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So what's going on here? The New MaltoseFalcons.com

 Welcome to Day 1 of the new MaltoseFalcons.com. Personally I blame everything about this site on Jonny Lieberman. About 2 years ago, he hit me up with the idea of creating a new site that would allow the Falcons to come in and modify the bejezzus out of their world. Post stories, pictures and recipes, talk with their fellow club members, etc.

Yeast Propagation and Maintenance: Principles and Practices

MB Raines, our widely published yeast expert graciously lent us her expertise in this guide to everything you need to make yourself a yeast rancher and a grower of happy yeasts.

Yeast is that wonderful microbe which converts sweet wort into an enjoyable alcoholic beverage.  In addition to converting sugar to alcohol, yeast can also influence the taste, flavor, bouquet, and even the color of beer.  They do this by secreting a variety of compounds at very low levels.  Different yeast strains produce different levels of these compounds and therefore impart their own subtle characteristics to the wort in which they are pitched.  Although ye

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September Club Meeting

Monthly Meeting Time!

This month not only features the Grand Hydrometer's usual educational tasting (whatever will it be?), but it's also time to elect our new officers! Come see who will lead the club in the next year. Heck, have a homebrew or two and volunteer yourself!

We meet as always at the <a href="http://www.homebeerwinecheese.com">Home Beer, Wine and Cheesemaking Shop</a> in Woodland Hills, CA.

The address is

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September Shop Brew

The September shop brew is scheduled for Sunday the 20th. I will be the brew crew leader for this one. I am planning a batch of English best bitter. Think Fuller's London Pride ale. This style is a very easy drinking session ale with a nice balance of malt and hops.
The spots for this crew will be limited to 3 as a portion of this beer is for the Falcons 35th anniversary party. I would like to try to have people on this crew who have never been part of a shop brew, and have been interested in learning the all grain brewing process.

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Oh boy!

I can feel the anticipation growing. Hopefully by week's end, everyone will be able to see this site! Lots of work left to do though!

Craig & George's Bobby Belgian Gold

Craig Shapland and George Mahoney dealt with all the madness surrounding our time of taping for BBQ with Bobby Flay. The target for this brew is the upcoming AHA Club Only Competition.
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01/01/2006
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Craig Shapland, George Mahoney and the Shop Brew Crew
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2004 February - AHA Commemorative Brew - Double Down Double IPA

This beer was brewed for the 2004 AHA Conference in Vegas as one of 3 beers (SNAFU, QUAFF, us) and a mead (SNAFU) presented to the attendees. The recipe is based on a previous beer brewed by myself (Drew Beechum) and Jim Kopitzke - the Double Trouble IPA. Since this brew is intended to represent the club the recipe was presented to the club for comments. Great comments were collected from everyone, but in particular there should be callouts to MB Raines, Ken Rhude, John Aitchison, Jim Moorman and John Aitchison. The hopping schedule on this beer seems utterly absurd, but it was spurred by some comments that MB made when I came to the conclusion that I wanted a balanced hop character. To see the logic behind the hopping schedule check out the Hop articles on the tech section of the website. Cullen Davis whipped up a great label and homage to Ralph Steadman. Check it out! The beer was bottled up by a six man team who managed to bottle up 400 bottles in 2.5 hours. Thanks to Steve Cook, George Mahoney, Don Knott, Kent Fletcher and Don Knott for their bottle donations. The intrepid bottling team consisted of Matt Udall, Kent Fletcher, Cullen Davis, Steve Cook, Jim Kopitzke, Jay Babchuk and myself. Special thanks to Kent Fletcher for taking care of the ferments and providing a great bottling setup
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02/01/2004
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Kent Fletcher, Jim Kopitzke, Cullen Davis, Drew Beechum, Jim Moorman, MB Raines
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2001 Oktoberfest Brew Session #1 - CDJK Mild

Our largest mass brewing event at a fest. Four teams, four semi-cobbled together breweries, one fest with a ton of beer flowing. This was the inauguration of a mild that I continue to brew to this day.
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10/01/2001
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Drew Beechum, Cullen Davis, Kent Fletcher, Jim Kopitzke
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2001 Oktoberfest Brew Session #3 - Kevin's Lost Hops Milk Stout

What happens when you forget your hops while brewing? Nothing much, if you're surrounded by the Falcons!
Brew Date: 
10/01/2011
Brewed By: 
Kevin Baranowski
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2001 Oktoberfest Brew Session #2 - Food for Tripel Belgian Ale

Derek's food for his Tripel
Brew Date: 
10/01/2001
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Derek Stepanski and his Broken Foot Crew
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Mike Riddel's Tripel Trouble

Winner - Best of Show for the 2001 Mayfaire from Mike Riddle of Napa, CA
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03/01/2000
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Mike Riddle, Jonathan Deeds
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April Wheat

A nice breezy summer honey wheat beer.
Brew Date: 
04/01/2001
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum, Jim Kopitzke
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Marzen Madness 2001

The second installment in the Marzen experiment.
Brew Date: 
03/03/2001
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum, Cullen Davis, Jim Kopitske, Tony Barletta
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Rich's Smoked Porter

Rich Schmittdiel steps up and brews us an awesome Smoked Porter.
Brew Date: 
03/02/2001
Brewed By: 
Rich Schmittdiel, Drew Beechum, Cullen Davis, Dave Hull
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Imperial Cakeweiser

The Imperial Stout produced from Doug's birthday cake. Brewed by MB Raines.
Brew Date: 
03/01/2001
Brewed By: 
MB Raines
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Hell Imperial Pilsner

The actual final product of the decoction session. Notice we only gather half as much as we intended.
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02/01/2001
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John Aitchison, Tamara, Mike Geyser, Cullen Davis, Jim Kopitzke, Drew Beechum
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Heaven Bohemian Pilsner

The intended product of a massive decoction brew done on the shop system.
Brew Date: 
02/01/2001
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John Aitchison, Tamara, Mike Geyser, Cullen Davis, Jim Kopitzke, Drew Beechum
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Fuddy Duddy Mild Ale

The second runnings of the Hippie Old Ale prove useful!
Brew Date: 
06/01/2001
Brewed By: 
Cullen Davis, Jim Kopitzke, Drew Beechum
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Hippie Old Ale

First runnings of a classic parti-gyle style brew session
Brew Date: 
01/01/2001
Brewed By: 
Cullen Davis, Jim Kopitzke, Drew Beechum
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Second Bastard Belgian

The leftovers from the Falconsclaws 2000 batch
Brew Date: 
12/06/2000
Brewed By: 
Kevin Baranowski, Cullen Davis, Jim Kopitzke, Frank Antonowitz, Drew Beechum
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Falconsclaws 2000

The clone attempt returns!
Brew Date: 
12/06/2000
Brewed By: 
Kevin Baranowski, Cullen Davis, Jim Kopitzke, Frank Antonowitz, Drew Beechum
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Stonehenge Gruit Ale

John D's received all the herbs necessary to make a classic gruit ale. Here's our first attempt
Brew Date: 
11/19/2000
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum, Cullen Davis, Jim Kopitske
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Historical Porter

An attempt to recreate a classic London Porter from the early 1800's
Brew Date: 
10/29/2000
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum, Cullen Davis, Jim Kopitske
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5 Malt Lager

An experimental lager that uses 5 different malts including malted wheat and malted rye.
Brew Date: 
09/01/2000
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Kevin Baranowski, Drew Beechum, Cullen Davis, Jen, Ken, Tamara, et al.
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Missed the Boat Stout

Some of us didn't go to Catalina for Sunfest. Instead we brewed a stout inspired by the stronger Guinness found in bottles.
Brew Date: 
08/01/2000
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum, Cullen Davis
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Son of AHA Big Brew Pale Ale

We're always at the SCHF whenever the AHA Big Brew happens. This year we decided to do it the next week!
Brew Date: 
05/01/2000
Brewed By: 
Drew Beechum, Cullen Davis, Jim Kopitzke
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Agave Mead

Todd Etzel's Mead that won Best of Show for the 2000 Mayfaire
Brew Date: 
04/01/2000
Brewed By: 
Todd Etzel
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Marzen Madness

The first in a series of Marzen experiments.
Brew Date: 
03/02/2000
Brewed By: 
Cullen Davis, Jeff Zahniser, Drew Beechum, Todd Etzel, Willie Paap, Jim Kopitzke
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Old Smokey Barleywine

Winner of the grand prize at MCAB II and pretty much a guaranteed medal winner wherever it gets entered!
Brew Date: 
03/01/2000
Brewed By: 
Tom Wolf
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