September meeting this Wednesday

Just a quick reminder email this week that the regular club meeting is on Wednesday at the Wheaty. As the newsletter post said last week, we’ll be having a casual Q&A chat and hear tips and tricks from winning brewers, judge’s advice and comp organisers on what makes a great entry, how to improve your own beer by taking on the feedback from the judge’s scoresheets.

We’ll have some member’s beers to taste and have an opportunity to apply BJCP judging to them. Even if you’re not competition driven, it’s still about making the beer you brew even better.

If you have a beer you want to share at the meeting, or you’ve made something with the Vic Secret hops, drop us a note on Facebook or email us.

There will be a food truck serving as well.

Also, get thinking of what we can brew for ANHC Club challenge with 1kg of Southern Cross (NZ) hops (there’s already been some discussion in the FB group.)

And if you’re interested in taking part in the brew day at Left Barrel, it’s on Saturday, Oct 13. It’s free and you’ll get to brew with Brad Bown and take away 20L of wort. You’ll need to clear your diary and be ready to sign up on Wednesday because spaces are limited. See more about it HERE. If you can’t make the meeting, let us know now if you’re super keen.

Other future dates for your calendar:

October 13: SABC brew day at Left Barrel

October 17: October(fest) monthly meeting at the German Club.

October 25-37: Aust Nat. Homebrew Conference, Melb.

November 21: November monthly meeting

Nov 24 or Dec 1 {TBC}: SABC Summer event.

December 19: December monthly meeting – Christmas drinks

SABSOSA success for club brewers, next meeting and forward dates

SABSOSA best brewer Keiren Vercoe (L) and best beer winner John Van der Zalm. [photo: Gary Waters/ SABSOSA/ Composite image]
SABSOSA best brewer Keiren Vercoe (L) and best beer winner John Van der Zalm with Tim Harriss. [photo: Gary Waters/ SABSOSA/ composite image]
The State Amateur Brewing Show of SA (SABSOSA) is over for another year and SA Brewing Club members didn’t go empty handed placing in most categories but most impressively, John Van der Zalm won best beer with his English best bitter, 46.33 points, and Kieren Vercoe winning best brewer (as he did with Gawler Show too) with 3 x 1st, 2 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd = 16 points.

Congratulations to both of them and everyone else who entered. All the scores are now online. {PDF}.

With 362 beers judged from 128 brewers, it was the biggest field in the competition’s 21-year history. Now as SABC takes over the running of the competition, it’s only set to grow but it’s a challenge we’re ready for. Congratulations to Mike Leupold, Tim Harris and all the team for building it into a strong and respected competition. Also huge kudos to everyone who helped judge and steward. A competition of so many entries cannot run smoothly without volunteers.

At our next meeting we’ll be having a casual Q&A chat and hear tips and tricks from winning brewers, judge’s advice and comp organisers on what makes a great entry, how to improve your own beer (and enter to win if comps are your thing) and how to read judge’s scoresheets and act on the feedback to make your brewing better. We’ll have some member’s beers to taste and have an opportunity to apply BJCP judging to them. Even if you’re not competition driven, it’s still about making the beer you brew even better.

If you have a beer you want to share at the meeting, or you’ve made something with the Vic Secret hops, drop us a note on Facebook or email us.

September meeting is at the Wheatsheaf Hotel on September 19 from 7pm. There will be a food truck serving as well. See the Facebook event for more closer to the date.

Other future dates for your calendar:

October 13: SABC brew day at Left Barrel (see next post).

October 17: October(fest) monthly meeting at the German Club.

October 25-37: Aust Nat. Homebrew Conference, Melb.

November 21: November monthly meeting

Nov 24 or Dec 1 {TBC}: SABC Summer event.

December 19: December monthly meeting – Christmas drinks

August monthly meeting this Wednesday

TAFE SA Regency Campus Brewery
TAFE SA Regency Campus Brewery (courtesy TAFE SA)

Our monthly meeting time has come around again — Wednesday 15th at the Wheaty from 7pm. Our guest is head brewing lecturer at TAFE SA’s Regency Campus, Stephen Nelsen. Apart from educating and homebrewing, he’s also had a long career helping start-up breweries get off the ground here in SA and interstate.

We’re encouraging your questions about brewing in a Q&A session. Stephen is also bringing us some tastings brewed at Regency including a new beer that he’s very excited about and is not part of their core range. He’s also going to help us detect, understand and avoid astringency and metallic off flavours in beer with spiked samples.

It’s going to be a great night and we’re expecting a large turnout. thanks to the Wheaty’ generosity, we will also be using the PA for the night. Also, there will be a lucky door prize for club members.

SABC members will also all be getting 100g of Vic Secret hops. It’s a share of 5kg of hops given to us by Wheaty Brewing Corps.

August meeting: Stephen Nelsen and Vic Secret hops for all members

Photo by Elevate on Unsplash
[Photo by Elevate on Unsplash]
At our next monthly club meeting on August 15 at the Wheatsheaf Hotel with special guest Stephen Nelsen, head brewing lecturer at SA TAFE and someone who has had plenty of experience in commercial and home brewing. There will be a wide-ranging open Q&A session as well we’ve asked him to talk about astringency and other off flavours in beer. Sort of an extension of our June faults meeting.

Early signs indicate it’s going to be a popular meeting. We always welcome new members to attend a meeting but in this case we are assessing if we will charge an entry fee for non-members to help cover the costs of using a PA and radio mics for the night. Please indicate on the Facebook event if you will be ‘going’. It does help us plan things.

Also, Jade from Wheaty Brewing Corps has gifted SABC a sealed 5kg block of Vic Secret hops. They’re an Australian hop said to be similar to Galaxy. Every financial member who comes to the meeting will get 100grams. There is a catch. We’d like to do a meeting focusing on the beers made with Vic Secret with tastings. You get to brew what you want but if you commit to proving a beer for tasting at the October meeting we’ll give you 200grams. Think about what you can do and talk to the committee at the meeting.

Ideally, it’d be great to have a Vic Secret vs Galaxy tasting challenge. Get your thinking caps on.

In other member news, the committee, with the advice of our social media and comms officer Sam, has decided to change the SABC Facebook group to a closed group. Nothing changes except member comments and post are no longer seen in their personal feeds (great if you want to comment but your boss is watching) and new members have to be invited to join or are invited when they join as financial members. This means it’s a space we can share club member information, discussions and offers but still use our Facebook page to maintain a public side to the club to maintain our profile and be discovered by brewers who don’t know about SABC.

Also for your calendars, we’re looking at a club brew day in October and working on a special plan for the annual free for members summer event.

Gus

June Club meeting is this Wednesday

Our regular monthly meeting is this Wednesday, June 20 at the Wheatsheaf Hotel from 7pm. The focus of the night will be looking at beer faults with a professional ‘off flavours’ addition kit.

Featuring those pesky off flavours we all strive to avoid in our precious brew, come along and taste them first hand and learn how to avoid them with some help from our knowledgeable presenters. We would like to also give a big thanks to Jade and the Wheaty for sponsoring our base beer.

Can you pick them? See you at the Wheaty to find out.

 

May Meeting Announcement

It’s SABC club meeting time tomorrow night.

Please be aware that this month’s meeting is NOT at the Wheaty!

We will be enjoying a brewery tour of one of SA’s newer craft breweries at Sweet Amber Brewing from 7pm

Unit 5, 21 Naweena road Regency Park.

(Note this is the brewery and tap room, not the Semaphore Cafe)

There will be a burger food truck from 6pm, so bring a few dollars for some tukka.

Tasting are welcome, please indicate if you have something to bring along by emailing info@sabrew.com

April Meeting

April meeting sees us back at the Wheaty once again on Wednesday 18th April from 7pm onwards.

Matt ‘The Craft Beer King’ King will be joining us again to keep us up to speed with the ever developing world of SA craft beer. This meeting we will also encourage at least 3 member tastings. Let’s start bringing some beers along to prime ourselves for SABSOSA and AABC success. Please notify the club at: info@sabrew.com if you wish to bring a beer for feedback. No beer is too big or small, good or bad, hazy or bright.. so get involved.

Don’t forget to bring your 6 pack swap beers along! see you at the Wheaty.

6 Pack Swap

At April’s meeting we will be starting our first 6 pack swap. The idea is simple:

The way it will work, the swap is not limited by number. We’ll distribute fairly the swap bottles such that everyone swapping comes home with 6 different beers.

Basically, bring six bottles of homebrew clearly marked. At the meeting, deliver to the swap table onto a piece of a4 paper with your name on it. We’ll do the divvy magic during the meeting, afterwards pick up ur swap beers.

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March Club Meeting Weds 21st

It’s back to the Wheaty for the March brew Club meeting on Wednesday 21st March from 7pm.

This month we’ll be asking the question; Can you brew a decent kit beer by following Coopers Kit instructions by the letter, or can some advanced methods be used to pimp it up? Club member Luke Scrivens has kindly volunteered to put this to the test in a brew off with one Kit beer brewed by the Coopers instructions and one brewed with more science involved with yeast, pitch rates and temperature in mind. A blind tasting will of course ensue.

Tastings for the meeting for feedback are encouraged, please email the Club to register your interest to bring  tasting at: info@sabrew.com

 

February Meeting

Get set for one of the most eagerly awaited meetings of the year on 21st February from 7pm at the West Thebby Social Club.

The meeting will feature a yeast master-class from Tomaso and Federico from Atomic Yeast. A word from Federico about the meeting:

“Brewing yeast: the science behind the art of beer”. Not a divine intervention gave man beer: chemistry and biology orchestrate the production of this delicious beverage. Yeast, a little single cell organism, plays a fundamental role and therefore it has been domesticated for its ability to produce different flavour and aroma. Since the discovery of yeast in the late 1860’s by Louis Pasteur we have been studying it, but, in 2018 we are still far from unveil all its mysteries. Here a short summary of what we learned along the way”

Summer Comp results announced: It’s the news you’ve been waiting for! All will be revealed and place getters announced, be there!

Meeting tastings will be kept to a maximum of 2, due to the presentation, please email the Club if you intend to bring a beer along. Only brewers that have confirmed their tastings will be accepted.

See you at the West Thebby!

January meeting

This wednesday, join us for our first meeting of 2018 at Little Bang in Stepney from 7pm.

Ryan will be giving us the run down of the newest developments at one of SA’s brightest young micro’s. Always a treat to hear him talk.

There are spaces left for tastings at this meeting. Feel free to bring your best or worst or most interesting creation along for feedback from our knowledgeable gang, no beer is too too big or small and remember to bring at least 3-4 longnecks. We also encourage brewers to be prepared to bring as many notes and details about your brew as possible.  Why not print out your recipe to pass out or post it on our Facebook page?

Also, remember that Summer Comp entries are welcome to be dropped off at this meeting.

See you there!

December Newsletter

G’day Brewers!

Please take the time to read through the exciting line-up of events and free up your fermenter space, your brewing prowess will be needed in the coming months:

December Meeting: Please note, December’s Club meeting will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month on the 13th December at the Wheaty. There will be a function in the tin shed, so Xmas beers will be enjoyed in the lounge room. SABC Kris Kringle Bottle Swap: Bring along a bottle of your best festive beer to the December meeting for a Kris Kringle bottle swap. Bottle should be a longneck or similar, and distinctly identifiable. The brewer need not divulge their identity if they wish not to. Don’t be the Christmas Grinch, bring along a bottle! Tasting beers brewed at November’s System Wars will be available for tasting. See you there!

Summer Comp yeast buy: We’ve extended the date to order your White Labs yeast bulk buy on the SABC store portal to end of day Thursday 7th December. Get your orders in ASAP as we will be ordering the following day. Visit the store on the SABC website to order.

Summer Comp, Brew the Wheaty: Summer comp entries will need to be brewed and entered for judging by no later than Thursday 25th January and will be judged on Saturday 27th Jan by Jade and her crew at the Wheaty. If you haven’t started planning, get your skates on!!

Hawkers Brewing and SABC. Call to brew: It was announced at the last Club meeting, SABC has received a supply of rare and now unavailable South African hop varieties which Hawkers Beer has sponsored to the Club. Brewers are invited to put their hands up to brew for a social event hosted by Hawkers in February (date and venue TBA). SABC will need to produce 2 full 19L kegs for the event. Varieties include, African Queen, Southern Dawn and Southern Star. We have secured 500g of each variety, so if you’re up for creating something unique send us an email with your interest and ideas for your African Ale creation. First in best dressed.

February meeting; Atomic Yeast: Volunteers needed! We are seeking 3 club members to assist with brewing a beer using Atomic Yeasts new yeast ‘paste’ formula. 3 mystery strains will be provided however they will be kept a secret and only revealed by Federico and Tommaso during their presentation to the club at our February meeting. In order to maintain consistency, a large single batch of wort will be produced and split 3 ways, so all you have to do is control the fermentation! Please note volunteers will need to have temperature controlled fermentation chambers and be available late Dec/early Jan for brewing.

Please message us on FB or email info@sabrew.com if you are interested in brewing for the above mentioned events.

Cheers and good brewing!

Clint