September 2017 news and meeting preview

The trees are blossoming. This calls for a beer! Our next meeting is this Thursday, 7 September. Here are the deets:

Education: Off-flavour experience

A special one this month; we have our own Patrick Baggoley guiding us through a sensory training session! This is where we try a series of beers with and without specific off-flavour compounds, so you can do a side-by-side tasting of a beer with and without the added flavour.

Places will be limited, so please make sure to arrive early and take a seat to guarantee your spot! The session will start at 7.30pm sharp.

This is a great opportunity for new brewers wanting to learn more about the flaws that can be found in beer and is also an excellent way for experienced brewers and judges to further enhance their skills before the upcoming ACT Championships…

ACT championships

The biggest competition event of the year is less than a week away. Entries have closed, but we still need judges and stewards to make this possible. Please consider signing up, even if you are an inexperienced judge – the best way to learn is to dive in and do it. Judging is an iterative group process, and you’re almost certainly a better judge than you think you are!

And of course, anyone can steward! If you’re free one morning next weekend (especially if you’ve ever entered a beer into the ACT champs before!), please support the club and your fellow members by participating in the judging process.

Oktoberfest @ Zierholz

Prost! The club’s annual Oktoberfest celebration will be held on Thursday 5 October at Zierholz in Fyshwick, in place of the October club meeting. Doors will open at 7pm and dinner will be served from 7.45pm.

The event is limited to 80 people, so get your tickets now!

Further details, including info on the ‘Best of the Fest’ competition, can be found on the forum.

Six Pack Swap

No specific theme this week, so anything goes! Hop over to the forum if you’ve got a few bottles spare and like to get in on the swap.

Raffle swag

Some great raffle prizes for you this month, including:

  • A 9.5L keg
  • A growler
  • A carbonation cap
  • John Palmer’s How To Brew, 4th edition
  • Fuller’s beer
  • PACT goodies

No miracle boxes this month

Please note that the club miracle boxes won’t be at this month’s meeting, so anyone with kegs to share will have to save them for for Oktoberfest! Apologies for the inconvenience.

See you on Thursday…

Thursday’s club meeting will again be held at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah. 7.30pm sharp for the education session, followed by the usual club shenanigans.

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August 2017 news and meeting preview

The days are getting longer and warmer weather is on the way, at least in theory. This calls for a beer! Our next meeting is this Thursday, 3 August. Here are the deets:

Membership renewals

A reminder that membership renewals for 2017 are now due. Our webmaster ScottyT has been working hard on implementing a new system to make joining the club or renewing your membership easier than ever! Simply go to our new membership page and follow the instructions to renew online.

Education

This month we’ll be talking about yeast rinsing! By rinsing yeast from a freshly fermented batch, you’ll have the perfect combination quality and quantity for the same yeast to start work on a new wort. Our resident ‘yeast whisperer’ will provide a demonstration of how it’s done and discuss the materials and methods necessary to successfully re-pitch from batch to batch!

Comp 2 results

The second club competition of 2017 will conclude on Thursday night. Score sheets, certificates, prizes, awards and Orders of Australia will all be presented. Scores for the beers judged so far are already on the forum.

Many thanks to all the judges and stewards for making Comp 2 possible. We had a great turn out this time!

Six Pack Swap: Dark Fest continues!

The Dark Fest theme was so popular last time that we’re going with it again! Hop over to the forum if you have some dark brews spare and you’d like to get in on the swap.

Off flavours BJCP session – guest spots available!

As you may know, 13 members have been merrily tasting beers as part of the the club’s BJCP style guide course. We have a special session coming up that concentrates on off flavours in beer, and there are a few (only four!) seats available for non course participants at the bargain price of $20 per member. This is a valuable opportunity to calibrate your palate against the most common flaws in homebrew and improve your beer as a result! The session will be happening in Deakin on Tuesday, August 8, from 7pm. If you’re interested, simply add your name to the list on the forum.

Library

Don’t forget to check out the club library account for a book to read over the next month. You can reserve a copy of something and we’ll deliver it at the meeting. If the book is currently on loan, email us 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.

See you on Thursday…

Thursday’s club meeting will again be held at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah. 7.30pm sharp for the education session, followed by the usual club shenanigans.

Posted in Editor's report and club news

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The next club meeting is on Thursday October 5, which is a fortnight from today. More information about club meetings is available on the Meetings page.

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