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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
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07/23/2016
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Czech Amber Lager

Brew Date: 
03/12/2016
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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
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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
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John Aitchison
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Bare Necessities - APRIL 2015 SHOP BREW - KOLSCH

Final Recipe for the April Shop Brew: KOLSCH
Brew Date: 
04/19/2015
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Shop Brew lead by - KALE BITTNER / TOM SISOLAK
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Citra Double IPA

This is the recipe we brewed for 2015's Brew with a Falcon day. A good dry DIPA with plenty of hop kick
Brew Date: 
03/22/2015
Brewed By: 
Craig Shapland, Ryan Boring
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Cordesbrau German Pilsner

This is a recipe that I've been working on for a few years now with only minor tweaks between batches. This particular recipe was used during the Brew with a Falcon event at my place on 3/22/2015.
Brew Date: 
03/22/2015
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Dana, Royston, Marco, Dave Uhl, Tom S, Eric and Jerry
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Old Stout Porter

A bit of a throwback recipe, bumping up the gravity to the high end of the porter category and adding a healthy amount of brown malt to give it a full, complex, roasty character with some traditional English hops for an herbal, perfumed aroma with fruity notes. This was brewed on the shop system in September '13.
Brew Date: 
09/15/2013
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Shop Brew Crew led by Cullen Davis
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Top Forty Old Ale

Shop Brew, in preparation for the 40th Anniversary Party that's just less than a year away. This brew maxed out the new 55 gal mash tun and we still had to add extract to get the BIG Old Ale we wanted.
Brew Date: 
11/24/2013
Brewed By: 
Steve Cook (crew leader), Kale Bittner, Alex Samovitz, Russell Rieder, Steve Rosolio, Chris Moon, Matt Myerhoff, Dennis Canevari
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