On the day after our great 2013 Doug King Homebrew competition, we had the Falcon’s January Shop brew. This month, the brew crew was led by the MF VP Ed Kochanowski, aka Jersey. The duties of a brew crew leader are to supply a recipe, help the crew members to enjoy their experience with all-grain brewing by guiding them through the steps of grain milling, doughing in, mashing, sparging, boiling, hop adding, cooling, carboy filling, oxygenating, yeast pitching, and equipment cleaning. Also the crew leader collects the costs for the ingredients and pays the shop. The final task
The AHA National Homebrewers Conference is a fun, educational gathering designed to enhance homebrewers’ brewing skills and knowledge and increase homebrewing camaraderie. Special seminars and events cater to beer enthusiasts and amateur brewers of every level.
Philadelphia, Pa. is the host city for the 2013 conference, June 27-29. The majority of official conference activities take place in the host hotel.
I will leave the specifics to the President and VPs to tell everyone about today's DKM, but I would just like to say a giant thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to come and participate in our event. We had 40 or so judges and 15 stewards who did a fantastic job. I want to say a special thanks to Steve Scott for taking care of the keg and growler pours for the entire time.
Our monthly Club Shop Brew is set for Sunday, January 20th at 8:00 a.m. Our Vice President "Big" Ed "Jersey" Kochanowski is going to lead the crew. The style hasn't been settled as of this writing, but at last word he was leaning toward brewing a Rye IPA.
Beer won "favorite beer" of June meeting and 1st place 2012 LACF. Lots of dark fruit, some bubble gum, also a little banana. Flavor about halfway between Westvleteren 12 and St. Bernardus ABT 12. It was big hit at 2012 AHA Club Night. Beer ages well. Should reach it's peak in 2015.
Yahoo Finance create a list of beer brands that have suffered drastic sales slides since 2006.
Their sales analysis didn't include craft beers or the malternatvie segment, but instead looking at major brands. It is interesting to see that of all the brands to take a hit, the biggest percentage loss belongs to Michelob which from dropped from 2006's 500,000 barrels to 2011's 140,000 barrels or MGD with the biggest volume loss of 1.7 million barrels!
Rocky and I have emptied our sour barrel and now have about 18 gallons of it. Seeing as we have so much of it we thought it would be fun to do a blend, using this beer as a base. I would like to invite any brewers with sour, funky, or unusual beers to participate. I would like to end up with 5 gallons of finished blend so we have enough to age and share. Please comment on this post if you are interested in participating. The way I see it, we should all meet up some where with at least a 22oz sample and go from there.
Count down to the holidays with a special calendar that reveals a different beer every day. The beer advent calendar adds a little mystery to your holiday drinking. There are 24 days in most advent calendars, but mine is 25 - because if there is any day when you're going to want a beer I think it would be the 25th.
I just wanted to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to bring a toy to our 4th Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. We collected 3 giant Hefty bags full of toys for the children. We delivered them to the Fire Department on Fallbrook. They were truly astounded to see how many toys we were unloading from the car. They asked us to thank all of you for your generosity.
I will be heading the December shop brew, 30 gallons of Dougweiser, I will be using the same methods and recipe Doug King himself showed me while we brewed this beer several times on the old shop system. This is a labor intensive brew as two mashes will be going at the same time.
Want to make your own beer at home? Get started on the right foot. Check out the Falcon's sponsoring shop, The Home Beer, Wine, Cheesemaking Shop. John Daume, proprietor, has been serving the home brewing and winemaking needs of Angelenos since 1972, over 30 years! (Falcon Members receive a 10% discount on supplies)