Sudzers January 2018 meeting notes

Happy New Year! In January’s meeting, we reviewed our financial report, discussed upcoming events and ideas for 2018, presented the Homebrewer of he Year award, viewed Robert C.’s homebrew setup, and tasted twelve delicious brews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:
– Derek W. is collecting dues for 2018. Dues are $25 and can be paid by cash at the next meeting or via paypal to derek@sudzers.org
– Derek W. is also selling t-shirts: $15 for polos, $10 for t-shirts, $5 for clearance t-shirts.
– Derek W. discussed our financial report for 2018. You can view it at http://www.sudzers.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2017-CFO-report.pptx
– Congratulations to Robert C., the Sudzers’s 2017 Homebrewer of the Year!
– Clandestine Brewing (http://www.clandestinebrewing.com/) has been generous enough to offer the Sudzers a brewery tour. More info to come.
– Robert C. has malt from Admiral Malting (http://admiralmaltings.com/) for sale. A few Sudzers have already purchased some, and we plan on having all beers brewed with the malt presented at an upcoming meeting. More info to come.
– Steins 4th annual homebrew competition will be held in March. Info can be found at http://steinsbeergarden.com/mountainview/2018/01/12/homebrewcontest2018/
– The National Homebrewers Conference will be held June 28-30 in Portland, Oregon. We suspect many Sudzers will be joining, so we’ll make sure we get everyone coordinated before the event. For more info: https://www.homebrewcon.org/
– Robert C. gave a presentation on his homebrew setup. The link to the presentation will be available at www.sudzers.org once it’s uploaded to the website.
– 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 twelve brews:

BREWER      BEER                           IBUs  ABV
D.          Old Yella Pilsner              29    5.8%
David F.    Winter LukeWarmer              30    4%
Derek W.    Shrill 2 Belgian Blonde        30    6%
Robert C.   Ruddy Quagmire Red Beet IPA    30    5.25%
Danny       Rye IPA                        70    6%
Chris K.    IPL                            -     6.7%
Adam C.     Citra Pils IPL                 -     6.7%
Derek W.    Pear Honeycrisp Cider          0     6.9%
Cliff       Porter                         23    5.4%
Cliff       Imperial Brett Saison          30    7.7%
Kevin       Not Really Cream Ale           -     8.8%
Danny       Barley Wine                    60    11%

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up!

Sudzers January 2018 meeting

Happy New Year, Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, January 14th 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. 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 will be collecting dues. Please bring $25 or avoid the line by paying via paypal to derek@sudzers.org
– Derek will also be giving our CFO Annual Financial Report
– Shirts for sale: $15 for polos, $10 for t-shirts, $5 for clearance t-shirts
– Homebrewer of the Year trophy presentation to Robert Curlee
– Robert Curlee will present his brewing setup and teach us the ways of the master
– 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.

Meeting dates for 2018:
1/14
2/11
3/11
4/8
5/6 (moved to 1st Sunday to avoid Mother’s Day)
6/10
7/8
8/12
9/2 (moved to 1st Sunday to avoid MV Art & Wine Fest)
10/14
11/11

See you Sunday!

Sudzers November 2017 meeting notes

In November’s meeting, we recapped the Dark Matter Brew Day, did the off-flavor tasting of the month, learned about cleaning and sanitizing your equipment, and then tasted seventeen delicious brews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:
– Welcome, Alan, to his first meeting!
– Remember, there is no December meeting. Instead, we will have our annual Holiday Party, which will be at 6:30 on Saturday, December 9th at Rich’s house. For directions, please email us at moresimcoe@sudzers.org
– Please send any Homebrewer of the Year nominations to me, Adam, at cocamide@gmail.com
– Also, please email me (again at cocamide@gmail.com) if you’d like to nominate yourself or anyone else for a Sudzer Officer position for 2018. Positions are President, Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Communications Officer.
– Thanks Marc-Andre and Jenn for hosting Dark Matter Brew Day, where six brewers got together to brew 43 gallons of the imperial stout!
– Jim and Charles hosted the off-flavor of the month: lactic acid
– Robert C. brought in and distributed several malts from Admiral Maltings (http://admiralmaltings.com/). We look forward to see what everyone brews with these.
– Steve H. for summarized Jon Herskovits’s (of Five Star Chemicals) BeerSmith session on cleaning and sanitizing your equipment. For the full podcast, see http://beersmith.com/blog/2013/08/02/beer-cleaning-and-sanitation-with-jon-herskovits-beersmith-podcast-62/

In all, we had seventeen brews:

BREWER          BEER                                  IBUs  ABV
Derek W.        Shrill Blond Ale                      30    5.9%
Tim T.          Honey Blond                           -     7.4%
Robert C.       Heaping Hills w/ Fresh Hops Blond     20    7.5%
Craig           Best Bitter                           -     4.5%
Robert C.       Moss Landing with Fresh Hops APA      30    5.8%
Marc-Andre      Apple Cherry Cider                    0     yes
Cliff           Saison                                -     6.2%
Adam            Saison with Rosehips and Hibiscus     -     7.2%
Danny           Saison with Brett                     28    7%
Mikael & Bill   La Raison Saison                      31    8.3%
Mikael & Bill   154 East West IPA                     -     6.5%
Charles         Heretic IPA                           -     7.1%
Derek W.        Scarlet Munition                      45    6%
Mikael & Bill   Choconut Porter                       30    5.3%
Craig           Sweet Stout                           -     6.2%
Kevin           Nitro Stout                           -     6.7%
Charles         Trubbel Dubbel                        -     7.2%

Thanks to Steins and everyone that showed up!

Sudzers November 2017 meeting

Hello Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, November 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. 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:
– The Dark Matter Brew Day is this Saturday at Marc-Andre’s house! We’ll recap the brew day during the meeting.
– Remember, there’s no Sudzers meeting in December. We will, however, have our annual Holiday Party on December 9th at Rich’s house. More details to follow.
– If you have nominations for Homebrewer of the Year or would like to run as an Officer, then please send your nominations to me at cocamide@gmail.com
– Off-flavor of the month session
– 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 2017 meeting notes

In October’s meeting, we met some new members, did the off-flavor tasting of the month, and tasted thirteen delicious brews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:
– Congratulations to Marc-Andre and Jenn on their new addition to their family!
– Welcome new members Cliff and Mark!
– Derek W. handed out Polo shirts to all paid members
– Steve H. recapped another incredible NCHF. Did we actually have *too much* beer!? We’ll discuss this before next year’s event.
– Marc-Andre has volunteered to host this year’s Dark Matter Brew Day, which is tentatively set for November 11. More details to follow.
– Rich has volunteered to host this year’s Christmas Party, which is tentatively set for December 9. More details to follow.
– We’ll need volunteers to bring and/or serve beer for Stanford’s Beerfest on November 18. Danny will follow up with more details.
– Jim and Charles hosted the off-flavor of the month: acetic acid. Learn more about it at http://www.milkthefunk.com/wiki/Acetic_Acid
– Judges are needed for the Queen of Beer 2017 competition: http://queenofbeer.beer/

In all, we had thirteen brews:

BREWER             BEER                                  IBUs  ABV
Christy A.         Anise Goose Gose                      5     5.5%
Marc-Andre         Wheat n' Rye n' Stuff                 22    5.3%
Adam               Jack Fruit Saison                     -     5.2%
Cliff S.           Saison/Mixed Ferment Ale              30    6.2%
Marc-Andre         La Rousse a Line Irish Red            20    5.5%
Cliff S.           Scottish Ale                          20    5.5%
Jay P.             IPA (sort of)                         66    ~6%
Danny              Cascade 666 IPA                       66    6%
Rich K.            Bell's 2 Hearted Ale Clone            55    7.6%
Mikael & Bill      150 Julius NZ IPA                     85    6%   
Christy A.         Coco NEIPA                            60    8%
Steve & Derek H.   Bri's Fave Coconut/Nib/Van./Porter    -     6.5%
Derek W.           Coconut Dark Matter                   60+   11.7%

Thanks to Steins, Cupertino and everyone that showed up!

Sudzers October 2017 meeting

Reminder: This meeting will be held at the Steins in CUPERTINO!

Hello Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, October 8th at Steins Beer Garden in Cupertino.

http://steinsbeergarden.com/cupertino/
10088 N Wolfe Rd Suite 130
Cupertino, CA 95014

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:
– Again, this meeting will be held at the Steins in Cupertino
– Derek W. has Polo shirts to distribute
– We’ll recap another great NCHF
– We’ll discuss the next Dark Matter Brew Day (potentially at Marc-Andre’s house)
– We still need a time and location for this year’s Christmas party
– Homebrew setup discussion led by Derek W.
– 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 in Cupertino!