The Mash Tun May 2023

Well its that time already! It may be heading towards winter but your committee have worked hard to fill the calendar. Pour a dark brew and read all about the latest updates and club happenings below. Email or contact Mark W via Facebook for any submissions.

May Meeting – The Wheaty

This Wednesday 17th May at 7pm – Mash equipment talk, Russ S and Nick M are bringing equipment in to talk about mashing systems, single vs 3 vessel. ( Late edit this needs to be confirmed as one of the presenters has been struck down with the flu – either way the beers will be cold and tasty as always. Mark)

Christmas case swap ideas planning – there are a couple guys (Glen and Josh) who have started the talk about it so we’ll get a show of hands for contenders. It’s an awesome way appreciate fellow brewers beers/meads/ciders etc – note bottles to be wrapped so no one knows the contents before unwrapping at Christmas!

Bottle bingo – Please bring a bottle to swap and sample other brewers beers.

SA Brewing Supplies have all become financial members of the club. They will be in attendance at this months meeting and have offered to bring any orders down freight free. Just order via the website, click pick up and add a note for Jon or Josh to bring Wednesday night. Nick M and Mark W

Raf’s Mead Day

This Saturday 20th May at 12pm – Mead making workshop version two, just in time for ABCSA 2023. Raf will be teaching us about a different style of mead (24A BJCP) compared to the first making day. This will be hosted at my house again so there will be a limit on numbers – RSVP if you are definitely attending on the Facebook event or SMS 0408812024 (Mark). I will hold one or two spots for those not on facebook and will see this only by email. Pizza oven will be on at 12.30pm – bring your favourite topping to share, I will sort ready made bases. Mark W.

Crafty Robot Brewing Visit

This Saturday 20th May at 4.30pm – Time to visit the new kids on the block, members who have been already have rated the beers well. The owners / brewers will be on hand to answer questions and serve beers. They may be booked for another group and as they have just opened are busy, so please RSVP BEFORE May 17th on the Facebook event or if you are attending so we can ensure we have enough room. Those attending the mead day – there will be a shared Uber running. Mark W and Lachlan J.

Pirate Life Brewers Shout

Thursday 1st of June at 6pm – As communicated last newsletter, Pirate Life reached out to expand the Brewers Shout at The District to incorporate our club. Pirate Life brewers will present a brewing topic each month (May is Non Alc), take questions and provide free beer. Anyone that attended the barrel brew day will confirm not only the generosity of Pirate Life but this promises to be informative and interesting evenings. Again please RSVP for numbers on the Facebook event or Gary W and Mark W.

Brightstar Dark Lager Fest

Friday 2nd of June at 4pm. Recently one of our members Raf A brewed a dark lager at Brightstar using only SA ingredients. If this will be ready and tapped for this evening has not been confirmed, however rest assured the beers will be at the normal high standard. Please RSVP via the Facebook event or Nick M

“We invite you to explore the dark side of lager over 3 incredible days here at Brightstar Brewing at our very own DARK LAGER FEST….Sample the best new release dark brews from local and national brewers at our 3 day tap takeover.

Brightstar Brewing
King River Brewing
Bridge Road Brewing
Burnley Brewing
Molly Rose
Crafty Robot
Our team have also created a very special ‘Beef & Schwarzbier Pie’ to celebrate the darker side of brewing….”

GABS Sydney 2023

Several of our members will be travelling to Sydney on Friday 2nd of June for a few days in the name of research, hitting up the Inner West breweries and of course GABS! Let Mark W, Gary W or Lachlan J for details if you are interested in heading over.

Competitions – Presidents Update


We’ve got the big three left to run this year

Winter Comp: Sunday 9th of July This is the serious one, it’s wide open with its categories, so
get brewing a winner , you now have the best chance to bag some silverware and the bragging rights to go with it. It’s also the best way to sort what you want to present at the Amateur Brewing Competition of South Australia (formally SABSOSA )We will need help from stewards and Judges, we especially need new faces to stand up and help. Please let us know if you can help in any way.

ABCSA: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of August Last year was a true success with just over 300 entries with an amazing amount of fresh faces either entering for the first time or placing on the podium.

AABC: Saturday 21st of October The top three places of each category judged at ABCSA are allowed to enter those beers in the the AABC “Nationals” Australian Amateur Brewing Competition. It was that close last year we as a club came 2nd on a count back . Well that’s old news, the good part we have it here this year and the last 2 times we hosted we won, let’s go for the 3rd title . More news will follow. For those wanting to enter your beers, you will never get a better chance than right here this year………..Happy Brewing! Gary W.

Volunteer Call Out – ABCSA and AABC

Call out for Volunteers to help run ABCSA and AABC , we will need help contacting sponsors, judges and stewards to make sure we have the numbers and dollars to run these events. There will be the usual help required to collect bottles from drop offs, bottle sort, kitchen cleaning to name just a few.If you are able to help please SMS only to Gary Waters 0417893321 and we will set up a committee and run a fun series of comps. Gary W.

AABC Facebook Page

A basic Facebook page has been recently set up for the AABC. Updates including results will be published here. Search for “Australian Amateur Brewing Competition” Also if you have graphic design skills, we are looking for a slick modern facebook banner, posters for the main event and a possible updated logo. Please reach out to Gary W or so we can take the designs to the national delegates for approval. Gary W and Mark W.

Beer Sensory Course TAFE

This course starts again on Tuesday 20th of June. Run by Briony from Flavour Logic, having done this course and several one off evenings under her guidance I highly recommend considering attendance. While I am no “super taster” it certainly has improved my tasting abilities including the retraining needed after COVID. Mark W

“Keen to top up your beer knowledge? Want to taste over 18 different styles including some classics? Come along to a short course to explore beer styles, brewing ingredients, and hone your tasting skills. Beer Basics Sensory Workshop starts 20 June at the Adelaide City TAFE campus (Wine and Spirits School). Delivered over 3 weekly x 3 hour sessions, this course is suitable for all levels of beer experience.” Info here.


What an epic evening! Around 70 members and guests enjoyed a fine evening of beer, BBQ and laughs. The weather gods looked after us, the beer and food was on point, we signed up a few new members and most importantly the net cost to the club was very minimal. Lachlan J pretty much arranged the evening on his own. Thanks mate. Thanks to the chefs and those that brought beer to share. Thanks to Nick H the Shapeshifter group brew challenge was run and won, congratulations to all the winners. Much appreciation to Shapeshifter, they were really supportive of this challenge with providing beers to taste and prizes. Call in for a pint or two! Most importantly the peoples choice award for the best beer of the night was won by Wolfgang Trenkler for his dark lager. Wolf is no stranger for providing the best beer of the night for these type of events!

Updated Calendar

Hopefully the link will work this time!!

Update to Aprils Newsletter

Update to Brewers Shout

For those not on Facebook unfortunately Pirate Life have had to change the date of the brewers shout to 1/6/2023 due to another booking. Please change your calendar.

Updated Calendar

Changes to the calendar to reflect last meeting discussions and the above can be found here.

The Mash Tun April 2023

Hello Members! We are aiming to grow this newsletter to be published monthly. Along with keeping our members that are not on Facebook or unable to attend meetings informed, we would like your input! This could be anything brewing related recipes, tech tips etc. Email submissions to and mark it attention Mark Woods. Cheers Mark

April Meeting – The Wheaty

This Wednesday 19th of April at 7pm we head back to The Wheaty for our monthly meeting. Award winning hazy brewer Lachlan will deliver a presentation focusing on this style. If you have a hazy on tap at the moment please bring it to share.

Bottle bingo has dropped off slightly – Please bring a bottle to swap and sample other brewers beers.

Anyone that attended the mead workshop please bring the mead for sampling, Raf will be available for feedback. Same for anyone that is brewing no or ultra low alcohol beers. Nick M

BeerBBQ May 6th 2023

SABCs annual BeerBQ is back in just 3 weeks! Once again, ETKG Tennis Club will host us in their club hall and outdoor deck in Kensington Gardens. For those unfamiliar, the annual BeerBQ sees SABC members put on a huge spread of delicious BBQ – think pulled pork, chicken wings, kranskies etc – and pair it with our finest selection of homebrew.

This years BeerBQ will also see teams present their clone beers for the Shapeshifter challenge.

With around 35 members expected from each club (SABC & ETKG) there is going to be a lot of thirsty/hungry mouths to feed, so we need as many brewers as possible to bring along a keg/growler or bottles of their finest.

We also need members to help with catering whether its smoking meats, tossing salads or baking pretzels. If you’re able to help on the catering side, drop us an email or contact a committee member to offer your support! If you’d like to bring a keg but need help dispensing it on the night, drop us an email or post in the Facebook group. There a many members with multi-tap miracle boxes who can help!

Date: Saturday May 6th
Time: 6PM – 10PM
Cost: FREE for members, $30 for guests
Location: East Torrens-Kensington Gardens Tennis Club
Address: East Terrace & South Terrace, Kensington Gardens SA 5068


Brewers Shout – Pirate Life

After the success of the barrel brew day, Pirate Life reached out to expand the Brewers Shout at The District to incorporate our club. Starting Thursday 4th of May it will run monthly alongside our normal monthly meeting however will be a more technical format. Pirate Life brewers will present a brewing topic each month (May is Non Alc), take questions and provide free beer. Anyone that attended the barrel brew day will confirm not only the generosity of Pirate Life but this promises to be informative and interesting evenings. Big ups to Gary and Luke for locking this in with PL.

Winter Competition 2023

Locked in for Sunday 9th July, Location and portal details to follow but get brewing or judging 🙂 ! This year we look to tread the path less travelled with some styles that may not be brewed as often.In preparation for the newly formed ABCSA, Amateur Brewing Championship of South Australia (formerly SABSOSA), and to cover more of the bases of lesser entered categories in AABC, this year we will focus on some interesting and challenging categories, including for the first time, meads! Clinton.

  • 1 LOW ALCOHOL (≤ 4% ABV)
  • 23A. Berliner Weisse
  • 14A. Scottish Light
  • 14B. Scottish Heavy
  • 1A. American Light Lager
  • 27. Historical Beer: London Brown Ale
  • 13A. Dark Mild
  • 5A. German Leichtbier
  • 3A. Czech Pale Lager
  • 11A. Ordinary Bitter
  • 27. Historical Beer: Piwo Grodziskie
  • 25B. Saison
  • 24C. Bière de Garde
  • 26B. Belgian Dubbel
  • 26A. Belgian Single
  • 26C. Belgian Tripel
  • 25C. Belgian Golden Strong Ale
  • 26D. Belgian Dark Strong Ale
  • 4C. Helles Bock
  • 6C. Dunkles Bock
  • 9A. Doppelbock
  • 9B. Eisbock
  • 17C. Wee Heavy
  • 17A. British Strong Ale
  • 17B. Old Ale
  • 17D. English Barley Wine
  • 22B. American Strong Ale
  • 22C. American Barleywine
  • 27. Historical Beer: Sahti
  • 32A. Classic Style Smoked Beer
  • 32B. Specialty Smoked Beer
  • 33A. Wood-Aged Beer
  • 33B. Specialty Wood-Aged Beer
  • 31A. Alternative Grain Beer
  • 31B. Alternative Sugar Beer
  • 34C. Experimental Beer
  • 34A. Commercial Specialty Beer
  • 34B. Mixed-Style Beer
  • 19 MEAD
  • M1A. Dry Mead
  • M1B. Semi-Sweet Mead
  • M1C. Sweet Mead
  • M2A. Cyser
  • M2B. Pyment
  • M2C. Berry Mead
  • M2D. Stone Fruit Mead
  • M2E. Melomel
  • M3A. Fruit and Spice Mead
  • M3B. Spice, Herb or Vegetable Mead
  • M4A. Braggot
  • M4B. Historical Mead
  • M4C. Experimental Mead

ABCSA 2023 (formally SABSOSA)

Judging is locked in for the weekend of 26th- 27th of August 2023 at The Irish Club again. Bottle sort will be Saturday the 19th of August, other details TBC. As normal we will need judges and stewards and there is no experience needed (maybe practice at the winter comp?). Note the earlier dates than normal to make way for the National competition AABC. The top three in each category are eligible for entry in the AABC 2023. We lost the best state at the AABC 2022 by count back to Victoria… As a group lets take it this year! Gary and Mark. (and Kam)

AABC 2023

AABC , SA hits a big step, nationals get judges here. We will need your support. The venue is not your normal go to , but a spot light on what Adelaide has to offer. We have secured the mezzanine floor of the District Pirate Life Brewery Adelaide Casino. (Thanks to PL again! Mark) This will also be launching pad for the Inner West Adelaide crafty trail….. details pending.So please help, date is Saturday 21st October 2023. Keep it free! Gary

Brewginners Program

A new member or not 100% confident with your all grain brewing? You are welcome to jump on a one on one all grain brew day. This will be offered on an ad-hoc basis at no cost initially in the inner western suburbs (Torrensville). Retaining and attracting new members has been a topic of discussion with the committee group so these brew days will be flexible and much less intimidating than the group challenge. Contact Mark Woods via Facebook or for details. Mark

Yearly Calendar

Why are kangaroos good at brewing beer?

They have hops!

The Mash Tun February 2023

This edition is a little early this month as there are some important dates to save and get those permission slips in! Thanks to Nick McAuley, Nick Hauschild, Josh Smith and Kieren Vercoe for their hard work in arranging these events for you.

Six Twelve Brewery Visit.

**This Sunday 12th of Feb @ 2pm please see and RSVP the facebook event**

Brad and his team have began upgrading their brewery for about a third time including their own kitchen! They are making a big name in the brewing scene having won awards and also venturing into the distilling scene, Five Eleven Distilling. This brewery visit is sure to be great, so get on over from 2pm on Sunday 12th Feb to enjoy some of the great line-up of beers and other drinks these guys have on tap. Brad will be providing a Q&A with members, tour of the brewery, and talk about the journey they made to get where the brewery is now. Nick M.

Summer Competition.

Congratulations to all the winners, the entry standard was well above average with some high scores seen. Best beer of show went to Mark Lehmann with a very impressive Hazy IPA. Lachlan Johnson was only a point away, also with a Hazy IPA. Don’t worry I heard how I cost him a win bahahaha! As always a big thank you to the judges, stewards and organisers that make the competition successful. Mark.

Winning Entries  

Table 1: Lagers (14 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stChristopher KerrGreener On the Other SideLSX5: New Zealand PilsnerSouth Australian Brewing Club [Australia]
 2ndBrenton GeorgeNz PilsLSX5: New Zealand Pilsner
 3rdGerard FlynnLittle PLSX5: New Zealand PilsnerSouth Australian Brewing Club [Australia]

Table 2: Ales (22 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stMark LehmannMates In the Trenches21C: Hazy IPASouth Australian Brewing Club [Australia]
 2ndLachlan JohnsonAnhazc21C: Hazy IPASouth Australian Brewing Club [Australia]
 3rdNick McAuleyAussie Aussie Aussie35A: NZ/AUS Pale Ale (18B American Pale Ale but must use native ingredients)South Australian Brewing Club [Australia]

Table 3: Experimental (6 entries)

PlaceBrewerEntry NameStyleClub
 1stPaul QuirkAnzac Biscuit Brown Ale34C: Experimental Beer South Australian Brewing Club [Australia]
 2ndJosh SmithYou Stink Strawberry, We Want Home Run Homer!34C: Experimental Beer South Australian Brewing Club [Australia]
 3rdNicholas HauschildTrans Tasman Gose34C: Experimental Beer South Australian Brewing Club [Australia]

February Meeting.

At The Wheaty on the 15th 7.00pm. As communicated this looks to be a cracker please see the pinned event in the fb group. Bring your version of hop water for tasting and as always dont forget a bottle of your best for bottle bingo. Nick M and Josh S.

Union Bridge Brewery Visit.

This is locked in for Saturday 4th of March. Time TBC and there will be a facebook event once it has been decided. Stuie Kirk their head brewer will be on hand to provide a tour and hopefully Q&A (If Josh has told him! Ed.) Expect there maybe a special announcement on the day. Nick M and Josh S.

March Meeting.

As communicated last Mash Tun this will be at Shapeshifter on 15th of March at 7pm. See the event (and RSVP pls!) Nick H.

SA Brew Crew hit the Barossa!

Cancel everything else for Saturday 25th of March, …..We are hiring a bus to tour the breweries. What could go wrong? Greenock Brewers, Western Ridge Brewing, Rehn Bier, Barossa Valley Brewing and Ministry of Beer have all confirmed. Obviously this will be a ticketed event with details to follow when finalised. Nick H and Kieren V.

Australian Amatuer Brewing Competition 2023.

It has been confirm this will be held in Adelaide later this year. Now we need judges, lots of judges! Even if you (or your partner) haven’t judged before it isn’t as intimidating as you may think with the head judge of the table there to guide you. State competition and Winter Competition are fantastic opportunities to practice and get involved in the process before the big one! Mark.

New Calendar.

As below lots of Beery good events coming up. Hop on them!

The Mash Tun January 2023

Summer Competition.

Judging will take place from 12pm on Sunday 29th of January at ETKG Tennis Club Kensington Gardens. We need judges please register on the portal. Portal entries close on the 27th and drop off at Beerbelly Pooraka by Friday 27th January or at the judging venue by 11am Sunday 29th January.

Due to Paypal issues this competition will be free to enter. Anyone who has paid already will be processed a refund, please allow the hardworking Julian / Lachlan time to do so. Mark.

Mead Workshop.

14th of January, Raf lead a group of enthusiastic “Meaders” for the inaugural workshop. It seems the warm day was enjoyed by all and there will be a few more entries in the Mead section this year. Keep posted for announcement of a second day. Mark.

Treasurer Report.

“I can report the Treasurer is having a great weekend” Lachlan.

Free Stainless!

Well Jade has done it again, this time it’s the stainless steel type of help. Kegs free to us, make them into 2or 3v systems, make fermenters, hell make furniture. Just 2 things, they need to be depressurised (carefully!!) and we need to coordinate a pick up day prior to the feb meeting. Please signify your interest to Gary ASAP. Gary Mr President.

Fleurieu Beer Festival.

So who ever thought combining an international bike race and with a beer festival in a historic village would work, they were right. Well the beer was cold, the weather was sunny, and most importantly there was a Home Brew Competition , congratulations to Nick Hauschild for coming third. It was fantastic to be involved, and thanks to Nick and BJ for helping get the home brew competition off the ground. As a very direct result of the competition and festival, breweries like Shifty, Kick back, Beer No Evil and yet to be opened Penny Red are very interested in being involved with the club, so watch this spot. Gary.

Your Feedback Wanted!

Last week’s Jan Meeting: event planning for the first part of the year got underway, as part of sharing what was raised we’ll post a calendar shortly with ideas and planning events – we’re really looking for input from you, so you can get the most out of the club with great like minded folk. Please contact Nick McAuley with your ideas. Nick M.

February Meeting.

This will be held at The Wheaty on 15th February at 7.00pm. Let’s see if ppl can brew a hop water, bring it to the Feb meeting for sharing and tasting. Obviously hop water is a pretty loose ‘brew’, but some club members have already seen it as a good way to test out hops in small batches to compare for example Cascade to Nectaron, Eclipse to Topaz before brewing a beer. Josh Smith will be doing a short presentation on his process and will bring some samples to try. Nick M / Mark

March Meeting.

This is locked in for ShapeShifter on 15th March at 7.00pm. ShapeShifter will need RSVP numbers for this one so please do so in the event approximately a week before the meeting. A group challenge will be announced so get your captains ready and a representative there on the night! Nick H.

October Newsletter

Hi Members,

Plenty is happening with your club with some updates below. There are more projects in planning with details to be released at a later date. As always we are open for feed back and/ or ideas via or simply approach one of the committee members. Cheers N Beers.

October Meeting.

NOTE this months meeting, Wednesday 19th, will be held at Shapeshifter Brewery 2/54 Crittenden Rd, Findon SA 5023. Carla will be presenting a talk about IPA/hops. Please RSVP to the facebook event so we can advise Shapeshifter of numbers. Those not on Facebook can email

Australian National Homebrew Conference.

This will be held 14th – 15th October in Melbourne and tickets are still available. We will be representing the club in an “unique” way on Saturday club night. There is an active messenger group for information – contact Mark Woods on FB or at if you wish to be involved in the shenanigans.


All SABSOSA final placings and scoring will be posted soon. Australian Amateur Brewing Championship awards will be presented at Deeds Brewery on Thursday night 13th October. Good luck to all those that made it in to the National competition, word is the entries were shipped with much care and have arrived for judging.

Barrel Project.

Luke Dat Beard has pulled a rabbit out of the hat for this one! Pirate Life will supply the Skycity brewery, pro-brewers for questions, ingredients and will ferment on site.
All financial members of the club will be welcome to join Pirate Life for a brew day to brew the beer. The beer will be branded SABC + Pirate Life ,pro labeled and bottled. A bottle will be provided to each paid member of the club and then will be for sale at Pirate Life. Save Saturday 19th of November for this awesome day. RSVP is a must for this event for venue capacity reasons see Facebook event or if you must email at

Teams Challenge and November Meeting.

Most areas have had their brew days and the results will be interesting indeed. Dermott from BeerCo will attend our meeting on the 16th of November at The Wheaty. Captains of the teams please bring enough of the challenge beer to share with all meeting attendees. Dermott has been very generous for an interstate club so please support him where you can.

Summer Club Competition.

Trans-Tasman Summer Comp. The closing date is 27th Jan and judging on Sunday 29th Jan. Theme is Trans-Tasman and so all the ingredients where possible need to be from either Australia or New Zealand. The categories are listed below, and there is an experimental category for anything special you want to try.

CATEGORIES 1A – American (Australian) Light Lager
1B – American (Australian) Lager
18A – Blonde Ale
12B – Australian Sparkling ale
X5 – New Zealand Pilsner
18B – NZ/AUS Pale Ale (American Pale Ale but must use native ingredients)
21A – NZ/ AUS IPA (American IPA but must use native ingredients)
21C – Hazy IPA
34C – Experimental Beer (for all other creations. Get creative with native AUS/NZ ingredients). 

Bluestone Yeast Pre-order.
Beerbelly regularly support our club through sponsorship and are willing to bring in a shipment of Bluestone yeast, allowing us to try this Australian liquid yeast without worrying about shipping conditions and costs. Just in time for the summer comp! This is a company in Victoria that provide quality liquid yeast that has been used in commercial breweries, such as the Wheaty, who have been impressed by the quality of the fermentations and the viability of this liquid yeast coming from interstate rather than internationally like Whitelabs or Wyeast. If you would like to pre-order any of their strains, please contact Nick at who will collate a list. Please get in touch by 7th October if you’re interested. For a list of the strains available please see:

10yr Anniversary Dinner.

As communicated the date is set for Saturday the 10th of December. Plenty happening in the background with lots more details to come as confirmed.

Welcome to 10 years of SA Brewing Club

Welcome to 10 years of SA Brewing Club

Dear Members past and present.

Firstly I would like to acknowledge the past efforts of Brad, Julien , Clinton and most recently Gus as Presidents of this club. They collectively have built a strong club with great values of Companionship, Knowledge, Participation and Inclusion.

I can already see these values in the current committee who have really blown me away with their talents and enthusiasm. We should all look forward to a full year of activities.

Here are a few of these activities to look forward too

– SABSOSA is just around the corner, put your entries in and if you can help on the days we can always do with extra hands
– Guest speakers have been organised for October and November, September will allow us to recap on SABSOSA and prepare for ANHC.
– Summer comp has an ANZAC theme
– Group Challenge has already been announced, details and ingredients will be released at the September meetings, but get your group together. See Facebook for details
– 10 year Dinner, details available shortly.. Just keep Dec 10 available
– BeerBQ and Winter Comp are committed too
– Luke Beard is being very tight lipped at the moment in regards to the barrel project .. but its WOW!

I hope everyone gets something special out of the club, please let me know if you have any ideas new or areas of improvement.


Gary Waters
0417 893 321