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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Here’s a bit of a preview to what’s happening at next Thursday’s meeting (March 5) at the Harmonie German Club in Narrabundah. We’re going to kick the meeting off at 7.30pm sharp with a demo on counter-pressure bottle filling (details below).

National Multicultural Festival report

President Joel Baines will update members on the takings from this major fundraising event, and outline what it means for this year’s budget.

Memberships are due now.

It’s super easy to pay via Paypal, cash at the meeting or direct debit but you must fill out a form. Everything you need is just a click away.

Club competition 1 for 2015
Entries are now open. Judging to take place at Lawfo’s house on Sunday, March 29. Enter your beers BEFORE MARCH 21. You can also sign up to judge or steward on the forum it’s a great way for new brewers to learn about competitions.

The club library’s online catalogue is up and running!
If you haven’t yet received an invitation to join the library at email asap. All Library book requests MUST be made via this system before Wednesday, March 4.

This month’s raffle
We have a sack of grain from Belco Brew Supplies, Little Creatures merchandise, Fullers bar mats, a stainless-steel mash paddle, Russian River beers, caps from anhc, stainless steel keg disconnects and an oxygenation kit.

Counter-pressure bottle filling demonstration
Starting at 7.30pm ON THE DOT in the bierkeller. We will show several methods of filling bottles from kegs in the lead up to Comp 1. The results will be tucked away for two months to see how the beers hold up.

Brewer’s Showcase
Canberra Brewers stalwart Craig “Stagger” Webber will bring in a keg of his Stone and Wood clone, and discuss the recipe and brewing methods.

Interested in taking on the Beer Judge Certification Program? We’re calling for expressions of interest, keep an eye on the forum for details or email the education officer

Save the date!
International Homebrew Day is on Saturday, May 2, from 10am, assistant social secretary PhatTony will discuss where plans are at.

And don’t forget the education survey

We’ve had 51 responses to the club education survey and given we’ve sent out 130 invites to our club library, we know there are more of you out there. Get on there and have your say so we know what sort of activities to deliver at meetings and beyond.

See you all next week!

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The next club meeting is on Thursday April 2, which is two days from now. More information about club meetings is available on the Meetings page.

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