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September Club Shop Brew Session - Dark Mild Ale!

Falcons, sign up now for the next fabulous club shop brew session as Treasurer Kent Fletcher leads the crew in making a classical English style, a Dark Mild, Sunday, Sept. 21. 

Learn from a master of brewing techniques. The recipe features Marris Otter base malt, with small amounts of medium crystal, British pale chocolate, French kilned coffee and roasted rye malts. 

Mild is the quintessential British session beer, known for a low level of hop character and low alcohol content. Grainy to toasty malts might be present, but expect some sweetness and body from the high dextrins produced in brewing. It originated in Britain in the 17th century or earlier, thought to have been made to meet the demands of a new class of industrial laborers. It became particularly popular in the Midlands, a heavily industrialized area of England. There it was drunk by miners and factory workers looking to quench their thirst after a hard day’s labor—people who were also looking for a value beer. ​

Mild ales began to fade in popularity in the 1950s, and further in the 1970s as the advent of highly carbonated, ice cold keg beer took off and pushed out "real ale" - traditionally cask-conditioned ale. Modern mild ales are making a comeback, thanks in part to supporters of Real Ale, and they will be pleased about this one. Especially since there will be a Firken of this Dark Mild on a beer engine at the Falcons' 40th Anniversary Banquet! 

Sign up now for what promises to be another great brewing day!
Sunday, Sept. 21, 8 am - approx. 5 pm
Home Beer Wine & Cheesemaking Shop
22836 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Map - https://goo.gl/maps/NJlht

All Brew Crew members will be brewing on the Falcons' 40-gallon all-grain brew system located at the Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making Shop in Woodland Hills. Crew members will participate in all aspects of the brewing process from measuring and crushing the grain to clean up and fermentation. Each participant will pitch in for the cost of ingredients (usually $10-$15), and take 5 gallons of wort to ferment at home. So it's very economical and a great opportunity to get some hands-on brewing experience on a larger, more sophisticated brewing system than most homebrewers have access to, learn new recipes, and, of course, a chance to hang out with your fellow Falcons and share brews and snacks. Remember to bring some cash for your share of the ingredients and a carboy or a bucket for your wort.

To participate, you must be an up-to-date, dues-paid Maltose Falcons member. Your membership status will be verified prior to your spot being confirmed on the brew crew. You must sign up here by clicking the "Sign up for April Club Shop Brew" link below. Please email me your FULL NAME and CELL PHONE NUMBER at publicity@maltosefalcons.com so we can confirm your membership and contact you if there is any problems with your membership or with the brew day itself. No exceptions.
We welcome new members, or members who have not yet been on a Brew Crew, to sign up for this event. If you have been on a Brew Crew within the past 3 months, you are not eligible to be on this crew unless spots are left empty by brew day. Signups are at the end of this event posting. No sign ups will be accepted via the yahoogroups or email to the crew leader or the publicity director. There are only 7 spots on the Crew, since we're setting aside a Falcon's share for the club's 40th anniversary events. Please volunteer to babysit the Falcon's share!

Signups are on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the crew is filled, there may be a waiting list in case a crew member can't make it on brew day. Brew Crew Members, please arrive on time and be prepared to stay until brew day is over, which includes cleaning and stowing all equipment, utensils, work area, and classroom. That may be after 4:00 pm.
Of course anyone who is interested in observing the all-grain brewing process is welcome to come by the shop to hang out and chat with the Crew. Beer and snacks to share are always welcome.

Matt Myerhoff
Publicity Director, Maltose Falcons Board


Event Date: 
Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 08:00 to 17:00
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