Next Membership Meeting: December 8, 12 Noon PST at the Shop in Woodland Hills!...Bring a new Toy for the Annual Falcon Toy Drive!... Also, Sign up for the Annual Holiday Tasting at Stuffed Sandwich, Sat Dec 14
I stole this from a thread from probrewer.com.
Here is the info on the stainless steel nail in the barrel head acting as a poor man’s MacGyver sample port:
We drill a hole using a 7/64 drill bit on the barrel head of each barrel. The hole can be drilled while the barrel is empty or even with beer in it. You just have to be ready with the nail if you are doing it with the barrel full. The hole is so small that there is no problem with losing too much beer at this point.
I have two sizes of stainless steel nails that I purchase from McMaster Carr.
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.
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
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.
The folks over at Northern Brewer taped my talk and did a little magical editing. Watch and, well, maybe, enjoy...
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!!!
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!
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.
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
2012 L.A. COUNTY FAIR
HOME-BREW BEER 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
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.
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.
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!
Featuring Ventura Surf's Best Beers on Draught!!!
Mondo's Cream Ale
Surfer's Point Vienna Lager
Shaka XPA Extra Pale Ale
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.
The Circle of beer life.
Hello my felllow brewers. Wow is all I've got to say about this year's Mayfaire Festival. What a lot of fun! Since I had to drive home, I stopped drinking early and started shooting video and still photos. I combined some photos and video to make a fun video of our time together. I hope you enjoy it. I uploaded to youtube.com and made a link as follows:
Just when I think that a Falcon Fest that I have attended could not be topped.... BOOM! Mayfaire 2012 arrives and I realize that each event just gets better and better. And no, it is not the fine homebrew talking, as I have had time to come down from that, do all the wonderful “back home, must do laundry, must clean camp kit” and decided that I needed to write this down immediately.
For years I have used wood chips and cubes soaked in random sprits and wines. I finally broke down and bought a barrel that I could fill on my own from Woodinville, a nice little 8 gallon Bourbon Whiskey Barrels that just got dumped. I spent the day making a nice stand to place it on top of a cart to move it around.
Anyways, I waited a few weeks to get mine but I just noticed that both Bourbon and Rye 8g Barrels are available again.
I just started a batch of Kosher-style brine-cured dill pickles. When the weather warms up enough that I can find pickling cucumbers for as little as 99 cents a pound, I like to do that.
We will be releasing the following beers on Draught!
Firestone Wookey Jack Black IPA
Firestone Parabola Russian Imperial Stout
Firestone Velvet Merkin (Aged in Bourbon BBLs) Oatmeal Stout
Firestone Solace Unfiltered Wheat Ale
Call for Reservations - http://draughtsrestaurant.com/
Flight Night Thursday, May 10th from 4:30pm to 9:00pm