Sudzers October meeting notes

Hello Sudzers,

For our October 9th meeting, we discussed an upcoming visit to Alpa Acid Brewing in Belmont and the annual end of the year party. In addition, Stepan Piotrowski gave a presentation on Black IPAs. Then we tasted six great homebrews. Thanks to Stein’s and everyone who showed up!


– Alpha Acid Brewing would like to have the Sudzers over for a visit to their brewery in Belmont and give us a presentation on what they are doing with thiol producing yeasts. The visit will be on Sunday, November 6 in the afternoon. More details to follow.

– Some of the employees at Steins have asked the Sudzers to show them how to homebrew. Robert C. will follow up with them to set up a date.

– The off flavor of the month that we sampled and discussed was Isovaleric acid. Thanks to Mikael for putting this together!

– Stephan Piotrowski gave a presentation on the Black IPAs, covering the history, BJCP guidelines, and ingredients for the style. (Available at: At next month’s meeting we will be tasting the Black IPAs people have made.

– We will have our end of the year party at Clandestine Brewing. Details to follow.

– The California State Homebrew Competition will be this November. Entries can be submitted until 10/13. People can also sign up to serve as judges or stewards. More details can be found at the competition website:

– The beers we tasted:

bill pCosmic plum alefruit ale05.9
AlexHazy kiwiHazy ipa275.5
kevinJAKs Strong Bitter V2strong bitter506.5
StephanMowgli’s Black Cat IPABlack IPA456.9


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