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Oho! Orange Honey Red Ale

This unique red ale is the inspiration of Cookie Kaplan my assistant brewer as well as my every day honey. Speaking of honey that was a big part of the inception of this brew. The Orange Blossom honey in this red ale spurred us on to add a couple of cups of crushed Valencia Oranges. Both the honey and the oranges went into the boil at flame out to preserve more of the flavor and aroma. It turned out as a medium hopped red ale with a slight orange flavor and aroma as well as a distinct honey presence, not actual honey flavor but a sweetness that complements the malt flavors. It was good enough to win the Best of Meeting award at the December 2011 Club meeting.
Brew Date: 
11/13/2011
Brewed By: 
Steve Cook & Cookie Kaplan
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Beanie's Wife's English Toffee Recipe

Ingredients:

Walnuts or Pecans (I use large bag of pecans at Costco: ¾ of the bag makes 3 batches)
4 – 6 Large Hershey Bars or any kind of chocolate (4 bars makes 3 or 4 batches)
2 cubes of butter (½ lb)
1 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Water (Sometimes I substitute “Beanie's Big Ass Porter” for the water)

Items you'll need:
Non-stick sauce pan (cleans up easier)
Wooden Spoon
Parchment paper
Cookie Sheet (9” x 13”)
Chopper or food processor
Container for the nut/chocolate mixture
Butter knife

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TOY DRIVE A HUGE SUCCESS!!!

Dearest Falcons!
I just wanted to thank each and everyone of you for taking the time to bring a toy to our 3rd Annual Spark of Love Toy Drive. We collected 3 big boxes and 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.

Getting Gased, or Score one for the Species with Opossable Thumbs

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Milestone passed! The first purchase! Two of these babies:

http://www.instawares.com/thunder-group-natural-gas.thu-irbr002cn.0.7.htm

Thanks again to Rich for finding THE cheapest gas burner on the internet.

The plumber came this week to look at the brewery site. It sounds like his first brewery.

Belgian Spiced Mead

Delicious. Let age in carboy 1 year before bottling.
Brew Date: 
12/09/2006
Brewed By: 
Mark Poliner
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Honey Wheat

Nice and light with a sweet finish. Great session beer.
Brew Date: 
03/03/2002
Brewed By: 
Mark Poliner

Tom Yom Thai Mead

I was recently in Columbia, SC where a creative mixologist gave me a drink with all the flavor elements of Tom Yom Khai soup. My imagination, being the way it is, devised a mead recipe with the flavor elements of Thai cooking.
Brew Date: 
12/03/2011
Brewed By: 
Mark Poliner
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beer songs

Hey so I am trying to put together a list of rock & roll/blues genre songs that reference beer or maybe just drinking, and it seems like it is harder than I thought. I've got a few like Roadhouse Blues ( btw- according to fellow Doors member Ray M it's "Got myself a beard" in reference to sleeping for multiple days), Hey Bartender, One Bourbon one Scotch one Beer, Old Taylor, What Good Can Drinking Do (first recording of Janis J), any other suggestions from the group that has beer on the brain?
Thanks
Craig W

2012 Doug King Memorial Homebrew Competition Results

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2012DKM

2012 Doug King Memorial Competition Results

Best of Show:
           Norman Jufer                         15.2  Traditional Bock
           Ontario CA, Inland Empire Brewers

1st Runner Up:
            John Aitchison                       15.4  Doppelbock
           Northridge CA, Maltose Falcons

No Brew 101 for December

There will not be a Brew 101 class for the month of December. As most people are busy during the holiday season, we will start new classes in the New Year. Happy Holidays!

Decmeber Club Shop Brew

Our monthly Club shop brew is set for Sunday December 18th at 8:00 a.m. Our News Letter Director, Mark Poliner will be leading this crew with a unique brew. He plans on making a Juniper Rye Ale.

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The Clumsy Brewer – A Hot Pick for a Burner and a Dog with her own Ideas.

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

My own double fantasy is getting a brewery going again while keeping my dog in the yard. Strangely, the two dreams continue to revolve around each other.

(addendum: The line "Life is what happens..." is from the song "Beautiful Boy" from John Lennon's 1980 album "Double Fantasy", http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Lennon )

December 2011 Newsletter

Volume: 
v. 37
Issue: 
i. 12

The Clumsy Brewer - Wrestling with IBUs or Why do we need a dog?

Ah, the good life.

Sitting in the backyard, watching the sparge water gently seep
through the grains and pour into the boil kettle that sweet, caramel
colored wort that will be beer in a few weeks. Meanwhile, the luscious
scent of bratwurst and warming buns lets us know lunch is almost ready.

And no heavy propane tanks to lug around. Let the Gas Company do the work!

Wham! Back to reality! According to our plumber, I can't afford
to supply half a million BTU's, just in case I need them later. I
really have to figure out how many I'll likely need and pay to install

East Coast Yeast is Here!

Working at home today and while I'm off in the back working on work type things, what do I hear but a fleet of barking dogs.

Race up to the front and low and behold two big boxes (and heavy as hell)

boxes

And the boxes are crammed full of fooferal...

open boxes

Unpacking them, why what do I see... 40+ flasks of East Coast Yeast Company goodies!

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Win a Free Copy of BeerSmith 2.0 by posting recipes

From now until the December club meeting, I'll be tracking recipe entries on the website. For the current Falcon member who posts the most interesting recipes, the reward will be one copy of BeerSmith 2.0, a $28 value!

You can add a beer recipe via this link:
http://www.maltosefalcons.com/node/add/beer-recipe

Go to it!

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ECY Buy EnRoute

For those that ordered, the East Coast Yeast shipment is inbound and should be in Pasadena Wednesdayish. I'll be splitting everyone's order up and then we'll figure out how to get it distributed to folks.

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Saison for the Bee Keepers

This is more of a story about the brewing of a beer than anything else. My original brew partner (Daniel) has had two children since we first started brewing five years ago, so we rarely get to brew together. This was a rare event to be able to brew alone like we used to. The brew day started off perfectly, the weather was warm and there bees were flying around. We decided to brew a Saison for the fall to capture the perfect warm fall day. We were mashed in and were cleaning as we went, when Daniel suddenly screamed and found a bee up his pant leg. The bee stung him and I laughed as I asked if he was allergic. He said he wasn't but that all changed quickly... Fifteen minutes later he turned to me with his face swollen to twice the normal size. He quickly headed over to the drug store for Benadryl. He returned a few minutes later with the pills and took a few, chasing them with a little beer. All seemed fine until he fell out of his chair onto the floor nearly unconscious. After calling his wife, my girlfriend, and a doctor, we headed over to the ER, but not before I stopped recurring the wort and set up to mash out. After a short wait in the waiting room and 2 hours with a doctor, we found out Daniel had developed a deadly Bee allergy. After a life time of being a hobbyist bee keeper he had lost all resistance to bee stings. After the ER and a day of panic we returned back to my house to finish the beer. To always remember his near death experience, we added the dead bee to the mash-out and a small amount of honey to the wort.
Brew Date: 
09/03/2011
Brewed By: 
Izzy
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The Future of Homebrew Shopping?

Google Streetview hits Brew & Grow in Chicago, IL for a little walk around

Google Streetview of Brew & Grow

Stuffed Sandwich Holiday Tasting

The Falcons (and other beer lovers) are set for a tasting of Holiday
beers and more at the world famous Stuffed Sandwich on Saturday
December 10th at 1PM.

The cost will be about $20 plus the cost of your mandatory sandwich.
Remember that Sam & Marlene always pull out some fun stuff for us.

Designated Drivers are free and don't count against our seats.

http://www.stuffedsandwich.com/

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November Beer Appreciation Night - Belgian Holiday Beers

Featuring Larry James, Wine Warehouse

BELGIAN HOLIDAY BEERS
Served with Flemish Carbonnade, Belgian fries with truffle salt, and butter lettuce salad.

$30 PP includes the beer tasting, food pairing and parking/$20 with Twitter Code

http://www.facebook.com/FourPointsLAX

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The Clumsy Brewer - Birth of a New System

Two years without brewing is two years too many!

My dad and I used to brew at least a half dozen batches a year.  But
not anymore.  Why?  It's too much work.

We gather the ingredients, including propane, the day before.  And
then on brew day we construct, deconstruct and reconstruct each piece
of the system for each stage of brewing.  By the end of the day, we're
both exhausted.

If only we had a system that was already put together.  One we could
just wheel out and just start connecting hoses to.  One that ran off

Final ColLAboration Party - Golden Road Brewing - CANCELLED

DUE TO WIND DAMAGE, THE FESTIVAL IS POSTPONED

Buy your glass and attend the final colLAboration event of the year at Golden Road Brewing in Atwater Village.

This event is themed "Winter Wonderland" with Christmas Ales, Winter Warmers and more!

http://www.collaboration.la/

ECY Buy Almost Here!

An update for everyone who ordered during the club's East Coast Yeast buy. Al's working furiously to grow up the last bits of our order and then off it will come to us.

I'll be taking the order in and working on divvying out the orders from there.

More updates as they happen.

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Independent testing shows that most "Honey" isn't Honey

If you need another reason to buy local on more things check out this report from FoodSafetyNews.com - Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn't Honey.

Southern California Home Brewers Festival 2012

Come join the Falcons and 31 other home brewing clubs at the Southern California Home Brewers Festival May 4-5, 2012 at beautiful Lake Casitas near Ojai. CHA Membership annual membership (see http://calhomebrewers.org/) is $40 until 31 January, $45 after 1 Feb, and $50 after 1 March. You must purchase your membership by May 2, 2012 or you will not be allowed into the fest.

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North West Beer Flight at Wades

North West Beer Flight Tasting - Thursday, November 3rd from 4:30pm to 7:00pm

We are going to travel up the coast to taste some Oregon beers. We have pulled bottles out of our beer library for this tasting!

Come and taste some vintage beers from the North West!

    Rogue – Double Chocolate Stout
    Rogue – Double Mocha Porter
    Hair Of The Dog – Adam
    Hair Of The Dog – Doggie Claws (2010)

Come in for a special $10 taster flight...
stay to enjoy the 40 unique beers on taps!!!

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November 2011 Newsletter

Volume: 
v. 37
Issue: 
i. 11
Newsletter Date: 
11/2011

David Farnworth of Lucky Baldwins Passes

From TheFullPint.com comes news that Dave of Lucky Baldwins passed away today.

While he'd been sick for the past year, this is still hard news. I'm just glad that he beat the odds and opened his third and final pub before things had progressed too far.

Dr. Drew's Blueberry Ginger Rejuvenating Tonic

Since the ABC frowns on homebrewers pouring homebrew during a beer festival, the folks at LA Beer Week could only allow us to pour soda. So you know what - pour soda we did - the world's finest rejuvenating tonic!
Brew Date: 
10/22/2011
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum
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