Symposium Notes

SYMPOSIUM 07/03/20


1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Mark Galloway, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.


Apologies
John Daniel, Fran Tiplady.


2. Beer
The beer was based on Two Birds Sunset Ale. It was a chestnut red ale with a fruity, hoppy tang and a big, malty body. It was a very drinkable 4.3% ABV session beer.


2. Money
After deducting money for ingredients and adding in the money taken in there was a balance of £139.94.


The tap on the keg was leaking so the group decided to replace it with a more expensive but far more robust metal tap.


3. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be at Paul Wood's house


4. The Next Brew
The next beer will be a Baltic porter. The exact recipe to be finalised.




5. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 30 May 2020.




Brewing will take place on 18/04/20 at Paul Wood's house.


6. AOB
The Antwerp trip was a great success. There were no dramas this time.


Leicester CAMRA Beer Festival was well attended by BAD group members.


BAD members will celebrated Christmas on Friday 20 December 2019 starting at Tonne. A couple also made it out on Christmas Eve meeting in The Ale Wagon.


It was agreed to do a pub tour of Lincoln on Friday 03/04/20.


The Dzelme barbecue will be Saturday 04/07/11 this year.


The Samaritans Beer festival will be on Friday 24/07/20 but the venue is unknown.


The band 3rd & Lindsley are playing in Thornton on Saturday 14/03/20. Paul Browne is driving and has some spare seats.


It was agreed to do the first BAD limp of the year on Friday 08/05/20 ending in Melton Mowbray.


SYMPOSIUM 23/11/19


1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Mark Galloway, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars.


Apologies
Fran Tiplady, Paul Wood.


2. Beer
The beer was based on a wild guess at a Tiny Rebel Stay Puft recipe. It was a vanilla milk stout with a gentle balance of sweet and sour and a subtle chocolate and vanilla background. It didn't taste as strong as 6.3% ABV.


The Christmas beer was also sampled again. It is based on Carolus Noel and is 9.7% ABV with liquorice and spice notes.


2. Money
After deducting money for ingredients and adding in the money taken in there was a balance of £136.62.


3. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be at Louise Dzelme's house


4. The Next Brew
The next beer will be chosen by Louise Dzelme.




5. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 7 March 2020.




Brewing will take place on 25/01/20 at Louise Dzelme's house.


6. AOB
The Great Central Railway Beer Festival was visited by a number of BAD members on Saturday 14/09/19.


BAD Apple day and the cider symposium took place on Sunday 22 September 2019. There were not a lot of apples so we only brewed 5 gallons of cider.


A walk took place on Friday 18 October 2019 from Kettering to Wellingborough. There was a small but select band of walkers.


Louise Dzelme had made initial enquiries about a trip to Antwerp around the weekend of 18 January 2020. There was still a lot of interest so arrangements will be firmed up.


Three bottles of Christmas beer were distributed to everyone who was at the symposium.


Leicester CAMRA Beer Festival was advertised. The BAD visit would be on Friday 28 February 2020.


BAD members will be celebrating Christmas on Friday 20 December 2019 from 12:00 meeting at Tonne and again on Christmas Eve meeting in The Ale Wagon


SYMPOSIUM 31/08/19


1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Mark Galloway, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.


Apologies
Fran Tiplady.


2. Beer
The beer was based on Oakham Green Devil. It was an American style IPA, single hopped with citra. It was grassy, bitter, resinous and strong. 7.9% ABV strong.


Was Christmas beer was also sampled. It is based on Carolus Noel and is 9.7% ABV with liquorice and spice notes.


2. Money
After deducting money for ingredients and adding in the money taken in there was a balance of £121.86.


3. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be at Bharat Mistry's house


4. The Next Brew
The next beer will be based on a recipe for Tiny Rebel Stay Puft.




5. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 23 November 2019


Brewing will take place on 05/10/19 at Bharat Mistry's house.


6. AOB
Some members of our group visited the Samaritans Beer Festival on 26/07/19.


The Dzelme barbecue took place on 06/07/19. It was well attended by the group. The beer and food were, as usual, rather wonderful.


A BAD Leicester pub crawl took place on Friday 2 August. There was a good turnout and we visited some places that we may not all go to.


The Great Central Railway Beer Festival was advertised. BAD would visit on Saturday 14/09/19.


BAD Apple day and the cider symposium would take place on Sunday 22 September 2019 at 14:00 at Chris Willars's house.


A gig by Glyn Bevins's band, 3rd & Lindsley at Duffy's Bar on Friday 27 September was advertised.


A walk will be held on Friday 18 October 2019. Timings, a breakfast venue and a route will be planned nearer the date.


It was agreed to try and organise a trip to Antwerp around the weekend of 18 January 2020. Louise Dzelme volunteered to make initial enquiries about dates and accommodation. 



SYMPOSIUM 01/06/19


1. Attendance
John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Mark Galloway, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.


Apologies
Paul Browne.


2. Beer
The beer was based on Weihenstephener. The ABV was 4.2%. It could have been more lively but it was cloudy, fairly orange and tastes like a hefeweizen with a slightly tart finish.


2. Money
After deducting money for ingredients and adding in the money taken in there was a balance of £113.58.


3. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be at John Daniel's house


4. The Next Brew
The next beer will be based on a recipe for Oakham Green Devil.




5. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 31 August 2019


Brewing will take place on 13/07/19 at Chris Willars's house.


6. AOB
The Christmas Beer for 2019 was based on a recipe for Carolus Noel. It is 9.7% ABV.


The cider symposium would take place on 29 June 2019 at 19:00 at Chris Willars's house.


The Great Central Railway Beer Festival was advertised. BAD would visit on 14/09/19.


The Samaritans Beer Festival was advertised. BAD would visit on 26/07/19.


The Dzelme barbecue will take place on 06/07/19. All BAD are invited.


A report was given on the last walk. It was very enjoyable. More will be planned.


A BAD Leicester pub crawl will take place on Friday 2 August.


A trip to Antwerp is to be planned for the autumn.




SYMPOSIUM 02/03/19


1. Beer
The beer was a chocolate mint stout. The ABV was 5.9%. It had a background clean taste and was easier drinking than the ABV would suggest.


2. Money
After deducting money for ingredients and adding in the money taken in there was a balance of £132.26


3. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be at Phil Pawleys house


4. The Next Brew
The next beer will be a German Hefeweizen.


5. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 1 June 2019


Brewing will take place on 13/04/19


6. AOB
The BAD Limp was very enjoyable although rather muddy in places. The next BAD Limp will take place on Friday 26 April 2019. Details of route and timings to be agreed nearer the date.


The Christmas Beer for 2019 will be brewed at a date and to a recipe decided by John Dzelme and Chris Willars.


The Leicester CAMRA Beer Festival was advertised.


SYMPOSIUM 01/12/18

1. Attendance

Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Mark Galloway, Bharat Mistry, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies 

Louise Dzelme, Phil Pawley.

2. Beer

The beer was chocolate stout with chocolate essence. The ABV was 4.6%. It was a stout with a slightly sweet taste, building chocolate notes and a tart aftertaste.

3. Money

All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the food. After deducting money paid out for ingredients and including subscriptions we had a balance of £101.54.

4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be held at Mark Galloway's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next beer would be chosen by Mark. It will be a Chocolate Mint Stout.


6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 2 March 2019.

Brewing will take place on 12 January 2019.

7. AOB
The summer symposium will be at Phil Pawleys and be a hefeweissbier.

A report was given of the Leeds weekend.

A BAD limp will be held on 01/02/19 on a route to be decided.

Some BAD people will meet for Christmas beer from 15:00 on Friday 21/12/18 in the Ale Wagon and then again on 24/12/2018 in The Globe from 12:00 and the Ale Wagon from 16:00.

SYMPOSIUM 25/08/18

1. Attendance

Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies 

Mark Galloway.

2. Beer

The beer was based on Thornbridge Jaipur. The ABV was unknown. It was flat but very clear and tasty. It was honey coloured with honey notes and a refreshing citrus kick. It was very similar to Jaipur.

3. Money

All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the food. After deducting money paid out for ingredients and including subscriptions we had a balance of £83.22.

4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be held at Fran Tiplady's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next beer would be chosen by Fran.


6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 1 December 2018.

Brewing will take place on 20 October 2018.

7. AOB

The Dzelme barbecue was very successful. John had brewed three beers.

A number of BAD boys and girls attended the Samaritans beer festival on the Friday 27 July 2018.

A BAD trip to Leeds was agreed for the weekend from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 October 2018.

A BAD Trip to Rugby was agreed for Friday 28 September 2018.

Leicester Beer Week 20 to 30 September 2018 was advertised.

The GCR Beer Festival on 22 September was advertised.

It was agreed to buy a spare thermometer with the next purchase.


SYMPOSIUM 02/06/18

1. Attendance

Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies 

Mark Galloway.

2. Beer

The beer was a chocolate porter brewed without adjuncts. It was 5.3% ABV, chocolatey and smooth with some sweetness. It had a bittersweet dry finish with a rich mouthfeel and a background hint of liquorish. It was much too drinkable.

3. Money

All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the food. After deducting money paid out for ingredients and including subscriptions we had a balance of £55.32. We had spent more than usual as it included the Christmas beer as well as our quarterly brew.

4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be held at John Daniel's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next beer would be based on a recipe for Thornbridge Jaipur.


6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 25 August 2018.

Brewing will take place on 30 June 2018.

7. AOB
The BAD Limp was very good apart from encountering the guy that shat himself.

The Dzelme barbecue was advertised as 7 July 2018.

The Samaritans beer festival in Aylestone was advertised, probably on the Friday 27 July 2018.

It was agreed to plan for a BAD trip to Leeds for a weekend in October.

Nottingham Craft Beer Week was advertised.

A BAD Trip to Rugby would be organised at the next Symposium.


SYMPOSIUM 03/03/18

1. Attendance

Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies 

Mark Galloway.

2. Beer

The beer was based on a recipe for St Austell Proper Job. It fermented out at a modest ABV of 544%. It had sweet notes, grassy hops and a bitter hop finish with a hint of citrus.

3. Money

All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the food. After deducting money paid out for ingredients and including subscriptions we had a balance of £88.06. We had spent more than usual as it included a sack of grain. This will last us several brews.

4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be held at Paul Wood's new house.

5. The Next Brew
Paul took the books away to choose a beer.
6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 2 June 2018.

Brewing will take place on 14 April 2018.

7. AOB
Pre-Christmas rinks took place in the Ale Wagon after work on 22 December 2017.

A BAD Trip to Coventry took place on 26 January 2018 and was very good, particularly the Twisted Barrel brewery tap.
 Christmas Beer brew day will take place on 24 March at Chris Willars's house. The beer will be chosen by Chris and John Dzelme. We drank some samples of John Dzelme's experimental vanilla milk stout. It was 6.2% of lovliness. Leicester CAMRA Beer Fest was advertised for 9 March 2018. The Cider Symposium will take place on 31 March 2018 at Chris Willars's house.


A BAD limp will take place on 12 May 2018 from Lutterworth to Rugby.


SYMPOSIUM 18/11/17





1. Attendance

Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Mark Galloway, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies 

Fran Tiplady.

2. Beer

The beer was based on a recipe for Ringwood XXXX Porter. It fermented out at an ABV of 5.4%. It looked like a best bitter as it was a dark copper colour. It tasted like a best bitter but with hints of dark beer flavours, liquorish and maybe chocolate.

3. Money
All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the food. After deducting money paid out for ingredients and including subscriptions we had a balance of £109.26

4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be held at Bharat Mistry's house.

5. The Next Brew
Bharat took the books away to choose a beer.


6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 3 March 2018.

Brewing will take place on 13 January 2018.


7. AOB
The BAD Trip to Amsterdam took place in October 2017. We stayed at the hotel where Chet Baker died and enjoyed the cultural side of the city as well as the beer.

BAD Apple Day took place on 23 September 2017. We have 15 gallons of cider fermenting and tested out the Willars pizza oven.

 The Great Central Railway Beer Festival was attended by several BAD boys and girls.

The Black Horse Beer Festival was attended by only 2 BAD representatives.

The BAD Limp went from Long Eaton to Bestow and on to Nottingham including a bonus mystery micro pub.


Pre-Christmas rinks were advertised in the Ale Wagon after work on 22 December 2017.
A BAD Trip to Coventry will be arranged for 26 January 2018


SYMPOSIUM 12/08/17


1. Attendance

Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Mark Galloway, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies 

Bharat Mistry, Fran Tiplady.

2. Beer

The beer was based on a recipe for Pirate Stout and fermented out at an ABV of 5.4%. It was a spiced stout with orange zest. It was a little flat but smooth & spicy with a hint of liquorish and very drinkable.

3. Money
All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the food. After deducting money paid out for ingredients and including subscriptions we had a balance of £82.26

4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be held at Paul Browne's house.

5. The Next Brew
The beer that we brew for the next symposium will be based on a recipe for Ringwood XXXX Porter.


6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 18 November 2017.

Brewing will take place on 30 September 2017.


7. AOB
The Christmas beer 2017, a barley wine, was sampled. It was getting mature and was very good.

The Dzelme Barbecue was attended by quite a few BAD boys and girls. John Dzelme's beers were very good as usual.

The BAD Limp from Melton Mowbray to Croxton Kerrial took place on 29 July 2017. The weather was goos as was the beer.

BAD Apple Day will be on Saturday 23 September 2017 from 14:00 at Chris Willars's house.

The BAD Trip to Amsterdam is arranged for 5-8 October 2017.

The Great Central Railway Beer Festival was advertised for Saturday 16 September 2017.

The Black Horse Beer Festival was advertised for Friday 18 August 2017.

The next BAD Limp will be organised for Saturday 14 October 2017 from Long Eaton to Bestow and on to Nottingham.



SYMPOSIUM 27/05/17



1. Attendance

Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Mark Galloway, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies 

None.

2. Beer

The beer was based on a recipe for Omnipollo Raspberry Smoothie and fermented out at an ABV of 5.2%. It was a fruit/wheat/oat/pilsner fermented with an English Ale yeast. It was pink, sweet, fruity with a slightly sour aftertaste and a smooth mouth feel. It was rather good and we drained the barrel.

3. Money
All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the food. After deducting money paid out for ingredients and including subscriptions we had a balance of £70.17. The boiler was repaired. 

4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be held at Paul Wood's house.

5. The Next Brew
Paul will decide the beer that we brew for the next symposium.


6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 12 August 2017.

Brewing will take place on 1 July 2017.


7. AOB
The Christmas beer 2017, a barley wine, was sampled. It was slightly raw but still good.

Several BAD boys and girls attended the Leicester Beer Festival.

A BAD Trip to Birmingham took place and was very enjoyable.

A BAD Limp from Narborough to Hinckley took place. The weather was good and it was very successful.

The BAD Cider Symposium took place. Both the spontaneously fermented and the version with a commercial cider yeast were very drinkable with the commercial yeast version being voted the better. The remainder was distributed at the symposium.

We were celebrating our 10th anniversary at the symposium.

The Riverside festival was advertised.

The Dzelme Barbecue was advertised. It will be on 8 July 2017 and will feature 3 John Dzelme brews.

The next BAD Limp will be from Melton Mowbray to The Geese and Fountain in Croxton Kerrial on 29 July 2017.

SYMPOSIUM 11/02/17



1. Attendance

John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Mark Galloway, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies

Paul Browne, Bharat Mistry.

2. Beer

The beer was a Double Chocolate Stout. It was smokey with a sweet chocolate note in the background and an ABV of 5.2%.

3. Money
All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the food. After deducting money paid out for ingredients and including subscriptions we had a balance of £114.55. The boiler needs repair so Bharat will try and repair it. If this does not work we will need a replacement. 

4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be held at the Dzelme's house.
5. The Next Brew
The next brew will be based on an Omnipollo Smoothie recipe.
6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 27 May 2017.

Brewing will take place on 8 April 2017.


7. AOB
The Christmas beer 2017 will be a barley wine. Brew day will be 25 March at Chris Willars's house.

The Leicester Beer Festival on Friday 10 March was advertised.

A BAD Trip to Birmingham will take place on 28 April 2017.

A further BAD Walk will take place on 15 April 2017.

The BAD Cider Symposium would take place on 13 May 2017.
SYMPOSIUM 15/10/16



1. Attendance

Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Mark Galloway, Bharat Mistry, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies

Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady.

2. Beer

The beer was based on a recipe for Thornbridge Kipling. It was a subtle but hoppy and very drinkable IPA with an ABV of 4.8%.

3. Money
All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the food. After deducting money paid out for ingredients and including subscriptions we had a balance of £95.81.

4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be held at Phil Pawley's house.
5. The Next Brew
The next brew will be Youngs Double Chocolate Stout.
6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 21 January 2017.

Brewing will take place on 17 December 2016.


7. AOB
Louise and John Dzelme agreed to investigate organising a trip to Leeds on the weekend including 19 November 2016.

The Christmas beer will be taken to Chris Willars's house for distribution.


The arrangements for a BAD walk on 29 October 2016 will be circulated to the group shortly before the event.

Phil Pawley had set up a BAD Facebook group.

Paul Wood with the assistance of Phil Pawley if required would investigate arranging a trip to Iceland in February.

SYMPOSIUM 13/08/16



1. Attendance

Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Mark Galloway, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies

None.

2. Beer

The beer was based on a recipe for Oscar Blues Dales Pale Ale. It was of unknown ABV (probably 6%). It was clear and copper coloured with a powerful American hop hit and a toffee sweetness. It was slightly darker than the original but compared favourably. 

3. Money
All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the food. We had a balance of £89.53.

4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be held at Mark Galloway's house.
5. The Next Brew
The next brew will be Thornbridge Kipling.
6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 15 October 2016.

Brewing will take place on 3 September 2016.


7. AOB
It was agreed to organise a trip to Leeds on 19 November 2016.

The Christmas beer had been brewed. It could be a dark figgy  jam. Time will tell.


The Western Park Beer Festival, The West End Brewery Beer Festival and the GCR Beer Festival were all advertised.

A BAD walk will be planned for 29 October 2016.

Phil Pawley volunteered to set up a BAD Facebook group.
SYMPOSIUM 14/05/16






1. Attendance

Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies

Mark Galloway.

2. Beer

The beer was based on a recipe for Brewdog Punk Monk. It was of unknown ABV (probably 5-6%) abd crystal clear. It was hoppy with a Belgian hint from the yeast and one of the best beers we have made,

3. Money

All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the food. We had a balance of £00.51. We purchased a backup boiler and a large sack of grain.

4. Location of Next Symposium

The next symposium would be held at the John Daniel'shouse.
5. The Next Brew
The next brew will be Thornbridge Jaipur or something similar.
6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 13 August 2016.

Brewing will take place on 18 June 2016.


7. AOB
The Leicester CAMRA Beer Festival was atttended by several BAD boys and girls.

The Belper to Derby walk was very successful.


It was agreed to organise a trip to Leeds in October or November after the football fixtures were released.


The cider symposiumtook place on 19 March 2016. The ciders were actually rather good this year.


The brewing for the Christmas beer would take place on 28 May 2016 at the Dzelme house. It would be a dark figgy pudding kind of beer.
SYMPOSIUM 27/02/16


1. Attendance

Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies

Mark Galloway.

2. Beer

The beer was based on a recipe for Pendle Witches Brew using green Fuggles. It was a 4.9% ABV best bitter. It was cloudy but tasted fresh, slightly resinous and very easy to drink.

3. Money

All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the food. We had a balance of £165. Chris Willars will have a serious look at buying a backup boiler.

4. Location of Next Symposium

The next symposium would be held at the Fran Tiplady's house.
5. The Next Brew
The next brew will be chosen by Fran Tiplady. Fran had the recipe book and was also referred to the recently published Brewdog recipes.
6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 14 May 2016.

Brewing will take place on 26 March 2016.


7. AOB
The Leicester CAMRA Beer Festival was advertised. BAD boys and girls would attend on Friday 11 March 2016.

It was agreed to do a long walk with pub stops from Belper to Derby on 23 April 2016.

It was agreed to organise a trip abroad in October.

The Western Park Beer Festival on 4 March 2016 was advertised.

The cider symposium would be 19 March 2016 subject to confirmation. NOT 19th. New Date to be confirmed. 

SYMPOSIUM 21/11/15

1. Attendance 
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Mark Galloway, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies 
Fran Tiplady.

2. Beer 
The beer was based on a recipe for Mikkeller Texas Ranger but without the chilli. It was a 5.8% ABV stout with lots of coffee flavour, some chocolate, a hint of vanilla and a little sweetness. 

3. Money
All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the food. We had a balance of £130.79 having bought some bottles and ingredients. The boiler had been repaired by Bharat and there was still a new thermostat to pay for.

4. Location of Next Symposium 
The next symposium would be held at the Paul Browne's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew will be a beer to use up the green fuggles in the freezer.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 5 March 2016.

Brewing will take place on 9 January 2016.

7. AOB
Mark Galloway was welcomed to the group.

The Christmas beer is an 8.5% ABV barley wine. It is available for collection, as is nettle beer.

It was agreed to have a BAD trip to Stamford on Friday 5 February 2016 instead of a Grainstore trip.

It was agreed that we would all get velociraptor tattoos.

It was agreed to seriously investigate a cheap back up boiler.

Louise Dzelme will make contact with a brewing group in Delaware that have a velociraptor as a mascot!

The velociraptor was named Valdis.


SYMPOSIUM 01/08/15

1. Attendance 
Paul Browne, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies 
John Daniel, Dawn Duncan, Bharat Mistry, Fran Tiplady, Simon Williams.

2. Beer 
The beer was based on a recipe for Mikkeller Stateside IPA. It was over 6% ABV and turned out sweet, malty and bitter. It tasted more best bitter than IPA but was deceptively sessiony. 

3. Money
All attendees paid £5 and £2 for the barbecue. We had a balance of £186.07 but we still had some bottles to pay for and it was still the intention to buy a back up boiler.

4. Location of Next Symposium 
The next symposium would be held at the Bharat Mistry's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew will be a beer chosen by Bharat Mistry.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 21 November 2015 subject to agreement by Bharat Mistry.

Brewing will take place on 3 October subject to agreement with Bharat Mistry.

7. AOB

Apple pressing this year will be 26 September 2015 at Chris Willars's house.

The Christmas beer is an 8.5% ABV barley wine. A sample bottle was tested. It was rich, full and alcoholic.

John Daniel will organise a Grainstore Brewery trip.

A BAD trip to Manchester will take place on the weekend of 14 and 15 November 2015. Phil Pawley will look at arrangements. 

It was agreed to invite Mark Galloway to join the group.

SYMPOSIUM 25/04/15

1. AttendancePaul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars

ApologiesDawn Duncan, Simon Williams, Paul Wood.

2. BeerThe beer was a Black IPA. It had a hint of sweetness with some dark beer flavours & lots of hops. But it's not too bitter. It is definitely sessionable. And it's 5.6%ABV. 

3. MoneyAll attendees paid £5 and £2 for the pulled pork.
 4. Location of Next Symposium The next symposium would be held at the Dzelmes' house.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew will be an IPA of some description.

6. Date of Next SymposiumThe next symposium will be held on 1 August 2015.

Brewing will take place on 13 June 2015 at the Dzelmes' house.
7. AOBThe Dzelme barbecue was advertised. It will take place on 4 July 2015.

The Derby trip was a great success. We found some new pubs and some good beer. 

The Cider symposium had taken place on 4 April 2015. The attendance was small but the cider was drinkable this year. There is still some left if people want to collect it. 

Apple pressing this year will be 26 or 27 September 2015 at Chris Willars's house.

The Christmas beer this year will be a barley wine. Brewing will take place on 23 May 2015 at Chris Willars's house.

The proposed Grainstore Brewery trip will take place on 30 May 2015 provided that they can fit us in. John Daniel will organise this.

The Peak beer festival at Thornbridge Hall is sold out so we cannot go this year.

A BrewDog Leicester trip will take place on Friday 8 May 2015 from 12:00.

We will discuss a BAD trip to Manchester at there next symposium. 

It was agreed to order a back up boiler and a sack of grain with our next ingredients order and to share shipping costs with John Dzelme's next order.


Symposium 24/01/151. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady,
Chris Willars.




Apologies
Dawn Duncan, Simon Williams, Paul Wood.


2. The Beer
was brewed to a recipe for BrakspearBitter. It was supposed to be a low strength beer so we boosted the ABV with the addition of a little sugar. It was about 5.2% ABV, malty with almost toffee notes and a good, fresh English hop finish. There was no leak this time around.


3. Collection of Money
Money was collected from the people who were there and £10 had been paid to maintain the apple press so we had a balance of £242.27.

We need to consider buying a back up boiler.


4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be at Phil Pawley's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew would be a dark beer brewed with green hops.  It may or may not turn out to be a Black IPA.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The next symposium will be held on 25 April 2015.

Brewing will take place on 7 March 2015.


7. Any Other Business


The Belgian beer drinking trip to Bruges was really good but we had spent most of our time in Brussels due to a transport strike.

It was agreed to try and organise the Grainstore Brewery tour for outside the winter sports seasons to maximise attendance.  We will agree a date at the next symposium and also talk about a trip to Manchester.

It was agreed to do a BAD trip to Derby on Friday 20 February 2015 starting at lunchtime.

Leicester CAMRA beer festival was advertised. There will be a BAD presence on Friday 13 March 2015.

The Cider Symposium will be on 4  April 2015 at Chris Willars's house.

Apple pressing will be Saturday or Sunday 26 or 27 September 2015.

The Peak Beer Festival at Thornbridge Hall was advertised for 3-6 July 2015. We could consider a BAD trip at the next Symposium.





Symposium 25/10/141. Attendance
John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Phil Pawley,
Chris Willars, Paul Wood.


Apologies
Paul Browne, Dawn Duncan, Bharat Mistry, Fran Tiplady, Simon Williams .


2. The Beer
The beer was brewed to a recipe for Cottleigh Tawney Bitter. It was supposed to be a session beer so we boosted the ABV with the addition of a little sugar. It was about 6.2% ABV but all too easy drinking with the character of a best bitter.Due to a leak there was not a great deal left but we supplemented the brew with some Christmas beer and some bought bottles.

The Christmas beer was reddish purple when held up to the light.  It was brewed to a recipe by John Dzelme and included some cherries. The ABV was 5.9% and the cherries added a little sourness and a hint of cherry in the aftertaste.It was a little flat and so may benefit from a longer period to condition.



3. Collection of Money
Money was collected from the people who were there and after the cost of the brew we had a balance of £212.27. 


4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be at Fran Tiplady's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew would be chosen by the host.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on 24 January 2015 subject to confirmation.

Brewing would take place on 13 December 2014.


7. Any Other Business


The Belgian beer drinking trip to Bruges was organised for the end of November 2014.

It was agreed to try and organise the Grainstore Brewery tour for February 2015.  The exact date could be agreed at the January Symposium.

The Peak Beer Festival at Thornbridge Hall was advertised for 3-6 July 2015.  We could consider a BAD trip at the next Symposium.

Manchester was discussed as a venue for a future BAD trip.


Symposium 14/06/1
1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley,

Chris Willars, Paul Wood.



Apologies

Fran Tiplady

2. The Beer
The beer was brewed to a recipe for
Hopback Summer Lightning. It was light copper colour, bitter and resinous.  It was about 6% ABV. 


3. Collection of Money

Money was collected from the people who were there and after the cost of the brew we had a balance of £258.82.  The last bank statement is on the blog

4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be at Phil Pawley's or Fran Tiplady's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew would be chosen by the host.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held in September on a date chosen by the host.

Brewing would take place about 6 weeks before the symposium date.


7. Any Other Business

It was agreed that anyone who did not attend would get a sample of the brew only.

It was agreed to try and organise a Grainstore Brewery tour.  John Daniel agreed to try and organise this.  He would also investigate a Castle Rock tour.

John Daniel's leaving do was advertised on Thursday 19 June 2014.


We agreed to invite Dawn Duncan and Simon Williams to join the group.

The annual Dzelme barbecue was advertised for the amended date of Saturday 5 July 2014.

It was agreed to organise a Belgian beer drinking trip again in October to Bruges.  A small sub-committee of Phil Pawley and Paul Wood would sort out a date and start making arrangements once the football fixtures are published for the 2014/15 season.

Symposium 08/03/14

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, 
Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.


Apologies

Joanne Willars. 

2. The Beer
The beer was brewed to a recipe for 
Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild. It was a rich, sweetish, mouth filling alcohol hit with a hint of pepper and some drying hops in the finish.  It was just over 5.8% ABV. 


3. Collection of Money

Money was collected from the people who were there and after the cost of the brew we had a balance of £256.17.

It was agreed to still look for a back up boiler.


4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be at John Daniel's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew would be based on a recipe for Hop Back Summer Lightning.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on Saturday 14 June 2014.

Brewing would take place on  Saturday 26 April 2014 at Chris Willars's house.


7. Any Other Business

The Christmas beer 2014 would be brewed to a John Dzelme recipe at Chris Willars's house on Saturday 22 March 2014.

The Leicester CAMRA Beer Festival was advertised for Friday 14 March 2014.


Chris Daniel's leaving do was advertised on Thursday 27 March 2014.


It was agreed to investigate a Grainstore Brewery tour in April or May 2014.  This is likely to take place on a Sunday. 

We discussed increasing the size of the group by one.  It was agreed to check with three potential recruits if they were still interested.

The annual Dzelme barbecue was advertised for Saturday 12 July 2014.

It was agreed to organise a Belgian beer drinking trip again in October to Bruges or maybe Ghent.  A small sub-committee of Phil Pawley and Paul Wood would sort out a date and start making arrangements once the football fixtures are published for the 2014/15 season.

Symposium 30/11/13

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.


Apologies

Fran Tiplady, Joanne Willars. 

2. The Beer
The beer was John Dzelme's recipe for Praetorian Oatmeal Stout. It was well hopped with a good stout bitterness but a certain smoothness made it very moreish.  It was just over 5% ABV. 


Some bottles were saved for non attenders.

3. Collection of Money

Money was collected from the people who were there and we had balance of £226.62.

It was agreed to look for a back up boiler.


4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be at Paul Wood's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew would be based on a recipe for Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on Saturday 1 March 2014.

Brewing would take place on  Saturday 11 January 2014 at Paul Wood's house.


7. Any Other Business

The Christmas beer was at Chris Willars's house and available for collection by arrangement.

It was agreed to investigate a Grainstore Brewery tour in early 2014. 

A BAD pub crawl was arranged for Friday 20 December 2013 starting at 16:00 in The King's Head.


Symposium 14/09/13

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel,  Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars,

Apologies
John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Fran Tiplady, Joanne Willars, Paul Wood.


2. The Beer
The beer was based on a recipe for Theakstone's Bitter
. It was a well balanced best bitter with an almost honeyed start and a good hoppy, bitter finish.  It was a good session beer with an ABV boosted from the target of 3.8% to 4.8%. 


Some bottles were saved for non attenders.

3. Collection of Money

Money was collected from the people who were there and after all money has been collected we will have £261.50.

4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be at Bharat Mistry's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew would be a dark beer of John Dzelme's devising.  Possibly the oatmeal stout that he has previously brewed or something similar.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on Saturday 23 November 2013.

Brewing would take place on  Saturday 12 October 2013 at Bharat Mistry's
 house.


7. Any Other Business
The GCR Beer festival was advertised for Saturday 21 September 2013.


It was agreed to investigate a Grainstore Brewery tour.  These are held on Sundays and as the brewery is next to the station in Oakham the trip could easily be done by train.  It was agreed to fund the trip out of BAD funds with members paying for transport.



Symposium 15/06/13

1. Attendance
John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme,  Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies
Paul Browne, 
John Pritchard, Fran Tiplady, Joanne Willars.


2. The Beer
The beer was an experimental recipe for an American style IPA
. It was very bitter with an ABV of 6.2% but was still more than drinkable. 


A bottle was saved for each of the non attenders.

3. Collection of Money


The latest statement was posted on the blog.


Money was collected from the people who were there
 and after all money has been collected we will have £260.80. £4.99 is still owed for ingredients.


4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be at Paul Browne's house subject to availability.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew would be decided by Paul Browne.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on Saturday 14 September 2013 again subject to availability.

Brewing would take place on  Saturday 20 July 2013 at Paul Browne's or Chris Willars's
 house.


7. Any Other Business
The first BAD TNG took place and will continue

Apple pressing will take place on Sunday 22/09/13 at Chris Willars's house
.

The BAD Night Out in Leicester took place on 19/04/13. Reports are on the blog.

The drinking trip to Newark took place on 01/06/13. Reports are on the blog.

The Leicester CAMRA beer festival was attended by a number of BAD boys and girls on Friday 22 March 2013. Reports are on the blog.

The GCR Beer festival was advertised for Saturday 21 September 2013.


After next Wednesday when the football fixtures come out a trip to Brussels will be organised for October. Paul Wood agreed to book Eurostar and Phil Pawley agreed to book the accommodation. 


Symposium 02/03/13

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme,  Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, John Pritchard, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies
Joanne Willars.

2. The Beer
The beer was based on a recipe for Wadworth Old Timer (formerly called Old Father Timer).


The OG should have been 1056 but it was only 1048.  The FG reading was not taken so we are only guessing, but the ABV is probably close to 5% rather than the 5.8% of the recipe.

The beer was malty & rich with a small hop presence. 

A bottle was saved for Joanne.

3. Collection of Money
All money was collected and after money to pay for ingredients we had a balance of £215.98.

Ideas are still sought for worthwhile things on which to spend the money.

4. Location of Next Symposium
The next symposium would be at the Dzelme's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew would be an IPA with the recipe devised by John Dzelme. 

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on Saturday 15 June 2013.

Brewing would take place on  Saturday 4 May 2013 at Dzelme's house.

7. Any Other Business
The first BAD TNG will take place in the next few weeks.  I will confirm dates soon for anyone else who is interested.

The cider symposium would take place at Chris Willars's house on Saturday 30/03/13.

19/04/13 will be a BAD Night Out in Leicester. 

The drinking trip to Newark will take place on 01/06/13.

The Leicester CAMRA beer festival was advertised.  A number of BAD boys and girls will be going on Friday 22 March 2013.

The GCR Beer festival was advertised for Saturday 21 September 2013.


Symposium 24/11/12


1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme,  Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies
John Pritchard, Fran Tiplady.

2. The Beer
We actually brewed Guinness.
We tried to bolster the ABV and got it to 4.5%.  It was black and thick with a tan head that lasted.  It tasted more like bottled Guinness than the draught or canned versions.

Some beer was saved for non attenders.

3. Collection of Money
We had a balance of £217.72 including £10 still to come.

We had bought some bottles of beer in case anyone didn't like the brew but this was not used.

Ideas are sought for worthwhile things on which to spend the money.

4. Location of Next Symposium
The symposium would be at John Daniel's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew would be Wadworth Old Father Time.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on Saturday 2 March 2013.

Brewing would take place on Sunday 20 January 2013 at John Daniel's house.

7. Any Other Business
The initial meeting of BAD TNG had taken place but only 3 people turned up.  There did seem enough interest in the idea for it to go ahead as a trial run with a couple of BAD members doubling up for the first symposium.

The Christmas beer was distributed.

Next year's Christmas beer will be brewed on Saturday 2 February 2013 to a Gales HSB recipe at Chris Willars's house.

It was agreed to organise a drinking trip to Newark.


Symposium 04/08/12

1. Attendance
Paul Browne,  Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, John Pritchard, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars.

Apologies
John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Paul Wood.

2. The Beer
Young's Special should be 4.6 but we tried to nudge it up to 5 by adding a little sugar.  It finished up at 5.6% ABV.
It was not aggressive but sweetish & malty with citrus and hop hints and deceptively sessiony.

Some beer was saved for non attenders.

3. Collection of Money
We had a balance of £166.66 with £20 to come.

It was agreed to spend some on transport for a trip. Chris will send out an e-mail to ask for suitable dates & destinations.

4. Location of Next Symposium
The symposium would be at Phil Pawley's house.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew would be Fullers London Porter.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on Saturday 10 November subject to confirmation.

Brewing would take place on 29 September at Phil's house, again subject to confirmation.

7. Any Other Business
It was agreed to buy a small stock of bottles of beer as standby in case people are not keen on the brew.

It was agreed to set up another brewing group of mainly younger people, provisionally called BAD TNG.  This group to collect their own money and pass it to Phil Pawley as treasurer for the whole BAD collective.  Ingredients and equipment would also be used by both groups.

The Great Central Railway Beer Festival was advertised. Details to follow.


Symposium 28/04/12

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars, Paul Wood..

Apologies
None.

2. The Beer
The beer was based on a recipe for Jennings Cocker Hoop. It was 5.1% ABV. It was a well balanced best bitter style session beer.

The barrel had leaked so the quantity of beer was reduced and it had taken a while to settle so there were concerns about its quality.  These fears were unfounded.

In a comparison the beer was very similar in colour and taste if allowances were made for the fact that the bottled beer was fined (and therefore clear) and carbonated.

Beer was saved for John Pritchard.

3. Collection of Money
Money was collected including the £2 for food.

There was a balance of £113.78 before the fees were collected.  All money was received and therefore everyone is up to date.

4. Location of Next Symposium
The symposium would be at John Pritchard's house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided for the usual £2 each.

5. The Next Brew
The next brew would be chosen by John as host.

Further bottles were collected for our 2012 Xmas brew.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on a Saturday in late July or early August, depending on when John was available.

Brewing would take place on a date to be decided.

7. Any Other Business
The York trip became a Sheffield for the same weekend 12-13 May, travelling on the Saturday and returning on the Sunday.  Chris and Joanne Willars would book the hotel.

The Dzelme barbecue will be on 14 July 2012.

UPDATE
A meeting was held between Chris Willars and John Pritchard on 3 May 2012.

The next symposium will take place on Saturday 4 August 2012 at John Pritchard’s house.

The brew would be based on a recipe for Young’s Special with a request to tweak up the ABV a little.

The brewing day would be Saturday 23 June 2012 at Chris Willars’s house.



Symposium 28/01/12

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies
Bharat Mistry, Joanne Willars.

2. The Beer
The beer was based on a recipe for Fullers London Porter. It was 5.2% ABV. It starts sweet then the alcohol comes in & then a coffee & bitterish finish.

Beer was saved for Bharat Mistry, John Pritchard and Joanne Willars.

3. Collection of Money
Money was collected  including the £2 for food.

There was a balance of £93.78 plus some money still to be collected.

4. The Next Brew
The next brew would be based on a recipe for Jennings Cocker Hoop.

We would also brew our 2012 Xmas brew based on a recipe for a stronger Pendle Witches Brew.

5. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on  Saturday 28 April 2012 starting at 19:00.

Brewing would take place on Sunday 26 February  2012 & Saturday 3 March 2012 for the Xmas brew both at Chris Willars's house.

6. Location of Next Symposium
The symposium would be at Fran's house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided for the usual £2 each.

7. Any Other Business
A cider symposium will be held at Chris Willars's house on Friday 6 April 2012 starting at 19:00

The York trip will be organised for the weekend 11-13 May. Louise Dzelme will look at the cost of hotels.

The Salmon beer festival was advertised for 10 February 2012

The Leicester Beer Festival was advertised for Friday 9 March 2012.

The BAD group were invited to Linda Willars's birthday party at the end of March.

The Dzelme barbecue will be on 14 July 2012.

15 January 2011

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, John Pritchard, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars,

Apologies
John Dzelme, Paul Wood, Patrick Wright.

2. The Beer
The beer was based on a recipe for Ringwood Old Thumper. It had an underlying sweetness balanced by a hop bitterness. The ABV at 6.2%  was stronger than the bottled version, which was available for comparison. The BAD beer was similar in colour but not as clear because it was not fined.  It was a little sweeter and had a lot more body.

A lot of the Christmas Ale bottles were returned.

3. Collection of Money
Money was collected including the £2 for food.

There was £100.30 in the account plus the money collected.

£45 had been spent on a share in a cider press and £29.22 on the current brew.

Chris Willars had been unable to source some flasks to save beer for non attendees so it was agreed to buy 20 more Grolsch-style bottles, which would also act as extras for the next Christmas brew.

Joanne Willars agreed to research glass decals to apply to glass tankards. If this was not too expensive it was agreed to get a design drawn up.

4. The Next Brew
The next brew would be based on a recipe for Gales Festival Mild.

5. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on Saturday 2 April 2011 starting at 19:00.

Brewing would take place on Saturday 5 February 2011.

6. Location of Next Symposium
The symposium and brewing would be at Chris Willars's house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided for the usual £2 each.

7. Any Other Business
The 2011 Christmas brew would hopefully take place at Phil Pawley's house to a similar recipe to 2010 at a date to be agreed.

The Leicester Beer Festival was advertised. The preferred date is the Friday of the festival, 11 March 2011.

The blog for the brewing and drinking group, http://badleicester.blogspot.com/, was established and all members are encouraged to read it and post.

It was agreed to try and organise a trip to Brussels in September.


25 September 2010

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies
John Pritchard, Patrick Wright.

2. The Beer
The beer was based on a recipe for Wadworth 6X. It was very drinkable, malty with a bitter balance and the very vaguest hint of smoke. It was 5.1% ABV but you couldn’t tell.

Some beer was saved for John Pritchard (non attendance), Chris Willars (had to leave early for another party) and Joanne Willars (couldn’t face beer due to hangover).

The Christmas ale was distributed. It was not recorded how strong it was but was probably over 7% ABV.

It was agreed to give a bottle to Geoff Willars for his assistance in brewing it and lay down a couple of bottles.

People were asked to get the empties back in January so next Christmas beer can be bottled earlyish in the New Year.

3. Collection of Money
Money was collected including the £2 for food.

There would be £164.52 in the account when all the money was collected.

It was agreed that Chris Willars would buy some flasks to save beer for non attendees rather than trying to find old pop bottles as we have done up to now.

7. The Next Brew
The next brew would be based on a recipe for Ringwood Old Thumper.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on Saturday 15 January 2011.

Brewing would take place on Saturday 13 or 20 November 2010 at the Dzelme House.

7. Location of Next Symposium
The symposium would be at the Daniel house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided for the usual £2 each.

8. Any Other Business
There were 6 people confirmed for the Antwerp trip. They will need to print off their Eurostar tickets and remember their passports. A few Euros spending money will probably also be a good idea.

The cider brewing is again in doubt. Transition Leicester have a good scratter and press but all the shares are now gone. They are building another and it was agreed to get shares in this at a cost of £45 for apple season 2011. If Chris Willars can get hold of an apple press soon it was agreed to buy a 5 gallon cider/wine fermenter with screw to and fermentation lock at a cost of around £20.

The Great Central Railway was advertised. Chris Willars was intending to go on Sunday 26 September, John and Louise Dzelme had been on 25 September.

The Nottingham Beer Festival was suggested for 16 October 2010.

Chris Willars had started a blog for the brewing and drinking group, http://badleicester.blogspot.com/. It was agreed to carry this on and give access to all members to post.


19 June 2010

1. Attendance
John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars, Patrick Wright.

Apologies
Paul Browne, Bharat Mistry, John Pritchard, Fran Tiplady Paul Wood.

2. The Beer
The beer was an original recipe by our head brewer, John Dzelme, in his elusive search for a red beer. It was chestnut coloured, vaguely malty with a dryish, hoppy finish. It was 5.2% ABV but very drinkable.

Some beer was saved for non attendees.

3. Collection of Money
Money was collected including the £2 for food.

There would be £162.55 in the account when all the money was collected.

Bottles had been purchased through the internet and the money refunded.

The beer was brewed at nil cost as all the ingredients were from stock.

7. The Next Brew
The next brew would be based on a recipe for Wadsworth 6X.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on Saturday 25 September 2010.

Brewing would take place on Saturday 7 August 2010.

Brewing for the Christmas Ale would take place on Saturday 17 July 2010.

7. Location of Next Symposium
The symposium would be at the Phil Pawley’s house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided for the usual £2 each.

8. Any Other Business
It was agreed to arrange a Belgium trip to Antwerp on the weekend 8 – 10 October 2010. Travel by train from Leicester station unless the Leicester to London leg of the journey is prohibitively expensive.

A trip to the Brewery museum in Burton would take place on Saturday 28 August 2010.


27 February 2010

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars, Paul Wood. Patrick Wright.

Apologies
Bharat Mistry, Fran Tiplady.

2. The Beer
The beer was based on a recipe for Timothy Taylor Landlord. It was 4.7% ABV which is stronger than the recipe suggests, and brewed using Willamette hops.

It was similar to Landlord, cloudy but a good session beer.

Some beer was saved for non attenders.

3. Collection of Money
Money was collected including the £2 for food.

There was £133.15 in the account with £15 to come.

Bottles had been ordered by the shop but had still not turned up.

7. The Next Brew
The next brew would be dark and malty beer using a recipe devised by John Dzelme.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on Saturday 5 June 2010.

7. Location of Next Symposium
The symposium would be at the Dzelme’s house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided and members would pay £2 each to cover these costs.


8. Any Other Business
The Leicester Beer festival on 12 March 2010 was advertised.

Paul Wood agreed to send an e-mail with suggested costs and dates of a BAD trip to Belgium for some time in April or May.


14 November 2009

1. Attendance
John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, John Pritchard, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars, Paul Wood. Patrick Wright.

Apologies
Paul Browne, Fran Tiplady.

2. The Beer
The beer was based on a recipe for Fuller’s ESB. It was 5% ABV which is not as strong as the recipe suggests.

It was malty and spicy with an initial sweetness.

3. Collection of Money
Money was collected including the £2 for food.

A thermometer and ingredients had been purchased and there was £144.80 in the bank.

Bottles had been ordered for the Christmas 2010 brew.

Ideas were discussed for our surplus. This could be local or further afield.

Paul Wood will investigate costs of a future trip to Belgium.

7. The Next Brew
The next brew would be based on Timothy Taylor’s Landlord.

Brewing would be on 9 or 16 January 2010 and would take place at the Willars’s house.

The bottled Xmas beer to be brewed in January 2010 for Xmas 2010 would be based on a recipe for Robinson’s Old Tom.

6. Date of Next Symposium
The symposium would be held on Saturday 27 February 2010.

7. Location of Next Symposium
The symposium would be at Joanne Willars’s house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided and members would pay £2 each to cover these costs.


8. Any Other Business
The cider brewing was postponed until 2010.


8 August 2009

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Phil Pawley, John Pritchard, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars, Paul Wood. Patrick Wright.

Bharat Mistry put in a brief appearance to collect his beer. This was believed to be the first time that all 12 members of the group had attended.

Apologies
None.

2. The Beer
The beer was based on a recipe for Exe Valley Spring Beer. It was of unknown ABV (there was not time on brewing day for the OG to be taken at a cool enough temperature) but it was probably near to the recipe’s 4.2%.

It was a very quaffable session beer with a slightly hoppy finish.

3. Collection of Money
Money was collected including the £2 for food.

There was £122 in the bank. £55 was collected and £53.54 had been spent on hose and tap connectors and ingredients.

The group still needed some sundries.

7. The Next Brew
The next brew would be based on Fullers ESB.

Brewing would be on 3 October 2009 and would take place at the Dzelme’s house.

It was agreed to brew a bottled Xmas beer in January 2010 for Xmas 2010.

Joanne Willars and Pad Wright volunteered to design the labels.

6. Date of Tenth Symposium
The tenth symposium would be held on Saturday 14 November 2009.

7. Location of Ninth Symposium
The tenth symposium would be at John Pritchard’s house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided and members would pay £2 each to cover these costs.


18 April 2009

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood. Patrick Wright.

Apologies
Phil Pawley, John Pritchard, Joanne Willars.

2. The Beer
The beer was based on a recipe for Worthington White Shield. It was dark, IPA (5.5% ABV) with some spicy notes brewed with yeast harvested from bottles of Worthington White Shield. The share for the three absentees was decanted and saved for them.

3. Collection of Money
Phil Pawley was unable to attend so there was no financial update.

Bharat Mistry collected the money and the £2 for food was collected.

Any financial report would be circulated by the convenor.

7. The Ninth Brew
The next brew would be Exe Valley Spring Beer with an enhanced ABV.

Brewing would be on or about 20 June 2009 and would take place at Paul Browne’s house.

6. Date of Ninth Symposium
The ninth symposium would be held on Saturday 8 August 2009.

7. Location of Ninth Symposium
The ninth symposium would be at Paul Browne’s house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided and members would pay £2 each to cover these costs.


10 January 2009

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies
John Pritchard, Fran Tiplady, Patrick Wright.

2. The Beer
The beer was based on a recipe for Theakston Old Peculiar. It was dark, sweetish, strong (6.7% ABV) and all too moreish. The share for the three absentees was decanted and saved for them.

It was agreed to buy a dozen pint glasses and look at engraved glasses.

3. Collection of Money
There was a balance of about £42.23 and £20 owing. John Dzelme had bought a sparging arm so we only needed odd bits of tubing etc. It was agreed that Phil would open an account with the Co-Operative Bank.

7. The Eighth Brew
The next brew would be an IPA. There was a recipe in the book but it was agreed to make it stronger as this was truer to the style.

Brewing would be on 7 or 14 February 2009.

It was agreed to consider brewing a strong brew for bottling. There was not enough money to buy bottles but probably would be after the next symposium.

There would need to be plenty of help for the brewing and bottling.

6. Date of Seventh Symposium
The seventh symposium would be held on a Saturday in April 2009. The date would be circulated when it was known.

7. Location of Seventh Symposium
The seventh symposium would be at John Daniel’s house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided and members would pay £2 each to cover these costs.


27 September 2008

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

Apologies
Joanne Willars, John Pritchard, Patrick Wright.

2. The Beer
The beer was a dark mild based on a recipe for Brakspear Henley Dark Mild, but a little stronger (4.2% ABV). It was a very quaffable session beer. The share for the three absentees was decanted and saved for them.

3. Collection of Money
There was a balance of about £91.90. John Dzelme had bought a chiller but we were still looking for a sparging arm. Those present paid over their money. It was John Daniel’s last payment at £10

7. The Seventh Brew
The next brew would be based on Theakston Old Peculiar. No one had assisted with the last brew but several people expressed an interest so it was agreed to circulate the date of the next brewing day.

6. Date of Seventh Symposium
The seventh symposium would be held on Saturday 10 January 2009 starting at 7 p.m.

7. Location of Seventh Symposium
The seventh symposium would be at Paul Wood’s house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided and members would pay £2 each to cover these costs.


5 July 2008

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Fran Tiplady, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars, Paul Wood, Patrick Wright.

Apologies
John Daniel, John Pritchard.

2. The Beer
The beer was an orange coloured and cloudy wheat beer which was about 5.1% ABV. John Pritchard’s share was decanted and saved for him.

3. Membership
Everyone who attended wished to continue as members Fran Tiplady was welcomed to her first meeting.

4. Collection of Money
There was a balance of about £112. those present paid over their money. It was agreed to buy a chiller and a sparging arm which would probably come to around £70. the group will consider at the next meeting if a bank account is needed.

5. The Sixth Brew
The next brew would be a red-brown mild based on Brakespear Mild but with a slightly higher ABV.

6. Date of Sixth Symposium
The sixth symposium would be held on Saturday 27 September 2008 starting at 7 p.m.

7. Location of Sixth Symposium
The sixth symposium would be at Fran Tiplady’s house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided and members would pay £2 each to cover these costs.


5 April 2008

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Daniel, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars, Paul Wood, Patrick Wright.

Apologies
John Pritchard.

2. The Beer
The beer was a chocolate and malt tasting, easy drinking stout which was about 4.9% ABV. John Pritchard’s share was decanted and saved for him.

3. Membership
Everyone who attended wished to continue as members but Mark Gant’s position was unclear. It was agreed to maintain numbers but check with Mark if he intended to continue in membership as there were people who were keen to join. It was agreed that Fran Tiplady could join if Mark did not wish to continue.

4. Collection of Money
There was a balance of about £60. Most of those present paid over their £5 except the brewer who does not have to pay and John Daniel who paid £10 as he had not yet paid for 4 brews. The group needs an immersion chiller and a spraying arm and some odds and ends to complete the brewing kit. We can then consider what to spend any surplus on at the next meeting.

5. The Fifth Brew
The next brew had already been agreed as a wheat beer and a recipe was chosen.

6. Date of Fifth Symposium
The fifth symposium would be held on Saturday 5 July 2008 starting at 7 p.m.

7. Location of Fifth Symposium
The fifth symposium would be at Chris and Joanne Willars’s house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided and members would pay £2 each to cover these costs.

It was agreed that the date was provisional until members had checked their diaries due to the increased chance of members going away, etc.


5 January 2008

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, John Pritchard, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars, Paul Wood, Patrick Wright.

Apologies
Mark Gant.

2. The Beer
The beer was based on a Bass recipe and although not crystal clear due to the lack of finings was thought by some to be nicer than real Bass. It was about 4.6%. Mark Gant donated his share to the people who attended.

3. Membership
Everyone who attended wished to continue as members but Mark Gant’s position was unclear. It was agreed to maintain membership at 11.

4. Collection of Money
Most of those present paid over their £10 except the brewer who does not have to pay. The boiler had been purchased and was on display. The cooler and other sundry equipment could be purchased next. Phil Pawley offered to help with the storage of the equipment. It was hoped that we could complete our equipment purchases from the amount collected. Everyone who had paid for all 4 brews would have money reduced to £5 for the fifth symposium.

5. The Fourth Brew
It was agreed that a sweeter stout would be suitable for the Easter brew and a wheat beer in the summer.

6. Date of Fourth Symposium
The fourth symposium would be held on Saturday 5 April 2008 starting at 7 p.m.

7. Location of Third Symposium
The third symposium would be at Phil Pawley’s house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided and members would pay £2 each to cover these costs.


6 October 2007

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars, Patrick Wright.
Apologies
Mark Gant, John Pritchard, Paul Wood.

2. The Beer
The beer was dark, malty and about 4.2%. Beer was saved for John Pritchard. Mark Gant and Paul Wood donated their share to the people who attended.

3. Membership
Everyone who attended or sent apologies wished to continue as members. It was agreed to offer membership to others to increase our numbers to a maximum of 12.

4. Collection of Money
Those present paid over their £10 except the brewer who does not have to pay. There was £136.83 in the kitty. It was agreed to purchase a boiler next.

5. The Third Brew
It was agreed that a good regular beer would be appropriate after the excesses of Christmas and the New Year, based on a recipe for Bass.

6. Date of Third Symposium
The third symposium would be held on Friday 4 January 2008 or Saturday 5 January 2008 starting at 7 p.m.

7. Location of Third Symposium
The third symposium would be at Paul Wood’s house subject to this being convenient to him. Paul would have a choice of days to suit him and Phil Pawley would discuss it with him. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided and members would pay £2 each to cover these costs.


7. Any Other Business
It was agreed to consider reducing subscription after a year (i.e. after 4 brews). The same principle would apply to new members – 4 brews at £10 then at the reduced rate.


ADDENDUM
PLEASE NOTE that the next symposium will be at Bharat Mistry’s house and NOT Paul Wood’s.


27 July 2007

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, Chris Willars, Joanne Willars, Patrick Wright.
Apologies
Paul Wood.

2. The Beer
The beer was tasted and thought to be excellent by all. It was agreed to save their share of beer for Mark Gant and John Pritchard as they had already paid. Paul Wood had donated his share to the people who attended.

3. Membership
Everyone who attended agreed to continue as members. It was agreed to offer membership to those who had shown interest before. If they did not wish to take part it was agreed to offer membership to other people. It was agreed that numbers should be between 8 and 12.

4. Collection of Money
All 8 present paid over their £10 except the brewer who does not have to pay. £70 was handed over to the brewer to purchase equipment and consumables.

5. The Second Brew
It was agreed that a darker beer would be suitable, based on a recipe for Bateman’s XXXB.

6. Date of Second Symposium
The second symposium would be held on Saturday 6 October 2007 starting at 7 p.m.

7. Location of Second Symposium
The second symposium would be at Paul Browne’s house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided and members would pay £2 each to cover these costs.

7. Any Other Business
Joanne volunteered to try and obtain vegetarian finings. The first brew had cleared without finings.


23 May 2007

1. Attendance
Paul Browne, John Dzelme, Louise Dzelme, Bharat Mistry, Phil Pawley, John Pritchard, Chris Willars, Paul Wood.

2. Explanation of Group
The proposal previously circulated was adopted. An initial contribution of £10 was agreed. This would pay for some set up costs and consumables. When the group had a full set of kit a decision could be made on if contributions would reduce or the excess would pay for special brews, food, days out, charity contributions, etc.

3. Brewing The Beer
The beer would be brewed at the brewer’s house (at least initially). The firkin could then be transported to where the beer would be drunk to finish settling and maturing. The initial beer would be a summer style beer but the exact recipe would be left to the brewer. The finings would be vegetarian if these were available.

4. Election of Officers
Chris Willars was elected convenor and Phil Pawley was elected treasurer. John Dzelme was confirmed as brewer.

5. Collection of Money
All 8 present paid over their £10 except the brewer who does not have to pay. £70 was handed over to the brewer to purchase equipment and consumables.

6. Date of First Symposium
The first symposium would be held on Friday 27 July 2007 starting at 7 p.m.

7. Location of First Symposium
It was agreed to rotate the venue each time so travel costs etc. would be evened out. Not everyone would have to host a symposium if they chose not too or could not host the event. The first symposium would be at John and Louise Dzelme’s house. It was agreed that some food/nibbles would be provided and members would pay £2 each to cover these costs.

8. Any Other Business
It was agreed that if anyone could not make the symposium that their beer would be saved in a suitable container so they could collect it and drink it later.


An Original Idea - The Proposition

The object is for a group of people to get together to enjoy some beer which has been brewed by a small-scale craft brewer.

The brewer is John Dzelme who brews using natural ingredients (not kits).

To become a member you only need to contribute a small sum (£10) for the purchase of ingredients and equipment, and then a further sum for each subsequent brew.

The brewer will be a full member of the group but will have the fee waived in return for their labour and minor costs.

The return on your investment is a share of the beer brewed, which will be drunk on a group night.

The management of the group will be by the members co-operatively.

Initially the aim is to produce a brew quarterly.