJCP judge and a Certified Cicerone® as well as an instructor in the Schoolcraft College Brewing & Distillation Technology Certificate Program, and works for the Cicerone Certification® program as an exam grader and exam proctor. Additionally she founded Know Beer LLC and is the events coordinator for Fermenta, Michigan Women’s Craft Collective. In short she knows her stuff.

Annette will be sharing a small bit of her knowledge with us on Monday at Liberty Street Brewing Company at 7pm and will be speaking to us about some of the changes to the BJCP guidelines and what this means to us as brewers.

If you have a copy of the 2015 BJCP Guidelines please bring it with you for a reference. If you don’t have it yet you can download it from There are also mobile apps for download on both iOS and Android for your phone or tablet.

This meeting is open to anyone interested in attending so please share. All guests will need to bring a completed guest waiver with them to the meeting which is available on our website.

Looking forward to seeing you all there,

Cheers and Happy Brewing


Rat Fest 2016 Ticket Sales


Click the image for more information about Rat Fest.

The Sons of Liberty recently received the following email from Arbor Brewing Co. regarding ticket sales for Rat Fest. In short there are still close to 200 tickets available and the future of Rat Fest is highly dependent on Arbor being able to sell all the ticket they have available. I think many of us would agree that this is a great event for our home brew community and we would like to see it continue to thrive and grow. So with one week left we need to do all we can to get the word out and help make this year’s Rat Fest a success.

Please contact Events Manager Nicole Bednarski at 734 ­480-2739 for tickets.

Hello Home Brew Clubs!

We have a big opportunity available to everyone. As of today, only 137 tickets have been purchased to the 2016 festival. In order for this event to continue and be scheduled for future years, our goal of 350 tickets sold must be achieved. This where you can jump in…

Attached is a copy of our press release with all the info needed for promoting Rat Fest. We are asking that all homebrew clubs participate in this effort by sharing the press release, or whatever version you prefer, of the event details so that we are able to hit our ticket sales mark and continue this festival.

There is only a week left!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Arbor Brewing PressRelease PDF


Nicole Bednarski

Events Manager

Arbor Brewing Company Microbrewery

(Corner Brewery LLC)

720 Norris St

Ypsilanti, MI. 48198



Wines and Ciders and Beers, Oh My!

Northville Winery and Brewing Co.

Northville Winery and Brewing Co.

On Monday, December 7th we held our monthly club meeting at the Northville Winery and Brewing Company, Robb Nelson was a great host and answered several of our club members questions. The Northville Winery originated in 1982 in the Parmenter’s Cider Mill,  Rob and Carina Nelson (Robb’s parent’s) started making their own product almost 10 years ago and they have been expanding and building on their success ever since.

The Northville Winery started making their own wine in the 1990’s followed by Hard Cider in 2006 and opened the microbrewery in 2014. All the grapes and apples are brought in from the West side of Michigan with all the pressing done in the cider mill and fermenting and bottling in the winery building. Every bottle is filled and labeled by hand. The winery produces several alcoholic wines, hard ciders, beer and will be adding a small distillery soon!

SOLHBC Northville Winery & Brewing-RobbYou could really tell that Robb is extremely passionate about what he does and many of us were blown away that there was so much to know about making cider. Robb shared that the acidity of the fruit can really impact the flavor and fermentability of the cider. Sweeter desert apples like Honey Crisp or Gala are sweeter so tend to be more fermentable whereas early harvest apples and Jonathan variety apples tend to be more acidic with lower fermentable sugars which results in them having longer term stability once bottled. The first hard cider that Robb produced is what is now called Rockin’ Cock Hard Cider and is still one of his favorites and one of their best sellers.

Beer and Cider flight

Beer and Cider flight

We were able to sample several of the ciders such as Rockin’ Cock, Half Nelson (hopped cider), Crimson Dew and Blue River. Also two of the beer offerings that Robb has made which included Rock Me Hopadeus IPA and Stout Stout Let it All Out.

Even though the beer offering right now is small they will be expanding that in the future but The Northville Winery and Brewing Co. has so much more to offer as far as wine and cider that it’s well worth the trip to check it out. You can find out more at their website, and you can see more photos from out club meeting in our photo gallery.


Recipe of the Month: Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Stout

In January of 2014 the Sons of Liberty were one of several home brew clubs invited to



participate in The Arbor Brewing Company’s Annual Rat Fest. The Sons of Liberty ended up cleaning up in the awards with Overall Favorite Group of Beers, Best Beer Challenge (Sour Beer), Most Unique Beer, and Overall Best Beer which happens to be the Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Stout brewed by Bob Schoenborn and Danyal Cetin. This is a great recipe that we are passing along to all of you! Enjoy and Cheers!

At the bottom of this recipe is a downloadable version that is compatible with BeerSmith, QBrew and several other home brewing applications that recognize the XML file format.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
12 gal 60 min 38.0 IBUs 36.2 SRM 1.056 1.017 5.1 %
Actuals 0 0 0.0 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Oatmeal Stout 13 C 1.048 - 1.065 1.01 - 1.018 25 - 40 22 - 40 1.9 - 2.5 4.2 - 5.9 %


Name Amount %
Pale Malt, Superior 17 lbs 67.66
Oats, Flaked and Roasted 2 lbs 7.96
Munich 10L (Canada Malting) 1.375 lbs 5.47
Special B Malt 1.375 lbs 5.47
Victory Malt (biscuit) (Briess) 1.375 lbs 5.47
Chocolate Malt; Dark English 1 lbs 3.98
Roasted Barley ~ UnMalted ~500 (Stout) 1 lbs 3.98


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Goldings, East Kent ~ HopUnion (Label Peelers) 3.81 oz 60 min First Wort Pellet 5.8


Name Amount Time Use Type
Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) 2.00 tsp 60 min Mash Water Agent
Yeast Nutrient ~ Wyeast 2.00 tsp 10 min Boil Other
Cinnamon Stick 0.00 oz 5 min Bottling Spice
Vanilla extract 0.00 oz 0 min Bottling Spice


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
SafAle English Ale (S-04) DCL/Fermentis 73% 59°F - 75.2°F


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 156°F 45 min


Step Time Temperature
Primary 14 days 67°F
Aging 30 days 65°F