August Meeting – It’s an assault on malt

7:30pm Wednesday 7 August at Gorman Arts Centre

Brewers, the days are starting to get longer.  Comp 2 has come and gone. Well done to all those who had a beer in it. I hope you had a good result or at least some good feedback ready to go again for the ACT Comp.

Thanks to all the judges, stewards and other helpers who have volunteered to help out at the Coopers Master of the Brewniverse competition. This will give the clubs reputation a big boast. There is still time to join in if you want to be a part of something special.

The August meeting education session will demonstrate making malt tea. No it is not a hipster drink, it helps predict the colour of you final beer. There will be great raffle prizes including an Inkbird temperature controller from our friends at Beerco. There is still space if you want to join the Six Pack Swap.

Remember to bring some of your home brewed beer to share with all of the brewers at the meeting new and experienced. You can bring bottles, growlers or even a Corny Keg, it is up to you. A good guide is to bring about as much as you want to drink. There is a Nookie ticket for bringing beer. If you don’t know what the Nookie prize is, then come and find out.


Dermott from BeerCo will be showcasing their malts, in particular those from Crisp Malting Group. There will also be a demonstration on brewing a malt tea, which is a useful tool to predict the colour of a finished beer.

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 brewer looking to learn more about malt.

Social Scene – For those who can’t get to monthly meetings

The committee have been looking how we can include members who struggle to get to the monthly meetings. We are looking to organise regular ‘come as you are’ park meet-ups on weekends. We will name a time and place, and all member are invited to turn up and catch up with other members. There won’t be any official proceedings, raffles etc. but the club will provide some support and members could run a six-pack swap. We plan to have these meet ups member driven, family friendly and held in different parts of the Canberra district so they can be ‘nearby’ everyone, every now and then. We plan to socialise the idea more in the next few weeks.

Raffle Prizes –– Top prize is an Inkbird Temperature controller

This month we are hot and cold on the top raffle prize. We have an Inkbird temperature controller that can be used to control your fermentation. Controlling fermentation temperature is a fantastic way to improve your beer and this little beauty will get you on your way.


Competition 2 was run and there were some smashing beers. Full results are on the forum.

It is time to be brewing for the ACT comp so refine and rebrew your best beers as you can make it through to national via this completion.

Membership benefits

Membership benefits are growing and there will be a few more announcements on the night. Membership cards are available at the meeting. If you can’t get to the meeting, email the committee and we will work out how to get it to you


This month you might be interested in malt. There is ‘Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse (Brewing Elements)’ by John Mallett is available. Order your book online by going to the library page and pick it up at the next meeting.

Six Pack Swap

The six pack swap is still open for this month. 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.

Have a great August and brew like a champion.

Posted in Editor's report and club news

Canberra Brewer behind Wayward’s Banoffee Wheat Beer

Woz & Chook at Wayward Brewery in front of a fermenter

Woz & Chook at Wayward Brewery


In the next week or so, Wayward brewing will have a limited release beer around town. It is their Banoffee Wheat beer and it is a result of the #mywaywardbrew competition they ran earlier this year that was won by one of our members Warwick Ferguson, AKA Woz, with a toffee malt inspired wheat beer. The focus was on the banana ester from the right yeast with a hit of rich toffee malt to give it a banoffee flavour. Banoffee pie is the classic British dessert that features banana and toffee.

Woz calls his backyard brewery Chook’n’Walrus, a combination of Woz’s wife’s and his nicknames for each other (too cute). He has been brewing since 2016 when Chook gave him the normal Coppers home brew setup. He soon hit the limits of that format and, early last year, moved up to a Grainfather.  His favourite brews are Pale Ales, IPA’s and Porters but he is not scared to get a bit out-there, hence the idea for the banoffee wheat beer.

The Walrus really enjoyed his time at the WaywWayward_Banoffee_Hefeard brewery. They looked after him every step of the way, including delaying things when he had a family medical emergency that delayed the brew day a few weeks.  Fay from Wayward was his main contact through the competition and planning and was incredibly helpful. On the brew day, good things got better. Woz worked with Shaun Blissett, Wayward’s head brewer to scale up the Banoffee Wheat beer to a commercial batch. As Woz put it “Shaun was great. Gave me an amazing run down of all aspects of Wayward brewing. Couldn’t be more helpful or welcoming.” They gave him the full brewery tour and even had him help decide some of the ingredients on their next ‘macadamia’ beer.

For Woz this was an amazing experience and something he can brag about for years. For Wayward, it was a chance to do something new and different again. Sound like a great combination but you can judge for yourself when you get to try some.

More info is here.


Posted in Beer review, Member Profile

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