July 2016 meeting notes

July’s meeting was jam-packed with business items, had seven delicious homebrews, and gave us a chance to meet some new members of the beer community. Thanks to everyone who showed up, and see you next month!

Business:
– Derek showed the new 2016 t-shirt design. All paid 2016 Sudzers club members will receive one free shirt, so please go to the google form at http://goo.gl/forms/sNNEy1haqXUmw7vl2 to enter your name and size by July 18th. If you would like to order additional shirts beyond your free one, please send $10 per additional shirt via paypal to derek@sudzers.org. (Maybe we’ll see collared shirts in the future?)
– Judging for the Santa Clara County Fair homebrew competition is complete. Thanks to all who helped organize, judge, and steward!
– Dark Matter brew day. It looks like David F. has volunteered to host this year! More info will be announced later.
– We’ll be pouring at NCHF’s Hoppy Hour this year. It’s recommended that we have eight kegs at the event, and we will use September’s meeting to give those beers a try. If you’re interested in volunteering to organize Hoppy Hour (set up kegs, etc.), please contact Steve Hutzler (sthutz@gmail.com).
– We talked a bit about working together with Bay Area clubs to make a Belgian beer pavilion. More details on this will be sent out as we get them.
– During October’s meeting, we plan on having a competition for the beers made using Gigayeast’s experimental yeast that was handed out a few months ago.
– Care to share your knowledge of homebrewing with the club? We’re looking for volunteers to do a technical presentation at one of the upcoming meetings. Let me know if you’re interested in this.
– Freewheel homebrew competition in two weeks: 7/24/16. Does anyone want to lead this and brew at Freewheel that day? The style is Kentucky Common.
– Bare Bottle Brewery is interested in having a Sudzers, Belgian-themed home brew competition. This is an opportunity to brew your beer at a huge scale! More info will be sent out as it comes in.
– Anil is organizing a study group for several BJCP exams taking place in November and December. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, study up on beer, refine your palate with an off-flavor tasting kit, and of course, drink some beer! Let Anil (adosaj@mac.com) know if you’re interested in joining.
– The first registration for NCHF is this Saturday!
– The California Craft Beer Summit is September 8-10. More info can be found at http://www.cacraftbeersummit.com/.

In all, we had seven brews:

BREWER             BEER                                  IBUs  ABV
David F.           Not the Best Beer, California Common  30    4%
Jesse              Hana Walk, Irish Red                  -     4.7%
Steve and Derek    Belgian Heretic, Baby Dubbel          -     5.3%
Jared              Lady Marmalade, SMASH                 30    5.4%
Dave               Amber Waves, Amber Ale                30    6%
Adam               Apricot Kettle Sour                   -     4.5%
Mikael             Peach Gose                            9     5.6%

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up. See you next month!

Sudzers July meeting

Hello Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, July 10th at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View.

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

As a reminder, club dues are collected on a calendar year basis, so please bring $25 and arrive as close to 4:00 as possible if you would like to pay your 2016 dues. 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:
– T-shirts for sale! Bring cash, because Derek will be selling several classic Sudzers t-shirts. Don’t miss out!
– Derek will talk a bit about the 2016 Sudzers T-Shirt.
– Discuss where and when to have the annual Dark Matter Brew Day.
– Has Thirst Third Thursday run its course!?
– Let’s find out who is going to NCHF and who can contribute beer for Hoppy hour and the main festival. Also what beer styles are people bringing?
– Reminder, Hoppy Hour tastings will happen in the September meeting.
– In October, we plan to have a competition for beers that used Gigayeast’s experimental yeast.
– Call for technical topics/presentations from some members, like Mike C’s water tutorial last year.
– An update on the Santa Clara County Fair judging.
– 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!

June 2016 meeting notes

The Bay Area is heating up, so what better way to kick off Summer other than with a 17% barleywine? June’s meeting gave us seven delicious homebrews (including the aforementioned barleywine) and a chance to meet some new members of the beer community. Thanks to everyone who showed up, and see you next month!

Business:
– Lauren Cosby of Gordon Biersch joined us to discuss their recent homebrew competition and gave us the head’s up that we should be on the lookout for another one in the future. We’ll make sure to keep you posted. Thanks, Lauren, for joining us!
– Anil is organizing a study group for several BJCP exams taking place in November and December. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, study up on beer, refine your palate with an off-flavor tasting kit, and of course, drink some beer! Let Anil (adosaj@mac.com) know if you’re interested in joining.
– We’ll be pouring at NCHF’s Hoppy Hour this year. We need a volunteer to take charge of this event. If you’re interested, please contact Steve Hutzler (sthutz@gmail.com).
– The Sudzers is teaming up with The Grain Trust to organize the Santa Clara County Fair homebrew competition. Please let Steve H. (sthutz@gmail.com) know if you’re interested in judging.
– Derek has designed a Belgian-inspired t-shirt for this year’s NCHF. Paid members will get one as part of their dues!
– Sierra Nevada’s SF Beer Camp (http://www.beercamp.sierranevada.com/festivals/san-francisco/) is June 18th. Reach out to Tim T. if you’re interested in meeting up with other Sudzers.
– The California Craft Beer Summit is September 8-10. More info can be found at http://www.cacraftbeersummit.com/.
– Sudzers Thirsty Third Thursday will be June 16th at South Winchester BBQ in San Jose.

In all, we had seven brews:

BREWER      BEER                    IBUs  ABV
David       Schwarzbier             ~21   4.2%
David J     White Ale               34    5.3%
Jim         Saison                  35    7.5%
Rob         IPA                     60    6%
Tim         Hearth of Darkness      40    10.24%
Jim         Pliny the Younger clone inf   11%
Jared       Barley Win              20    17%

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up. See you next month!

June 12 Meeting Announcement

The next Sudzers meeting will be held on Sunday, June 12 at 4 pm at Steins in Mountain View.

Discussion topics will include:

*Lauren Cosby from Gordon Biersch will attend as follow up to the homebrew competition GB organized this spring

*Planning for NCHF, especially our plans for serving at Hoppy Hour – project manager needed

*New club T-shirt plans. Older shirts will still be for sale for $10 apiece.

*Santa Clara County Fair update

*Thirsty Third Thursday

*fall 2016 Dark Matter brew day – host needed

*Dark Matter Imperial Stout distribution to club members. Please note: this is the last meeting Derek will be carrying cases to the meeting. If you were a paid club member in 2015 and still want your free bottles, contact Derek directly to make arrangements for pickup. Bottles not picked up by June 30 will be used for club events, given to 2016 paid members, or divvied up among those 2015 members who have already received their first two bottles.

*September meeting will be focused on tasting to select NCHF Hoppy Hour brews to represent the club, and October will tentatively be the judging for the Gigayeast saison challenge. No specific agenda for August at this point.

*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.

May 2016 meeting notes

Mother’s Day pushed May’s meeting back an extra week, but it was well worth the wait. We saw some new faces and sampled thirteen delicious brews. Thanks to everyone who showed up, and see you next month!

Business:
– Derek W. was back and collected dues, sold t-shirts, and handed out Dark Matter.
– Jared passed out the experimental Saison yeast from Gigayeast. Thanks, Jared!
– We’ll be pouring at NCHF’s Hoppy Hour this year. This is a good chance to show off Sudzers’s best beers, so we’ll have a tasting the meeting before NCHF to determine what we’ll pour. Start thinking about what you want to brew!
– The Sudzers is teaming up with The Grain Trust to organize the Santa Clara County Fair homebrew competition. Derek W. sent out an e-mail with the info, so please let him know if you’re interested in helping to organize or judge.
– Sierra Nevada’s SF Beer Camp (http://www.beercamp.sierranevada.com/festivals/san-francisco/) is June 18th. Reach out to Tim T. if you’re interested in meeting up with other Sudzers.
– The California Craft Beer Summit is September 8-10. More info can be found at http://www.cacraftbeersummit.com/.
– Santa Cruz craft beer week is May 23-27. More info can be found at http://www.santacruzwaves.com/beerweek/.
– Congrats again to Charles for getting a first and second place at the first round of NHC!
– Sudzers Thirsty Third Thursday will be May 19th at Eureka in downtown Mountain View.

In all, we had thirteen brews:

BREWER        BEER                               IBUs  ABV
Tony          Interlude Saison                   15    7%
Don           Sunshine Belgian Blonde            23    7.5%
David         Bananas Brown Fruit Ale            30    7.3%
Jesse         Buzz Zed Cider                     -     7.8% 
David         Conanesque VPA                     65    6.1%
Paul          CASMO IPA                          -     6.8%
Steve H       Pine Tree IPA                      Lots  7%
Ron           Senior Smiley IPA                  62    6.5%
Derek         Schaberg Porter                    30    5.5%
David P       Milk Stout                         27    6.5%
Adam          White Chocolate Wheat Wine         -     9.8%
Guillaume     Insomnie Stout                     65    8%
Derek         German Barleywine                  80    10%

Guillaume was kind enough to share his Mad Frenchman Ale Works Belgian Dubbel recipe:

OG: 1.073
FG: 1.009
23.5 IBU
19.2 SRM

=== Grist ===
75.9% Belgian Pilsner
6.9% Aromatic
3.4% Special B
6.9% Candi Syrup Inc D-90
6.9% Pilocillo Sugar

=== Hops ===
German Magnum (10.5% AA) 1g/L target 21.4 IBU @60min
German Tettnang (3.7% AA) 1.5g/L whirlpool 10min

=== Fining ===
1 whirlfloc @ 15min

=== Yeast ===
Wyeast 3522 / Belgian Ardennes

=== Mash Schedule ===
75min @ 65C
20min @ 70C
20min @ 77C

=== Fermentation ===
Pitch cool at 15C and let rise
Hold at 23C for 14 days
When final gravity is reached, crash cool to 2C and hold for 7 days

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up. See you next month!

Sudzers May meeting

Hello Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, May 15th at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View.

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

As a reminder, club dues are collected on a calendar year basis, so please bring $25 and arrive as close to 4:00 as possible if you would like to pay your 2016 dues. 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:
– T-shirts for sale! Bring cash, because Derek will be selling several classic Sudzers t-shirts. Don’t miss out!
– Dark Matter distribution: two bottles for everyone who was a paid member in 2015!
– Jared will be passing out the experimental yeast from Gigayeast to those who requested it.
– Quick discussion on the Gordon Biersch homebrew competition. Did anyone participate?
– Reminders about the Santa Clara County Fair homebrew competition and Beer Camp in SF on June 18th.
– 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!

April 2016 meeting notes

At April’s meeting we saw some new faces, sampled twelve delicious homebrews, and had a great conversation with Cassie and Jim from Gigayeast about brewing with sourdough cultures. Thanks to everyone who showed up, and see you next month!

Business:
– We’ll be pouring at NCHF’s Hoppy Hour this year. This is a good chance to show off Sudzers’s best beers, so we’ll have a tasting the meeting before NCHF to determine what we’ll pour. Start thinking about what you want to brew!
– The Sudzers is teaming up with The Grain Trust to organize the Santa Clara County Fair homebrew competition. Please let Steve H. or Derek W. know if you’re interested in helping to organize or judge.
– Sierra Nevada’s SF Beer Camp (http://www.beercamp.sierranevada.com/festivals/san-francisco/) is June 18th. Reach out to Tim T. if you’re interested in meeting up with other Sudzers.
– Cassie and Jim from Gigayeast (http://www.gigayeast.com/) gave an awesome presentation on sour beers and brewing with sourdough cultures. More details on the homebrew competition using their new yeast will be given with the next few weeks or discussed at the next meeting. Thanks again, Cassie and Jim, and please come back any time!

In all, we had twelve homebrews:

BREWER        BEER                               IBUs  ABV
Jared         Cockshot Pilsner                   26    5.38%
Jared         Czech the Locks                    33    5.64%
Joanna & Bob  Hef + Lemon Rind                   -     6%(?)
Rob           Cream Ale                          30    5%
David         Belgian Dubbel                     -     7.1%
Tony & Marc   Belgian Dubbel                     18    8%
Rich          American Strong Ale                67    8.9%
Tim           Chocolate Milk Stout               -     3.7%
David         Coconut Porter                     -     5.4%
Rob           IPA                                70    7%
Rob           Double IPA                         100   8.5%
The Club      Barrel Aged Dark Matter            -     11+%

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up. See you next month!