Brewer of the Year – The Decider!

Both brewers have brewed their beers and both are currently going through fermentation as this is typed!

Both brewers have provided some notes on their beers below:

Brewer 1: There were a few dough balls. The mash was terminated by heating to 86°C. The kettle losses were high due to the size of the kettle. This meant that top up water was required.
A 90min mash was performed on my beer. The volumes after were down and gravities were up. Its up to you to judge the beer, but the brew day was a success. I was really surprised and happy that my efficiency guestimates worked.

Brewer 2: Everything went to plan. All my numbers were matched (Volume and OG). My mash temps seemed to fluctuated a bit (later in the mash), but never drifted more than 1 degree C away from my target temp. I hit my final volume into the fermentor, so I know my boil went to plan. I pitched the yeast that night and it was bubbling pretty hard by morning, It was a hot few days during the early stages of the fermentation, which worried me at the time. The temps were right where I wanted them during the fermentation, never more than half a degree C away from my target.

The countdown to the BVB event is ON! This will be a cracking final challenge and will decide our winner!

Get your tickets here Barossa Valley Brewing – Beer Degustation – Subsidised Event

Barossa Valley Brewing – Beer Degustation – Subsidised Event.

SABC Members, family and friends are invited to Barossa Valley Brewing (BVB) for the first major subsidised event of the 2014/2015 SABC calendar. The SABC committee in conjunction with Barossa Valley Brewing (BVB) have organised a 5 course Beer Degustation, matched with award winning BVB beers.

The Battle for the SABC Brewer of the Year will also be decided with Simon R and Greg W going head to head to determine the One Beer to Rule Them All.

A Pre-dinner drink will be provided and there is the option of the Full Beer Degustation or the Food Degustation for non-drinkers.

Where: Barossa Valley Brewing, 2A Murray St, Tanunda SA 5352
WhenSaturday November 29, from 6pm.

SABC Brewer of the year judging 6:30pm sharp, dinner commencing 7:30pm

Costs:
Full Beer Degustation
SABC Members $30
Non SABC Members $50

Food Degustation Only
SABC Members $10
Non SABC Members $30

To book your tickets, payment in full must be made by direct deposit to the SABC Treasurer. Payment to be made November 12 so we can advise BVB of the number of people attending. Remember, members, family members and friends of the club are invited. First in best dressed. Once all tickets are sold you will miss out!

Bank Details:
Account – South Australian Brewing Club Incorporated
Account No. – 1073 8025
BSB – 06 5004

After payment, an email must be sent to sabrewclub@gmail.com detailing:

  • Your name, and partner or friends name (if attending)
  • Any dietary requirements
  • Number and type of tickets purchased (Full Degustation vs Food only)

SABC encourages responsible alcohol consumption and provides the following suggestions for this event:

Ensure you get your tickets early to avoid any disappointment!

SABC Members Meeting

Don’t forget folks, our Monthly Members meeting is to be held TOMORROW NIGHT, at The Wheaty from 7pm.

This month the discussion topic will be Sanitisation, which is certain to generate some discussion! We also have a raffle running which the prize will be a bottle of Star San.

We’ll see you there!

BYO Magazine Offer – Last Chance!

As I type this I’m finalising the details for the BYO Subscription offer. It WILL be sent to BYO this week – so you have until COB Thursday to get your name down – or you miss out until next year!

$40 gets you 8 issues over 12 months – the magazine is full of handy hints, tips and recipes and this offer is cheaper than you can get it in stores for locally – with a percentage of the cost going directly back to SABC.

September Members Meeting. This Wednesday!

It’s that time of the month again folks, time for our regular members meeting at The Wheaty. They’re held every 3rd Wednesday from 7pm out in the back room.

This meeting has no set discussion or presentation topic, but we will be running a dollar raffle for 2kg of spec malt – Special Roast, Melonoidin or Dark Crystal (to be decided). 100% of all money received goes directly to the club, as the malt was generously donated by a friend of the club.

This may also be your last chance to get in on the 8 issue BYO subscription for $40! This is a fantastic offer to get behind, the magazine has a good range of articles catering for brewers of every skill and experience level. It is cheaper to get the magazines via this order than to sign up for your own subscription by a good amount, with the extra benefit for your club that a percentage of the cost directly comes back to SABC!

Spots are filling fast – the offer will end at THIS club members meeting so that the details can be sent to BYO a week after the club meeting – you have until that date to get in!

We’ll see you at The Wheaty!

August Members Meeting

Our monthly members meeting is just a few days away now, 20th of August, 7pm @ The Wheatsheaf Hotel in Thebarton.

This months topic will be a group discussion on preparing Yeast Starters; which as any experienced brewer will tell you is a good way to ensure you have the correct quantity of healthy yeast which helps your beer be the best it can be.

We’re also having a raffle at this meeting, so bring your spare gold coins! The prize is a magnetic stir-plate which was generously donated by Carter Brewing. Tickets are $2 each, with 100% of the funds going directly to SABC. Stir plates are a great way to help grow your yeast, so grab a couple of tickets!

AGM Report

Thanks to all our members, previous and new, who attended our AGM yesterday afternoon at The Wheaty. It was well attended and some fantastic suggestions to improve the club were made and will be taken onboard by the Committee. We especially thank Darren B for his experienced execution of the meeting agenda which kept the meeting on track.

There were some changes to the committee, outlined below:

President: Brad Bown (No change)
Vice President/Secretary: Darren Billett (New appointment)
Treasurer: Ian Rawley (No change)
General Committee: Clint Fisher (No change)
General Committee: Dan Wild (New appointment)
General Committee: Simon Rofe (New appointment)
General Committee: Julien Gibson (No change)
General Committee: James McLean (Change from VP/Secretary to Gen Comm)

We welcome the new members to the committee and thank the outgoing committee members for their work and dedication over our first 18 months.

The minutes from this meeting will be available shortly.