Canberra Brewers July 2016 Meeting Preview

G’day brewers! Apologies for the lateness of this July newsletter, but rest assured there is a lot of exciting club events on the near horizon. Firstly, the July club meeting will kick off at 7.30pm Thursday July 7 at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah (in the bierkeller). For this month’s 7.30pm education session, Education Officer Patrick Baggoley will be getting his kilt on in a Scottish Castle so we’ve called on Stephen “The Law” Lawford to step up and talk about all things yeast. He’ll cover re-hydrating dried yeast, calculating pitching rates and different ways you can get a yeast starter going to ensure optimum fermentation. A session not to be missed.

We’ll also have the final three beers brewed at International Home Brew Day on tap. If you remember from International Home Brew Day two of these are Altbiers using the same recipe but alternative yeasts, and the third is Mr Lawford’s take on a Sticke Alt. On the night we will ask an experienced judge to take us through a guided tasting of the three beers.

Wig & Pen Brew Day 2016 – 9 July – Get your RSVP’s in!

For those that may have missed it on the forum, you should know that there has been a fair bit of excitement and a healthy expression of interest in relation to Chuck’s suggestion we hold a club brew day with Wig & Pen this winter. Well what the hell are the details then?

  • Wig & Pen Brew Day is this Saturday 9 July 2016
  • Meeting at 9:00am for a 9.30am kick-off
  • Cost: $10 for members; and $20 for non-members (this is the time to pay your dues)
  • BBQ Breakfast and lunch, in addition to a guided tasting are included in the cost
  • Discounted beers during the day
  • Exact brew recipe TBC at club night  

If this sounds like something that may interest you, the forum can help you out. We now have an official RSVP feed here. Payment details are also found on that forum post.

Billy's B'Old Ale brewed with mollases was very well-received at the Wig & Pen's 2016 Dark Fest

Mark Bilbrough’s ‘Billy’s B’Old Ale’ brewed with molasses was very well-received at the Wig & Pen’s 2016 Dark Fest

Calling for judges, stewards and entries!

Our second club level competition is all set for Sunday, July 24, and we’re looking for judges, stewards, and of course, actual beers! Entries have been already open for 2 weeks, and are being accepted in the following AABC categories: Pale Lager, Pilsener, Amber & Dark Lager, Strong Lager (>6% ABV), Bitter Ale, Stout, Belgian Strong Ale (>6% ABV), Wheat & Rye Beer, Specialty Beer, Mead, Cider. Make sure you fill out the entry form online, and drop off your beers before July 16th. Payment details for Competition 2 can be found on the forum here. Thus far we have 7 judges and 3 stewards who have offered to help on the day, but we are likely to need the help of as many judges in the club as we can get, given the large number of entries expected. So please if you’re so inclined add your name to the list here.

Be in it to win it

For this month’s raffle we will follow up the discussions during the education session by offering some yeast themed prizes. These will be peppered by some high quality mead, beer and beer stein combinations. Thanks to Transit Bar in Civic for helping out with the glassware prizes. Don’t forget that for every three tickets you buy, you get an entry in our end of year N.O.O.K.I.E. prize!

Get your brewing books

With Patrick on a week-long pub crawl across the UK this month, unfortunately only those reservations made prior to Monday this week can be made available at the meeting. So be sure to head to the club’s online library catalogue at https://canberrabrewers.librarika.com/ to peruse this great resource. If the book you are after 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.

Memberships sign up online

By now the 2016 Club Memberships have started rolling in as expected. But please sign up at our club meeting this Thursday night if you haven’t had a chance to as yet. For those who haven’t seen it yet, online you can check out our newly created online membership form, Paypal payments and for those without cash we have a new Paypass system available at the meeting. More information is on this renewal page here.

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Canberra Brewers June 2016 Meeting Preview

Greetings brewers! After an action packed month for the club in May, a few of us at the club have just gotten over our lingering GABS and IHBD exhaustion (read as: hangovers) just in time for getting our June meeting together this week. All the action kicks off at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah Thursday June 2 at 7.30pm (in the bierkeller) with an education session run by our Education Officer Patrick Baggoley. For this  session we’ll be covering all things carbonation – for both the keggers and bottlers amongst us. Got any questions you’d like answered on the night? Email education@canberrabrewers.com.au and we’ll try to cover it at the meeting.

We’ll also have four of the beers brewed at International Home Brew Day on tap and will ask a few experienced judges to take us through a guided tasting.

Competition 2 – Calling for judges, stewards and entries!

Competition 2 is happening in July. That’s a long way off, right? Wrong! This means that entries will be opening from the 18th of June, and that’s only 3 weeks away!

More information will be available on the forums on or just before the 18th, but until then here’s what matters most:

  • Entries open June 18th 2016
  • Entries close July 16th 2016
  • Judging day July 24th 2016

Entries are being accepted in the following AABC categories:

  • Pale Lager
  • Pilsener
  • Amber & Dark Lager
  • Strong Lager (>6% ABV)
  • Bitter Ale
  • Stout
  • Belgian Strong Ale (>6% ABV)
  • Wheat & Rye Beer
  • Specialty Beer
  • Mead
  • Cider

It’s not really that far away, so get your brewing caps on!

International Home Brew Day Beers & Wrap Up

As you may have seen on the forum our recent International Home Brew Day (IHBD) event was a great success, with plenty of fun to had by the home brewers and members of the public. We received good feedback on the range of demos held on the day, with everyone especially enjoying the visual spectacle of the cider making/apple pressing with Doug’s hydropress from 3 Sons Cider. Check out the photographs from the event here.   

We will have a range of Altbier’s and ciders made as part of IHBD for everyone to taste at meetings over the course of the next 3 months.

Be in it to win it

For this month’s raffle we’ve got a bit of a Winter brewing theme going, with: A fermentation belt and temperature controller; two pre-mixed sweet chocolate stout all-grain kits with everything you need (if you’re not brewing all-grain yet, we’ll help get you started); a spunding valve, stainless steel hop balls and some 500mL beer steins courtesy of Transit Bar in Civic. Don’t forget that for every three tickets you buy, you get an entry in our end of year N.O.O.K.I.E. prize!

Get your brewing books

We are continuting every other month to add some of the best new home brew related materials to our library collection, so be sure 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.

Memberships sign up online

By now the 2016 Club Memberships have started rolling in as expected. But please sign up at our club meeting this Thursday night if you haven’t had a chance to as yet. For those who haven’t seen it yet, online you can check out our newly created online membership form, Paypal payments and for those without cash we have a new Paypass system available at the meeting. More information is on this renewal page here.

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