Hoppy Easter. Meeting this week, Pirate Life, comps and BeerBQ

Happy Easter — made even hoppier because we have our meeting this Wednesday night at The Wheaty. Our main subject is: All you need to know about kegging your beer with Lachlan. If you ever wanted to get into kegging and wasn’t sure what was involved, tonight is the night to bring all your questions or if you only keg, help share some of your experience.

Don’t forget bottle bingo — bring a bottle and leave with someone else’s beer.

Also this week, Tagocha is the food truck on site and are really keen for us to try their food and have prepared a special menu for us of what they think we’ll like. See their menu or on the Facebook event. Please support this local food truck and come by a bit earlier to grab some dinner before the meeting. You’re welcome to pre-order too via 0474163111 and tell them you’re SABC.

SABC BeerBQ
May 4 is the date, Reade Park Bowling Club (Colonel Light Gardens) is the venue. Food and homebrew are what happens. We’ll be opening up the ticketing to members soon (it’s free!). Friends and non-members will be $30 and available to be bought only via members at a date after that. Stay tuned.

May meeting – Pirate Life tour
Our May meeting is going to be on the 22nd at 6 pm, which is the fourth Wednesday of the month. The Wheaty is booked on the 15th so we’re going to Pirate Life for a tour of their new facility at Port Adelaide.
Be aware — The tour is at 7 pm and cost is $15 and that includes a beer.

Collab brew day success
A couple of weekends ago, twenty or so members met at Glen and Jo’s house for a collaborative brew day. Awesome wood fire pizzas were eaten and some beers enjoyed. The beers that were brewed will be ready for our BeerBQ on May 4. We’ll be doing it again on a Sunday sometime.

SABC Brew day
SABC Brew day

Winter Comp
The ‘everything American’ winter comp categories are available on the competitions page. Judging is on July 6 at the Irish Club. Entries open soon.
https://sabrew.com/competitions/

New SABC forum
The club has set up a new discussion forum to help share club information, meeting notes (and audio), as well as help to keep conversations together and archivable. SABC was formed by contributors to the Brew Adelaide forum and the thought is to create something different to Facebook for members and friends that don’t use Facebook and has better topic management. It’s in beta but please go to https://talk.sabrew.com/ – your SABC website login should get you in via SSO.

Forward dates from the club online calendar
May 4: BeerBQ at Reade Park Bowling Club (Colonel Light Gardens)
May 9-11 Good Beer Wheaty (Fixation/Incubator masterclass on Thurs 9)
May 22: Pirate Life Brewery tour ( 7 pm tour)
June 19: TBC
July 6-7. Judging winter comp (entries open in June).
July 17: AGM and special guest.
August 21: Cheese and beer pairing
September 7-8: SABSOSA Judging (14th prize presentations)

Not a member or has your membership lapsed? Details on joining available at sabrew.com.au and you can do it online valid for 12 months from the date of joining.

On Friday we mow the lawn because on Saturday we brew

This is a final reminder of our club brew day this Saturday, April 6. If you want to join in, either bringing your own gear or just joining in with another team, please let us know now. Either comment on the Facebook post or send us an email and we’ll invite you to the private event or send an email the details of the location (that we’re withholding for privacy).

Even if you can only drop in, don’t miss out.

There will a number of breweries in action along with a wood fire pizza oven. The club is putting on the pizzas and buying a batch of ingredients for everyone to brew but bring along any hops, leftovers or special ingredients to make a beer to, ideally, have ready to drink at the club’s BeerBQ on May 4. So low risk, easy drinking max community enjoyment and knowledge sharing.

What a way to spend the last night of daylight saving time!

Forward dates:
April 17: Everything you need to know about kegging and Tilt demo
May 4: BeerBQ at Reade Park Bowling Club (Colonel Light Gardens)
May 22: Pirate Life Brewery tour (TBC)
June 19: AGM and winter comp.

Renew your membership now or join us at sabrew.com/shop

Water prezzo recordings and brew day info

Last week’s meeting centred around water chemistry with two excellent presentations by Leon and Luke. If you missed the session, have no fear, we recorded the meeting. Members can download the mp3s and the presentation slides and recreate the meeting at your own leisure.

Go to the SABC Shop and log in with your membership where you can ‘buy’ the session for $0. After checkout, you’ll be sent a download link in your email receipt.

https://shop.sabrew.com/product-category/meeting-presentations/

Club brew day
There was a lot of interest in the club brew day on Saturday, April 6. Currently, there will be six systems brewing with more welcome. This isn’t meant to be a solo brewing effort, we all do enough of that. All club members are welcome to come and join a brewing team and enjoy some wood fire pizza. See more about the day in last week’s post here.

If you want to bring gear and brew or be a part of a team, send Lachlan an email via the club (info@sabrew.com) and watch Facebook for some organisation stuff coming soon. We hope we can have some beers brewed for the club BeerBQ on May 4th. Put that date in your diaries if you haven’t already.

Forward dates:
April 17: Everything you need to know about kegging and then some…
May 4: BeerBQ at Reade Park Bowling Club (Colonel Light Gardens)
May 22: Pirate Life Brewery tour (TBC)
June 19: AGM and winter comp.

Renew your membership now or join us at sabrew.com/shop

Water water everywhere… March meeting and club brew day

In this update: March meeting, Collab brew day, SABSOSA help! Wheaty Wildflower enduro event.

This month’s meeting is a return to a more normal format back at home ground — the Wheaty, this Wednesday from 7 pm.

The subject might seem dull but as water makes up 95 per cent of beer it’s an important ingredient and often overlooked one. Club ‘water guys’ Leon and Luke are going to lead a discussion in understanding what’s in our water by demystifying SA Water reports (so check out yours in advance here) and how to treat it depending on the beer you’re brewing.

Of course, there will be beer too with a tasting of the Dean Smith’s summer comp winning milk stout. Bring a bottle for bottle swap bingo. More to come on the event on Facebook.

Casual Collaborative Brew Day – April 6

In the lead up the annual club BeerBQ, we’re going to put on a casual brew day on Saturday, April 6th. Members are invited to bring their brewing rigs along and brew anything of their choosing either solo or in a team. Join the discussion in the Facebook group.

The club will fund grain bills and provide wood-fired pizza. We would love to see at least 5 breweries in action and we encourage members to team up if their get isn’t portable.

Members don’t have to brew to attend. Bringing a longneck or two to share is also encouraged and have some pizza. It’ll be a fun way to spend the last day of daylight saving. Join in.

General guidelines based on 5 brews ~1.050, for each brew the club will fund each brewing team
5kgs Gladfield Ale Malt
200g Gladfield Toffee
200g Gladfield light crystal or Gladiator (dextrin) up for debate
20g Magnum hops for bittering

Any other ingredients will need to be brought along on the day. Why not brew a freezer cleaner and use up some old hops or grains? Hit the supermarkets and bring some rolled oats or boost your ABV with some table sugar, honey or molasses. The grain can be milled on the day.

We hope some of the beers will be ready for the BeerBQ on May 4th – so consider fermentation and conditioning time. Split batches amongst your team for creative cold side decisions.

There will be a sign-up sheet at the March meeting so we can lock in interest. If you can’t make the meeting, then email info@sabrew.com and tell us if you want to brew, join a team or just attend. The event will be held at a private premise in Enfield, details will be provided to attendees closer to the event.

State Amateur Brewing Show, SA (SABSOSA)

As you know, this year we are running the state’s peak brewing competition. Last year there were 365 entries and we expect more this year — we need your help. The dates are in, sponsors sorted and the venue is booked. If you’re interested in judging or stewarding get in touch now with Gary, chief competition director. We’ve got a sweet deal for you (includes free beer). If you can help in any other way let us know now too — bottle sorters, pick up entry drivers, luggers, organisers, computer people — jump in, please. Judging is September 7-8. (Practice brewing now! We want to win too).

Wheaty Wildflower Enduro free beer offer for SABC

Go deeper into the Wild with Co-Founder, bug wrangler and barrel whisperer extraordinaire Topher Boehm of Wildflower Brewing & Blending in an epic three-hour tasting this Tuesday 18th. Watch our post of FB to add your name for a free fancy if you’re going. Tickets etc… here.

Forward dates

April 17: Everything you need to know about kegging and then some…

May 4: BeerBQ at Reade Park Bowling Club (Colonel Light Gardens)

May 22: Pirate Life Brewery tour (TBC- might be April)

June 19: AGM and winter comp.

Summer competition results and a brew day for all

Congratulations to Dean Smith for winning best of show beer in the summer competition with his Stout ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’. He wins a Tilt digital hydrometer provided by Hop Works Brewing Supplies – an Adelaide based homebrew supplier and SABC sponsor (and member).

Thanks also to Gladfield Malt too. All the other category winners are here.
There were 54 beers entered by club members and judging was held at The King’s Head on Saturday 23 with Comps director Gary wrangling 12 judges. Thank you to them and everyone who came down to help or hang out.

The results and scoresheets with judge’s comments are now in the portal. Log in to access them.

Style: Stout (18 entries)
1st Dean Smith Ice Cream Sandwich Milkshake Stout
2nd John Van Der Zalm Milkshake Stout Milkshake Stout
3rd Luke Beard Reese’s Pieces Sweet Stout
Style 2: Saison (20 entries)
1st John Van Der Zalm Lilly Pilly Saison Saison
2nd Samantha Wallwork Lime Saison Saison
3rd Greg Wieder Belgian Saison Saison
Style 3: NEIPA (16 entries)
1st Rafael Aragon Neipa NEIPA
2nd Brenton Schoemaker 2 Girls From Ipaneipa NEIPA
3rd Ali Holden Idaho 7 NEIPA

Winter 2019 competition

Dates TBC (but around June).
Categories — All things American!

Future happenings.

The next club meeting is on March 20 at the Wheaty where the focus of the night will be on understanding water for brewing. How to read your SA Water reports and what to add if you want to brew certain styles of beer. Definitely, a one not to miss if you want to find some micro-gains in your beers.

On Saturday, April 6 we’re putting on a club brew day and seeking ideas on what you’d like to happen — team brewing, mini comp, pick different styles and learn by assisting others etc. A BBQ is an option too. Check out Lachlan’s post in the Facebook group and leave a comment or send us an email.

Whatever happens, block out your diaries and come along. Hopefully, we can have 6-8 systems brewing and the results could be conditioned in time for May 4th, our annual BeerBQ.

Don’t forget, you can renew your SABC membership online at any time to be eligible for our events.

March 20: Water chemistry.

April 6: Club brew day.

April 17: Everything you need to know about kegging and then some…

May 4: BeerBQ

February news: Little Bang and comps

In a club first, judging of the summer competition will be at the Kings Head, cnr King William and Sturt St. They have reserved the back room for us to use. It’s a space which should be a large comfortable place to enjoy the competition beers and have space for everyone who can join us for a beer or lunch.

Judging will start shortly after 12 pm on Saturday 23rd as we have allowed for drop off to be done by 12.15 sharp on the day.

We have only booked till 3.30, so we can also do the awards presentation at 3 pm. Being prompt and arriving by 12 and having a hearty breakfast (and lunch) is paramount to the success of the day. So everyone is invited to come down during the afternoon as a social gathering and for the presentation.

Feel free to bring guests along to cheer your success and hopefully you can stay for a beer or two afterwards. There is the possibility of a guest brewer doing a tasting at the attached Sturt St Cellars. They’re a great supporter of local brewing so some money over the bar will keep them happy and us in the good books for future needs.

It takes a lot to run a competition. If you can help during the afternoon either as a judge or a steward or even just help process the admin or the cleaning up let us know at the meeting or email. Any support would be appreciated.
Entries:
Submit your entry online and pay here (you have to log in) https://comps.sabrew.com/

Bottle drop off:
– At the club meeting on Thursday 21,
– Gary’s house at 103 Childers St, Nth Adelaide. There will be an esky on the porch if he’s not there.
– Beerbelly Brewing Supplies – Unit 3, 95 Research Road, POORAKA – Strictly until 1pm Friday 22.
– The King’s Head only on the day of judging between 12 and 12.15

As you are aware, our meeting this month is on THURSDAY 21 at Little Bang Brewing, at their brand new brewery on Henry St Stepney. We’ll get a ‘backstage’ tour of the facilities to see the differences between the old venue and this new one. Come prepared with any questions you have for the Little Bang team, it will be an awesome opportunity to understand the logistics around moving to a bigger location.

Club news and events: 24 members went on the bus tour to the Southern Vales breweries, despite a last-minute scramble to get a replacement bus and driver and a pretty hot day, we had a great time meeting the brewers and tasting some excellent (and tbh, not so great) beers. We’ll do it again soon.

Coming soon: At the end of March, we’re having a club brew day with a bit of a twist. If your brewing gear isn’t portable, don’t worry, you can join a team. More to come. Some of the beers will be for the club’s annual BeerBQ which is going to be on May the 4th. Put it in your diaries now and think about brewing your Light Sabre Lager now.

Has your membership lapsed? No worries, you can renew easily online at any time at sabrew.com.au to take advantage of all of the club benefits and events we host. Membership is 1 year from whenever you renew, no need to wait until July anymore.

FREE! Fringe show
Local Adelaide comedian, Ken Balnaves, has comedy gig coming up at the Adelaide Fringe. ‘You Bewdy’ is full of relatable stories on those day to day things we all experience -— with a bit on beer and brewing too!
https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/kel-balnaves-you-bewdy-af2019
Ken has kindly given us two double passes to check out his performance this week — either Friday 15/2, Sat 16/2 or Sunday 17/2. If you are keen to go for nix, tell us what night you prefer and email us info@sabrew.com – first in, best dressed.

The Best of Adelaide Brewers Festival – BOAB is happening next weekend at the Flour Shed, Port Adelaide – it’s sure to be a great weekend event, with a host of South Aussie brewers on showcase to celebrate brews from micro and nano breweries around the state.

The Craft Beer King will also be hosting the “Brewers Stage”, talking to brewers about passions, influences and more. Head to the event page to find out how you can grab your tickets.

SABC at Forktree Brewing, Carrickalinga
SABC at enjoying beers, burgers and the view at Forktree Brewing, Carrickalinga (pic: Ben @ Forktree Brewing)

Feb meeting change, final call on brewery tour and summer comp open

Some rapid-fire news (it won’t take long to read Matt Johns!).

One: The bus tour of Southern Vales breweries is almost sold out and due to a cancellation, we’ve got four seats left. The tour is this Saturday and will take you to Goodieson Brewery to meet head brewer Jeff, Shifty Lizard Brewing Co and meet head brewer Lee, Forktree Brewing to meet head brewer Ben and then lunch in the restaurant overlooking Carickalinga and then South Coast Brewing Co where you will meet brewers Scott, Mark and Brett. $30 for a 9.45am start. Return to The Wheaty by 5.45 where you can kick on at Thebartonia. We won’t be doing another one in the near future so be quick! Book via the shop. You must log in https://shop.sabrew.com/product-category/events/

Two: Our next regular monthly meeting is having a date change. It will be THURSDAY 21 February at Little Bang Brewing. Unfortunately, they’re not open on Wednesdays and unlike when they were smaller, can’t make exceptions for homebrewing mates. The Wheaty is also busy with Fringe events.

Bring your summer competition entries but we won’t be judging them on the night.

We’ll get a backstage tour of the new brewery and other plans are still being worked out. Watch for emails and the event on Facebook but just note the date change now.

Three: The summer competition entry portal is now open. It’s found from the competitions page on the site or at https://comps.sabrew.com/ – you need to log in etc…

Drop off is at the February meeting unless you organise something with us before with an email.

Hot, hot, hot — January catch-up meeting this week

Maybe you’re back to work, maybe you’re still on holidays, either way, you deserve a beer. Our regular monthly meeting (third Wednesday of the month) is this Wednesday at the Wheaty and we’ll be in the front bar. We don’t have anything planned except a catch-up beer (hopefully the Gladfiled Malt/Wheaty collaboration Enzed Red is still on tap for you to try) but The Wheatsheaf is hosting Ben, founder and brewer at Bridge Road Brewers at Beechworth, Vic. Their beers will be on tap and he’ll be open to having a chat about anything brewing — from straight-laced ales to funk and sours. It’s a good opportunity to get some tips from one of Australia’s best brewers. If he’s like all the other brewers and maltsters we’ve met recently, once he gets talking, he won’t stop. (Wheaty event on FB for more)

We’ll meet from 7pm. There will be a food truck as usual and it’s going to be hot, hot, hot.

For those who wanted to get to Little Bang Brewing Co., we’ll most likely meet there in February for our summer competition judging when things have quietened down a bit for those guys after their new opening and we’ll be able to get a bigger bang at Little Bang.

Events — at time of writing there are one or two tickets left for the Southern Vales brewery bus tour in the shop. You need to log-in to buy as it’s members only. February 2, $30. Be quick. Event details.

2019 and beyond — Thank you to everyone who filled out the questionnaire recently. We got a lot of valuable feedback and ideas from it. We also got the green light that the club and committee are going alright and giving members value for money and enjoyment.

The committee is meeting next week and if you have any ideas for events, meetings, project or just things you can offer, please drop us an email or even better, come along to the meeting. We welcome members to join us and get more involved. You might just want to help generally run things or run something specific (like a barrel project … hint hint).

We do need help running our competitions. If you want to get involved with that in some way please let us know or talk to Gary. You could help manage bottle drop-offs, stewarding or just buying the water crackers and sharpening the pencils. Every pair of hands helps make light work. There’s lots to do and won’t take a lot of your time. Email info@sabrew.com

See you Wednesday and if you can’t make it, stay hydrated.

February 20: Monthly meeting (at Little Bang TBC)/ Summer comp close and judging. Competition details here.

March 20: Water chemistry.

April 17: Everything you need to know about kegging and then some…

 

Southern Vales brewery tour tickets and Happy New Year

Happy New Year. The committee hopes you brewed a fine beer for the season. There’s not a lot to say at this time except welcome to our new members who joined over Christmas from gifts from their family or friends or new year’s resolutions to brew better beer.

The only news we have is, tickets for the McLaren Vale bus tour will go on sale Tuesday, Jan 2 from 8pm, from the SABC website shop at

Welcome

https://shop.sabrew.com/

The date is FEBRUARY 2. Tickets are $30. There are 21 seats available and are for members only – one per purchase and due to demand, you cannot buy for non-members.

*Please note, you will need to log in with the same you use to buy or renew SABC membership to see the item to buy.

The tour takes in some of McLaren Vales newest breweries and tap rooms, as well as an old favourite. Matt from My VIP driver will be driving us to:
Goodieson Brewery – meet head brewer Jeff
Shifty Lizard Brewing Co – meet head brewer Lee
Forktree Brewing – meet head brewer Ben. Lunch in the restaurant.
Swell -TBC

Pickup/dropoff point will be the Wheaty:
Depart: 9:45
Return: 17:45

If you live down south and would like to be picked up on the way, please contact us. We’ll look at adding a southern pickup point depending on numbers.

Please note that these venues have been booked based on our numbers. If you plan on driving yourself you may not be able to join our group for tastings/tours due to capacity limits.

~ Gus

Future Dates

January 16: January Bridge Road head brewer at The Wheaty  (TBC)

February 20: Monthly meeting (at Little Bang TBC)/ Summer comp close and judging. Competition details here.

March 20: Water chemistry.

Christmas meeting this week

SABC Christmas meeting this week
[artwork by Samantha Wallwalk]
Another year is done and dusted and again it’s time for our final meeting of the year. As is tradition, it’s a casual catch-up at The Wheaty on Wednesday from 7 pm. The club will put on pizzas from 7.30. We’ve also got an InkBird digital temperature controller up for raffle thanks to InkBird Australia. If you think you’re not the winning kind, you can buy one from their eBay shop and use SABC for a discount.

Like last year, we’re also doing a secret Santa beer gift. Please bring a bottle to drop and wrap it so no one can see what it is. Ideally, we’d like it to be your homebrew but if you’re stuck, please bring a bottle of something commercial you’ve enjoyed this year.

It’s been another big year for the club; our membership has grown and we’ve got great members making a fantastic contribution to the club and community. We did really well in competitions like SABSOSA where John Van der Zalm won best beer and Kieren best brewer and nationally at AABC where Greg and Kieren both won joint runner-up. The club hosted another excellent BeerBQ in May and members who brewed at Left Barrel Brewing in October got a lot out of the experience and some free beer! Our tour of West End was also an eye-opener as was Sweet Amber and Little Burra at the other end of the scale. Finally, our monthly meetings have been really well attended with over 35  regularly attending to hear about faults, yeast, malt and from guests like Stephen Nelsen from TAFE Regency Park a highlight for many.

If you can’t be with us on Wednesday, on behalf of the committee, have a happy, fun, relaxing and safe Christmas and New Year.

~ Gus

Future Dates

January 16: January Bridge Road head brewer at The Wheaty  (TBC)

February 2: Southern Vales breweries bus tour – tickets on sale soon. Limited numbers. More to come.

February 20: Monthly meeting (at Little Bang TBC)/ Summer comp close and judging. Competition details here.

March 20: Water chemistry.

 

Looking for a Christmas gift idea? SABC memberships are the gift that keep giving all year

Join SABC
Give the gift of a club membership for Xmas (even if it’s to yourself)

South Australian Brewing Club memberships are a great Christmas gift idea. You can buy online, and even grab a gift card as a gift for someone else. 

If your membership has lapsed or you’re looking for a gift for a friend, memberships are for 12 months and include some great extras, such as monthly meetings with technical topics and beer tastings, access to member-only bulk-buys, bottle swaps and collaborative brewing events and free catered social events – jam packed full of excellent extras for less than the price of a slab of crafty beers.

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