Growler – A Happy Raffler
Canberra Brewers shivered their way into the Harmonie German Club on a cold winter’s night in July for another fun/beer filled meeting. Once again, we left the miracle boxes on the sideline for a bottle sharing night. Ciders, Schwarzes, and IPAs were bandied about. Diacetyl was criticised, hops were appreciated. Cheeks were made red. It was good.
The committee ran through the latest with ANHC (tickets now on sale!) and reminded members that this year’s Oktoberfest will be more of a Septemberfest, before compsec Steve ‘Lawfo’ Lawford handed out all the certificates from competition two. Co-social secretary Jeremy Michael kicked off planning for the club bar at the ANHC Club Night before a bunch of spring rolls and fried chicken came out.
Full of spring rolls and fried chicken, brewers sat down for the ‘going for gold’ talk, where former champion brewers Craig ‘Stagger’ Webber, Ross Mitchell, Kevin Hingston, and Mark Overton shared their varied approaches and attitudes to competition success. Hopefully brewers can find some barley and/or wheat among the chaff of that talk and really rep the club at the ACTABCs and AABCs this year.
With the talking well and truly behind us, we called the humoungous July raffle. With a brand new Keg King Keg via Mashematics, half a kilo of Hop Dealz hops, books, an infrared thermometer, and a bunch of swag from the Lord Nelson brewery, tickets went like hot cakes. Chris ‘Growler’ De La Rue wanted to win so bad, he broke his arm rushing to the front, but in the end it paid mad dividends for him.
The June meeting showcased the Big Brew Day beers. Brewed on May 3 at The Make Hack Void, the beer this year was American Pale Ale with each brewer allocated a two hop combination for flavour and aroma. The brewers who lined up (and their accompanying hops) were:
Scotty T (Cascade + Nelson Sauvin)
Chekkie (Amarillo + Citra)
Bainesy (Ahnatum + ?)
Gazza (Kohatu + Southern Cross)
Coops (Waimea + Kohatu)
Geoff Swan (Sorachi Ace + El Dorado)
Anton Wood (Southern Cross + Wai-Iti)
Patrick Baggoley (Mosaic + Vic Secret)
After a brief talk about the actual brew day, the members settled into sampling the 8 kegs of APA for the evening.
Other highlights of the meeting were a host of new members turning up and an epic amount of gear up for grabs in the raffles.
By Nick Wiseman, Editor
How to sum up this months meeting? Raffles.
The raffles this month went out in style with plenty of hops up for grabs as well as stacks of other great brewing and beer merchandise.
The Club’s president took the opportunity to let the club know exactly where we stand financially and what we can look forward to in the future.
I took the opportunity to share with the club my own beer which has been made commercially for ANZAC Day which is dedicated to a mate who was killed in Afghanistan.
It was well received by the club with plenty of comments afterwards about the brew and the bloke it is dedicated to.
The night also saw many awards handed out to successful brewers from the recent brewing competition.
The rest of the night was spent with a few talks on various topics and of course the traditional catch-up sharing news and tastings of each others brews.
By Joel Baines, Treasurer
The monthly meeting night came around quick and saw club attendance back into full-swing for 2014.
Rob Horsfield gave a presentation on the importance of temperature control throughout the mashing process highlighting the different systems available to keep temperature under control.
Being an important part of the process it was great to see even the seasoned brewers with all types of brewing systems keen to learn more throwing all kinds of questions at Rob.
Steve Hogarth’s ‘House Brown’, an English ale, was on tap for the night providing brewers with a sample of his beers with many brewers getting back to the roots of the club meeting nights providing bottles to share and provide feedback on.
Members were updated in detail on the recent cider trip to Batlow where club members took the opportunity to visit a juicing company and then an apple orchid where they learnt all about growing apples that are then crushed to make tasty cider and some details were also provided on the upcoming International Home Brew Day – more news to come soon.
By Mark Bilbrough, Club President
Basking in the afterglow? Resting on our laurels? Buggered after pulling together another National Multicultural Festival? Call it what you will but the March meeting was a suitably low-fi event.
We had a good turnout, with a heap of new brewers coming along to what was a largely social gathering. The bring-a-bottle themed event saw us return to a classic kegless meeting where we get to taste each others beer and focus on the craft.
Then we had the kegs, so the fun continued on.
Folks who had helped out at the Multicultural Festival got to take home a bottle of the leftovers from Byron Bay (Pilsner) and Mountain Goat (Steam Ale). It also gave me a great chance to practice using my PET counter-pressure filler which I thought was cool, until I saw how easy it is to fill bottles with the new Ultimate Carbonation Cap available from Mashematics/Keg King.
Neal Cameron from the Australian Brewery had also popped into the meeting – sharing his view on how much better craft beer is in cans. Rather than give an impromptu presentation, he made himself available throughout the night to questions form the homebrewers on his beer, cans and cider (Neal was in Canberra for Plonk’s ciderganza).
Richard Watkins was interrogated about when Bent Spoke was due to open (but his resistance is stronger than our need for information).
Welcome to all of our new members, and I think we are all looking forward to returning to normal come April.