Graham Achilles, Web Minion

Authorbox_webminion Hi fellow brewers, my name is Graham and I’ve taken over admin of the Canberra Brewers website and forum for this year. I would like to say a thanks to Jamie (pome) for his great work last year, particularly with having to handle the Nationals and his development of the new online competition form. Jamie took the time just prior to Christmas to go through the webmaster job with me in detail. I’m anticipating that I’ll need support from both Jamie and Chris (Duffbowl) throughout the year.

I joined Canberra Brewers at the start of 2007, and started all-grain brewing at the end of 2008, after completing the 2008 BJCP course. I hope to start putting some entries into this year’s competitions. I have three kids which places some challenges into finding time on the weekends for brewing. One new member joined the club in December and he has been added to the forum. The usual cleanup of forum accounts will occur after the March meeting, to allow everyone time to pay their membership renewals. (Editor: Graham, how about a photo?)

By Steve Sargent (aka Sarge)


February 2009 marked the start of construction of the “Sargent Arms Bar and Brewery”. Twelve months in the making, it is a purpose built, 24 square metre ‘shed’ in the backyard. It also includes a 15 square metre deck. Footings are 600 mm deep, with stirrups concreted into the holes. 100 X 100 mm treated pine posts support the treated pine bearers and floor joists. There are 16 posts in all, supporting four bearers, plus another bearer that is dyna-bolted to the double brick wall at the rear. The floor is ‘yellow tongue’ particle board. The frames are standard structural pine and the rafters are 4.6 metre long treated pine and span the 4 metre wide floor space with a 600 mm eave. The whole thing is clad with corrugated iron and both walls and roof are insulated. It has two second-hand sliding cedar doors, 1 X 1.8 metre and 1 X 2.4 metre, courtesy of my cousin,  giving a total of 4.2 metres of glass over the 6 metre length. The decking is new timber but was weathered, so I picked it up for $2 per metre.

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Stuart Whytcross

Memberstuff_box Hi, my name is Stuart Whytcross (disco stu) from Griffith NSW. I have been all-grain brewing for about two years now. In October last year I was introduced to the Canberra Brewers Club by Dicko at the Nationals. I was amazed to find so many other people as passionate about brewing as myself, and so the next day I became a member of the National Champions!

Being 350kms from Canberra, I have yet to attend my first Canberra Brewers meeting, but I still manage to get to Canberra quite regularly. Since joining the Club my brewing has dramatically improved as well as my enjoyment of the hobby. The friendship and knowledge I have gained from members on visits to Canberra, the forum, ‘The Ferm’ and competitions has been extraordinary to say the least.

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The club runs a vibrant, interesting and valuable forum, chock-full of technical information and assistance, general chat, social events and competition details. To get the most out of this forum you will need to become a member of the Canberra Brewers Club. You will then receive an invitation via email to register an account. Once you have registered you will have full access to the site and its contents. This is an open forum and your opinions are encouraged. Once you’ve become a member of the club and received your login details, you can access the forum here.

Monday February 8 2010: forum access update

Access to the forums should now be fixed. If you’re still having issues, please email the Webmaster.

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