May 2018 Meeting preview and other news

2nd May 2018 – 8pm

Please note there is no education session this month, the meeting will start at 8pm.  However, we will have some special guests from Capital Brewing Co.


No education session this month folks.  After one month in the role, Adi is taking a well-earned break…. Lucky for you there is still an opportunity to learn something because we’ve lined up brewers Wade and Matt from Capital Brewing Co to visit and tell you about the brewery in Fyshwick, how they got started and share some brewing tips.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about another one of Canberra’s great breweries.  Capital Brewing Co has kindly offered to host us for International Homebrew Day and it’s great to have them at the club to tell us more about their brewery.

2018 Club Competition 1

Thanks to all who have volunteered to assist with Club Comp 1 this Sunday 29 April and of course we’d welcome another steward or 2.  It’s great fun and you get to taste some winning beers at the conclusion and eat pizza!

There will be 36 beers in the comp and we will be running five tables of three judges.  Each flight is between six and eight beers.

International Homebrew Day

Saturday 5th May @ Capital Brewin Co.  11am – 4pm
Once again we will be doing our bit for IHBD.  This year it’s the 40th anniversary of the founding of the American Homebrewers Association by Charlie Papazian.  With two recipes to choose from, brewed on uniquely different systems will make for a great day for Canberra Brewers and members of the public.

The official brew day recipes are a Honey Lager
and an Irish Stout

In addition to Homebrewing demos, we also have the following:
12:00pm Home Coffee Roasting
1:00pm Sauerkraut making
2:00pm Charcuterie demonstration


Raffle prizes

Up for grabs this month are two oxygen kits, some bottles of Wig and Pen RIS, Some bottles of vintage cider and the book ‘Tasting Beer’ by Randy Mosher.

Education Survey

To help inform and shape the education sessions this year, we’ve put together a quick survey so members can share their thoughts and ideas on what they’d like to see in the education sessions.
If you haven’t already completed it, please have a look at


Make sure you check out the library account at and reserve a book or two to read over the next month.
Adi won’t be at the meeting this month but if you reserve a book for this month by Saturday 28 April, we’ll make sure we get it to you at the meeting.
Don’t have access to the library? Email and we’ll hook you up.  If you’ve borrowed something recently, please take the time to add a review or even a few comments to help others decide what to borrow.

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April 2018 meeting preview and other news

Well, the April meeting has rapidly snuck up on us like a leathery ball tampered by an Aussie cricket team……..too soon?  Which means it’s time to bring your beers along to Gorman House Arts centre in Ainslie and don’t forget to bring a glass.

April 2018 Meeting. Wednesday 4th


yo saisonsEducation

This month we have our very own Competition Secretary, Andrew “Stretch” Lewis showing us some tricks on how to pimp a kit beer.  This is no ordinary pimping folks, Stretch has gone all out and turned a can of goo into an award-winning Saison with Brett!!
Stretch will tell us all about how he approached this and how some simple tricks and good brewing practice can help turn a simple kit into a beer that took out 4th at the Nationals (Stretch – to clarify).

This is a great opportunity to learn from one of the clubs best brewers and pick up some tips for the upcoming comp in April.
Of course, we’ll have Stretch’s beer on tap so you can see how good it is for yourself.


Make sure you check out the library account at and check out some great resources and reserve a book or two 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 on loan, email and we’ll arrange it to be brought back for you to borrow. Don’t have access to the library? Email us and we’ll hook you up.


Details of this year’s competitions have been posted on the forum, there will be two club competitions leading into the ACT Championship (and then the Nationals!).

The first Club competition is coming up quickly, on Sunday 29 April – the styles covered are detailed in the post.  The comp 1 entry form is now open.

The club competitions are a great opportunity to get some independent and objective feedback on your beers, that you can use to improve your brewing, so plan what you’d like to enter.  There’s still time to brew for club comp 1 and plenty of time for the following comps.

We always appreciate plenty of volunteers to judge and to steward, so pencil in the dates – judging is the number one way to learn about beer styles, and what it takes to brew good beers, and stewarding is a great way to dip your toe in the water to learn about competitions.

Six Pack Swap

As always, for those who fancy a little more variety in your cellar/fridge, should sign up for the six pack swap on the forum!
It looks like the Six Pack Swap is going to the darker side as we begin to fall into the colder months of the year.
Don’t forget you can bring a mixed bag if you don’t have six of the same beer to swap!


As always, we bring many raffle-worthy prizes.  Yes, more beer from the Multicultural Festival + some rare beers you may not have seen or tasted in addition to a 25kg of Fawcett’s Marris Otter and bags of Munich II and Biscuit malts.

Hope to see you all there!

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