Thanks to Jay Ankeney for writing such a great article about our Falcons Happy Hour in the May/June edition of Zymurgy magazine. 

Read the Article (AHA Members / Non-AHA Members)

Don't forget to sign up for an AHA Membership and support the organization that supports our hobby!

Brew day

I spent another wonderful day brewing yesterday again with my brother Eric. We brewed up a batch of Belgian IPA. This recipe was modeled after the February club shop brew called Falcon - Belgique, which was led by Jim McGowan.

I was pleasantly surprised that my brother liked this style of beer, and suggested we brew it. It has a load of hops, which he is normally not too fond of, and was fermented with Wyeast 1214 yeast. Of course there was a good malt backbone to this beer too.

Homebrew 101

Come join the club to learn the secrets of basic extract brewing!

We brew every month at the shop a simple 5 gallon batch of beer. If you've been waiting to get your feet wet, wait no more!

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Fresh Cider

Well cullens last grand hydro inspired me, took a trip with the wife up to tehachapi and picked up some fresh pressed cider at RB family orchard, great little family run place, the whole trip happened between 9am and 2pm, including having a picnic while out there (yay no traffic on sat. mornings!)  Anyways if anyone else was inspired as well I would make the trip quick, from the sound of things the season is going to be VERY short this year!


Bud Light Golden Wheat

AB has a new beer I got a chance to preview.  I know the name isn't appealing but it's as good as a lawnmower beer as I've had in a long time.  It is cloudy and says it's brewed with corriander and citrus.  I guess with the success of Blue Moon and Shock Top this was inevitable.


Wade's Beer Tasting - Octoberfest


It’s that time of year and we’re celebrating BIG! Join us for beer and brats for only $5 per person as we party Munich style with beers from:

Spatan - Paulaner - New Belgium - Primator - Hacker Pschorr - Avery - Aventinus - Wiehenstephaner - Hopf

Recent arrivals, old and new:

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Detailed Summary on my first all grain Stout.

Recipe was for 6 gallons.

I used approx 15.63lbs of grains.

Heated water to 150 degrees.

Dumped approx 19.5 quarts of water into mashtun.

Put grains in mash tun. Then mixed the grains with water.

After 1 hr in mash tun the temperature was at 145 degrees.

Added approx 3 more gallons of 168 degrees water to mash tun for 10 minutes .

Added approx .75-1 gallons of 168 degrees more water for 10 minutes.

Had approx 6.5 gallons of wort.

75 minute boil.

@60 mins added 1 oz Hops

@30 mins added 1 oz Hops

My Very First Stout.

Here are a few pics of my very first stout. I used some of Beanies smoked cherry grains. I will be sure to bring some to the next homebrew meeting.

Look below for my ultimate rookie mistake.


Autumn Beer Fest

Mosieur Marcel at the Farmers Market in LA is sponsoring a beer tasting with cheese, sausage and over 50 beers this Satuday October 3 from 1-5 PM. Geoff and I have been to other similar events they have held and they have been quite good. It's $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call 323-939-7792 to arrange for pre-event tickets. See you there!

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Date change for October shop brew

The date for the October shop brew has been changed to Sunday, October 25th. We still have one spot left for this crew. Please contact me at publicity@maltosefalcons.com to sign up for this event. See the main blog for more details about qualifications to be on the crew.



October shop brew Sunday the 25th

The shop brew for October will be led by Kent Fletcher. He will be brewing up the annual Falcons Christmas ale, Falcon Noel. This is a pretty tasty beer to have around for the holidays.

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Smoked Malt-How Much?

Has anybody yet tried brewing with some of Beanie's custom smoked malt?  I'm wondering how much is too much.  I plan to use the cherry smoked malt in a marzen-style lager.  Wonder if all four ounces from the package is about right for a 5-gallon batch, or if that might be over the top?  Opinions?  Results?

September shop brew English Best Bitter

Hey September brew crew members! Today is day 4 of fermentation. You should transfer your beer to secondary no later than today. I just transferred all 15 gallons today as primary fermentation had stopped completely.

So far so good. The beer tastes great, and there is a distinct difference in taste between the White Labs WLP-002 English ale yeast and the Nottingham yeast. There will be 5 gallons of each batch at the Falcons 35th anniversary party in October, so be there to taste them.

Sour/Tart Cherries Needed

Hello All,


I know it is not the season, but I was wondering what everyones experience was with sourcing sour cherries.  I am in the need of some whole and fresh sour cherries for  a dark wild ale.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.




Memories of my first Anchor Party

Those of you that are members of the Maltose Falcons newsgroup have already seen the challenge I have presented to the club to enter at least 30 beers in the California State Homebrewing competition (aka Stern Grove) to help our finishing push to win the 2009 Anchor California Homebrew club of the year award.  As an effort to motivate club members, to pull their weight in this challenge, I thought I'd share some stories from my first Anchor award party in 2005.  I'm hoping some other older club members could chime in with stories of their own.

Descanso Gardens Beer Fest (LA Beer Week)

Tickets are now on sale for the Fest that will mark the last night of the LA Beer Week.

4 oz. unlimited pours for $40, at the Descanso Gardens Rosarium.



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We're buying logo printed workshirts for the 35th. (see file. more artwork soon) Would you buy one? Cost ~$35-45

No Workshirt For Me
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Total votes: 25

Thermostat & Grains

Just bought the ingredients to make my first All Grain Stout this weekend...I also picked up a Refrigerator Thermostat Control.

Can't wait to start brewing! I'll post some work in progress pics this weekend.


Pacific Brewers Cup Results

Congrats to all the falcon winners! Looks like we did pretty good, well Matt and Aaron kicked some butt more specifically, and Greg N. continued the RIS dominance. (I got to judge the Stout category along with Matt and two other judges this year, Greg makes some damn good stout!)  Anyways congrats again guys!





All Corked Up Wine/Beer/Food Event

As was stated at the meeting:


Benefiting the C.O.C Foundation and the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center K-12 Education Outreach Program

When: Saturday, October 3, 2009
Time: 5-9pm
Where: College of the Canyons - Lot 7
Questions? Call: 661-799-7979

Brew day Heather Wheat Ale

Wednesday morning, the 16th of September, was a very comfortable temperature for a brew day. My younger brother Eric, loves my Heather Wheat Ale so much, (and he drank so much of it!) that he paid for a new batch to be brewed. Eric has always been just the average guy beer drinker too. But he has been developing his beer chops quite a bit with my home brew.

  Eric also wanted to help brew the batch as well. Boy was he in for a surprise! He did not have a clue as to what would be involved with the brewing process. I also thought, free labor for all of the clean up.

Lagering, GABF, and other musings

As an update for those of you who are will be attending the 35th anniversary party,  the schwarzbier I am contributing is now comfortably lagering at 34 °F.  For some reason, this beer seems to do better with a relatively short lagering period (4-5 weeks) than some of my other lagers, particularly my O'fest. 

Speaking of parties, I am off to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver with my good friends Roger Bott and Jay Long next weekend.  Anyone else from the club going to be there?

Beanie's Home Brew Custom Smoked Malt Challenge

Beannie thanks everyone who has joined in his Home Brew Custom Smoked Malt Challenge and wants you to know that if you need more smoked grain or if you missed the meeting and would like some smoked grain. . . . please contact him at 661-312-5819 or email Beanie's Wife @ susanwebster@sbcglobal.net.

Verdugo Event, 9/16/09, Stone and Lets Be Frank

Tonight at Verdugo Bar (www.verdugobar.com)  Lets Be Frank hotdog truck will be doing beer and dog pairings with Stone beers from 7-10 pm.

Stone Smoked Porter with Chipotle will be making an appearance along with some of the other normal Stone line-up...Sounds fun, see you there!



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Beer Tasting @ Wade's

Bay Area Beer Tasting!

The bay area has some of the most exciting and innovative breweries in the United States.  Join us for round 2!

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Mike's California Mild: why and how

So, i like a low alcohol beer once in a while, but we all know commercial lite beer sucks.  And, you can't get a good mild beer since they have very short shelf life.

The club members have been making great english style milds for a good while now, putting their various spins here and there, but I wanted something different.

I wanted to make a mild beer that tastes like a good california pale ale, just low in alcohol.  It needs a malty backbone and hops you can taste.  Homebrewing is the only way to get there.

Okay, time to put on your Drinking Caps: White Russian vs Caucasian...


It has come to light recently that there seems to be a huge controversy over the two names associated to a wonderful concoction imbibed by The Dude, (Mr. Lebowski), known as a White Russian, (a.k.a. a Caucasian). So, those of you who are in the know, and budding mixologists as well, I ask of you: What is the main difference between a White Russian and a Caucasian? Both call for Russian Vodka, a coffee liqueur such as Kahlua or Tia Maria and a dairy by-product such as milk, half and half or cream... So, I challenge you, tell me the difference between these two libations... Grizz

Uhoh... Global Warming and Beer

Dr. Ian O'Neill of Discovery Space has just posted an article that summarizes a Czech study of the impact of warming temperatures on the region's Saaz hop crop. In short it finds that in connection with steadily rising temperatures, the hops have decreased steadily in Alpha Acid percentage as well. Now those 2.6% AA Saaz make sense!

Discovery Space - Now We Have A Problem: Global Warming Is Impacting Beer Production

Great meeting - What an eye-opener

Ok - I have been homebrewing for a little over 2 years but it was my first Maltose Falcon Club meeting yesterday.

I am amazed.  I thought I made decent beer but was overwhelmed at the different styles and quality of tastings.  I am also impressed about the collective knowledge in the room.  I don't know why I did'nt attend until now.  I'll be back for sure.

Thank you Beanie for the smoked grain.  Living in SCV - I need to come over and check out your brew-sculpture some day.

Going Down South

 No big surprise that I'm as big a fan of food as I am of malted barley concococtions. The other night Amy and I decided to run back home to Florida for our dinner inspiration and it was a damn good meal, so here it is for you. (Oh and for the beer content, all I can say is it's amazing how well Firestone Walker's Union Jack IPA goes with fried catfish)

Drew's Fried Catfish

4 Catfish Filets

1.5 cups flour

1 egg

0.5 cups coarse Cornmeal



Cayenne Powder

one small container Crisco



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