2012 Los Angeles County Fair Homebrew Competition Results


Culinary Styles

2012 Homebrew Beer Competition

* ** Official Results ***

Aug 20, 2012


Ed Kochanowski, Organizer

On Behalf of the Maltose Falcons Home Brewing Society


The Belgians Are Coming - Belgian Beer Festival

Festival Details

Who: YOU and the Belgians

What: A Belgian Beer Festival featuring the artisan craftsmanship of the original Belgian brewers

When: 5:30 - 10:00pm on Sunday, September 2, 2012

Where: Old Town Newhall in Santa Clarita, California

Tickets: $49.00 in advance. $69.00 at the door.

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Don't Forget! Nominations for Board at the September Meeting


Hey Falcons, old and new, having served on the board, I can tell you that it is a good experience. Now it is your turn to shine!!

Rousing up sleepy yeast with a Portable Co2 Charger


I was looking for a way to rouse up my yeast in a conical fermenter. I thought of hooking up my C02 system, but I didn't want to unhook it from my system and thought it might be possible that wort might fall back into the line.

The solution for me was a Cornelius Keg Portable CO2 Charger. I had to find a 1/2" to 1/8" connector, which wasn't easy. I hooked it all up and shazzam, it worked!

August Shop Brew - English Stout/Porter

Our monthly Club Shop Brew is set for Sunday August 19th at 8:00 a.m. Our Club’s Secretary Cullen Davis with the assistance of none other than our esteemed president Nancy Gold will be leading this crew with the brewing of an English Dark Ale. The lead brewers seem to be in a creative mode for this brew (Cullen’s forte) and decided to brew a beer somewhere in the vicinity of an English Stout and a Porter.


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Great American Beer Festival

Any Falcons attending this year?  Ethen (another Falcon member) and I will be attending.  Hopefully we can meet up with a few other members there.  We'll make to sure to bring back a full report on this years festivities.



August 2012 Brews & News

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i. 8
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Here is the August 2012 Newsletter.  Sorry it is a little late. 

September Club Meeting

The Falcons are back at the shop for our "monthly" membership meeting!

Time to sit down, relax and enjoy some homebrew while we take care of business and lunch.

This month's business: Elections! We need to find out who is going to help make things happen for the club. Can you lend a hand?

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Lime Mint Soda

When it's too hot to brew I make up a batch of soda. Lately on my days off, the last thing I want to do is stand in the blistering hot sun for a whole brew session. My kegs go empty and I grow thirsty, this soda pop recipe is my quick fit.
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Black Rye IPA

Shop Brew for July 2012
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Retired Farts Brewing Sunfest Ale!

When you are retired, or even semi-retired, then you too can brew beer on a Monday. Today Rich and Old Jim are brewing up a Mild to bring to Sunfest. its going well so far, a tribute to our self control in terms of drinking while brewing. The wort is boiling now, with the first hop addition in and the timer counting. Old Jim is BBQing some nice sausages from Whole Foods and we'll be enjoying those along with some nice side dishes. We're going to be drinking Bear Republic Tribute Brown Ale with lunch. I'll post the recipe later, after the facts are in. And lucky us, Mrs. S.

Firestone Brewery presents "Brothers of the Barrel"

Featuring on Draught:

Firestone Double Double Barrel

Firestone Double Barrel Unfiltered Firkin

Firestone Velvet Merkin Bourbon Barrel Aged

Firestone Parabola Russian Imperial Stout

Firestone Summer Solace

Firestone "805" Honey Blonde

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Fresh Wet Hop Club Buy!

Ok, you may notice just below here that there's a whole slew of new products listed in the club store

What's going on here?

Thanks to the modern miracle of distribution, John D has an opportunity to buy a bunch of fresh hops. He's offering the club (and our guests) the ability to buy these hops at a heavy discount.

You can buy hops directly from our store until 7/29 and then we'll close things up. If we don't have enough purchase of a variety we may have to change up or cancel it.

Miss the NHC? Want to see my talk?

The folks over at Northern Brewer taped my talk and did a little magical editing.  Watch and, well, maybe, enjoy...



You, Yes You! You Are Wanted for the New Maltose Falcons Board!

It's election time coming up soon for the Maltose Falcons Board!!! Those of you who would like to serve are encouraged to start thinking about either being on the Board. Or nominating one of your fellow Falcons who you think would do a great job.  Elections will be in September, so you have time to consider what position would suit you best or as I said before, another Falcon who you think could do a great job in any of the positions.  Start thinking now Falcons!!!

Rogue Tap Takeover



Join us along with Rogue Brewing

on July 21st, 2012 for the 
Rouge Brewing Tap Takeover @ 5:00 PM

We will bring you multiple Rogue beers on Draught some of which have never been served on draught before.

- Double Dead Guy
- Chatoe Dirtior
- Mom's Hef
- Brutal IPA
- Mocha Porter
- Mogul Madness
- Chatoe OREgasmic
- Chatoe Single Malt
- Yellow Snow IPA
- Chocolate Stout

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July Newsletter

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Fight Your Hangover... with Science!

A quick scienitific means of dealing with hangovers. Most of know this stuff, but it never hurts to repeat it!

So watch.. unless you like hangovers.. then you're strange!


July Shop Brew - Black Rye IPA

Our monthly Club Shop Brew is set for Sunday July 22nd at 8:00 a.m. Our Club’s 1st Vice President, Ed Kochanowski will be leading this crew with the brewing of a Black Rye IPA.

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An interesting time...

Ruminate on this for a while:

In the past few months we've seen the following news items:

  • Angel City sold to a subsidary of Boston Beer Co.
  • Sierra Nevada announces a new brewery opening in Asheville NC
  • New Belgium announces a new brewery opening in Asheville NC
  • Oskar Blues announces a new brewery opening in Asheville NC
  • Lagunitas announces a new brewery opening in Chicago

and now...

2012 LA County Fair Homebrew Competition.

2012 LACF




Regional Competition

Sanctioned by the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP)

Under the supervision of the

 Maltose Falcons Home Brewing Society

Entry Fee - $7.00 per entry

Finding buried treasure

It pays to have a wife who loves a good bargain.

When My wife goes grocery shopping, she always checks that spot in the back where the market sticks its day-old stuff and close-outs. Twice now, I've gone with her to an Albertson's with a good beer selection and found buried treasure back in that hiding place. Once before, it was a couple of bombers of Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Today, it was two 6-packs of Stone Ruination IPA for half off. As far as I can tell, they were back there just to make room in the cooler for something else.

Gang of Four (Minus One) Cream Ale

Cereal mash cream ale using Quaker Quick Grits and six-row barley
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Angel City Reopening Under the New Management with First Beer

From BlogDowntown:

It appears that the relaunch of Angel City is beginning under the new ownership who bought the brewery from longtime Falcon and brewery founder Michael Bowe. The first batch of beer is a Belgian White Beer temporarily called "Test Beer B" and is on tap at a few places around downtown.


Cream Ale Day

Brewing beer with friends is about as good as it gets!

Today I'm brewing a cream ale with my friends Jim and Jimmy Alden. We're using 20% Quaker Quick Grits in the recipe.

Other than a mistake and scorching the grits the first time (another trip to S&F for another bag of grits fixed that), things are rolling along nicely. Big Jim is manning the BBQ and we'll soon be eating brats and saurkraut. Won't want to be around us after lunch!

Ventura Surf Brewing Tap Takeover

Featuring Ventura Surf's Best Beers on Draught!!!

Mondo's Cream Ale

Surfer's Point Vienna Lager

Shaka XPA Extra Pale Ale

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June Shop Brew - Elkwood Wheat

Our monthly Club Shop Brew is set for Sunday June 10th at 8:00 a.m. Our Club Treasurer, Kent Fletcher will be leading this crew with the brewing of his Elkwood Wheat.

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June newsletter

v. 38
i. 6
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Your June newsletter.

Food Not Bombs Dubbel

Michael Izbicki's Dubbel came close to the bird with his Dubbel, placing as the First Runner-up. Mike takes the monk thing seriously running a group at UC Riverside called "Food Not Bombs" to make free lunches for students. See the notes for more information
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