South Australian Brewing Club (SABC) is a club based in Adelaide where beer and brewing enthusiasts can collaborate and discuss the brewing of beer at home or at the craft brewing level. We welcome members from all over South Australia.
SABC postponed Hills bus brewery tour rescheduled for January 16.
Not only was our BeerBQ cancelled twice, but we also had to cancel our brewery tour way back in March. We’ve got it locked in for January 16 (and holding our breath!). The tour isn’t the same epic voyage we had planned because of venue availability but we think we’ve just got to do it and move on.
The proposed schedule is:
10:00 Wheaty 11:00 Uraidla Hotel (Café + brewery viewing) 11:30 Uraidla Hotel (Bar opens) 13:30 Depart 13:45 Left Barrel (Brewery + lunch) 17:00 Depart 17:45 Drop off Little Bang 18:00 Drop off Wheaty
Everyone who signed up and paid in March all have valid tickets. If the new date doesn’t suit, we’ll refund you. When the new numbers are established we’ll offer more tickets. It’s a 23 seat bus. Of course, everyone can join us at the venues by their own transport or carpool.
Please watch for more info and let us know ASAP if you cannot use your ticket.
December Christmas meeting
We’re at the Wheaty for our usual Christmas meeting on Wednesday 16 from 7pm.
We’ll put on some pizzas. As is tradition, please bring a bottle of homebrew for secret Santa swapping. Wrap it fancy and pretty or we’ll wrap it in a brown paper bag.
Well, that sucked. Just when we were all set for the twice-postponed BeerBQ, it’s shut down again. We will get to it sometime. Maybe in the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye out for updates.
Summer competition 2021
How low can you go!
Summer competition is soon upon us and as in tradition with the summer comp, we will be judging at a Wednesday meeting among members and will have some fun with it along with a main category.
Main category: How low can you go,
Brew your best low alcohol beer from the following BJCP categories: 1A: American light lager, 3A: Czech pale lager, 5A: German lightbier, 11A: Ordinary Bitter, 13A: Dark Mild, 23A: Berliner Weisse, 28: American Wild ale (as long as sub 4%.)
Sub-category (just for fun) Hazy beer
Any type of pale hazy beer you like, the hazier the better. Entrants to give a rough style description as well as list any special ingredients or allergins.
Judging will take place on February 17 at the monthly meeting at the Wheaty at 7pm. Bring your entries on the day or drop off locations will be published later.
Strictly two entries per brewer in a glass or plastic bottle equal or greater than 500ml.$5 per entry for paid club members only. Online entry will close Friday 12th February.
Virtual meet up
Lachlan provides the minutes from our vitual meeting last night. Watch out for notices alerting to them.
We had a smaller turnout for last nights zoom meet, but there was some good discussion and no recording so I’ll post the highlights here.
BeerBQ update – we’re in a holding pattern on this until restrictions ease. Keep up the good work SA
Raf gave a really informative talk about how to brew mead. His mead won’t best of show at this year’s AABC judged last month. Congratulations Raf!!!
Brendon has figured out how to add wireless charging to the iSpindles he’s building. Genius! – http://www.ispindel.de/
Gus performed the worlds longest kveik ferment – 14 days whilst he was away. Seriously it was probably finished before his flight left the tarmac…
At this point my laptop overheated and died so I missed the rest. Attendees – is there anything to add? We expect to be back at the Wheaty for the December meeting. No set topic, just the traditional pizza and secret Santa.
Barrel be brewed
Thanks Gavin for storing our barrel project and brewing up an extra batch to fill it. The Flanders red was brewed at Left Barrel Brewing a few weeks ago and fermented by individual members was brought together to the club barrel. Sweet dreams… see you next year.
Our Left Barrel brewday is going ahead this weekend. It’s being managed by Clinton and we still have a few places left.
If you’re just catching up, we’re brewing a Flanders Red that will go in a barrel for 4-6 months. You take home a 20L wort to ferment and bring back fo the barrel in a couple of weeks. So the only catch is you need fermentor space for that time.
We also need you to source a Belgian base yeast to ferment and get it now so it’s ready to go on Sunday or early next week.
We also need somewhere to keep the barrel for this time. If you’ve got some space were we could store it, that’d be excellent. Let us know.
So it’s this Saturday, October 17 at Left Barrel Balhannah from 9am.
If you want to be a part of it, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and watch your emails for more to come. We’ll also set up a discussion on Facebook to fine-tune the recipe and plan.
Everyone is welcome to go to the brewery in the day as well. The bar is open and lunch is available.
Next meeting We will be at Pirate Life Brewery, Port Adelaide on Wednesday 21 for a special tasting session and a bit of a focus on gose and sours.
Congratulations all the SABC winners in SABSOSA. It was a pretty high standard this year. Members of the club took out 46 of the medals on offer.
John van der Zalm won best brewer and Stuart Garden best beer with a score of 45 for his marzen. The results are now published on the portal and our website. It was a great medal presentation at The Wheaty with a full house.
They both also won a year’s membership to the club.
Highly awarded brewers included, Stewart Garden, Lachlan, Wolfgang, Brendan, Thomas, Rafael, James Edwards, Michael, Wally, Nick, Brenton, Luke O’Brien, Luke Beard, Gavin, John VDZ, Greg, BJ, Giles, Chris Daniel Davenport and Leon along with many others.
This month we’re going to do another round of beer assessments in groups. It worked well last time and it suits our COVID restrictions.
Each table will be given a bottle that is unlabeled and with no hints as to what the inside beverage is. In tables, taste the beer and discuss things like aroma, appearance, flavour, mouthfeel and try to see if you can come to a consensus about what this beer is and any extra additions that may have been included.
***CALL OUT*** if you have a long neck of a beer or a couple of stubbies that you have brewed that you would like to get some feedback from the group, please let us know in an email so we can ensure that we have enough.
It’s a great opportunity to have a new brew tasted, or if you’ve tried something completely different.
Yeah baby, it’s on! Bring one bottle or many to swap with fellow members! A great way to taste some sensational beers (and clear out that stock of your own bottles)
SABSOSA judging us underway.
Please check your emails (including updates or promotions or spam folders) for details of judging or stewarding sessions if you nominated to help.
The awards announcement and presentation is on Sunday, September 27 at The Wheaty from 12pm. Put it in your diaries.
Left Barrel Brew Day
October 17 is the date. Clinton is project managing it. Talk to him on Wednesday night or send us an email if you want to be in on it but can’t make the meeting. More info to come so don’t worry.
Remember to sign in to the meeting by pointing your phone camera a the QR Code/ or use the URL to get to the form on your phone.
Register for 2020, even if you’ve done it before, and add your beers, pay ONLINE and then print out the labels. Fix to bottles with a RUBBER BAND ONLY and drop them off.
Tell your brewer mates too. We want lots of entries this year.
Follow SABSOSA on Facebook for updates and after judging is over on Sept 18/19, check your scores, sweep in and pick up your loot of medals and tell your craft-loving brothers in law that you have proof your beers are good.
Judge training opportunity at Pirate Life
There is a judges ‘training session’ on Tuesday 8 September, 6.30pm at Pirate Life. Numbers limited to 20. You must register as a judge in the portal. Invites will only go out that way. More details to come.
If you have registered, log in and then choose Edit Account from the My Account menu indicated by the icon on the top menu and edit your preferences to judge (and/ or steward).
2020 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.
This will be drawn at our next meeting, August 19, 2020.
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Heavy-duty 18 gauge 304 Stainless
10.7 Gallons total volume (40 Litres)
1.2 x 1.0 height to width ratio
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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
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 shop.sabrew.com 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.
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.
Ales 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
APA 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
Dark 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
Lager 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
Stout 1st Nicky Thomas: Oatmeal Stout 2nd Leon van der Linden: Foreign Extra Stout 3rd Bjorn Elix Co-Brewer: Daniel Johnson: Imperial Stout
IPA 1st Luke O’Brien, Co-Brewer: Ryan Campbell & Shane Warren NEIPA 2nd Giles Hussey : Black IPA 3rd Lachlan Johnson Hazei: New England IPA
Specialty 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
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or on the night. It’s not onerous and we do have fun meetings involving dinner, beers and thinking about ideas for SABC.
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: https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/
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.
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.
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.