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!

Sudzers April meeting

Hello Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, April 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. Our CFO Derek Wolfgram will not be able to make the meeting, but membership dues ($25) can be paid through PayPal to him at derek.wolfgram@gmail.com. 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:
– Reminder that help is needed for the Santa Clara County Fair homebrew competition. If any of you want to be involved, please let Derek Wolfgram (derek.wolfgram@gmail.com) know and he will set up a meeting with our fellow organizers from The Grain Trust.
– Reminder that we’ll be pouring at NCHF’s Hoppy Hour this year. We want to make sure we have a good showing, so we’ll most likely hold a competition the meeting or two before NCHF to find the best beers to pour. We’re announcing now so people have ample time to prepare.
– Loren Gibbs, Head of Production for Gigayeast, will be joining our meeting Sunday to do a brief presentation. We’ll need to find volunteers to propagate some of their yeast for a homebrew competition.
– Discuss SF Beer Camp taking place June 18th. Let’s see if we can get a group of Sudzers up there.
– Derek Wolfgram is out (most likely until May), so Dark Matter distribution will be on hold until then.
– 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.

There’s a lot planned, so don’t miss out this Sunday!

March 2016 meeting notes

Maybe it was the weather, maybe it was Daylight Savings Time, or maybe it was the nuclear threats from Kim Jong-un, but whatever the reason, we had a whopping six members show up to March’s meeting. For those that couldn’t make it, you may have missed out on some of the best beer in the world, (or at least Northern California)!

Business:
– Thirsty Third Thursday will be pushed back to the fourth Thursday due to St. Patrick’s Day. The meet-up will be held at 7:00pm, March 24th at Ale Arsenal (http://www.alearsenal.com/).
– A Google spreadsheet will be used to keep track of equipment that members of the club are willing to share. Once set up, the spreadsheet URL will be shared to this list.
– If you’re interested in helping organize the Santa Clara County Fair homebrew competition, then please reach out to Derek Wolfgram (derek.wolfgram@gmail.com). We will be organizing this with members of the The Grain Trust.
– We threw around the idea of buying a shared water analysis kit. Good ones can be expensive, so this probably wouldn’t happen unless other clubs were on board as well.

In all, we had five homebrews:

BREWER         BEER                               IBUs  ABV
Mark           American Wheat Ale, GCC            30    4.8%
Tim            Pilsner/Wine, Muscat Love          65    8.5%
Paul           IPA, CASMO                         73    5.8%
Rob            Double IPA, Hop Latency            100   8.0%
Adam           Dark Belgian Farmhouse             -     7.3%

Below is the recipe for Rob’s IPA, which is an amazing beer that includes 23 hop additions!

Yeast:
WLP001

Mash:
7.0lb Maris Otter Pale
7.0lb Pale 2-Row
1.0lb Wheat
0.5lb Carapils
0.5lb Carastan

Boil (60 min):
3.0lb Table sugar
0.5oz Summit (US) 60 min Boil
0.5oz Columbus (US) 60 min Boil
1.0oz HBC 348 (Ron Mexico) 20 min Boil
0.5oz Mosaic (US) 15 min Boil
0.5oz Amarillo (US) 15 min Boil
0.5oz Summit (US) 15 min Boil
0.5oz Columbus (US) 15 min Boil
1.0oz HBC 348 (Ron Mexico) 10 min Boil
0.5oz Centennial (US) 10 min Boil
0.5oz El Dorado (US) 10 min Boil
0.5oz Mosaic (US) 10 min Boil
0.5oz Galaxy (AU) 10 min Boil
0.5oz El Dorado (US) 5 min Boil
0.5oz Centennial (US) 5 min Boil
2.0oz HBC 348 (Ron Mexico) 20 min Whirlpool
1.0oz Centennial (US) 20 min Whirlpool
1.0oz Mosaic™ (US) 20 min Whirlpool
1.0oz El Dorado (US) 20 min Whirlpool
0.5oz Amarillo (US) 20 min Whirlpool
0.5oz Galaxy (AU) 20 min Whirlpool
1.0oz HBC 348 (Ron Mexico) 5 days Dry Hop
1.0oz Mandarina Bavaria 5 days Dry Hop
1.0oz Citra (US) 5 days Dry Hop

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

Sudzers March meeting

Hello Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, March 13th 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. Our CFO Derek Wolfgram will not be able to make the meeting, but membership dues ($25) can be paid through PayPal to him at derek.wolfgram@gmail.com. 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:
– Remind everyone that help is needed for the Santa Clara County Fair homebrew competition. If any of you want to be involved, please let Derek Wolfgram (derek.wolfgram@gmail.com) know and he will set up a meeting with our fellow organizers from The Grain Trust.
– Discuss the Thirsty Third Thursday meeting location (maybe Alpha Acid) and date (potentially the fourth Friday, due to St. Patrick’s Day).
– Steve Hutzler will lead a discussion on club equipment sharing.
– Since Derek Wolfgram is out (most likely until May), Dark Matter distribution will be on hold these next few meetings.
– 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.

There’s a lot planned, so don’t miss out this Sunday!

February 2016 meeting notes

Valentine’s Day pushed our February meeting back a week, but it was definitely worth the wait. We saw some new faces, got a demo for an awesome new homebrew product, and got to try eleven homebrews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:
– Derek took money for club dues. If you weren’t able to pay, you’ll be able to pay at any of the future meetings.
– Derek sold some retro-Sudzer t-shirts.
– Bottles of Dark Matter were distributed.
– Members of STEED Brewcraft (http://www.steedbrewcraft.com/#intro) presented their new kegging product designed to fit right in your refrigerator. Check out their website to learn more about this exciting new product.
– We discussed Stein’s 2nd Annual homebrew competition. Visit http://steinsbeergarden.com/event/2nd-annual-steins-home-brew-contest/ to learn more.
– The Sudzer homebrewer of the year award was presented.

In all, we had eleven homebrews:

BREWER(s)      BEER                               IBUs  ABV
Derek W        Belgian Single 1                   30    5.3%
Derek W        Belgian Single 2                   30    5.3%
Rob C          Belgian Pale                       -     5.5%
Mark Andrey    Rich's Evil Clone                  40    6.5%
Jesse          JK3 Brown Ale                      -     6.8%
Don            New Moon Dry Stout with Coffee     37    4.0%
Rob C          Sweet Stout                        30    5.8%
Joanna D.      Alaskan API (ALIPA)                -     4.7%
Adam           Mosaic Pils                        -     6.9%
Charles        Hop Fu IPA                         100+  7.1%
Jared          Xlunutiny Stout #2 (RIS)           -     10.5%

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

Homebrewing workshop with Sudzers and Headquarters brewers at Mountain View Public Library, February 29

Join brewers from the Sudzers and the Headquarters homebrew club at the Mountain View Public Library on February 29 for an introduction to homebrewing beer, including history, ingredients, techniques, equipment, beer styles, recipe formulation, and more.

The slide deck from the presentation is available for download.

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Sudzers February meeting

Hello Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, February 21st 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 10% 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 of the classic Sudzers t-shirts. Don’t miss out!
– Members of STEED Brewcraft (http://www.steedbrewcraft.com/#intro) will present their new combined kegging/serving system prototype that
they plan to launch on Kickstarter. They will be joining us to talk about their product and get our feedback on the design and functionality.
– Summary of the brewday at Freewheel.
– Dark Matter distribution: two bottles for everyone who was a paid member in 2015!
– Homebrewer of the year trophy hand-off.
– 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.

There’s a lot planned, so we hope you see you this Sunday!