Cancelled – Important update about BeerBQ

Crying SABC member2020 has been a year, huh? Just when we thought Australia might be on the tail end of things and returning to a bit of somewhat normalcy.

The state government has implemented restrictions in an attempt to prevent any catastrophic outbreak of COVID here. Mostly this is around very large gatherings, however, it does also impact the ability to have gatherings that have shared food and drink outside of licenced premises.

We’re not permitted to serve beer from shared taps. Shared food must have dedicated servers. This means that the heart of what we do at BeerBQ — share beer, food, and catch up — can’t be done. 

We as a committee are as bummed about this as you are. We are working hard to make sure that you — as paying members — will get the best value out of your membership. 

Of course, we have already reduced your membership in 2020 by way of extending it from 12 to 16 months for $60.

In the meantime, if you have bookmarked the day off, got a babysitter, organised transport — let’s try and catch up for some casual beers and food. 

If conditions still allow this — and who knows in two weeks time —and if you’re able, come along to Big Shed Brewing Concern at Royal Park to chat and socialise on August 15 from 6pm. We will need to check with the brewery and adhere to what Big Shed asks. So, TBC and stay tuned for updates. 

We are investigating what COVID friendly events we can do. If you have any ideas, let us know.

We hate to have to do this but it’s the right thing to keep you and the SA community safe.

The SABC Committee.

Win a 40L SS Brewtech kettle

By simply making sure you are a paid, financial member before 5pm AUGUST 18th, 2020 you will go into the draw to WIN this sick SS Brewtech 5.5 gal | Brew Kettle Mini.

Read more in last week’s newsletter post.

This will be drawn at our next meeting, Wednesday August 19, 2020 a the Wheaty. You don’t need to be there to win but it makes for a better photo op.

Join or renew your membership now.

WIN a 40L SS Brewtech Kettle just by being a member

By simply making sure you are a paid, financial member before 5pm AUGUST 18th, 2020 and you will go into the draw to WIN this sick SS Brewtech 5.5 gal | Brew Kettle Mini.

This will be drawn at our next meeting, August 19, 2020.


  • Heavy-duty 18 gauge 304 Stainless
  • 10.7 Gallons total volume (40 Litres)
  • 1.2 x 1.0 height to width ratio
  • Triclad bottom – no scorching!
  • Silicone handles for safe handling
  • Internal etched gallon markings (start at 2 gals!)
  • Thermometer port positioned at 4 gal level
  • 7/8″ Re-Circulation Port
  • Weldless fittings
  • Robust riveted handles for safety
  • Hang lid on side handles
  • Optional bimetal thermometer (thermometer not included))
  • Optional coupling for thermometer (thermometer not included)
  • Optional false bottom (not included)
  • Optional whirlpool attachment (not included)
  • Dimensions: 16.5″ H x 13.8″ W

To check your membership expiry date, simply log into the online shop at and head to My Account, click on Membership, and then Manage – this will show the expiry of your current membership.

*winners will be notified by email or phone. Prize is ‘as is’. Cannot be exchanged for money. Winner must collect from a location in Adelaide withing 60 days.

SS Brewtech Kettle
Win this SS Brewtech Kettle

Winter comp results, AGM wrap-up and BeerBQ update

At last Wednesday’s meeting, the first face to face one in three months, we announced the winners of the club’s Winter competition judged the weekend before. See the medals in the Competitions portal and entrants can download judges scoresheets.

The best brewer was Wolfgang Trenkler with a Dunkles Bock. Congratulations Wolf.

1st Gary Waters Belguims are a bit funky 23B: Flanders Red Ale]
2nd Joel Gaskin The Rookie 11A: Ordinary Bitter SABC
3rd Chris Kerr Biere de Darke 24C: Biere de Garde

1st Joel Gaskin Scallywags Demise 18B: American Pale Ale SABC
2nd Adrian Reich Dr Keneth Noisewater 18B: American Pale Ale
3rd Ryan Campbell Columtennial Pale Ale 18B: American Pale Ale

1st Chris Marciniak The Runaway Black IPA 20A: American Porter
2nd Brenton Schoemaker B.A. 13B: English Brown Ale
3rd Gavin Pennell All Aboard 20A: American Porter

1st Wolfgang Trenkler Bock 6C: Dunkels Bock
2nd Brendan Macey No Thrills 3B: Czech Premium Pale Lager
3rd Thomas Michl Red Dog 9C: Baltic Porter

1st Nicky Thomas: Oatmeal Stout
2nd Leon van der Linden: Foreign Extra Stout
3rd Bjorn Elix Co-Brewer: Daniel Johnson: Imperial Stout

1st Luke O’Brien, Co-Brewer: Ryan Campbell & Shane Warren NEIPA
2nd Giles Hussey : Black IPA
3rd Lachlan Johnson Hazei: New England IPA

1st Luke Beard maximum stupid: hazelnut 34C: Experimental Beer
2nd Lachlan Johnson Pinage 30A: Spice, Herb, or Vege Beer
3rd Ali Holden Spontaneity No.15 34B: Mixed-Style Beer

AGM 2020

We held out AGM at the July meeting. Thank you everyone who came (we had 40 people). The minutes are available to read here (thank’s Leon). The committee looks forward to bringing you another year of club activities.


Just in case you missed the update, the club’s postponed winter event will now be held on Saturday, August 15 now due to access to the venue. Watch out for more info soon and we’ll put up a Facebook event. Be aware, the capacity is strictly 60 people due to COVID restrictions so if you want to come, jump on a free member’s ticket asap.

Bring a homebrewed beer to share and we’ll put on the food.

Next meeting – win big

August 19 at The Wheatsheaf (COVID permitting). More to come but what we are doing is giving away a SS Brewtech kettle in a draw. All you need to do is make sure your membership is up to date or renew or join now. We’re giving 16 month of membership for the cost of 12 until July 31. Get on this good deal now. Join or renew membership here.

Remember the Wheaty?

That’s where we get to meet again on Wednesday from 7pm.

After we knock off our AGM requirements (nominations open… email us, we’ll be watching a session from the American Homebrew Association conference that was forced online. Its called Making Sense of Terpenes, Thiols, and Biotransformation in the Quest for Unique Hop Expression. These sessions are currently only available to attendees of the recent online event, however in 2021 all sessions will be available to AHA members so it’s well worth joining. For more information check out there website:

Winter competition judged and pending

We judged the entries for the SABC winter competition on Sunday. We unusually like to announce winners online ASAP on Sunday but we just couldn’t get to it, so we’re presenting all the medals on Wednesday. All the scoresheeting will be uploaded to the portal after Wednesday.

If you haven’t renewed your membership, now is a good time to check. As a club comp, only members at the time of announcement are eligible.

Log into the shop and check or renew now and get a COVID special of 16 months for the price of 12.

BeerBQ now Satuday, August 15

We had to push back the date a couple of weeks because the new toilets weren’t finish at the Colonial Light Gardens Bowlo. Now we’re set for Saturday 15 August. That gives you four weeks to brew something.

More details to come. It’s free for members as usual and bookings will open soon. We are limited to 60 so again, be aware and it might be non-members and partners won’t be able to come. Stay tuned.

We’re back

With the easing of restrictions we are now able to meet at The Wheaty again but with some limits. Our capacity in the shed is 45 and we need to spread out. Please be considerate of this next Wednesday at our meeting.

The first order of business is our AGM that we are required to hold. It doesn’t take long. All financial members are invited to nominate for officeholders and committee positions and vote. If you want to play a part in the generating ideas for the club, steering it or just helping in any way, please nominate by email to or on the night. It’s not onerous and we do have fun meetings involving dinner, beers and thinking about ideas for SABC.

The notification and agenda here.

Following the AGM, and with the permission of the American Homebrewers Association, we’ll be screening a replay from the recent HomebrewCon Online virtual conference. The session we’ll watch is:

Making Sense of Terpenes, Thiols, and Biotransformation in the Quest for Unique Hop Expression.

Brewing modern, hop-forward beer styles requires us to look beyond alpha acids and focus on hop oils, their constituents, and how addition timing and fermentation processes affect hop aroma. Centred around the latest hops research, we will examine several families of hop compounds and their contributions to bitterness, flavour, and aroma. We will discuss brewing conditions and hop addition timing to optimize hop oil extraction, biotransformation, and aroma expression.

These sessions are currently only available to attendees of the recent online event, however in 2021 all sessions will be available to AHA members so it’s well worth joining. For more information check out there website:

If you’ve got a beer you want to share and talk about or a presentation on a topic, let us know for now and the future.

Everyone else, please bring a beer or two to swap in bottle bingo.

Winter comp

Our winter competition is being judged this weekend. The portal is open now to enter your beer. We are now able to offer BeerBelly as a drop off location as well as 12 midday on Saturday at the Irish Club. Judging is Sunday. If you want to offer to judge or steward, you need to nominate in the competition portal. It’s not really clear how to do this. You need to edit your profile to make the changes.

Everything you need to know on the competitions page.


Reminder to block out August 1 in your diary for BeerBQ. It’s free for members as usual and bookings will open soon. We are limited to 60 so again, be aware and it might be non-members and partners won’t be able to come. Stay tuned.

This week’s virtual meeting learning all about hops IRL

Howdy brewers and Iso-lords! (If you’ve not been watching Nat’s What I Reckon cooking videos, you’re missing out. I’d like to see him do a homebrewing vid).

So this week’s meeting on Wednesday night is virtual again using Zoom. It was a lot of fun last time but please be aware it is starting at the earlier time of 6:30pm to accommodate the time zone of our guest. 

Our special guest is Susan Wheeler from Hop Revolution NZ. Hop Revolution is the biggest hop farm in New Zealand and has just got their first crop in. 

Susan is a Plant Scientist and molecular biologist. She did her PhD here in Adelaide at CSIRO PLANT Industry at Waite. 

Check out their crops here 

If you have any questions about growing hops or the biological specifics behind certain hops, this is the session you don’t want to miss! Bring a beer, settle on the couch, and join us via the internet to have a catch-up and learn! 

After the presentation and questions, we’ll have a social catch up and show and tell. Talk about a beer you’ve made recently or something you’ve learnt.


 Zoom is a video conferencing tool, you can use your desktop, laptop or download the Zoom app to your phone or tablet. You can join via video or audio-only if you don’t have camera access. FAQ here.

Winter Competition and SABSOSA

In other club news, it looks highly likely we’ll be able to hold a winter competition and SABSOSA, although it’s unclear if there will be a national competition. We’ll make an official announcement soon but if you want to get going, the categories will be mostly wide open (Pale Ales, Apa/IPA, Dark, Lagers, Stouts, Wheat and Specialty). Entries will most likely be limited to just two per person to help us keep it manageable. 

Also, Note on bottle sizes. Consistent with AABC, each entry must consist of a single container of at least 500ml and no more than 1000ml in volume330ml stubbies are not accepted.

Charity donation

As a club, we made the decision that this year’s Summer Comp entry fees would be donated towards a charity that will help local families that were impacted by the devastating bush fires earlier this year. SABC donated $450 to SA Bushfire Appeal. Thanks to everyone who entered, and thanks to everyone in our community that helped in any way with the fires — your contribution is invaluable.

The virtual brewing club

Well, that escalated. One day we were cancelling our meeting and hoping for the competition to go ahead. Now, while we managed to get the competition judged {results below!} at social distancing, we now must postpone our Hills breweries tour and the club’s BeerBQ.

The committee met online last week and are determined to host BeerBQ at the very first opportunity we can after restrictions are lifted.

We want to postpone the Hills tour in hope we can still host it. If you bought a ticket, thank you and they’ll be kept in credit for the new date. If you want a refund, that’s OK too. Just email us and we’ll get it done. 

The new normal (hopefully not)

The club has subscribed to Zoom video meeting platform and we will host our regular meetings online until things change. Our meeting on Wednesday 15 will be at 7pm on Zoom and links/ PIN numbers will be sent out soon. We want it to be a catch-up and ask you to talk briefly about a beer you’ve brewed, something you’ve just done differently or ask a question about something you need advice.

As you’d imagine, everyone talking at once isn’t going to be a good experience so we’re using this as a trial. Mics off, use the chat feature and a host will facilitate speakers and responses. In the future, we’ll have special guests (from around the world) and other presentations. They can be recorded too for watching later.

Before next Wednesday, if you don’t have it or use video conferencing, please get Zoom on your phone, tablet or computer and try it out with friends or family to get used to using it. Here’s a getting started guide or this more blunt guide from the ABC – How to not suck at video conferencing.

In the meantime, if you’ve exhausted your Netflix recommendations, you can listen to our of our meeting presentations from our shop (you need to log in) like this cracker on water and treatment by Leon and Luke.

Summer competition results

The summer competition was judged by a small but to our usual standards of anonymity and independence. Thank you to Gary for making it happen when we thought it was all lost. And thank you all for entering. We were overwhelmed by the response in Belgian entries. We’re sorry we couldn’t judge the other categories. All the entry fees totally over $300 are going to be donated to the CFS Foundation.

The score sheets will be uploaded to the portal in the next few weeks, so please be patient. Medals will be posted. Please make sure your postal address is correct in the portal. In the meantime the winners of the Belgian categories were:

Cat 21 Belgian IPA
1st place. Brendan Macey
2nd place. Gavin Pennell
3rd place. Ali Holden
Cat 24 Belgian Ale
1st place. Gerard Flynn
2nd place. Luke O’brien
3rd place. Christopher Kerr
Cat. 25. Strong Belgian Ale
1st place Sam Wallwork
2nd place. Luke Beard
3rd place. Nick McAuley
Cat 26 Trappist Ale
1st place. Ben Krauth
2nd place. Gus Kingston
3rd place. Nick McAuley
Overall champion scores
1st place 44 points. Gerard Flynn
2nd place. 43.25. Points Ben Krauth
3rd place. 43 points. Luke O’Brien

Stay well everyone … and stay home.

Cancelled meeting this week

The committee has made the difficult decision to cancel this Wednesday’s meeting. We are all aware that the whole nation, and the world, is taking unprecedented measures to try and slow the infections from COVID-19.

We don’t want to be seen to be above the expectations of the community when concerts, sports, family get-togethers and weddings are being cancelled. There is a lot of disappointment and we are sure you understand. What we all do this week will hopefully show significant benefits by this time next month.

We also planned to use our off flavours sensory kit. Not only is it quite expensive to buy and we want everyone to be able to have benefited from it, but we also cannot use it without people coming in close contact with vessels as we stick our noses into it.

It is a fast-changing situation, however, we do plan to continue hold the competition judging on Saturday albeit with changed routines (no jugs will be used, bottles opened at the tables, stewards will wear gloves and we’ll use disposable cups that we will recycle.

We understand this makes it difficult for some of you to drop your entries off without a meeting. Please watch your emails and the Facebook Group and Page for updates. You can still drop them at BeerBelly (note cutoff time on the competitions portal) and Gilbert St at 12pm on Saturday. If you’re stuck, send us an email and we’ll try and sort out an alternative.

Enter here.

We also hope our Hills bus tour goes ahead (Tickets are available here). We have committed to refunding tickets if the tour doesn’t go ahead.

The BeerBQ on May 2 is also still on our calendar. All you need to do is brew a beer for it and hope it happens.

For now, stay safe and healthy.

Gus and SABC committee.

Summer competition entries open

The summer competition entry portal is now open. To enter, you need to register an account. While we use this platform a lot, you cannot use an old or SABSOSA log-ins. Once you’ve registered you can enter a beer(s) and return later, log in and enter or edit more beers, print labels and pay.

This is a Belgians competition. If you’re entering a Belgian, select one of the specific BJCP categories. If you’re entering a non-Belgian beer choose ‘other’ (the last item in the drop-down menu) and use the BJCP 2015 categories to indicate in the box what style of beer it is. E.g. 13A. Dark Mild.

The best of show and medals will only be awarded to the Belgians entered. Other beers will be judged as normal with judges sheets available in the portal after completion.

Bottle drop is currently only at BeerBelly, our meeting on March 18 or on the day by 12.15pm.

While this was a Belgians comp, the club opened this competition up to more styles with the benefit of all entry fees set at $7 and all going to a bush fire and wildlife related charity. It also allows more members to have a go at judging which is a great learning experience.

We always need judges and stewards. Indicate your willingness to help in your entry or send an email to

Judging will be held at The Gilbert St Hotel from 12pm. We estimate the presentations will be around 3pm. If you can, come down for the event from 3pm. We’ll put one some snacks and the bar will no doubt have a great line-up of beers to enjoy.

March meeting

We are at the Wheaty on March 18 and we’ll be doing the off-flavours training kits that were postponed in November.

Hills breweries tour

Watch out for an announcement and tickets for the Hills breweries tour on Saturday, April 18. The bus tour will go to Urailda Brewery, Silver Bark Brewery, Lot 100 (Mismatch) and Left Barrel Brewing with brewery tours and meet and greet from the brewers. Numbers are limited so be quick. Cost $TBC.


Also fast approaching is our BeerBQ on May 2. That might not seem soon but this is a reminder to think about what you want to brew for it and schedule it in.

More dates in the Club Calendar.

Collab club brew day on Sunday

Club brew day

REGISTER HERE to brew, join a brew team or just come along watch.

You probably know by now that we are brewing together on five or six club member’s systems. We’ve done it before. Bring your kit and brew together, join a team, make what you want. Maybe share ingredients costs. Make a double batch. Whatever you want. Strike water and chilling available. May the best system … win?

We need you to register so we can cater.

Pizza lunch provided by our hosts and the club. Places for brewing set-ups are limited but if your kit is mobile and you can brew, let us know in the registration. If you want to join in, either join as a team together or we’ll sort you out. 

We’ll taste the results in a meeting in the future.

Summer comp update – expanded field

Our summer comp is being judged on March 21 at The Gilbert St Hotel and as you all know, the focus is Belgian beers. We’ve been looking for a way of raising some money for bushfire appeals and we’ve decided to open up the categories to a broader range. We’ve set entries at $7 per entry but it’s all going to a great cause.

So watch out for the portal opening soon and what categories will be available. We are aiming to keep it simple and all categories won’t be available. This is mostly due to time and availability of judges but it also gives anyone who wants to give judging a go a start.

Best of show will still be a Belgian beer.

So if you’ve got a lager, pils, pale, IPA, stout, porter, amber laying around after Christmas, don’t drink it just yet. 500ml+ preferred but we will accept 2x330ml in this case.

Fresh hop testing

This offer came from Silver Spring Hop and Permaculture Farm in the Adelaide Hills to brew with their fresh hops:

We are very very close to harvest now on the hops farm and we do not have time to test our hops myself this year. So we’re looking for a couple of competent all gain brewers in SA to test the hops for us.

We need simple ales made with 100 per cent of our hops. Now since the brewer is doing most of the hard work we’re happy to give away 250g of fresh off the oast dried flowers.

We will require 2 litres to make sure the hops are at the quality we expect before I put them up for sale. You get free hops for the brew minus 2L of the final beer.

The club would also love to try some of the beer too at a meeting in the future.

Testing will be as required as we pick. First pick will be Cascade 10%AA. Second pick will be Dr Rudi 12%AA. Third pick Chinook 10%AA. Fourth pick Centennial 9%AA. Fourth pick Columbus 9%AA. Fifth Pick Target 9%AA. All are super fruity so suit ales. We have cohumulone numbers etc too.

Contact Stuart at:

Little Bangs in Mad March

This Wednesday we’re meeting at Little Bang Brewing Co. 25 Henry Street Stepney at the special ‘Fringe Event’ time of 6pm – 8pm. Like The Wheaty, LBBC is also a Fringe venue hosting comedy, so while you’re welcome to stay longer, we’ll shift our formalities to an earlier window. It’s tough to find places to meet in Mad March.

Our guest is Tony from The Suburban Brew who will take us through how as a gypsy brewer he uses Little Bang’s brewery to brew his range. Plus beers from the brewery and meals are also available.

Club brew day

At the meeting, we’ll also provide more info about the club brew day on Sunday, March 1. If you haven’t heard, we are brewing together but on five or six systems. We’ve done it before. Bring your kit and brew together, join a team, make what you want. Maybe share ingredients costs. Make a double batch. Whatever you want. Strike water and chilling available. May the best system … win? 

Pizza lunch provided by our hosts and the club. Places for brewing set-ups are limited but if your kit is mobile and you can brew, let us know in the registration. If you want to join in, either join as a team together or we’ll sort you out. 

REGISTER HERE to brew or just come along and join in. 

We’ll taste the results in a meeting in the future.


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Summer comp – venue locked in 

We’ll judge the ‘all things Belgian’ summer comp on March 21 at The Gilbert Street Hotel from 12pm. Entry portal opens soon. Bottle drop a the March meeting, on the day or at BeerBelly.

We always need judges and helpers. Come along to help or just for the winners’ presentation from around 3pm and stay for some nibbles and a beer. It’s really great The Gilbert are allowing us to use their function room

Opportunity to test ingredients

We got a message from Robert. “Hi there, I’ve started producing a biodynamic organic barley malt (green atm – Westminster) and was wondering whether there might be someone that could test the malt during a brew and provide feedback on it? I can supply 10kg of malt to test.”

If you’re interested, contact Robert with your idea of what to brew at We’d like to taste the results as well.

ANHC / Club Night reminder

We want as many members as possible to come to the Aust. National Homebrew Conference in October. Put Oct 9-10 in your diaries now and scout out plane fares. Also, think about a good theme for the club to have at club night (playing dress-ups) and what to brew. 


We shared this last time, you can save the club calendar and print it out for the fridge or dunny door as a JPG or a PDF. It prints up to A3. We’ve also updated the online calendar page on the site. you can add to your own calendar: