August 2016 meeting notes

In August’s meeting, we distributed the 2016 Sudzer t-shirts, tasted sixteen delicious homebrews, and met a new member of the Sudzer community. Thanks to everyone who showed up, and see you next month!

Business:
– Derek distributed t-shirts to all paid 2016 Sudzers club members that signed up on the Google spreadsheet.
– Dark Matter brew day. David F. has volunteered to host this year on Saturday, October 29th! More info will be announced later.
– 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. 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).
– Please e-mail Derek Wolfgram (derek.wolfgram@gmail.com) if you’re attending NCHF and haven’t yet received access to the Google spreadsheet for keeping track of what beer, food, etc. you’re bringing.
– During October’s meeting, we plan on having a tasting for the beers made using Gigayeast’s experimental yeast that was handed out a few months ago.
– Tim has proposed and will be organizing a public-transit pub-crawl in San Francisco; most likely in mid-October. More info to come.
– Bare Bottle Brewery is interested in having a Sudzers-only home brew competition, and we’ll most likely have it after NCHF has wrapped up. Stay tuned for more info.
– We talked a bit about building up RO water for brewing. Jim mentioned http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=198460 as being an extremely helpful resource on the subject. Check it out to learn more!
– The California Craft Beer Summit is September 8-10. More info can be found at http://www.cacraftbeersummit.com/.
– On September 8th, Jeffers Richardson of Firestone Walker will “Drop Some Acid Knowledge” at Steins! Visit https://www.prod.facebook.com/events/183569225393841/ to learn more.
– Steins will also help host the Mountain View Oktoberfest on the first weekend in October. Come down for some great food and beer!
– Thirsty Third Thursday will be held at Harry’s Hofbrau in San Jose on August 18th, 7:00pm.

In all, we had sixteen brews:

BREWER             BEER                           IBUs  ABV
David F.           Peach-Nectarine Gose           ~15   4.8%
David              Horchata Beer                  20    5.4%
David              Cherry Cider                   0     5.3%
Tim                Wedding Cider                  0     7%
Robert C.          Saison                         40    6.5%
Derek W.           Citra Saison                   ~40   7%
Robert C.          Tripel                         30    6.8%
Vern               West Coast Scottish "bitter"   ?     6.8%
Mikael             BB Porter                      31    5.66%
Paul               Peanut Butter Porter           20    6.2%
Jared              IPA/SMASH -> Pacific Jade      ?     5%
Jared              IPA/SMASH -> Pacific Gem       ?     5%
Marc               Sweet Red IPA                  ~50   7%
David              IPA                            ~60   6.1%
David F.           IPA                            ~80   6.3%
Derek W.           Iced Flanders                  low   ~9%

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

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