Brewer of the Year Results – It’s a TIE!

Your vote is needed to help decide the One Beer To Rule Them All. Currently Simon R and Greg W are locked on 23 points each for the SABC Brewer of the Year award. After 5 competitions, the SABC committee cannot split these fantastic brewers.

To determine the One Beer To Rule Them All and the SABC Brewer of the Year, a brew off will be held. Each brewer will brew a (Not-So) Ordinary Bitter in accordance with the BJCP guidelines for presentation to the SABC members. Judging will be Subjective. That is, you will sample both beers and cast a single vote for the one beer you like the most. The beer with the most votes will earn its brewer the title of SABC Brewer of the Year.

Tasting, judging and celebrating the SABC Brewer of the Year will happen at 6:30pm, November 29 at the Barossa Valley Brewing Beer Degustation event (see Below).

For the hop heads out there, the following are the BJCP Guidelines for an Ordinary Bitter. The style leaves nowhere to hide, nowhere to run and will help to determine the One Beer to Rule Them All.

8A. Standard/Ordinary Bitter
Aroma:
 The best examples have some malt aroma, often (but not always) with a caramel quality. Mild to moderate fruitiness is common. Hop aroma can range from moderate to none (UK varieties typically, although US varieties may be used). Generally no diacetyl, although very low levels are allowed.

Appearance: Light yellow to light copper. Good to brilliant clarity. Low to moderate white to off-white head. May have very little head due to low carbonation.

Flavor: Medium to high bitterness. Most have moderately low to moderately high fruity esters. Moderate to low hop flavor (earthy, resiny, and/or floral UK varieties typically, although US varieties may be used). Low to medium maltiness with a dry finish. Caramel flavors are common but not required. Balance is often decidedly bitter, although the bitterness should not completely overpower the malt flavor, esters and hop flavor. Generally no diacetyl, although very low levels are allowed.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-light body. Carbonation low, although bottled and canned examples can have moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: Low gravity, low alcohol levels and low carbonation make this an easy-drinking beer. Some examples can be more malt balanced, but this should not override the overall bitter impression. Drinkability is a critical component of the style; emphasis is still on the bittering hop addition as opposed to the aggressive middle and late hopping seen in American ales.

Comments: The lightest of the bitters. Also known as just “bitter.” Some modern variants are brewed exclusively with pale malt and are known as golden or summer bitters. Most bottled or kegged versions of UK-produced bitters are higher-alcohol versions of their cask (draught) products produced specifically for export. The IBU levels are often not adjusted, so the versions available in the US often do not directly correspond to their style subcategories in Britain. This style guideline reflects the “real ale” version of the style, not the export formulations of commercial products.

History: Originally a draught ale served very fresh under no pressure (gravity or hand pump only) at cellar temperatures (i.e., “real ale”). Bitter was created as a draught alternative (i.e., running beer) to country-brewed pale ale around the start of the 20th century and became widespread once brewers understood how to “Burtonize” their water to successfully brew pale beers and to use crystal malts to add a fullness and roundness of palate.

Ingredients: Pale ale, amber, and/or crystal malts, may use a touch of black malt for color adjustment. May use sugar adjuncts, corn or wheat. English hops most typical, although American and European varieties are becoming more common (particularly in the paler examples). Characterful English yeast. Often medium sulfate water is used.

Vital Statistics: OG: 1.032 – 1.040
IBUs: 25 – 35 FG: 1.007 – 1.011
SRM: 4 – 14 ABV: 3.2 – 3.8%

Commercial Examples: Fuller’s Chiswick Bitter, Adnams Bitter, Young’s Bitter, Greene King IPA, Oakham Jeffrey Hudson Bitter (JHB), Brains Bitter, Tetley’s Original Bitter, Brakspear Bitter, Boddington’s Pub Draught

Good luck, Simon and Greg!

BYO Magazine Offer – Last Chance!

As I type this I’m finalising the details for the BYO Subscription offer. It WILL be sent to BYO this week – so you have until COB Thursday to get your name down – or you miss out until next year!

$40 gets you 8 issues over 12 months – the magazine is full of handy hints, tips and recipes and this offer is cheaper than you can get it in stores for locally – with a percentage of the cost going directly back to SABC.

‘Components of Beer Tasting Series’ at The Wheaty

The Wheaty are going to be running a 4 part tasting series covering the 4 base ingredients in beer – beginning on October 1st with a session on Hops.

The 4 sessions are
October 1st, Hops
October 29th, Malt
November 19th, Yeast
December 17th, Water

The sessions will be conducted with the help of Laura Mirsch; who is an experienced brewer from a large craft brewery in San Diego.

Also as a major bonus, SABC members who choose to attend any of these events will receive a free pint of beer courtesy of the Wheaty. You must contact the club before the event date so we can advise the Wheaty you’re going along!

For more details, and to find the booking links, visit the Wheaty’s detail page here: http://wheatsheafhotel.com.au/blogs/wheaty_hoopla/articles/componenets_of_beer_tasting_series

SABSOSA Placings!

The SABSOSA committee have been working tirelessly this afternoon after the completion of the judging, in the interest of getting results to people who qualify for the nationals as quickly as possible.

The placings are:

Low Alcohol
1st: James McLean
2nd: Brad Bown
3rd: Steve McKenzie

Pale Lager
1st: Simon Rofe
2nd: Brad Bown
3rd: James Forrest

Pilsner
1st: Mark Murray
2nd: Mike Leupold
3rd: Simon Batty

Amber & Dark Lager
1st: Peter Bradshaw
2nd: Greg Wieder
3rd: Peter Winch

Strong Lager
1st: Greg Wieder
2nd: Brad Bown
3rd: Peter Bradshaw

Pale Ale
1st: Peter Bradshaw
2nd: Simon Batty
3rd: Olexji Straschko

American Pale Ale
1st: Peter Bradshaw
2nd: Steve Day
3rd: Adrian Reich

Bitter Ale
1st: Daniel Bartholomaeus
2nd: Joel Harman
3rd: Brad Bown

Brown Ale
1st: Daniel Bartholomaeus
2nd: Brad Donaldson
3rd: Matt Kennedy

Porter
1st: Simon Rofe
2nd: Peter Taverner
3rd: Kevin Smith

Stout
1st: Sam Johns
2nd: Adrian Reich
3rd: Ben Johnson

Strong Stout
1st: James McLean
2nd: Liam Yorke
3rd: Julien Gibson

India Pale Ale
1st: Adam Beauchamp
2nd: Jason Badenoch
3rd: Matt Spencer

Strong Ale
1st: Richard Camp
2nd: Lynden Wilson
3rd: Adam Donnon

Belgian Strong Ale
1st: Peter Taverner
2nd: Rachel Edwards
3rd: Peter Winch

Wheat & Rye Beer
1st: Peter Taverner
2nd: Peter Taverner
3rd: Brad Bown

Farmhouse & Wild Beer
1st: Peter Taverner
2nd: Peter Winch
3rd: Ben Pearce

Specialty
1st: Jason Badenoch
2nd: Andrew Coleman
3rd: Rodney Brown

Fantastic results for SABC members there, the scores were all generally very high and all placings are very well deserved!

If your name is above, you will have received an email from SABSOSA too, get your bottles ready for AABC ASAP!

Full results will be available at 8pm on 22nd September @ www.sabsosa.com

We’ll get our Club Brewer tally updated shortly too – it was very close going into this comp and with some great results for some of our brewers in this comp – it will go down to the wire!

September Members Meeting. This Wednesday!

It’s that time of the month again folks, time for our regular members meeting at The Wheaty. They’re held every 3rd Wednesday from 7pm out in the back room.

This meeting has no set discussion or presentation topic, but we will be running a dollar raffle for 2kg of spec malt – Special Roast, Melonoidin or Dark Crystal (to be decided). 100% of all money received goes directly to the club, as the malt was generously donated by a friend of the club.

This may also be your last chance to get in on the 8 issue BYO subscription for $40! This is a fantastic offer to get behind, the magazine has a good range of articles catering for brewers of every skill and experience level. It is cheaper to get the magazines via this order than to sign up for your own subscription by a good amount, with the extra benefit for your club that a percentage of the cost directly comes back to SABC!

Spots are filling fast – the offer will end at THIS club members meeting so that the details can be sent to BYO a week after the club meeting – you have until that date to get in!

We’ll see you at The Wheaty!

SABSOSA 2014. Are you entering?

Folks, entries for SA’s largest amateur brewing competition and our only pathway to the Nationals, close this Saturday, 6th of September!

You have until Saturday to get your entries in, they need to be delivered to either Brewmaker Home Brewing – 560 North East Road, Holden Hill; Beerbelly, 6/421 Prospect Road, Blair Athol; or Gulf Brewery 1/13-15 Mt Barker Road, Hahndorf.

Entries are just $5 each which is great value!

Full details are available over on the SABSOSA site.

Good luck!

Apologies if you saw this in the newsletter after the 6th, and missed the date. Due to the method used to generate the newsletters it is not easy to exclude posts from the newsletter.

August Members Meeting

Our monthly members meeting is just a few days away now, 20th of August, 7pm @ The Wheatsheaf Hotel in Thebarton.

This months topic will be a group discussion on preparing Yeast Starters; which as any experienced brewer will tell you is a good way to ensure you have the correct quantity of healthy yeast which helps your beer be the best it can be.

We’re also having a raffle at this meeting, so bring your spare gold coins! The prize is a magnetic stir-plate which was generously donated by Carter Brewing. Tickets are $2 each, with 100% of the funds going directly to SABC. Stir plates are a great way to help grow your yeast, so grab a couple of tickets!

BYO Magazine, Discounted subscriptions for club members!

We are now able to offer a discounted subscription to the American homebrewing magazine BYO.

The normal subscription price for Australia, including international shipping, is $45 USD (~$48 AUD + bank fees).

We are able to offer to our financial club members an 8 issue subscription for $40 AUD, including international shipping. This represents an impressive saving over the normal price, with the additional benefit that SABC receives a percentage of this price which goes directly back to support the club!

There is a limited time on this offer, as we need to compile the members who wish to take advantage of this and their payments within 1 month, and there is a minimum of 10 members for this offer (Restriction imposed by BYO, not SABC). Cut off date is September 17th (Club Meeting), any interest after this date will miss out!

To take advantage of this offer, please email the club directly at sabrewclub@gmail.com stating your desire to be included, with your postal address, and transfer $40 AUD to the club bank account, as below:

Account – South Australian Brewing Club Incorporated
Account No. 1073 8025
BSB 065 004

Orders need to be received by September 17th (Club Meeting), as outlined above, to be included in the offer; and we need 10 members minimum (BYO restriction, not SABC). This order will only be completed once per year.

Gawler Show – Entries Close on Friday!

Folks if you’re planning on entering the Gawler Show, your time is running out! Entries need to be completed and submitted to the Gawler Show Office by THIS FRIDAY 8th of August!

For full details, please click on this link to access the entry form.

You still have a couple of weeks to get the bottles ready, but payment and paperwork DOES need to be completed by this Friday. Drop offs to BeerBelly or to the Gawler Show Office.

Also if you’re free on August 23rd and fancy your hand at some judging or stewarding; give Carty a shoutout by emailing him at mattjamescarty@gmail.com. Don’t forget to include your contact number so he can let you know the specifics.

Good luck!

Apologies if you read this in the newsletter after 8/8! Due to the method the newsletter is generated it’s not easily possible to exclude this notification.

Have you been getting our Newsletters?

Unfortunately some members, gmail users especially, have not been seeing these email newsletters arrive in their mailbox.

We use a mail distribution service called MailChimp, and apparently some of the email content (likely the HTML tags used, or perhaps other users of the same service) causes these emails to be picked up as spam. They’re not, we’re not selling anything, and all our members requested them.

To ensure reliable and safe delivery – please ensure emails from the club email address sabrewclub@gmail.com are marked as safe, or you have a filter which directs emails from this address into a known folder.

AGM Report

Thanks to all our members, previous and new, who attended our AGM yesterday afternoon at The Wheaty. It was well attended and some fantastic suggestions to improve the club were made and will be taken onboard by the Committee. We especially thank Darren B for his experienced execution of the meeting agenda which kept the meeting on track.

There were some changes to the committee, outlined below:

President: Brad Bown (No change)
Vice President/Secretary: Darren Billett (New appointment)
Treasurer: Ian Rawley (No change)
General Committee: Clint Fisher (No change)
General Committee: Dan Wild (New appointment)
General Committee: Simon Rofe (New appointment)
General Committee: Julien Gibson (No change)
General Committee: James McLean (Change from VP/Secretary to Gen Comm)

We welcome the new members to the committee and thank the outgoing committee members for their work and dedication over our first 18 months.

The minutes from this meeting will be available shortly.

SABSOSA & Gawler Show, Judges and Stewards needed!

With these two competitions coming up in the next month or so, both need more judges and stewards.

Gawler Show:
Judging occurs on 23rd of August @ Fig22, Gawler. If you are able to judge or steward, please contact the Gawler Show Homebrew Convenor Matt Carty via email at mattjamescarty@gmail.com. Please include a contact phone number so Matt can contact you directly.

SABSOSA:
SABSOSA Judging Invitation 2014
SABSOSA Stewarding Invitation 2014

SABSOSA Judging 20th & 21st September 2014 (a.m. judging sessions) at the Holdfast Bay Bowls & Croquet Club.

If you’re interested and available for Judging or Stewarding on either date, please download the relevant form, complete the requested details, and email to Jared Birbeck at jaredbirbeck@gmail.com.

All correspondence on either competition should be directed to either SABSOSA or Gawler Show (homebrew section) directly using the contact information above, and not to SABC.