Sudzers November 2019 meeting notes

Hello, Sudzers! In November’s meeting, we met a new member, discussed alkalinity when brewing, and tasted eight delicious brews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!
Please don’t forget there will not be a meeting at Steins in December.  As usual, we will have an annual winter party.  See details below.

Business:
– Welcome new member, Devin!

– Derek collected $25 membership dues. Dues must be paid each calendar year and can still be made to Derek via Paypal at derek@sudzers.org via Friends and Family please.

– Derek attempted to auction off the remaining Sudzers polo, but unfortunately it was too large and there were no takers.

– The Annual Sudzers Winter Party was announced which will be held on Saturday December 14th in San Jose.  An RSVP request will be sent out and directions will be sent to those who RSVP.  This year we’ll have a white elephant again, so please bring a wrapped gift along with some beer to share and a potluck dish.

– We announced some great recent competition wins: David W won 1st for his Berliner Weiss and Cliff won 3rd in the Cal State Fair European Sours category.  Chet also won the Campbell Oktoberfest.  Congratulations Sudzers!  Keep up the great brews and good luck in next year’s comps.

– Annually the club does a Dark Matter Brew Day in November, but unfortunately we were not able to secure a host location.  Instead, a sign up sheet will go out to request members brew this month for it.  We’ll schedule a blend day in the spring.

– A request to submit nominees for Homebrewer of the Year award will go out soon, so please be on the lookout.  The winner will be announced at the winter party.

-The current group of officers are willing to continue next year in their roles.  Please send your ideas for the club to our esteemed President Robert so that we can incorporate into the schedule for next year, including topic ideas for Sudtalks.

– Robert  gave an impromptu talk on the importance of water Ph when brewing.  The book, Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Brewing Elements) by John Palmer and Colin Kaminski is highly recommended.  This BYO article is a good start to understanding the importance of Ph at all stages of brewing from strike water to the final beer.  The Principles of pH – Brew Your Own

Homebrew tasting:

BrewerBeer NameBeer StyleIBUABV
Bill PPlum Wild
on Lime
fruit ale56%
Derek WPlan BeeHoney
Cream Ale
207.00%
NoahDank Side w/ StrawberriesMilkshake
IPA
UNK7% ish
Robert CStandardKveik Porter317.50%
Robert CChocolateKveik Porter317.50%
Robert CCoconut and MolassesKveik Porter317.50%
Robert R.Bierre de
Noel
268.20%
DavidSeeing TripelTripel359.50%

Sudzers November 2019 meeting

Hello, Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, November 10th at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View. Hope to see you all there!

http://steinsbeergarden.com/
895 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

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 dues, please send $25 via paypal to derek@sudzers.org or bring cash with you to the meeting
  • Discuss next month’s Christmas party
  • Announce some recent competition winners
  • Homebrew evaluations. Remember, bring your recipe – club members will have lots of questions! Sign in your beer along with your name and statistics (IBU, ABV, etc.). The info is optional, but helpful in determining tasting order.

See you Sunday!

Sudzers October 2019 meeting notes

Hello, Sudzers! In October’s meeting, we met a new member, learned about Trappist Ales, and tasted ten delicious brews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:

  • Welcome new member, Philip!
  • Derek collected membership dues. Dues must be paid each calendar year and can still be made to Derek via paypal at derek@sudzers.org
  • Derek had shirts for sale: $5 for t-shirts and $10 for polos. What a deal!
  • We need a volunteer for Dark Matter Brew Day. We usually hold the event in November, but of course, the host can decide which day works best for them. Please reply to the mailing list if you’d like to host!
  • The Sudzer Christmas Party will be held December 14th. Stay tuned to this list for more details about the location and exact time.
  • Congratulations to Chet and Cliff for their wins at the Santa Cruz County Fair Homebrew Comp!
  • There aren’t many competitions coming up, but the California State Fair Homebrew Comp is looking for judges. Learn more at https://castate.brewcompetition.com/
  • David W. gave a great presentation on Trappist Ales, which can be found at http://www.sudzers.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Trappist-Ales.pptx. Note, if you want to brew one, we will be sharing them at the January meeting. We had originally decided November, but that wouldn’t give many brewers enough time to brew and finish their beers. So again, if you want to brew one, please bring it next year’s January meeting.
  • 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 ten brews:

BREWER           BEER                               IBUs  ABV
Bill & Mikael    Plum Gose                          0     5%
Derek W.         Apple Plum Cider                   0     ~8
David            Razzmatazz Berliner Weisse         5     5%
Adam             Strata Pale Ale                    ?     4.5%
Chet             German Pils                        36    5.2%
Cliff            Late to the Party Festbier         30    5.8%
Bill & Mikael    ARC NEIPA                          52    4.8%
Derek W.         Broke Da Mouf Coconut Black IPA    50    6.8%
Cliff            Rye Saison w/ Brett                25    6.2%
Cliff            Group Barrel Saison                ?     8.5%

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up!

Sudzers October 2019 meeting

Hello, Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, October 13th at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View. Hope to see you all there!

http://steinsbeergarden.com/
895 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

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 dues, please send $25 via paypal to derek@sudzers.org or bring cash with you to the meeting
  • NCHF recap
  • David W. will be giving a presentation on Trappist styles.
  • Homebrew evaluations. Remember, bring your recipe – club members will have lots of questions! Sign in your beer along with your name and statistics (IBU, ABV, etc.). The info is optional, but helpful in determining tasting order.

See you Sunday!

Sudzers September 2019 meeting notes

Hello, Sudzers! In September’s meeting, we learned about Oktoberfest/Festbiers, tasted five Oktoberfest/Festbiers, and tasted seven other delicious brews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:

In all, we had twelve brews:

BREWER          BEER                             IBUs  ABV
Evan and Sara   Novemberfest Festbier            22    4.3%
David           Oktoberfest V2                   20    5.2%
Robert          F--k Fest Festbier               20    6%
Chet            Marzen                           28    5.2%
Charles D.      FES Marzen                       30    4.33%
Cliff           Blonde                           30    5.1%
Adam            Kolsch                           -     5.5%
David           Kveik NEIPA                      ~30   6.2%
Cliff           Solera Lambic                    0     5.5%
Robert C.       Strong Saison                    ~25   7.5%
Charles D.      OH BABY A TRIPLE Belgin Tripel   ~35   7.8%
Anil            Barley Wine                      36    13.1%

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up!

Sudzers September 2019 meeting

Hello, Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, September 8th at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View. Hope to see you all there!

http://steinsbeergarden.com/
895 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

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 dues, please send $25 via paypal to derek@sudzers.org or bring cash with you to the meeting
  • Derek has shirts for sale: $5 for t-shirts and $10 for polos. What a deal!
  • Please let Derek know if you’d like to help design a logo for a Sudzer workshirt.
  • Remember, if you brewed an Oktoberfest/festbier, then bring it to this meeting!
  • We’ll discuss final planning for NCHF (https://www.nchfinfo.org/). Tickets are still available!
  • Cliff will give us an update on upcoming competitions.
  • Robert will review the history of Oktoberfest/festbier and provide a tasting of an authentic German Festbier.
  • Homebrew evaluations. Remember, bring your recipe – club members will have lots of questions! Sign in your beer along with your name and statistics (IBU, ABV, etc.). The info is optional, but helpful in determining tasting order.

See you Sunday!

Sudzers August 2019 meeting notes

Hello, Sudzers! In August’s meeting, we met a few new members and tasted eight delicious brews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:

In all, we had eight brews:

BREWER            BEER                                  IBUs  ABV
Evan and Sara     Solera Base                           20    4.5%
Mikael            Kveik & Easy Pale Ale                 37    4.9%
Derek W.          Citra Maris SMASH AmerEnglishish IPA  40    5%
Steve & Derek H.  Y27 Saison                            10    6%
Robert            Sorachi Ace Saison                    ~30   5.9%
Adam              Saison(?)                             -     7.2%
Chet              Altbier                               -     7%
Robert C.         Double Double Kveik DIPA              48    8%

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up!