Saturday, May 2, 2014

Canberra home brewers are set to share their knowledge of how to turn malt into beer when they bring the International Homebrew Day to the capital’s newest social hub, Westside at Acton Park.

Ever wonder what goes into your favourite ale or lager, or how you can make your own world-class beer? The Canberra Brewers and Westside are joining forces and inviting everyone to come down to Lake Burley Griffin and watch how it’s done. Around the world, Big Brew participants are being encouraged to brew one of three specific styles: An American pale ale, a German kolsch and a barleywine.

At the Canberra event, eight different brewers will use range of brewing setups, from inexpensive beginner’s gear, right through to a computer-controlled, ‘all grain’ system. This is one of hundreds of events taking place around the world to celebrate the craft of brewing beer at home.

Anyone interested in getting into home brewing, or taking their hobby to the next level is being encouraged to come along on the day to meet and get some advice from national award-winning home brewers.


What: International Homebrew Day

When: Saturday May 2, from 10am.
Where: Westside, Acton Park. Barrine Drive, Canberra.



Tony Hill

Canberra Brewers social secretary

0401 092 541


Joel Baines

Canberra Brewers president

0421 725 886

Jerry Francis

Westside Acton Park

0424 127 126


Canberra Brewers Inc formed in 1995 and provides both a social and educational atmosphere for amateur brewers in Canberra. The club has more than 140 members including several who moved into professional brewing. At the club’s monthly meetings members exchange recipes and feedback on beers, striving to improve the end product. The club also hosts regular competitions that give formal, written feedback.            

The American Homebrewers Association (which boasts more than 36,000 members), started National Homebrew Day 17 years ago. It has since become a global event and is marked on the first Saturday of May each year. It brings together thousands of homebrewers from around the world, all brewing the same beers simultaneously. More than 8000 homebrewers from North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, South America and Australia are expected to participate this year.

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Canberra Brewers April meeting preview

Greetings brewers! We’ve got another great meeting planned as we head into Aprill. Here’s a tast of what’s happening at next Thursday’s meeting (April 2) at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah.


Warm your cockles (and your yeast cells)

The meeting will kick off at 7:30 with another fireside session, this time for newer brewers. So if you want to bring things back to basics, or have a friend that’s just getting started, head along to this early session. We’ll have a bit of a focus on temperature control and yeast handling (including making starters), but will have a couple of experienced hands on deck to answer your questions on how to improve your brewing.


Comp 1 presentation

With club competition 1 for 2015 attracting a record 95 entries, judges and stewards will be run off their feet on Sunday. So it’s likely the first you’ll get to hear about your results is when competition secretary Stephen “the Law” Lawford hands out certificates at the meeting!


International Homebrew Day – May 2

International Homebrew Day is just five weeks’ away, so we’ll be updating you on our plans for this yearly celebration of home brewing around the world. We’ll be looking for brewers who can bring their gear along and brew side-by-side with other brewers so everyone can share ideas on how we go about making our beer. We then get to taste the different results at the June meeting! If you’re keen to come along and brew, add your name and brew rig details to this thread in the forum.


Brewer’s Showcase – Funky Cold Berliner(weisse)

Hoggy has been getting all sweet and sour on us for this month’s meeting, brewing up a nice fresh batch of Berlinerweisse, very much a style du jour among budding funk-o-files. He’ll sit down and discuss the recipe and methods involved in this intriguing style.


Reserve your books from the club library

Head to the club’s online library catalogue at 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 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.


BJCP 2015 locked in and loaded

Thanks to all those who put their hands up to do the BJCP course for this year. Due to an overwhelming response (and an offer of a couple of great venues) we’ve doubled our intake this year, so it should be a great group. The first session kicks off on Tuesday night, with those involved to receive separate emails.


And of course, we’ll have the monthly raffles!


So grab some homebrew and bring it along to share with friends and have a chat. Don’t forget it’s a public holiday the next day so you can let your hair down!

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Next Meeting

The next club meeting is on Thursday May 7, which is about 2 and a half weeks away. More information about club meetings is available on the Meetings page.

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