Success for SA at Aust. National Homebrewing Championships

SABC members at ANHC Club Night 2018Congratulations to all our members who placed at the Australian National Homebrew Championships judged late last week in parallel with the Australian National Homebrew Conference.

Overall SA placed third in the state rankings with 11 winning beers (not all SABC members) — which is an excellent result showing we punch well above our weight compared to the numbers from the bigger states (that have more than one club).

SABC members Greg Weider (three silver) and Kieren Vercoe (two gold, seven places) were both placed second as best brewer but it was Greg who took it out on a countback. The full results are here.

Along with great wins by Greg and Kieren, other club members with places were: Clinton Fisher (x2), Michael Handran-Smith (two silvers), Wolfgang Trenkler, Adrian ‘Wol’ Reich (x2), John van der Zalm, Matthew Kennedy (a 3rd), Neill Gardner, Joel Gaskin, James Edwards, Gary Waters, Stuart Kirk (x2, including a silver) and Paul Reck.

With those wins, SABC won joint best Club at ANHC Clubnight with our ‘snake oil salesmen’ themed bar. Gary’s Saison won third place in the Hopco Southern Cross hop challenge. The prize was a piece of shiny SS Brewtech that we’re going to work out how the club members can use it.

Overall the National champs and ANHC conference was a huge success for us. A big thank you to everyone who won a place, attended the conference and dressed up or brewed for Club Night but especially Gary Waters and his wife Lee who not only dreamt up our theme, they also sourced the props (thanks Pirate), helped all of us find our costumes (thanks Priddo) but also brewed two excellent beers, drove our kegs and props over with Kieren. It all came together so well and topped off by Sam’s great labels.

Finally, to acknowledge that Mike Leupold awarded John Preston Award for his running SABSOSA over the last 20+ years. This is a prize awarded at the Australian National Homebrewing Conference recognising his outstanding contribution to Australian home brewing. Mike was in Melbourne to accept his award even though he didn’t know he was getting it. Congratulations!

Mike Leupold

Last word from the ‘Prez’

We’ve harped on about Winter Comp and AGM for a while now, and this Wednesday 7pm at the Wheaty, it’s finally here.

With great sadness I will admit that this will be my swan song as SABC Club President. As life takes its twists and turns, priorities change and for me this is no different. The coming year will bring some challenges for me personally which will mean my commitment to the Club will become difficult. I have therefore come to the difficult decision to not re-elect for a Club committee position for the coming year.

I joined the Club in its infancy in 2012 and later joining the committee in late 2013. I’ve seen the Club grow from a small group of eager faces, just happy to share a brewing yarn and a beer, to a well-oiled brew Club that is the envy of homebrewing Clubs the nation over. SABC is what it is today due to the commitment and passion of the Club’s committee over the past few years. This will continue. I urge you to consider if a Club committee position is for you and if it is, give it a red hot go!

I have every confidence that the Club will continue to provide value, education and enjoyment to our loyal and growing membership in the year to come, and maybe a yarn and a few beers too!!

As for me, I hope to take a step back and enjoy the progress of this great Club from afar for a change, with a pint of SA’s finest in hand of course.

Cheers and beers, Clint

 

Off flavours in beer presentations

At our June meeting, the club presented a series of tastings of beers with off flavours added to them using professional sensory kits.

Acetaldehyde, Solvent-like, Diacetyl and DMS (dimethyl sulfide).

To accompany the tastings for discussion there was also some short presentations. You can download the slides as PDF documents below.

Off Flavours-Diacetyl

Off Flavours- Solvent-like

Off Flavours – DMS Dimethyl sulfide

Off Flavours – Acetaldehyde

ANAWBS Judge call out

Australian National Amateur Wine and Beer Show judging is taking place on Saturday and Sunday 23/24th September (AM and PM) held at the Waite Institute.  Judges are still urgently needed for this event.

Details at: https://www.anawbs.org.au

They are still in need of judges for this event, if you are available to judge for this event, please contact Gavin Pennell on 0412107107 or hegaelect@gmail.com

Urgent SABSOSA call out

Out state home-brew comp is closed for entries and there are a great number of entries this year.

There is still however a shortage of judges and stewards for the judging weekend on Saturday and Sunday 9th and 10th September.  Judging kicks off at 9am and will continue through till approximately 1pm.

You do not need to be BJCP qualified to judge, though some experience in judging is beneficial. You do not need experience to steward.

If you are available to judge or steward, please contact Kieren Vercoe at: kvercoe1@gmail.com

American Homebrewers Association Membership Offer

The AHA sent Steve Parr down to little old Adelaide to check out the ANHC (he is the Vice President), and as part of that they have extended a discount offer to Australian home brewers wishing to join the AHA.

Use activation code AUS15 in the activation code field at www.homebrewersassociation.org/digital to receive a discounted membership.
In addition to saving 15%, a digital AHA membership includes the benefits of a traditional AHA membership with a digital copy of Zymurgy delivered via email or the eZymurgy app, instead of a mailed printed copy.

Pirate Life. We’re Back!

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Ok, we’re back on track for our Pirate Life event, finally.  The roadworks have finished on that part of South Road, allowing free access for emergency services for those who have had too much pizza and beer!

The date is Sunday November 27th, starting at 12.30pm.

We will kick off with a brewery tour (and a pint), with lunch starting from 1.30pm.  There will be wood oven pizzas (vegetarian available), bruschetta and garlic bread served until 3.30pm.  We will have a raffle, and there will be a prize for the best pirate themed accessory or clothing.  We will also be announcing the Brewer of the Year.

Cost for non-members is $20.00 per person.

For catering numbers, please let us know if you are coming along, either by indicating so on the facebook event or the old fashioned way by emailing events@sabrew.com. 

Can You Brew For Club Night?

As you are aware, we need brewers to brew for Club Night. In an effort to keep it all in one place, we have created a web form for brewers to submit their info.  Even if you have told a committee member that you are brewing, please take a minute to fill out the form so we know what we are getting and from whom.  We still need more brewers, so if you think you have some spare bandwidth in your brewing schedules, please help out.

The form is here.