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April 2015 Brews and News

Volume: 
v. 41
Issue: 
i. 4
Newsletter Date: 
04/2015

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

Volume: 
v. 41
Issue: 
i. 3
Newsletter Date: 
03/2015

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!
Brew Date: 
08/23/2015
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John Aitchison
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2015 Oktoberfest!

Time for our annual party! Last year we got all dressed up and went to a hotel. This year we're staying down home and returning to the DAV in Woodland Hills. You may remember this location as the site where we judged the Doug King this past January. It was awesome and the staff there treated us well. Now, it's time to have a party and they've opened up the site to us. We will have camping, food, beer and possibly the band!

More details soon!

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Frankenchiller

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).
Brew Date: 
06/06/2015
Brewed By: 
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
Brew Date: 
05/03/2014
Brewed By: 
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

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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
Brew Date: 
04/16/2015
Brewed By: 
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

2015 L.A. COUNTY FAIR

28th ANNUAL

HOME-BREW BEER 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
Brew Date: 
03/22/2015
Brewed By: 
Craig Shapland, Ryan Boring
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Cordesbrau German Pilsner

This is a recipe that I've been working on for a few years now with only minor tweaks between batches. This particular recipe was used during the Brew with a Falcon event at my place on 3/22/2015.
Brew Date: 
03/22/2015
Brewed By: 
Dana, Royston, Marco, Dave Uhl, Tom S, Eric and Jerry
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Izzy-Claus

This was "Brew with a Falcon - Azusa" on March 22 2015 at my place. The recipe is my interpretation of Samichlaus Classic Bier and the Falconclaws. Must use the Zurich yeast (available through white labs every fall) to ferment this big of a beer. It is a lager that needs time, lots of yeast, cool fermentation and patience is a must!
Brew Date: 
03/22/2015
Brewed By: 
Izzy and the BWAF Crew (David Sherfey, Kale Bittner and Eric Mendoza)
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AHA Conference Beers

We need your beer for the mind blowingly awesome AHA Conference in San Diego (June!). Let us know what you're going to bring to the party below. Also, don't forget to register for the conference!

Brew with a Falcon - Westside

Starting later in the day: ~11:30am. Ryan is planning on his Brett Trois Imperial Wit and Tiffany will be conjuring lunch (which will be great because one of the Burgerfraus is involved)!

Address and details  will be emailed to you the week of the brew day.

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BJCP Tasting Exam Prep Class Part 2 of 3

Ever wanted to know what it's like to be a BJCP Certified beer judge?  Ever wanted to bring your beer knowledge out of the realm of the causal consumer and into the realm of the almost-but-not-quite professional?!  Ever wanted to leave people in awe of your vast beer style expertise?

Well, here is your third chance.  Wednesday March 18th, 7:00pm at the clubhouse.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND PAY

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2015 Mayfaire Homebrew Competition

The 37th Annual Maltose Falcons Mayfaire Homebrew Competition!

(AHA and BJCP Sanctioned)

 

Registration closes at midnight on Thursday April 9, 2015, all entries are due at the pickup site by Friday April 10, 2015.

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Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover!

From Maltose Falcons to Craft Beer Pioneers!  Crazy Harry's is hosting a Sierra Nevada Tap Takeover.  We'll be pouring some new brands, old favorites and a couple of very rare beers from Sierra Nevada:

Nooner Pils

Beer Camp Hoppy Lager

Pale Ale

Hop Hunter IPA

Harvest Neo-Mexicanus Wild Wet Hop Ale

Ovilla Quad with Plums

and 

BARREL AGED BIGFOOT BARLEYWINE

Falcons receive a 10% discount for this event.

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BJCP Tasting Exam Prep Class Part 1 of 3

Ever wanted to know what it's like to be a BJCP Certified beer judge?  Ever wanted to bring your beer knowledge out of the realm of the causal consumer and into the realm of the almost-but-not-quite professional?!  Ever wanted to leave people in awe of your vast beer style expertise?

Well, here is your second chance.  Wednesday February 25th, 7:00pm at the clubhouse.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND PAY

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Clear Cut Spruce IPA

Spruce Wheat IPA
Brew Date: 
02/08/2015
Brewed By: 
Kale Bittner
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