Sudzers October 2020 meeting notes

Hello, Sudzers! In October’s virtual meeting, we met several new members, had an awesome presentation about “Hazy Science”, discussed plans for an upcoming BJCP exam, and shared six delicious homebrews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:
– Welcome new members, Vickie and Thom!
– Remember, membership dues need to be made every calendar year. If you haven’t paid yet, then you can make a payment of $25 to Derek via paypal at derek@sudzers.org
– Mike C. and Cliff bottled the Solera brew. Robert C. will coordinate the bottle distribution to the members who contributed.
– Mike C. will send out a message to update us on bottling/refilling the barrel that’s currently storing a collab Saison.
– Robert C. and Derek W. will be coordinating the Dark Matter Bottling day.
– Mikael gave us an update on the BJCP exam prep. Details can be found at https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/18Pm7NIFrEkFNXKrtpWhkTBIorHif803Q8QkbsRLCc-U/edit#slide=id.p1
– Jim Withee of GigaYeast (https://gigayeast.com/) gave a wonderful talk on Hazy Science. Thank you, Jim, I think we all learned a lot from it! We’ll send out the presentation to the list as soon as we get it.
– Several of our members got together to share beers with each other. During the meeting, each brewer talked about their beer and got feedback from the people they shared it with. Thanks to everyone who participated!
– All shared recipes can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/cloudyforecast.com/brewme/home. If you’d like to have your recipe shared on the site, then please email it in any format to recipe-share@sudzers.org. Full info can be found at http://www.sudzers.org/?page_id=2910
– For a list of all upcoming competitions, check out WoW’s awesome calendar: http://www.wortsofwisdom.org/calendar/upcoming-homebrewers-competitions/

In all, we had six homebrews:

BREWER      BEER                                       IBUs  ABV
Mikael      Wheats N' Fruit Wheat Beer                 9     5.6%
Robert R.   Best Bitter                                32    4.2%
Derek W.    American Wheat with Citra                  30    6.4%
Thom H.     Solo Sorachi, vol. 3 White IPA             51    6.5%
Robert C.   Glitchy SMASH Strong Pale Ale              50    6.7%
Mike C.     It's my party, I can Rye if I want to IPA  91    6.2%

Sudzers October 2020 meeting

Hello, Sudzers! Our next virtual meeting will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, October 11th through Zoom. Hope to see you all there!

As a reminder, club dues are collected on a calendar year basis. Becoming a paid member gets you a discount at MoreBeer in Los Altos, as well as access to the special members-only events we do through the year.

Agenda:
– If you’d like to pay club dues, please send $25 via paypal to derek@sudzers.org.
– We’ll discuss whether we should do a virtual Dark Matter Brew Day.
– Mikael has confirmed with David Teckam that we can do a BJCP exam and will give a general overview of what the class will look like and what the exam will be like.
– Robert + Mike Conant will discuss distributing bottles of the Solera Brew to the members who contributed to it.
– Jim Withee of GigaYeast will discuss “Hazy Science: An everyman’s overview of the chemistry behind HAZY IPAs”.
– Several of our members will have gotten together to share beers with each other. During the meeting, each brewer will talk about their beer and get feedback from the people they shared it with.

Zoom details were sent to the mailing list.

Sudzers September 2020 meeting notes

Hello, Sudzers! In September’s virtual meeting, we discussed plans for an upcoming BJCP exam, heard from Clandestine’s Rob Conticello about his experience opening a brewery, and shared seven delicious homebrews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:
– Remember, membership dues need to be made every calendar year. If you haven’t paid yet, then you can make a payment of $25 to Derek via paypal at derek@sudzers.org
– Mikael is organizing another BJCP exam prep. If you’re interested in participating, please check out Roberts email and sign up at https://forms.gle/cZyJxqMkJdZexPQ9A
– Guest speaker Rob Conticello of Clandestine Brewing spoke about his experience opening a brewery. Thanks for all the insights, Rob! For any Sudzers, make sure to out Clandestine Brewing in San Jose (https://www.clandestinebrewing.com/)!
– Several of our members got together to share beers with each other. During the meeting, each brewer talked about their beer and got feedback from the people they shared it with. Thanks to everyone who participated!
– All shared recipes can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/cloudyforecast.com/brewme/home. If you’d like to have your recipe shared on the site, then please email it in any format to recipe-share@sudzers.org. Full info can be found at http://www.sudzers.org/?page_id=2910
– For a list of all upcoming competitions, check out WoW’s awesome calendar: http://www.wortsofwisdom.org/calendar/upcoming-homebrewers-competitions/

In all, we had seven homebrews:

BREWER      BEER                                       IBUs  ABV
Marcos      Vienna Lager                               25    5%
Mikael      Lemon Saison                               27    6.3%
Robert R.   Strong Saison                              26    7.8%
Anil        Mo Bettah Blume SMASH IPA                  44    6.2%
Robert C.   Cloud Compute Citra IPA (Weyermann Barke)  43    5.7%
Robert C.   Core Dump Citra IPA (Mecca Grade Pelton)   54    7.0%
Chet        Sour Wheat                                 10    7.8%

Sudzers September 2020 meeting

Hello, Sudzers! Our next virtual meeting will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, September 13th through Zoom (details were sent to the mailing list). Hope to see you all there!

As a reminder, club dues are collected on a calendar year basis. Becoming a paid member gets you a discount at MoreBeer in Los Altos, as well as access to the special members-only events we do through the year.

Agenda:

  • If you’d like to pay club dues, please send $25 via paypal to derek@sudzers.org.
  • Cliff will give an update of homebrew comp news
  • Guest speaker Rob Conticello of Clandestine Brewing will talk about his experience opening a brewery
  • Several of our members will have gotten together to share beers with each other. During the meeting, each brewer will talk about their beer and get feedback from the people they shared it with.

See you Sunday!

Black Is Beautiful brewing experiment crafts prized – and creative – beers, from the Los Altos Town Crier

Sudzers CFO Derek W’s column has been on hiatus for a few months as the Los Altos Town Crier has downsized special sections during the pandemic, but it’s back with a quick rundown of 19 California variations on the amazing Black Is Beautiful imperial stout collaboration started by Weathered Souls Brewing Co. Proceeds from all 1100+ participating breweries are being donated to local organizations that support police reform, legal defense efforts, and equality and inclusion. #blacklivesmatter

Black Is Beautiful brewing experiment crafts prized – and creative – beers

Sudzers August 2020 meeting notes

Hello, Sudzers! In August’s virtual meeting, we learned about a new brewery in town, Narrative Fermentations, got an update on several barrel projects, and shared six delicious homebrews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:

  • Remember, membership dues need to be made every calendar year. If you haven’t paid yet, then you can make a payment of $25 to Derek via paypal at derek@sudzers.org
  • Guest speaker Jon Berkland of Narrative Fermentations spoke about his experience going pro. Narrative Fermentations has taken over Santa Clara Valley Brewing’s old spot and is putting out some delicious beers. Check them out at your local bottle shop or order from them directly at https://narrativefermentations.com/. You won’t be disappointed!
  • Cliff gave an update of several barrel projects going on. The first pull of the Solera has been bottled. Expect an email soon for how we’ll distribute those to people who contributed to the barrel.
  • Several of our members got together to share beers with each other. During the meeting, each brewer talked about their beer and got feedback from the people they shared it with. Thanks to everyone who participated!
  • All shared recipes can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/cloudyforecast.com/brewme/home. If you’d like to have your recipe shared on the site, then please email it in any format to recipe-share@sudzers.org. Full info can be found at http://www.sudzers.org/?page_id=2910
  • For a list of all upcoming competitions, check out WoW’s awesome calendar: http://www.wortsofwisdom.org/calendar/upcoming-homebrewers-competitions/

In all, we had six homebrews:

BREWER           BEER                                     IBUs  ABV 
Marcos           Orange Hibiscus Einkorn Belg Wit Braggot 12    4%
Chet             British golden ale                       34    4.5%
Chet             English Strong Bitter                    45    5.7%
Derek W.         Quarantine Independence Saison           30    6.5%
Mike C.          Rye IPA with Simcoe and Chinook          97    5.9%
Cliff + Sudzers  Seacliff Solera American Wild Ale        -     5%

Sudzers August 2020 meeting

Hello, Sudzers! Our next virtual meeting will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, August 9th through Zoom (info has been sent to the mailing list). Hope to see you all there!

As a reminder, club dues are collected on a calendar year basis. Becoming a paid member gets you a discount at MoreBeer in Los Altos, as well as access to the special members-only events we do through the year.

Agenda:

  • If you’d like to pay club dues, please send $25 via paypal to derek@sudzers.org.
  • Cliff will give an update on some barrel projects we’ve been working on
  • Robert will give an update on Dark Matter bottling
  • Guest speaker Jon Berkland of Narrative Fermentations will speak on his experience going pro
  • Several of our members will have gotten together to share beers with each other. During the meeting, each brewer will talk about their beer and get feedback from the people they shared it with.

See you Sunday!

Sudzers July 2020 meeting notes

Hello, Sudzers! In July’s virtual meeting, we met a new member, learned about Imperial Yeast, and shared seven delicious homebrews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:

In all, we had seven homebrews:

BREWER     BEER                                   IBUs  ABV 
Tim C.     Hop Glow Light Hop Bright Ale          22    6.2%
Robert R.  Pale Ale                               44    5.0%
Mikael     Dry Saison, dried with ultraferm       32    5.8%
Tim K.     Saison with Kumquats                   10    9.7%
Tim C.     McMalty German Double Bock             35    5.8%
Tim C.     Black Bullet Whisky Barrel Aged Stout  56    6.8%
Derek W.   Plum Barleywine                        60+   8.4%

Sudzers March 2020 meeting notes

Hello, Sudzers! In March’s meeting, we met many new members, learned about water chemistry and the history of stouts, and tasted nineteen delicious homebrews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:

In all, we had nineteen homebrews:

BREWER       BEER                                  IBUs  ABV
Derek W.     What's the Buzz Honey Kolsch          25    5.3%
Sara & Evan  Grisette                              32    5.75%
Marcos S.    Bluefield Fest Festbier               -     -
Cliff        Teresa's Scotch Ale                   25    6.5%
Marcos S.    Pumpkin Ale                           -     -
Tad O.       Christmas Ale                         -     6%
Marcos S.    Pink Peppercorn Brett Saison          -     -
Kevin        Nitro Orange Creamsicle               12    8%
Chris K.     Chasing Rainbows Hazy Pilsner IPA     -     6.6%
Stephan      Melon Man Hazy IPA                    ???   7%
Adam         McLiliDan's Dry Irish Stout           -     4.8%
Chet         Sweet Stout                           29    5.25%
Kevin        Maple Breakfast Stout                 -     6%
Derek W.     Drek's Baltic Porter                  25    7%
Robert       Imperial Stout                        ~80   9.3%
Sudzers      Dark Matter Keg 1&2                   90    9.9%
Charles      RIS                                   -     11%
Kevin        Get Drunk BA Stout                    -     12%
Chris K.     Choc. Achromatic BA choc&vanil stout  -     12%

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up!