BVB Event – Cutoff Date for RSVP – 12/11/14!

Tomorrow – 12th of November – is the cutoff date to RSVP for the BVB event! This is due to the fact that we need to finalise numbers with BVB for catering requirements.

This event is fantastic value if you’re interested in beer and food pairing; and even if you’re not – it will be a great chance to catch up with other members and enjoy some quality food and beer from Barossa Valley Brewing.

Full information is available at our previous post by clicking here.

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!

Brewer of the Year Results – It’s a TIE!

Your vote is needed to help decide the One Beer To Rule Them All. Currently Simon R and Greg W are locked on 23 points each for the SABC Brewer of the Year award. After 5 competitions, the SABC committee cannot split these fantastic brewers.

To determine the One Beer To Rule Them All and the SABC Brewer of the Year, a brew off will be held. Each brewer will brew a (Not-So) Ordinary Bitter in accordance with the BJCP guidelines for presentation to the SABC members. Judging will be Subjective. That is, you will sample both beers and cast a single vote for the one beer you like the most. The beer with the most votes will earn its brewer the title of SABC Brewer of the Year.

Tasting, judging and celebrating the SABC Brewer of the Year will happen at 6:30pm, November 29 at the Barossa Valley Brewing Beer Degustation event (see Below).

For the hop heads out there, the following are the BJCP Guidelines for an Ordinary Bitter. The style leaves nowhere to hide, nowhere to run and will help to determine the One Beer to Rule Them All.

8A. Standard/Ordinary Bitter
Aroma:
 The best examples have some malt aroma, often (but not always) with a caramel quality. Mild to moderate fruitiness is common. Hop aroma can range from moderate to none (UK varieties typically, although US varieties may be used). Generally no diacetyl, although very low levels are allowed.

Appearance: Light yellow to light copper. Good to brilliant clarity. Low to moderate white to off-white head. May have very little head due to low carbonation.

Flavor: Medium to high bitterness. Most have moderately low to moderately high fruity esters. Moderate to low hop flavor (earthy, resiny, and/or floral UK varieties typically, although US varieties may be used). Low to medium maltiness with a dry finish. Caramel flavors are common but not required. Balance is often decidedly bitter, although the bitterness should not completely overpower the malt flavor, esters and hop flavor. Generally no diacetyl, although very low levels are allowed.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-light body. Carbonation low, although bottled and canned examples can have moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: Low gravity, low alcohol levels and low carbonation make this an easy-drinking beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but this should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales.

Comments: The lightest of the bitters. Also known as just “bitter.” Some modern variants are brewed exclusively with pale malt and are known as golden or summer bitters. Most bottled or kegged versions of UK-produced bitters are higher-alcohol versions of their cask (draught) products produced specifically for export. The IBU levels are often not adjusted, so the versions available in the US often do not directly correspond to their style subcategories in Britain. This style guideline reflects the “real ale” version of the style, not the export formulations of commercial products.

History: Originally a draught ale served very fresh under no pressure (gravity or hand pump only) at cellar temperatures (i.e., “real ale”). Bitter was created as a draught alternative (i.e., running beer) to country-brewed pale ale around the start of the 20th century and became widespread once brewers understood how to “Burtonize” their water to successfully brew pale beers and to use crystal malts to add a fullness and roundness of palate.

Ingredients: Pale ale, amber, and/or crystal malts, may use a touch of black malt for color adjustment. May use sugar adjuncts, corn or wheat. English hops most typical, although American and European varieties are becoming more common (particularly in the paler examples). Characterful English yeast. Often medium sulfate water is used.

Vital Statistics: OG: 1.032 – 1.040
IBUs: 25 – 35 FG: 1.007 – 1.011
SRM: 4 – 14 ABV: 3.2 – 3.8%

Commercial Examples: Fuller’s Chiswick Bitter, Adnams Bitter, Young’s Bitter, Greene King IPA, Oakham Jeffrey Hudson Bitter (JHB), Brains Bitter, Tetley’s Original Bitter, Brakspear Bitter, Boddington’s Pub Draught

Good luck, Simon and Greg!

SABSOSA Placings!

The SABSOSA committee have been working tirelessly this afternoon after the completion of the judging, in the interest of getting results to people who qualify for the nationals as quickly as possible.

The placings are:

Low Alcohol
1st: James McLean
2nd: Brad Bown
3rd: Steve McKenzie

Pale Lager
1st: Simon Rofe
2nd: Brad Bown
3rd: James Forrest

Pilsner
1st: Mark Murray
2nd: Mike Leupold
3rd: Simon Batty

Amber & Dark Lager
1st: Peter Bradshaw
2nd: Greg Wieder
3rd: Peter Winch

Strong Lager
1st: Greg Wieder
2nd: Brad Bown
3rd: Peter Bradshaw

Pale Ale
1st: Peter Bradshaw
2nd: Simon Batty
3rd: Olexji Straschko

American Pale Ale
1st: Peter Bradshaw
2nd: Steve Day
3rd: Adrian Reich

Bitter Ale
1st: Daniel Bartholomaeus
2nd: Joel Harman
3rd: Brad Bown

Brown Ale
1st: Daniel Bartholomaeus
2nd: Brad Donaldson
3rd: Matt Kennedy

Porter
1st: Simon Rofe
2nd: Peter Taverner
3rd: Kevin Smith

Stout
1st: Sam Johns
2nd: Adrian Reich
3rd: Ben Johnson

Strong Stout
1st: James McLean
2nd: Liam Yorke
3rd: Julien Gibson

India Pale Ale
1st: Adam Beauchamp
2nd: Jason Badenoch
3rd: Matt Spencer

Strong Ale
1st: Richard Camp
2nd: Lynden Wilson
3rd: Adam Donnon

Belgian Strong Ale
1st: Peter Taverner
2nd: Rachel Edwards
3rd: Peter Winch

Wheat & Rye Beer
1st: Peter Taverner
2nd: Peter Taverner
3rd: Brad Bown

Farmhouse & Wild Beer
1st: Peter Taverner
2nd: Peter Winch
3rd: Ben Pearce

Specialty
1st: Jason Badenoch
2nd: Andrew Coleman
3rd: Rodney Brown

Fantastic results for SABC members there, the scores were all generally very high and all placings are very well deserved!

If your name is above, you will have received an email from SABSOSA too, get your bottles ready for AABC ASAP!

Full results will be available at 8pm on 22nd September @ www.sabsosa.com

We’ll get our Club Brewer tally updated shortly too – it was very close going into this comp and with some great results for some of our brewers in this comp – it will go down to the wire!

SABSOSA 2014. Are you entering?

Folks, entries for SA’s largest amateur brewing competition and our only pathway to the Nationals, close this Saturday, 6th of September!

You have until Saturday to get your entries in, they need to be delivered to either Brewmaker Home Brewing – 560 North East Road, Holden Hill; Beerbelly, 6/421 Prospect Road, Blair Athol; or Gulf Brewery 1/13-15 Mt Barker Road, Hahndorf.

Entries are just $5 each which is great value!

Full details are available over on the SABSOSA site.

Good luck!

Apologies if you saw this in the newsletter after the 6th, and missed the date. Due to the method used to generate the newsletters it is not easy to exclude posts from the newsletter.

Gawler Show – Entries Close on Friday!

Folks if you’re planning on entering the Gawler Show, your time is running out! Entries need to be completed and submitted to the Gawler Show Office by THIS FRIDAY 8th of August!

For full details, please click on this link to access the entry form.

You still have a couple of weeks to get the bottles ready, but payment and paperwork DOES need to be completed by this Friday. Drop offs to BeerBelly or to the Gawler Show Office.

Also if you’re free on August 23rd and fancy your hand at some judging or stewarding; give Carty a shoutout by emailing him at mattjamescarty@gmail.com. Don’t forget to include your contact number so he can let you know the specifics.

Good luck!

Apologies if you read this in the newsletter after 8/8! Due to the method the newsletter is generated it’s not easily possible to exclude this notification.

SABSOSA 2014

SABSOSA 2014 is coming up fast! Just over 6 weeks to get those entries ready and bottled, so now’s the time to get that yeast on the stir plate and that wort in a fermenter. Points from this competition also count towards the SABC Brewer of the Year competition.

Entries Close – Saturday 6th September 2014
Entry Fees – $5.00 per bottle, still one of the best value comps in Oz!
Judging – 20th & 21st September 2014 (a.m. judging sessions) at the Holdfast Bay Bowls & Croquet Club
Presentation – Sunday 28th September @ 12:30pm, Wheatsheaf Hotel, George St, Thebarton

Click here for the entry form (Link will take you to www.sabsosa.com)

Good luck!

SABC goes FERAL!

Thanks to Feral being as incredibly popular as they are, we got bumped! On July 16th, our normal monthly meeting night, The Wheaty are hosting a ‘Meet the Brewer’ night with Brendan Varis from Feral from 6pm until 8pm. Our Members meeting on July 16th will be held from 8PM in the back room at The Wheaty, rather than the normal 7pm.

This is a great chance for members to come along and meet one of the brewers of Australia’s favourite craft beers, Hop Hog. As an extra bonus, SABC members who come along to the event (ticket purchase required $20 + booking fee), and pre-register with SABC, will receive a free pint of beer courtesy of The Wheaty.

You must contact the club BEFORE COB Tuesday 15th of July to register to receive your free pint, and you must pay for a ticket to the Feral event! Don’t roll up unannounced looking for a free pint!

Meeting topic will be Basic Kegging techniques, with a reduced amount of tastings due to the time restrictions.

Winter Dark Beers competition results

Our Winter Dark beer brewing competition has been run and done! There was a good selection of beers from a range of styles including Robust and Baltic Porters, Schwartzbiers and of course Stouts of all persuasions.

Entry numbers were good, and the overall quality of entries was excellent!

Congratulations to Matt Kennedy for winning Best of Show and Dark Lagers with his Schwartzbier, and Greg Wieder for winning Porters with his Robust Porter and Other with his Oatmeal Stout.

Full results available on the Competitions page.