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Brew my own........soda

Now that the "baby" is 5 I am ready to get back into brewing.   I am working towards brewing a batch of my award winning Hefe in a couple of weeks, but, in the mean time, as Xandra has shown an interest in all things science (including brewing) I am looking to figure out how best to brew some soda with her.  We had some root beer extract stuff that was probably 5 years old, we mixed it with sugar and force carbonated in the keg....we want draft soda, but it didn't turn out as good as we would have liked.  Anyway, I started doing some searching on how best to "brew" soda and decided that I s

2011 AHA Conference - San Diego

The AHA is coming back to the region and so it's time for us to kick some ass and take some names!

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Get Ready to Rumble

Coming back from Minneapolis here's the big word...

Next year's AHA Conference is in our neighborhood - San Diego.

Yes, we'll be involved and brewing and who knows what else. So get ready and no excuses since you've got plenty of warning!

 

To watch the promotional video and get psyched: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJZCSb8oCWU

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Next week I'll be in the Tahoe/Reno area.  I'm trying to decide between the Stateline Brewery/REstaurant and the Silverpeak Brewery/REstaurant.   Does anybody have an opinion? 

Blue Frog Grog & Grill

I find myself in Solano county wanting dinner.  I just came back from touring the Jelly Belly factory (what fun) and was looking for  libation during the Lakers (Flakers) game.  Accross the street from my hotel was a local brewpub called the Blue Frog.   Why "the Blue Frog"? Apparently the founders/owners have been singing the Peter, Paul & Mary song since they were first married. 

I'm in love with a big blue frog,
A big blue frog loves me.
It's not as bad as it appears
He wears glasses and he's six foot three

Pints for Prostates

 

 Pints for Prostates Los Angeles Beer Fest Set for June 19, 2010  13:00 - 17:00

   

       Los Angeles, Calif. – The Pints for Prostates Los Angeles Beer Fest will take place on June 19 from 1-5 p.m. at Mr. Pockets Sports Bar, 516 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, Calif.

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Dodgers Versus Giants, the Falcons Take Dodger Stadium

DODGERS Versus Giants:  Saturday, Sept 4th.   7:10pm

 

Tickets are $27 for loge box, only 20 are reserved so reserve your spot here early. 

We may not be able to get more tickets around us,  act fast.  For those of you who have not been there recently, each food station now has a different commercial beer choice served next to the only highest quality Budwiser and Bud Light on tap.

Signup for the event here, and let me know your full name.  Then, mail your payment to:

Maltose Falcons
22836 Ventura Bl Unit 2
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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Amateurs Only Bowling At Pickwicks

Join us for amateur bowling at Pickwicks in Burbank, Sunday June 20th, 5pm

Amateurs only please, no one who is any good will be admitted.  Costs about $5 per game.

This is a great event to bring friends to.  Drink, bowl, be merry.

 

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Ask Your Questions for John Palmer

All right gang, we had to cut things short at the meeting cause everyone had questions!

So, here's your chance - sign in, add a comment with your questions for John Palmer (http://www.howtobrew.com/) and we'll circle back with answers by the July meeting. To give John time to formulate cogent answers (and relax), please have your questions in by Friday June 18th.

Remember - for water adjustments think seasoning:

Resididual Alkalinity - is what you worry about to get the mash pH correct

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Does the Addition of Olive Oil to Yeast Destroy Head Formation and Retention in Your Beer?

In the last year there was a buzz going on about using Olive oil to replace Oxygenation. In this experiment, we try and see if the oil affects the head retention

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From the Burgermeister

Sunday's menu will be:

 

Beef Stroganoff with buttered noodles

candied carrotts

salad

dessert

All for the low price of $6.00. 

 

Philosophy

The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind. -- Humphrey Bogart

Hops. Holy Cow

This is my first year growing hops. Got Cascade, planted in a perforated bucket for drainage and crown control. They have a southerly exposure and are pretty much just rocking along right now.

I thought I'd share with you this pic. See the two black marks? That's one day's growth up the rope. Damn, these things grow faster than I did as a teenager!

I know, there's no sense of scale in this photo, but that's 3 inches of growth in 24 hours! (or about an 1/8 of an inch per hour!)

Grow your Own Hops Exclusive Rhizome Deal for Falcon Members

I have Large HOP Rhizomes for Sale and I will Give you one free for every 5 bought I have Northern Brewer and Cascades types. Check out my add on Craigslist for Pics and Details

Beekeepers Wanted - Swarm Available, West Covina

Attention Falcon beekepers!

A bee swarm is available NOW in West Covina.  Bees have swarmed into a lemon tree in my mother in law's backyard. No image available at this time.

No, I'm not a beekeeper, yet, so don't give me the bees.  But I would like to see these to go to a good home.

Contact me off line at schmitrw@earthlink.net or better yet at 818-261-6464 to work out logistics.

July Membership Meeting

 Club Meeting!

Come taste some home brew, meet the crew and have some lunch.

 

 

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Brewing Rig Raffle Update! - Near Completion - Rig Picture Inside!

I thought I'd post a little progress report on the "Raffle Rig."  For those who don't know, I've been building a complete two-tier All-Grain brewing rig to raffle off as a fund-raiser for the Club.  The Club purchased some of the materials, Nancy Gold donated three 50 litre kegs, and I've thrown in some other items, and all the proceeds from ticket sales go to the Club.

Mayfaire Festival 2010

The Falcon's signature event is coming up!!!  Get ready for the contests, beer, music, raffles, and fun.  We are camping at Oak Park on the weekend of May 22.  We have sites reserved and I (Mike) will be coordinating these spots.  Signup here to reserve your camping or RV spot.  No emails, please.

Drop your comment here to let us know what kind of beer you will be bringing, and get brewing!  This is where we show the brewing community what we are all about.

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LA Parabola Release @ The Surly Goat

Come drink some Firestone Walker Parabola on tap at the Los Angeles release party, along with a few other tasty FW brews.

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June Membership Meeting

Meeting Meeting Meeting!

Come to the Shop at Noon and meet the crew!

Style of the Meeting: Beers of the South!

Technical Presentation: Water Part Deux with John Palmer.

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Schooner or Later -- Restaurant in Long Beach

I saw this featured on "Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives" on Food Network.  The restaurant is located at the marina in Long Beach.  As its name suggests, it features beverages in 'schooner' glasses.  While the bar is a prominent feature, the food here is very good!

Ciao Cristina's First Beer Dinner (30% Discount for Falcons Members)

Here is an announcement for a beer dinner next Sunday May 16th in Burbank at Ciao Cristina's owned by Falcon- Alan Donavan...
        The featured brewery is Greene King Brewery from the UK, their most popular beer is Old Speckled Hen, Alan serves it on nitrogen. Head Brewer John Bexon will be there and I assume some of the brewery's other great beer offerings. 

Links? We Got Em - And an interesting yeast study for those willing to dig.

You know Falcons' users can a link to the Falcons website? Check out our other "Beer Links" section.

All of these are added by you and me. You'll see multiple categories, but you can make them up as you go along. In fact if you look all the way down at the bottom, you'll see a new link from me in a new category "Brewing Articles" and it's a geat article trying to prove the efficacy of starters.

To add Links of your own:

Italian Beer Festival at Beachwood BBQ - May 6-9

 

We don't see many Italian craft beers around town, so this should be a good event to check some out.

From the beeradvocate blurb:

Beachwood BBQ is hosting their first Italian Beer Festival May 6-May 9. We've brought in 18 rare Italian craft beers, plus one rare Italian craft brewer. We're really excited to showcase these often unnoticed but well crafted beers. The list is as follows (it could change):

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Mild Makes a Comeback in England

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Mild beer, last in fashion when the Beatles were still at school, is making a comeback in Britain, according to a real ale lobby group.Responding to a growing number of requests from beer buffs, breweries are beginning to produce more Mild and pubs are finding demand for the dark, malty ale is rising.

In a survey of 500 real ale drinkers across the UK, the group found that 64 percent of them had seen an increase in the number of Mild beers served at pubs and beer festivals over the past 5 years.

Try it in the Can!!

 Great Canned Beer Tasting!

Canned beers have had a bad rep long enough!

 

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2010 NHC First Round Winners

From: http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/4172/Southwest_20...

 

We have 3 Falcons moving forward into the Second Round of the NHC.

 

Congrats to:

Kevin Grizard - 3rd Place - Brown Ales

Bob Kunz - 3rd Place - Fruit Beer

Hank Hofmann, Rick Kinkel - 3rd Place - Smoke Flavored / Wood Aged
 

Good luck in the next round guys!

Southern California Homebrewer's Festival

It's that time of year! Gear up for Lake Casitas and the biggest homebrewing party of the year. Join with 25 or so other club's on the lake shore and stand back in awe of the massive amount of beer being poured and the amount of creativity behind it.

Purchase your membership to the CHA online at: http://calhomebrewers.org/ - Remember the festival is only open to members of the CHA and is free of charge!

The Falcons have reserved camp sites. Activities Director Mike will coordinate the camping assignments.

Anchor Brewing Sold!

The folks at Beer & Nosh posted this news today - Anchor's been sold!

http://beerandnosh.com/2010/04/anchor-brewing-sold/

Eep! - What will this mean for the future of the California Homebrew Club of the Year? What does this mean for all our friends at Anchor?

And see what I meant about us reaching that magic point for the first generation of craft brewers? Anderson Valley sold and now Anchor! It will be an interesting period to see the effect this has on the spirit of Craft Brewing

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