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September 2016 meeting notes

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

– Derek distributed t-shirts to all paid 2016 Sudzers club members that signed up on the Google spreadsheet.
– We’ll be pouring at NCHF’s Hoppy Hour this year. If you’re interested in volunteering to organize Hoppy Hour (set up kegs, put up the tent, etc.), please contact Steve Hutzler ( We need volunteers, so please help if you can.
– Also, please e-mail Derek Wolfgram ( 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. Please make sure to bring your notes (i.e., fermentation temperature, tasting notes, etc.) so they can be shared with the Gigayeast team.
– Tim has put together a schedule for a public-transit pub-crawl in San Francisco on October 15th. Details available at
– A few members recapped their time at the California Craft Beer Summit, which had 165 breweries and 460 beers!
– A few members also recapped the awesome talk by Jeffers Richardson of Firestone Walker. We learned that pH doesn’t tell the whole story, and titratable acidity is often a better indicator of how sour a beer will be. He’ll be giving an abridged version at NCHF, so check it out if you weren’t able to attend.
– The California State Homebrew Competition is coming up. Check out if you’re interested in judging or submitting beer.
– Steins will 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 September 15th.

In all, we had sixteen brews:

BREWER             BEER                                IBUs  ABV
Mikael             LemonWit                            16    4.5%
Jared              Wit                                 -     5%
Steve & Derek H.   Saison                              -     4.5%
Steve & Derek H.   Belgian Pale                        -     5%
Steve & Derek H.   Honey Belgian Pale                  -     5%
David F.           Witches' Brew, Sweet Pumpkin Stout  15    4.5%
Charles            Milk Stout                          25    4.7%
David J.           Ginger Cider                        0     6.1%
Jared              Strawberry Blond                    -     6.5%
Rob                Hoppy Farmhouse                     35    6%
Danny              IPA                                 100   4.5%
David F.           Rye IPA                             50    6.8%
Adam               citra++, New England Style IPA      -     8.3%
Derek W.           2013 Barrel Aged Dark Matter        100+  10%+
Jim W.             Cherry Bomb, Kettle Sour            13    4.5%
Jim W.             Hoppy Sour, Kettle Sour             20    4.5%

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

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