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Cassie's Hope - Lady Brewday Dry-Hopped Grisette

Inspired by Ladyface Brewery's classic Grisette
Brew Date: 
06/16/2018
Brewed By: 
Jenna Bonney, Tiffany Ashrafi, Kathy Fairbrother, Karen Dexter, Kyrsten Beidelman, & Jill Updyke
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Shop Brew Belgian Strong Dark Ale - Westy-ish

From the January '18 shop brew session, this recipe was created based on several ingredients I found available for cheap/free. The shop had accidentally ordered a bag of Munich light malt of a brand that they don't normally stock, so they marked it way down to get it out of inventory. I mentioned to several other members that I wanted to use that malt for the shop brew to see if they had recipe suggestions. John Aitcheson said he had saved yeast slurry from an earlier batch that had been cultured from a bottle of Westvleteren 8 and offered it for the shop brew. Given that yeast (free!) and that malt (cheap!) a strong dark Belgian style brew made the most sense. At this writing, the ferment is now tapering off. The wort by itself tasted fantastic.
Brew Date: 
01/21/2018
Brewed By: 
Cullen Davis, Jenna Bonney, Duane Schmeckert, Bradley T., Kevin Alvarado
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Falconsclaws Simplified

This is the 2016 edition of the infamous Falconsclaws recipe. The older recipes from 1999-2001 needed additional ingredients like sugars and extracts because we didn't have enough system capacity to try and hit that magically ridiculous 1.140 gravity. Seriously, it's nuts. But thanks to the club's awesome 50 gallon system, we could actually mash enough grain to make this thing happen! (Hat Tip to Kevin Baranowski for the original series of beers)D
Brew Date: 
01/15/2017
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum, Jim Meyer, Donovan Nebreklievski, Lyne Noella, Craig Shapland, Tom Sisolak, Matt Trumbo
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Sage Lime Wit Beer

July Club Shop Brew Belgian Witbier with Matt & Andy On Sunday July 31st, just in time to still call it July, Matt Myerhoff and Andy Ziskin let a shop brew-crew in brewing a Belgian Witbier with a little bit of a twist. In looking at Jamil's Brewing Classic Styles we noticed he preferred using fresh orange zest and chamomile tea in his recipe. To give our beer a little more unique character we decided to use fresh lime zest, leaves and sage mostly from Andy's garden. We had an excellent brew crew, thank you to Jay, Susie, Scot, Justin, Jeremy and Cullen. To pass time during the mash, Matt brought a projector and we watched a few beer related videos in the comfort of the air conditioned club house. Of course, there was plenty of really great Homebrew shared by all. We may have over sparged just a bit and missed our OG by a few points, but a great day was had by all. A very special thanks to Alex from Westlake Brewing for donating a huge pitch of yeast for our Brewers! Look for the beer to make an appearance at the September club meeting and the Oktoberfest party. Recipe for 40G Estimated OG was 1.051 / Actual OG 1.044
Brew Date: 
07/23/2016
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Pliny the Elder Clone

After many iterations, this monster finally captures the clean bitterness of Russian River's amazing beer!
Brew Date: 
03/04/2016
Brewed By: 
Craig Shapland
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Czech Amber Lager

Brew Date: 
03/12/2016
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West of the Nest 12

Westlake Brewing Co. club brewed Westvleteren 12 Clone
Brew Date: 
04/09/2016
Brewed By: 
Alex Samovitz, Donovan Nebreklievski, John Aitchison, Jim Wilson, 10 more Falcons
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Saison Figolla

Continuing our newish tradition of creating a thank you beer for the judges of our Mayfaire competition - this year the club decided to make a Saison with a "Maltese" twist. This beer is based on an Easter Maltese dessert called figolla - a buttery citrus infused cake/cookie filled with marzipan. To make this Saison we're starting with a basic grain bill with a little "baked crust" of the biscuit. The aroma is boosted with the zest of lemon and Moro Blood Oranges (closer to an Italian/Maltese orange). We'll be adding almonds - details to follow! We're also happy to have some fun with this one and we'll be canning it via the Beer Monks Mobile Canning crew here in SoCal. (http://beermonks-socal.com/)
Brew Date: 
02/13/2016
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum, Kent Fletcher, John Aitchison, Ed Kochanowski, Andy Ziskin
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Hop Harvest Ale

For the September '15 shop brew session, I contacted a friend who had a small hop yard and he brought up a shipment of some dried and some freshly harvested hops to use for this brew. I created a recipe for a rich amber ale that uses these fresh hops in the finishing stages to maximize aroma contribution and because we didn't have lab numbers for alpha acids or cohumulone.
Brew Date: 
09/20/2015
Brewed By: 
Cullen Davis and shop brew crew with Rafael Ramos, hop grower
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Shop Brew Lambic

Kicking off a project that will be at least a year in the making, we got together a hearty crew led by John Aitchison to brew a lambic. John based this brew on brews that MB Raines used to lead. She has a particular schedule and idea in mind for making lambics and John wanted to show everyone!
Brew Date: 
08/23/2015
Brewed By: 
John Aitchison
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