January Meeting – It’s at Little Bang!

The January meeting is this week, and in case you haven’t caught the news, we will be at Little Bang.  They have some shiny new stainless to show us, and no doubt have other topics in mind to bang on about.

As usual we will have time for tastings, so if you have a beer to bring along let us know.  We’re starting at 7.00pm, and the address details are below.  See you there!

 

Little Bang Brewing Company
8a Union Street, Stepney 5069

2018 BJCP Study Group

If you’re interested in becoming a BJCP certified judge, we’re looking at organising a new study group for this year.  The study group meets once a month, and the purpose is to work through the BJCP styles, tasting examples of each style and discussing and scoring the beers tasted.  The goal is to get your judging skills to the point that you can sit the tasting exam and pass.  There is also a beer and brewing knowledge aspect, which is more about personal reading. There’s a lot of written material available form a number of sources specifically aimed at helping you pass the online entrance exam.

There is a tasting exam scheduled for April.  If you missed out on the last one, or want to try for a higher score, aim for this.

Anyone interested in the study group or exam should contact Gary on 0417893321

December Meeting Reminder

A quick reminder that the December meeting is this week.  Nothing formal is planned, however if you have a beer you would like to share (a Christmas beer even…), email us to let us know and bring along a few longnecks or equivalent.  If there is enough interest, we will do a pizza order ($5.00 per person) at some point.  With a bit of luck the Wheaty will also have a beer from Left Barrel on tap, and you may even get to meet the brewer 😉

See you there!

BYO Subscription Offer

We are offering the discounted subscription to BYO Magazine again.  Unfortunately, due to increased postage costs and the crappy exchange rate, the cost has gone up to $55.00 for a one year subscription.  This still represents a saving of about $13.00 over a standard subscription delivered to Australia if you subscribed direct to the magazine.  The magazine offers this deal to clubs as a fundraiser, so we get to keep a portion of the fee to put towards funding club activities.  A win-win!  Click here and fill out the form if you would like to take up the offer.

American Homebrewers Association Membership Offer

The AHA sent Steve Parr down to little old Adelaide to check out the ANHC (he is the Vice President), and as part of that they have extended a discount offer to Australian home brewers wishing to join the AHA.

Use activation code AUS15 in the activation code field at www.homebrewersassociation.org/digital to receive a discounted membership.
In addition to saving 15%, a digital AHA membership includes the benefits of a traditional AHA membership with a digital copy of Zymurgy delivered via email or the eZymurgy app, instead of a mailed printed copy.

Pirate Life. We’re Back!

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Ok, we’re back on track for our Pirate Life event, finally.  The roadworks have finished on that part of South Road, allowing free access for emergency services for those who have had too much pizza and beer!

The date is Sunday November 27th, starting at 12.30pm.

We will kick off with a brewery tour (and a pint), with lunch starting from 1.30pm.  There will be wood oven pizzas (vegetarian available), bruschetta and garlic bread served until 3.30pm.  We will have a raffle, and there will be a prize for the best pirate themed accessory or clothing.  We will also be announcing the Brewer of the Year.

Cost for non-members is $20.00 per person.

For catering numbers, please let us know if you are coming along, either by indicating so on the facebook event or the old fashioned way by emailing events@sabrew.com. 

Helles Bell’s!! Summer Comp details are in.

Munich Helles will be the focus of the upcoming Summer Comp early next year, to be judged on February 11th.

This technical and tricky beauty makes the perfect Summer beer!  But can you brew it to be worthy of the tap lineup at the Wheaty?

The brief is as per BJCP style guidelines, but taken with a grain of salt.  Overall balance and impression are the key here rather than slavishly adhering to ‘correct’ ingredients/methods. Have a bit of fun with it, but it should still be identifiably Helles eg. not so hoppy it’s effectively a Pils.

Style reference: https://www.weihenstephaner.de/en/our-beers/original-helles/

As well as the main prize of the winning beer being released by Wheaty Brewing Corps in a limited release batch, we have also upped the ante with our ‘Reinheitsgebot’ bumper prize pack containing, wait for it…, hops, malted grain and yeast, courtesy of our sponsorship partners BeerCo and Gladfield Malt. (You can organise your own water)

To be eligible for the main prize, you will need to brew a Munich Helles.  We are also running an “other” category, and the styles for this are any from BJCP 2015 guidelines in categories 4, 5, 6 and 7 (keeping the German theme, more or less)

Go forth and brew!

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