Sudzers March 2017 meeting notes

In March’s meeting had a full agenda. We wished Vern a happy birthday, welcomed two new members, tasted fifteen delicious homebrews, learned a bit about water, got our hands on some hop hash, and sampled some diacetyl (on purpose). Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:
– We welcomed Katie and Patrick to their first meeting!
– Dark Matter bottling day date and time are still to be determined. Stay tuned.
– Reminder that we’ll have an Anchor Steam clone competition at the June meeting.
– We decided to keep the Thirsty Third Thursday meeting at Harry’s in San Jose in case people still want to meet up.
– We’re looking for volunteers to help organize and judge the Santa Clara County Fair Homebrew competition this Summer.
– Steins is hosting their 3rd annual homebrew competition in March. Beers can be dropped off at Steins from March 11-16. Please contact ryan@steinsbeergarden.com if you would like to judge on March 18th. More details at http://steinsbeergarden.com/2017/02/08/steins-3rd-annual-home-brew-competition/
– We had a talk on building water. Slides are available at http://www.sudzers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/water_basics.pptx
– Charles brought in some hop hash for us to check out. Learn more about it at https://www.morebeer.com/category/hop-hash.html
– Charles and Jim conducted the first off-flavor session: diacetyl. Learn more about diacetyl at http://byo.com/bock/item/546-diacetyl-homebrew-science
– For other upcoming events and competitions, check out http://www.sudzers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/comps_march2017.xlsx

In all, we had fifteen brews:

BREWER        BEER                             IBUs   ABV
Tim           Apple & Pomegranate Cider        0      9.45%
Mikael        Sterling Kolsch                  26     5%
Rob           New England Pale Ale             -      5.2%
Rob           Coffee New England Pale Ale      -      5%
David J.      Persimmon Blonde                 -      5.3%
Adam          Schwarzbier                      -      5.4%
David F.      Schwarzbier 2.0                  -      6%
Jared         FutureESB                        -      5.5%
Mikael        Cold Brew Porter                 46     7%
Kevin         Oatmeal Stout                    -      7.2%
Vern          2016 Santatizer                  -      6.8%
Kevin         Mosaic IPA                       -      7.2%
David J.      Black IPA                        -      7.1%
Denis B.      DDH Double IPA                   80     8.1%
Jim W.        Flanders Sorta Red               -      6%

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up!

Sudzers March 2017 meeting

Hello Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, March 12th at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View.

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

Agenda:
– Last meeting, we decided that we would bottle the Dark Matter this Sunday, March 11th. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to host the bottling this day, but please stay tuned for the new date and location.
– Reminder of the Anchor-clone competition in June. Get brewing!
– Steins is hosting their 3rd annual homebrew competition. Beers can be dropped off at Steins from March 11-16. More details at http://steinsbeergarden.com/2017/02/08/steins-3rd-annual-home-brew-competition/
– We’re looking for volunteers for the Santa Clara County Fair Homebrew competition this summer.
– Has Thirsty Third Thursday run its course?
– Review of upcoming competitions.
– Adam will give a short presentation on the basics of building your water profile from reverse osmosis water.
– Charles will bring in some hop hash. (Totally legal, I promise.)
– Charles and Jim will do the first off-flavor tasting.
– 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!

February 2017 meeting notes

In February’s meeting, we tasted six delicious homebrews and voted on Anchor Steam as being the clone competition beer. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:
– Derek W. collected 2017 club dues. If you didn’t get a chance to pay, you can always pay next meeting.
– Sudzers Homebrewer of the Year Trophy was presented to Jared Churko!
– Jenn was kind enough to volunteer to help organize a Sudzer bar crawl. We’ll most likely do it in the Berkeley area (Fieldwork, Torpedo Room, and Rare Barrel).
– Dark Matter bottling day will be hosted at Marc and Jenn’s house on March 11. More info will be provided in the next few weeks.
– We voted to have Anchor Steam be the clone competition beer in the June meeting.
– We’re looking for volunteers to help organize and judge the Santa Clara County Fair Homebrew competition this Summer.
– Steins is hosting their 3rd annual homebrew competition in March. Beers can be dropped off at Steins from March 11-16. More details at http://steinsbeergarden.com/2017/02/08/steins-3rd-annual-home-brew-competition/
– For other upcoming events and competitions, check out http://www.sudzers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/comps_feb2017.xlsx

In all, we had six brews:

BREWER        BEER                             IBUs   ABV
Marc-Andrey   Chinook Pale                     68     7%
Jared         Smash Mouth Cascadian Dark Ale   60     5.5%
Danny         IPA                              75     7.6%
Danny         Triple                           35     8.1%
David F.      Centennial IPA                   75     8.9%
Adam          Flanders-ish Dark Sour           -      7.3%

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up!

Sudzers February 2017 meeting

Hello Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, February 12th 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. Because this is the first meeting of the New Year, please arrive a bit before 4:00 if you’d like to pay your 2017 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.

Also as a reminder: Freewheel Battle of the Brew Clubs is February 12. Style is Old Ale, and Maris Otter must be used as the base malt. At this point, it doesn’t look we have any Sudzers that have volunteered to compete, so if you’d like to represent us, then please do so! More info can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1877813689117879/.

Agenda:
– Derek W. will be selling t-shirts (details below).
– Trophy presentation to Homebrewer of the Year.
– Discuss ideas for club competition, e.g., same yeast, commercial clone, etc.
– Does anyone want to volunteer to organize a beer trip?
– We’re looking for volunteers for the Santa Clara County Fair Homebrew competition this summer.
– Review of upcoming competitions.
– 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!

January 2017 meeting notes

In January’s meeting, we tasted nine delicious homebrews, met one new member, and welcomed back a member from a decade ago! Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:
– Welcome Jenny, and welcome back, Jeff to the Sudzers!
– Derek W. collected 2017 club dues. If you didn’t get a chance to pay, you can always pay next meeting.
– Derek W. gave the 2016 financial report. For those interested in checking it out, the spreadsheet will eventually be uploaded to the website.
– Christmas party recap. Thanks, Marc and Jenn for hosting!
– The 2017 officers were announced:
— President: Steve Hutzler
— VP: Marc-Andre Harvey
— CFO: Derek Wolfgram
— CCO: Adam Campbell
— Chief Tasting Officers (CTO): Jim Williams and Charles Stevens. The CTO’s responsibility will be finding ways for us to enhance our palate, e.g., by organizing off-flavor tasting sessions. More info to come.
– Sudzers Homebrew of the Year was announced… Congratulations, Jared Churko!
– Steve H. will be sending out a survey to get opinions on what events we want to do next year.
– Steve H. was kind enough to put together a spreadsheet containing upcoming events and competitions. See it here: http://www.sudzers.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/comps_jan2017.xlsx
– Freewheel Battle of the Brew Clubs is February 12. Style is Old Ale, and Maris Otter must be used as the base malt. Danny expressed interest. Anyone else willing to help?

In all, we had nine brews:

BREWER           BEER                        IBUs   ABV
Derek W.         Kolsch                      30     4.6%
Kevin W.         Belgian pale                -      6.8%
Adam C.          Citra IPL                   -      6.4%
Kevin W.         Two-Hearted clone           55     6.7%
Jared            Samus Aran IPA              80     6%
Charles          IPA                         100    7.3%
Robert           Saison Zeste De Cacao       20     5.6%
Robert           Secret Beach Saison         20     8.1%
Danny            Hail Mary imperial stout    80     10%

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up.

Sudzers January 2017 meeting

Hello Sudzers, and Happy New Year! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, January 8th 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. Because this is the first meeting of the New Year, please arrive a bit before 4:00 if you’d like to pay your 2017 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:
– Derek W. will be selling t-shirts (details below).
– Introduce the 2017 officers.
– Financial Report from Derek W.
– Freewheel Battle of the Brew Clubs is February 12. Style is Old Ale, and Maris Otter must be used as the base malt. Does anyone want to participate?
– 2016 Sudzer Homebrewer of the Year announcement!
– Discuss ideas for events in 2017.
– 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.

Sudzers t-shirt inventory reduction sale!
Older generations of Sudzers shirts only $5 (limited sizes available – first come, first served at the meeting)

Dark Matter Imperial Stout: one S, one XL
Space Invaders: one Ladies L
Prohibition: three Larges

The latest generation of Sudzers shirts, featuring the ASCII text rendering and the “waffle” icon on the sleeve (and the famous Simcoe quote on the back) are still available in a variety of sizes for $10 and will also be sold at the meeting.

2017 meeting calendar (subject to change):
1/8
2/12
3/12
4/9
5/7*
6/11
7/9
8/13
9/3*
10/8
11/12

* First Sunday of the month

See you Sunday!

November 2016 meeting notes

In November’s meeting, we tasted a mead and eight delicious homebrews, and we also had five first-time attendees! Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:
– Welcome Roy, Jason, Dennis, Bram, and Sean to their first Sudzer meeting!
– At the 2016 Dark Matter Brew Day, David F. and Marc-Andrey brewed batches of the huge beer. We look forward to bottling day to see how they turned out!
– Congrats to Mikael who received third place for his porter at the California State Homebrew Competition at Anchor.
– Just a reminder that there is no meeting in December. More details to follow on when and where the 2017 meetings will be held.
– The current plan is to hold annual Christmas party at Marc-Andrey’s house on December 10th. More details to come.
– If you’re interested in becoming a Sudzer Officer, then please e-mail me at cocamide@gmail.com with what position you’d like: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Communications Officer.
– Also, please e-mail me at cocamide@gmail.com with any nominations you have for Homebrewer of the Year. The officer and Homebrewer of the Year awards will be decided at the Christmas party.
– We discussed ideas about a bulk hop purchase and a shared equipment spreadsheet. Stay tuned for more info on both.

In all, we had eight brews and a mead:

BREWER                 BEER                    IBUs        ABV
Jason C.               Altbier                 low         <5%
Jason C.               Oktoberfest-style Ale   low         <6%
Mikael                 Rye is on the Saison    26          7.7%
Roy Z.                 Dunkelweizen            -           -
Kevin                  Stout                   -           4.73%
Steve H. & Derek H.    Mat's Graduation Beer   high        8%
Charles                Lil' Bastard            not enough  7.6%
David J.               Pinot Gris(?) Mead      0           13.7%
David J.               Barley Wine             100+        13.4

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up. See you at the Christmas party!