Electric Lemonade

Some of the old time members might remember me bringing this dangerous concoction. You never taste the alcohol until too late. This started as a flight of fancy, and progressed to absurd heights. If you are thinking about Mike's, put it out of your mind. I started brewing this in 1992 and it got wackier with every batch.
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Mark Poliner
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Oktoberfest Party (Oak Park)

We will be partying at Oak Park in Simi again for Oktoberfest, with the actual festivities beginning around noon on Oktober 15th. As usual, camping will be available both Friday (14th) and Saturday nights.

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Maltose Falcons Lambic beer best of 2011 NHC Club Night (according to Andy Sparks)

Basic Brewing recently released their video on Club Night at the 2011 NHC. The video is hosted by James Spencer and Steve Wilkes. At the end of their video, their guest, Andy Sparks, noted that he believed the best beer of club night was Maltose Falcon's nine year old Lambic. Congrats on the person that brought it to NCH.

Here is the video for you to view:


David Lester

Brew Brothers Brewpub, Reno

Nestled in the El Dorado Casino is the Brew Brothers Brewery. They tag themselves as the "best brewpub" in America. While their aspiration are bold, the reality is a little more middle of the road.

Atmosphere was pleasant with but reminded me of a TGIFriday or a Chili's. Brew Brothers offers live entertainment. Lighting was muted, which helped create a comfortable ambience amidst the dark wood and leather interior. As with most brewpubs, the brew kettles and conditioning tanks were present behind glass windows at the entrance to the pub.

Big Red A.S.S.

Dark red with a touch of spice and roast, hopped to hell and back, this beer would have been my entry in the "new grains" contest. As it turned out, I couldn't get off of work for that particular meeting, so I had to drink all 5 gallons myself! Actually, I did bring a growler to the July shop brew/LACF check-in, where it was well-received.
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Fat Cat Sweet Stout

Back around Memorial Day, I lost my one of my big fat silver blue sweetheart of a cat, Mark. In his honor, I whipped up this recipe
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Drew Beechum
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Y'allternative Oatwine

The alternative barleywine series returns! Taking advantage of the Shop now carrying Thomas Fawcett Oat Malt, we bring you some oaty goodness. And since I'm an old school movie fan we made this an "oater" with the addition of a heaping helping of Amarillo.
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Drew Beechum, Robert Cortez, Kent Fletcher, Larry Gonzales, Ryan Moriarty, Chris Shultz
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September Club meeting

Come join the Maltose Falcons for our monthly club meeting on Sunday Sepetmber 11th at the Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making Shop in Woodland Hills at 12:00 p.m.
Come meet fellow homebrewers, taste some great beer, and make some new friends. We welcome new brewers, and those who are interested in seeing what it is all about. Lunch is also available for a nominal cost.
Come on out and have some fun!

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No August club meeting

There is no meeting scheduled for the month of August. The event for the month is the Sunfest campout at Mt. Pinos. The next meeting will be held on Sunday September the 11th. This is postponed a week due to the Labor Day holiday.

dave & Rich's Dark Mild -- "new grains"

Rich & i worked up a decently tasty dark mild and this is the adaptation using the Shop's 2011 "new grains". A moderately complex 1.040 beer that was dynamite on the hand pump!
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Who Wants Some Yeast?

I'm in talks right now with a yeast provider to get our hands on a set of strains. They ain't cheap, but as a club we could probably make this work.

Look here for the product list:
East Coast Yeast

If you'd like to get something (or multiple somethings) leave a comment below with type and quantity, once I have a good feeling for our numbers, we'll settle on a small subset of strains we'll get and I'll get back a price and people can pay online for their yeast.

Membership Meeting Minutes- July 2011

Hi everyone!! We had 50 people at our meeting today! For those of you who could not attend, here are the minutes of today's meeting for your perusal.......


GRAND HYDRO- Drew gave us a mini-version of his fabulous Saison talk he gave at the AHA, complete with samples. He served us his Saisons all made with the same wort but batched into 5 different versions with different yeast strains. He also served us commercial samples of DuPont Avril and La Chouffe.

2011 Sunfest!

Time to escape the heat with a return to our favorite mountain campsite, McGill on Mt. Pinos. At 7,500 feet, you can guarantee a cool trip (20F cooler than LA in general) in the midst of a mountain pine forest. To top it off the Maltose Falcons Brews Band will be playing, awesome food will be had for dinner and the Falcons will have copious amounts of beer available for the pouring. Please remember to bring water as the McGill site has no running water. Also, if you are planning to arrive early on Friday, the reservation is under Kent Fletcher.


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Surfliner Competition entries due

All Surfliner competition Adambier entries will be due at the Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making shop no later then the July 10th club meeting. No entries will be allowed after that date. You must submit 4 bottles per entry, and please have them labeled accordingly as far as brewer, etc.
The Adambier judging for the top 3 entries for the club will be held at a later date since there are approximately 30 beers to judge. Steve Cook will be in charge of all aspects of the judging.

New Grain Recipe Contest judging July club meeting

We will be judging the New Grain Recipe contest beers at the July 10th club meeting. Those of you who have created a recipe and have entered it at the shop, please bring at least 3 bottles, a growler, or a keg of that beer to the meeting. Please bring a copy of your recipe as well.
The recipe must contain at least two of the new grains now stocked at the shop.
The winner of the contest will have their recipe printed up and posted on the shop recipe board. The winner will also receive a keggle built by Kent Fletcher.

Homebrewing makes the New York Times

The article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/23/garden/home-brewing-need-a-beer-hit-th...

My take away - how incredibly awesome that homebrewing gets into the Gray Lady. Any publicity is truly well and good for the hobby. Anything to get people to think "wait, what? I can do this at home?"

Little Ghost Saison

This was the "starter" Saison that I brewed to generate my yeast cakes for the "Big Ghost". Don't discount this little guy, he's a keeper.
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Saison Guacamole

This was another of the giant collection of "California Saisons" that I made for my 2011 AHA talk and Club Night. Awesomely weird and inspired by the Avocado trees in my backyard. I know this sounds strange, but it really works!
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Big Ghost Saison

This is a big bold bugger of a Super Saison. Inspired by the idea generating factory of Fantome and using a culture of their strain grown in a batch of a smaller beer. This was a big hit at the 2011 AHA Conference.
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New Wort Chiller Time at PHB

My old econo CFC is on its last legs. Time for a new wort chiller soon, so I thought I'd poll the readers for opinions or recommendations. I'm considering the Blichmann Therminator, or the Dudadiesel B3-12A or possibly the Chillus Convolutus from More Beer. Clearly the Dudadiesel has the edge on price only. Can anyone offer any other reasons for preferring one over any other here?

2012 Anchor Happenings

What is an "Anchor Happening"? It's anything cool that you or the club has done throughout the year to spread the word and love of craft beer and homebrewing! For instance - win gold at a competition? let us know! Get written up on the web? Let us know! Leave a comment at the bottom of this page! Why do this?

Kudos to Ladyface!

Ladyface gets some love today from the LA Times Brand X group and the Falcons get some mention too!

The Craft Beer Chronicles: Ladyface Ale Companie brings its brews to L.A.

A packaging we will go, a packaging we will go.

Hi-ho the derry-o, crap that's a ton of kegs and I'm not done yet!

New Trappist Brewery on the Way

New Trappist beer on the way!

That's right boys and girls - it looks like the second Trappist brewery outside of Belgium is about to become active. The of Abbey of Monts de Cats is working with the brothers at Chimay to setup an 8th Trappist brewery.

And just after I finished my collection of Trappist glasses! :)

Free e-book today

Amazon has Charles Bamforths "Beer Is Proof That God Loves Us" for free today. If you have a kindle or the kindle app on your smart phone go download it, because it will be gone by tomorrow.


Strand Brewers' Beach Bar Bike Ride

The Strand Brewers have invited the Falcons along on their annual biking pub "crawl" down on the strand.

For details email Jay Ankeney at jayankeney@mac.com

Mayfaire Happened/ Rapture Didn't! What Could Be Bettah?

Each year when I attend Mayfaire, I think that this year's fest could not possibly top last years. But it always does. My time was perfect. Had everyone I love there. My boyfriend and my two best friends in the universe, Helen and Gina, accompanied by Gina's musician husband, Carl. Steve and I arrived on Friday, set up camp and had a great dinner with Richard, Susan, Kent and Martin. Beanie got his satanic fire machine going and the evening was warm and the beer was fabulous.

Check out my brew day!

You can see live video of my brew today @ http://evolvedcreativity.com/go-live

AHA 1st Round Winners Announced!

Congrats to the following Falcons for placing in the 1st round in the AHA NHC and advancing to the second round of the competition!

3rd Place Class 4c - Sherwin Antonio
3rd Place Class 9c - Hank Hofmann, Rick Kinkel
1st Place Class 23a - John Aitchison
1st Place Class 24c - John Aitchison
3rd Place Class 28d - John Aitchison

Full results here!

SCHB Fest April 29 & 30 Camping info

The reservation is under THE MALTOSE FALCONS. We are in the "Egret Campground" which is to the right after entering thru the gate.

All vehicles per (tent) campsite will be charged $17 per night AT THE FRONT GATE. Forewarned is forearmed.

I will have a list posted on my RV as to where each person is camping.

I will be publishing a list for the gate, However based on past years they do not pay attention to it due to the amount of people coming thru.

My Cell# is 818 274-9980 in case people want to call ahead on Friday!

John Kaufman

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