7:30pm Wednesday 3 July at Gorman Arts Centre
Brewers, there is plenty happening this month. The July meeting education session is all about dry hopping, great hop raffle prizes including a bunch of hop samples and hop bling. Six pack swap is on again and we are starting to plan October feast and Christmas party.
As always there will be lots of new and experienced brewers swapping beer and stories so bring some of your beer to share.
How many dry hops are optimal? It’s a question to which everyone has an answer, but many answers are different. Our July education session will use a recent study undertaken by a US-based Professor of Fermentation Science, Tom Shellhammer, to explore dry hop dosage rates and also show how “hop creep” can cause your dry hops to trigger a re-fermentation and yield unpredictable results.
As always, the education session commences at 7:30pm in the education room in Gorman Arts Centre, with the monthly club meeting commencing shortly afterward in the main hall. This is a very worthwhile session for any hop-headed brewer to attend.
Raffle Prizes – Staying in the hop theme
This month the raffle will have prizes to make you very ‘hoppy’. First is many varieties of hops plus more hops stuff like a stainless Hop spider, stainless Hop bomb, dry hopping bags and more.
International Home Brew Day
More samples of our International home brew day NEIPA (New England IPA) will be there to try. You could not hop over the hop bill for this beer. There was several hundred grams for a 20l batch.
Competition 2 closes soon and you should have your entries about ready to go. We are calling for judges and stewards for the 28th July so please sign up soon. The comp will cover all shades of lagers as well as bitters, Belgians, wheat and rye beers, and specialities. It is time to plan for the ACT championships on the weekend of the 14th of September. The full list for comp 2 is on the forum page. https://www.canberrabrewers.com.au/forum/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=8145&sid=3bc8598000d5705cf565e79c89e295db
Membership fees should be all paid up by now and, if you are paid up, you should have forum access (if not, please email the webmaster). If you want renew or join, please go to the membership page. Membership cards will be available at the meeting and can be used for special deals from out sponsors such as Mashematics and Page Bottler. As a Member, you also will be able to get forum access, Nookie tickets when you bring beer to meetings or buy raffle tickets.
Social Scene – Octoberfest and Christmas party planning
It is time to think about brewing something German for Octoberfest. There will be a German beer competition as part of the festivities.
This month we will be refining ideas to evolve the Christmas party. Traditionally it has been a family picnic but Andy Cross would like to see if that is still the most appropriate format still. Please either talk to Andy at the meeting or PM him via the forum. All ideas welcome.
This month you might be interested in hops. There is ‘For the love of hops’ by Stan Hieronymus or ‘IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale’ by Mitch Steele available. Order your book online by going to the library page https://canberrabrewers.librarika.com/ and pick it up at the next meeting.
Six Pack Swap
The six pack swap is still open for July. Just bring at least six beers in 330ml or larger bottles and go home with six beers from other brewers. This way you can take time to enjoy the beers you only get a quick taste of on club night. See the forum to let the others know what you are bringing. July and August will have a dark theme so bring you Schwartzbiers, porters, stouts and dark ales are ideal but all beer is welcome.
Have a great July and Brew Strong.