Cider Brewing Cheatsheet

A slightly modified get started guide from Drew's Everything Hard Cider Book to make your own hard cider.

The Standard Cider-Making Procedure

This is the basic process that you’ll use for every cider in Everything Hard Cider and almost every other fermentation you can think to perform. This recipe will net you 4 large bottles of inexpensive cider. You can enjoy this cider after 4–8 weeks.

Yields 4 (1 liter) bottles of Good Cider

1 pint water

Pinch of yeast nutrient

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Club Meeting Minutes- September 2015

Club Meeting on Sunday, September 13th, 2015
Location: Home Beer & Cheese Making Shop

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Club Meeting Minutes- July 2015


Club Meeting on Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Location: Home Beer & Cheese Making Shop


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Stone Tap Takeover

Featuring over 8 Limited Beers on Draught from Stone Brewing Co.

-Stone Cali Belgique IPA in Red Wine Barrels

-Stone 2014 Stone Imperial Russian Stount

-Stone 8.8.8 Vertical Epic

-Stone 24 Carrot Cake Golden Ale

-Stone Enjoy By 10.31.15

Plus More...

*Limited Supplies on All beer*

There will also be Stone Beer Inspired Appetizers!!!!

Doors open at 11am

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Homebrew Competition @ 2015 Oktoberfest! 2pm!!

There will be a mini homebrew competition held at our Oktoberfest this Saturday!  Submit by 2pm - judging starts @ 2:30pm

Here are the details:

Limited to 14 entries - first come, first serve

Any style welcome & 1 entry per person

Entries to be given to Ed (our Co-VP from Jersey) @ 2pm sharp at Oktoberfest/DAV grounds

Format: (2) 12oz bottles is preferred but 22's, growlers, 1 liter bottles, plastic baggies are accepted.

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Seven Days of Sours at the Glendale Tap

glendaletapWe are so excited to announce our 1st Sour event - Seven Days of Sours !
We will be tapping a new keg of sour beer from some FanFreakinTastic breweries 
every day, even two a day if you're drinking them fast enough !
The breweries participating:
Ballast Point
The Bruery
Eagle Rock

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California State Homebrew Competition

California State Homebrew Competition

The Cal State comp is the 3rd leg of 3, for the Sierra Nevada California Homebrewer of the Year. That award will be presented during the Awards Ceremony at Anchor on November 8.   It also helps in chosing the Anchor Homebrew Club of the Year!  The Maltose Falcons is the current Anchor Homebrew club of the year!  It would be awesome to win it two years in a row, so get those entries ready!

Sept. Club Shop Brew Session - Hop Harvest Amber Ale with Cullen

Falcons, sign up now for the September Club Shop Brew Session Sunday, Sept. 27, as club Prez Cullen Davis leads the crew in a very special brew. Seems Cullen has a friend with a hop farm, and has access to wads of hops that are just now being harvested, so this is a rare chance to brew a wet hop beer. 

Hops are the seed cones of Humulus lupulus, and they're very delicate flowers. They don't survive long after being cut, which is why almost all hops used by brewers are dried immediately after harvest, and/or turned into pellets to preserve the valuable oils and resins that add so much flavor and character to beer.

In 1996, the brewmaster of Sierra Nevada, Steve Dresler, learned of a European tradition of brewing a special seasonal beer with just-harvested green hops and started making Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale, which Sierra Nevada now brews every fall. Craft breweries across the nation have followed suit, including Deschutes in Oregon, Sixpoint in Brooklyn, and Surly in Minnesota. 

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April 2015 Brews and News

v. 41
i. 4
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Grand Hydrometer on Saisons.  Second Annual Brew With a Falcon Day.  BWaFD.  Second annual all-ladies shop brew.  Brownie Wine pictures.

March 2015 Brews and News

v. 41
i. 3
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California Homebrew Club of the Year!  Grand Hydrometer on Holiday Ales.  Falcons invade Anchor.  Chris Downie bring Frankenchiller to life!

Shop Brew Lambic

Kicking off a project that will be at least a year in the making, we got together a hearty crew led by John Aitchison to brew a lambic. John based this brew on brews that MB Raines used to lead. She has a particular schedule and idea in mind for making lambics and John wanted to show everyone!
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2015 Oktoberfest!

Buy your ticket today! 

The schedule of events:

12pm – doors open for festival goers!

2pm – submit Competition entries to Ed

2:30pm – Competition judging begins

3pm – 4pm – Band’s 1st set

4:15pm – 4:30pm - Keg toss

4:30pm - Board member change over announcement

4:45pm - Announce winner of comp (BOS wins a Falcon’s Mug!)

4:50pm – Announce Merlin Cup Winner

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A recirculating water chiller that saves water and won’t terrorize the villagers!

I’ve always been a fan of efficiency in most of my endeavors, but keeping waste to a minimum has always been near and dear to my heart.  I was inspired by Drew Beechum’s article “Being Water Wise” [1] and started looking at the processes in my brew shack system that demanded the most water usage.  The search was brief and the culprit obvious…the tap water running through my immersion chiller!

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2015 Los Angles County Fair Homebrew Competition Winners

Thanks To All Who Participated in the 2015 LA County Fair Homebrew Competition

There were 354 entries judged and 185 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Ribbons and score sheets will be mailed out by the LA County Fair as soon as possible.

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Dark Heart of the Forest

This recipe is from Kale Bittner. His original batch was 5 gallons. Shortly after tasting it during a meeting, I got a used bourbon barrel, and felt his recipe would be a perfect fit. So I gathered a bunch of Falcons, including Kale, and we scaled his recipe to fit the club's system (40 gallons output).
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Kale Bittner, Bernard Lebel, Craig Shapland, Ryan Boring, Ryan Merlin, Michael Stavrakis, Chris Moon, Allen Tracy
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Quad Berry Melomel

Quad Berry Mead. Took first place in the melomel category during the first round judging in San Diego for the 2014 NHC
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Allen Tracy
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Beverly Glen Fair

At the start of every summer, the Beverly Glen area shuts down a couple of our residential streets and throws a fair.  This year's fair is this coming Sunday (31st).  Vendors, food and games for kids.  It is a lot of fun and one of the many reasons why I love my neighborhood.  This year I was asked to serve some of my home brew.  It is so nice to have people like our beer.  It's why we do it right?  To make others happy with something we created.

Mayfaire Party and Campout - Thank You!

As a humble participant (read “slacker consumer”) of the event I just wanted to express my thanks to all the folks who put everything together and made it a fun experience.  Because there were no real time constraints, the gathering was a great opportunity to get to know some of the other members much better than at our regular meetings.  Lots of “shop talk” about brewing and a multitude of other subjects over numerous glasses of great brew!

2015 Mayfaire Homebrew Competition Results

Mayfaire 2015

Thanks To All Who Participated in the 2015 Mayfaire Competition

There were 447 entries judged and 181 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Nick Corona Joey’s European Conquest 9.1: Vienna-Style Lager QUAFF
2nd Mark Trent Cout Ouest Triple 19.2: Abbey Tripel (Triple) Ale MASH 831
3rd Ryan Penrod English Barley Wine 13.3: English-Style Barleywine Strand Brewers Club



Spring Citrus Citra Saison

A dry-zested Saison, brewed with only Citra hops
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Good old Rich
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Express Brewing - Speed Brewing from Grain to Glass in Less Than 10 Days

Need to turn over a beer quick? Say in less than 10 days? Drew's here to help you with a few simple tips for getting that beer ready in a hurry

This article is a quck summary/reworking of an article I wrote for the Nov/Dec 2011 issue of Zymurgy. AHA Members can read the whole issue (and issues going back to Jan/Feb 2000!) online here.

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May Club Shop Brew Session - Nancy's IPA!

Falcons, get ready for the next Club Shop Brew Session on Sunday, May 24, as former club President and all around great Falcon Nancy Gold leads the crew in brewing her kickass IPA! Yes folks, this is the club brew session you've all been secretly waiting for (or opening campaigning for). 

Sunday, May 24
8:00 am

Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making Shop
22836 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills

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24th SCHF a Done Deal!

The Falcons had a great presence at the 24th Southern California Homebrewers Festival on May 2, thanks to all those who donated kegs of homebrew and of course the valiant work of our barmeisters, Kevin Baranowski, Kent Fletcher, and Craig Frump (who brought the Beanie's Best bar as Richard "Beanie" Webster had some medical problems preventing his appearance).  Thanks to all who helped and participated!  It was good to see the fest up and running again after some legal problems in 2014 that led to a legislative campaign to amend the law to allow for the event to happen again -- an example of

Mead Tasting!

More details coming soon - but this year's Mead Extravaganza hosted by the inimitable Bruce Brode will be returning on May 31st.  The tasting will start a little early this year to facilitate an earlier finishing time at 12

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Mayfaire Party and Campout - Acton CA

Saturday, May 16th.

Join us at the KOA in Acton for another fun weekend campout. If you haven't gone before, the KOA has a nice grassy area for us to camp on, and a clubhouse for our Dead Palates session, a kitchen for last-minute food prep, plenty of room for the band and dancing, and a nice pool to cool off in as needed.

In addtion to camping out, sharing brews, rockin' and rollin', we also announce all of the winners for our annual Mayfaire homebrew competition, present the category medals and of course, the Best of Show winner.

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A Guide to Saisons and Saison Yeasts

Is there any style nearly as driven by yeast as the Saison? I'd argue no, so it's important to know your options! Here's my run down of Saison strains that I've tried or seen reported (and am tracking to make sure I try)


TL;DR: Yeast is Important, Saisons need yeast, Drew has a way to ferment them - Just take me to the yeast (Also, if you have any notes, you'd like to add - just leave a comment below or hit Drew up at drew@maltosefalcons.com)

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2015 Los Angles County Fair Homebrew Competition




Regional Competition

Sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP)

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Citra Double IPA

This is the recipe we brewed for 2015's Brew with a Falcon day. A good dry DIPA with plenty of hop kick
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Craig Shapland, Ryan Boring
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