September meeting preview

Beer Judging

Get your entries in for the ACT Amateur Brewing Championships.

Greetings brewers! It’s that time of year again when we’re gearing up for our biggest competition of the year – the ACT Amateur Brewing Championships!

Entries must be submitted before 10.30am on September 5, so the next meeting on Thursday, September 3, at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah might be your last chance to get a fellow brewer to help sample your beer before you enter it. Cost of entering this year’s ACTABCs has been dropped to $5 per bottle. More information is available on the forum here.

Your club needs you

We’re still keen to enlist more judges and stewards for the ACT competition. It will be at the Pot Belly Boutique Bar, 5/26 Weedon Close, Belconnen on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of September from 9am both days.

Everyone is welcome to help out – stewarding is a great way to learn more about competitions and join in the fun! Each day’s session will be for approximately 3 – 4 hours, lunch will be provided at the conclusion of judging each day. Sign up on the forum here.

Tune-up your tastebuds

With the BJCP trainees having their major faulted beer tasting session on Tuesday night (a fantastic opportunity – add your name to the waiting list here), we’ve got a couple of extra flavours to offer to the broader group at the meeting. One of these is a very common off-flavour that judges often disagree on, so the timing is right to dial in your dial in your sensors to make sure you’ve got it right! Thanks, yet again, to BentSpoke for providing the perfectly-brewed base beer.

Halt deine Lederhosen fest!

Halt deine Lederhosen fest!

Oktoberfest tickets selling fast!

With a maximum 90 spaces available, and at last count 75 of those taken, you’d better get in quick if you want to join in our Oktoberfest celebration – the Canberra Brewers’ biggest social event of the year.

Cost for members is $10 and non-members $40. Don’t forget you need to pay at the September meeting or by direct deposit before Sept 21st or you lose your place(s) on the list. RSVP and read all the details here.

And don’t forget, no Oktoberfest is complete without lots of great homebrew! Bring your kegs along, the more the merrier. There will also be a prize for best German beer served on the night.

Be in it to win it!

For this months raffle we have some fantastic prizes on offer: A bottle of Kraken Meadery’s superb braggot, a temperature controller, a copy of Brewing Classic Styles, Gordon Strong’s new book Modern Homebrew Recipes, a Coopers T-Shirt, and one of the fantastic new products from Mashematics!

Save the date(s)

Still early days, but we’ve got a date (November 28) booked in for our next brewery trip – this time down to the Thirsty Crow in Wagga Wagga. Several members will camp down by the river.

We’re also planning the annual Christmas family barbecue for December 12, so get that up in your calendars. A few more handy dates are in this post on the forum.

Club library

Don’t forget to head to the club’s online library catalogue at https://canberrabrewers.librarika.com/ to peruse this great resource. You can reserve a copy of something and we’ll deliver it at the meeting. If the book is currently on loan, email education@canberrabrewers.com.au and we’ll arrange to have it brought back for you to borrow. Don’t have access to the library? Email us and we’ll hook you up.

(Another throw back to International Home Brew Day at Westside,
thanks to Tony for editing the timelapse video!)

 

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Canberra Brewer August meeting preview

Geoff Swan uses his home-built three-vessel system to brew a barleywine on International Home Brew Day at Westside in May

Geoff Swan uses his home-built three-vessel system to brew a barleywine on International Home Brew Day at Westside in May

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canberra Brewers get the low-down on the Young Henrys brewing operations from assistant brewer Owen Lyons, far right.

Canberra Brewers get the low-down on the Young Henrys brewing operations from assistant brewer Owen Lyons, far right.

Wig and Pen brewer Frazer Brown, left,  toasts the release of Tom Dixon's Wig and Pen Trophy beer, a Dusseldorf Altbier.

Wig and Pen brewer Frazer Brown, left, toasts the release of Tom Dixon’s Wig and Pen Trophy beer, a Dusseldorf Altbier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greetings brewers, another big month of beer in Canberra, with the launch of Tom Dixon’s Wig and Pen Trophy winning Dusseldorf Altbier “Tom, Dick and Harry” at the Wig, another Pact Brewing Co launch, and a Canberra Brewers club trip to Young Henrys and Batch Brewing in Sydney.

So, it’s only fitting we’ve got another  big meeting ahead!

The hard word on brewing software

For this month’s 7:30pm education session, we’ve lined up a couple of club tech-heads to talk about getting the most out of brewing software. We’ll take a good look at BeerSmith (the most popular software for CB members) and if time permits run through the features of some other software.

We’ll also talk about the idea of using a calibration brew to help get all the numbers you need to set up your software correctly for your system.

Solid gold tasting session

To satisfy his fascination for the experimental, Kevin Hingston is bringing two samples of his Belgian Golden Strong Ale using slightly different brewing techniques, and he wants some volunteers for a blind tasting. There are just 12 places available, so jump on the forum and sign up here. If you don’t get on the forum, email education@canberrabrewers.com.au

Barleywine bonanza

Geoff Swan took the IHBD challenge to brew a barleywine back in May, and he’s now set to bring the result along to the meeting. Rumour has it another club member will bring his keg of barleywine as well – but he’s interested to see if anyone can pick the consequences of an unusual step he took in its preparation.

Club raffle coup

This month’s raffle boasts some terrific prizes: We’ve got an Ultimate Growler – with its own mini-regulator, gas supply and dispensing tap,

a temperature controller, a wort oxygenation kit, A Coopers bar mat, a six-pack of beer from Batch Brewing and Young Henrys, a mixed fourpack of beer and a T-shirt from Brewcult and two books: Yeast and Modern Homebrewing Recipes. Make sure you get in and buy lots of tickets so the committee doesn’t scoop them all this time!

Mead and Cider judge training

We’re looking for expressions of interest for a mead and cider training session in August. Put your name down on the forum here, or email education@canberrabrewers.com.au.

Support the club that supports us!

A reminder to new and existing Canberra Brewers Club members that the German Harmonie Club supports the Canberra Brewers by providing the use of their function room (and allows us to drink our own beer), free of charge as part of their support to community clubs.  Please show them your support by becoming a member by filling out this form and paying only $10 for 3 years here or $5 for 1 year if you haven’t already.

Typically we also like to show our support by purchasing a beer as you arrive, which gives you a glass for tastings during the meeting. Please note, the glasses behind the bar downstairs are not there for our free use, so lets try to keep the extra glass use to a minimum. The bistro is open before our meetings start if you are after a feed of schnitzel or pork knuckle.  Also keep in mind that their staff need to clean up after us, so try do what you can to keep the place in a reasonably tidy state.  Any help at the end of club nights to clean up is much appreciated.

Club library

Don’t forget to head to the club’s online library catalogue at https://canberrabrewers.librarika.com/ to peruse this great resource. You can reserve a copy of something and we’ll deliver it at the meeting. If the book is currently on loan, email education@canberrabrewers.com.au and we’ll arrange to have it brought back for you to borrow. Don’t have access to the library? Email us and we’ll hook you up.

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The next club meeting is on Thursday September 3, which is tomorrow. More information about club meetings is available on the Meetings page.

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