Our annual roundtable of meads will take place on Sunday, June 22, from 1 to 4 PM at the Home Wine, Beer, Cheese, and Meadmaking Shop in Woodland Hills. Both homemade meads and commercial meads (should there be any) are welcome. The tasting is well attended and it generally takes two 22 oz. or 750 ml bottles, or four 12-oz. bottles, to allow every one a small sample. Bring a suitable tasting glass such as a small wine glass or beer goblet.
I had a bottleneck in keg capacity, but I wanted to brew something, so I chose a lager. Since May was a few months away, I decided on a Maibock. Gulabi Kapla is a Pakastani Albino Goat, which seemed a fitting name for a "light" Bock.
When I was but a wee lad of a brewer I read ever brewing book that I could get my hands on just trying to get everything I could learn crammed into my head. I saw different configurations of systems and learned different techniques. From MB Raines, I learned the wisdom of prepping your yeast for their hard road ahead (seriously, a starter when I began in 1999 was still looked on as fussy and not really necessary). From Bruce Brode and Brian Vessa, I learned the power of a strange ingredient or two (Kix in this case).
These notes are a little scattered today as we didn't have a lot of time for Troubleshooter's and I forgot my notebook - so these are from memory. Brewers if I missed you - let me know and I'll be able to fill in my memory. The theme of today's tasting seemed to be "I'm not sure about what I made" which is different than "My beer sucks - help!"
5th Annual Lake Arrowhead Brewfest Info:
Date: August 9, 2014 12:00 - 6:00pm
Location: 27264 California 189, Blue Jay, CA
Cost: $35 (subject to change as the budget progresses)
What to expect:
- 10 craft breweries including Stone, Firestone, Hangar 24 Green Flash, Strand, Big Bear Mountain, and Dale Brothers.
- 2-3 home brew clubs serving over 60 beers.
- 3-4 food vendors serving some of the best that the mountain has to offer.
- Live music (band TBA)
Sierra Nevada's 7 City Traveling Craft Beer Festival Stops in San Diego on July 20, 2014 1-6PM
Proceeds from this festival will benefit the San Diego Brewers Guild to keep craft brewing alive and well today and in the future. Their mission is to promote awareness and increase the visibility of fresh, locally brewed beer through education and participation in community events.
FILTRATION SEMINAR with Maria Peterson from Scott Labs
Come join the Cellarmasters this Thursday 22 May 2014 at The Shop for a great tutorial on the ins and outs, the whys and whats of filtration with Maria Peterson, Scott Labs’ resident expert. We will gather at 7p, have some pizza ($5 donation asked), and start around 7:30. Bring your questions and your beer to share.
The Falcons will once again be running the Los Angeles County Fair Homebrew competition for the LA County Fair. Winners will get ribbons and have their name featured on a plaque in the LA County Fair Culinary Pavilion!
Judges and stewards will get free passes to the LA County Fair!
Entries and Judge signups will open in June.
Judging will take place in St Martins of the Fields Church in Winettka, CA on Saturday Aug 2, 2014
If you want to enter the California State Homebrew Competition - register here by Friday May 2nd!
Leave a comment below telling us how many entries you have. If we have enough entries (24 or so) - the club will drive your entries to the More Beer drop off in Riverside! (Entries drop off will be coordinated off site!)
Remember Cal State is the 2nd of 3 competitions that are used to pick the "Sierra Nevada California Homebrewer of the Year".
One of the fun things about being a board member is the monthly meeting that we have. It bounces around to different places, different houses, different taverns, etc. When at a board member's house, the club pays for the host to make dinner for the crew. As with all things, it's a chance to show what we like to do. (Board meetings at the Burgermeister's houses are always grand)
Interested in all-grain brewing? Register for our upcoming class that will teach you how! We will cover all aspects from strike to sparge as well as building your equipment. Cost is $25. Please call the shop to sign up: 818-884-8586
Our next new and improved Brew 101 class is coming up soon. Topics will include beer history, basic science, and extract brewing techniques, tips, and tricks. If you've been thinking about brewing beer at home and would like to see how it's done, all while enjoying some great homebrew call us to sign up! Cost is $15 dollars. Please call us at the shop to sign up. 818-884-8586
Beer styles can develop rapidly and sometime the BJCP guidelines just can't keep up. For this, and other reasons, the Maltose Falcons maintain their own beer style guidelines. These are similar to the BCJP guidelines in breadth and specificty, but contain differences that should be followed by all judges that participate in our many annual competitions.
What better way to spend Easter than with Crazy Harry's and Lagunitas? For the few of you who don't know it, Lagunitas makes a very special beer every year to commemorate 4/20 and for reasons beyond our control it takes place on Easter Sunday this year. Waldo's Special Ale is the dankest, hoppiest, skunkiest beer Lagunitas makes and we're one of the fortunate few who has the privilege to pour it! We'll have a few more surprises planned to celebrate this special day - So Come On Out and Join the Fun!
Well, another newsletter put to bed. This issue includes a write-up of the very first all-female shop brew. Lots of celebrities showed up to share in the shenanigans. Also, Ethen Adams did an excellent write-up on the Falcon trip to Firestone-Walker to brew up one of our anniversary beers. Drew waxes poetically on the wonders of mead, and the Phantom Brewer puts in an unexpected appearance. Prost!
Want to learn more about what style of coffee to choose for your beer? Check out my blog over at ExperimentalBrew.com for more information about an experiment I did inspired by a "white stout" beer I tasted recently
I know, I know, you are dieing with antici...................pation. And did I tell Drew I would be rolling it out yesterday. But then, when I read Drew's email blast, I realized the Falcons' meeting is next Sunday, not this Sunday. So, that gives me an extra week-end to clean things up and create some more content. Heck....I'm not sure, but I think I even heard Beeroditus's voice in the writer's bull-pen. Maybe he's finally off his bender and we can get him to grace us with a few words. Also, I still don't have a home-brewer profile for the month. (Gonna have to plan an entire day a
Come join us for another fine monthly meeting as we try some more wonderful homebrews and talking life liberty and the pursuit of great beer! Grand Hydro Presentation starts at noon! Throughout the day we'll conduct business, have a lunch, Troubleshooter's Corner (intensive small group tastings of beer you have questions on) and of course HOMEBREW!
Come Join Mead Master Bruce Brode and Grand Hydro Drew as they tackle making 25 gallons of various flavored meads for the club's 40th Anniversary! Sign up to let us know if you'll be joining us before the April Club Meeting and helping us out. We also have a need for a few additional 5 gallon carboys so if you can help us out. (Please note - unlike a shop brew carboy bearers will not take a portion of mead home for themselves. All mead is designated for the club. We will make it so that every carboy provider gets a little "thank you" for loaning us their vessels.)
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)