January 2016 meeting notes

Hopefully everyone’s recovered from our first meeting of 2016! We saw a lot of new faces and got to drink some great homebrews, a cider, and even a limoncello.

– Derek took money for club dues. If you weren’t able to pay last night, you’ll be able to pay at any of the future meetings.
– Steve compiled a list of ideas for events and will send out a survey to the mailing-list where you can vote on the events you’d most like to see the Sudzers put on this year.
– No one at the meeting volunteered to brew at Freewheel’s 1st Annual Battle of Brew Clubs on January 24th, so if you’re interested, please speak up! You’ll get to meet members from other clubs, brew, and drink beer! What better way to spend a day?

In all, we had fourteen homebrews, a cider, and a limoncello.

BREWER(s)      BEER                               IBUs  ABV
Gerad & Tyler  Hefeweizen                         15    5.9%
Mikel & Bill   Pilsner                            42    5.6%
Derek H        Belgian Golden                     30    6%
Don            Pale Ale                           47    5.7%
Rob            Saison                             -     6%
Gerad & Tyler  Saison                             15    7.9%
Jim            Sorachi Ace Saison                 35    7.5%
Jason          Cider                              -     8%
Justin         Smash IPA                          58    6.2%
Rich           Heretic's Evil Twin (recipe below) 44    7.3%
Jared          Red IPA                            110   5%
Gerad & Tyler  Oatmeal Stout                      -     7%
Adam           Chocolate Milk Stout               -     7.9%
Charles        Russian Imperial Stout             100   10.1%
Derek W        Barrel Aged Barleywine             lots  12%
Marc-Andrey    Limoncello                         -     32%

Rich’s Evil Twin clone was well received, and he was nice enough to share the recipe:

11.5 lbs Maris Otter
1 lb Munich I
12oz Crystal 40L
6oz Crystal 120L
6oz Pale chocolate malt
6oz Victory

4.5 gallon strike water
Single infusion, target temp 152 degrees
60 minute mash
2g Calcium Chloride in mash
2g Gypsum in mash

Boil (90 minutes):
.25oz Columbus @ 60 min
.5oz Columbus @ 20 min
1 whirlfloc tablet @ 15 min
1 tsp yeast nutrient @ 15 min
1oz Amarillo @ 10 min
1oz Citra @ 10 min
1oz Amarillo @ 1 min
1oz Citra @ 1 min
2oz Columbus dry hop for 6 days


OG: 1.080
FG: 1.021
ABV: 7.7%

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

Sudzers meeting this Sunday (1/10)

Hello Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm on Sunday, January 10th at Steins Beer Garden in Mountain View.

895 Villa Street
Mountain View, CA 94041

As a reminder, club dues are collected on a calendar year basis, so please bring $25 and arrive as close to 4:00 as possible if you would like to pay your 2016 dues. Becoming a paid member gets you a 10% discount at MoreBeer in Los Altos, as well as access to the special members-only events we do through the year.

– Collect dues
– Discuss what club activities (e.g., competitions, brewery tours, brew days, etc.) we want to have this year. We’ll most likely be sending out a survey to the mailing list after the meeting where you can vote on what activities you’d like to see this year.
– 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.

Let’s make 2016 the best yet!

November Sudzers meeting notes

Elections: Candidates are still needed for President/CEO, VP/COO, Treasurer/CFO, Secretary/Chief Communications Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Events Officer. Email Derek at derek dot wolfgram at gmail dot com by December 1 if you’re interested in running. Homebrewer of the Year nominations should also be submitted to Derek by the same date. Elections will be held at the December 12 Christmas party at Gary & Adrienne’s house.

Upcoming Events:

  • Dark Matter bottling day, to bottle 30 gallons of the Club’s Dark Matter Russian Imperial Stout for distribution to paid club members, will take place December 5 at Mike C’s house in Aptos. Time is still TBD.
  • Christmas party will be December 12 at Gary & Adrienne’s house. The club will provide a turkey or ham, and sides will be potluck. The club jockey box will be set up if you want to bring kegs to share. There will also be a white elephant gift exchange – bring a beer-related gift under $15 to participate.

2016 meeting dates are set. We will be meeting the second Sunday of each month at 4 pm at Steins Beer Garden and Restaurant in Mountain View, with the exception of February, when we will meet on the 3rd Sunday due to schedule conflicts. Mark your calendar now for these dates:


The 2016 Christmas party date and location are TBD.

Homebrew sharing:

  • Rob’s Bitter
  • Charles Stevens’ Heretic wort/California Ale Yeast
  • Jim’s Heretic wort/Abbey Ale Yeast
  • Adam’s Saison with Hibiscus and Rose Hips
  • Charles Stauss’s Porter
  • Gary’s Porter with Blackberry
  • Derek W’s After Dark Chocolate Stout
  • Derek W’s Winter Warmer
  • Rob’s Gluten Free American No-Barley Wine
  • Marc André’s Citrawesome DIPA

Elections and Homebrewer Of The Year Award.

Hi Sudzers,

It’s time to elect our next years club officers and vote for Homebrewer of the year.

All six officer positions will be contested this time around.
Financial Officer
Techincal Officer
Communications Officer
Events Officer

If you would like to register as a candidate for any of the above posts please email Derek at derek dot wolfgram at gmail dot com.

Nominations for homebrewer of the year award can also be sent to Derek. If you want to nominate a fellow homebrewer or yourself please email the Derek.

All candidates for the election and all nominations for the award must be in by December 1st. Please mark you calendars.

Voting for next years officers and the award will be held during the Christmas party.


Post Officer Meeting Announcements!

Hi Sudzers,

The officers met this past Monday at Jim’s place and had discussion on the upcoming club events.

Nov club meeting – This will be on Nov 15th at 4PM at Steins beer garden.

Dark Matter bottling – Mike C has graciously accepted to host Sudzers to help bottle Dark Matter that has been brewed these past few years. Based on our calculation we should have 162 bombers of Dark Matter (HOLY SHIT!!!!). The bottling is scheduled for Dec 5th. More details will be posted in a seperate email. Please mark your calendars if you wish to join.

Christmas party – Gary & Adrain have graciously accepted to host this year’s christmas party at their place. The party will be on Dec 12th. The party will be potluck with members bringing in appetizers and dessert. The club will provide the entree. Please mark you calendar for Dec 12th. More details will follow as we get closer to the event.

The above events will also be discussed in greater detail at the upcoming club meeting on Nov 15th.


October Meeting Notes

Meeting was held on Oct 18th at Steins Beer Garden at 4PM.

Club Activity Reports:

Sudzer tent @ NCHF this year – Pranab

AHA Rally at Heretic – Charles

Christmas party was briefly discussed and more announcements will be made after the officer meeting on Nov 2nd.

November Thirsty Third Thursday – Smoke Eaters @ Mercado (Nov 19th)

Beer Tasting:

Jared – Saison

Jim W – Evil Twin Clone

Rich K – Deschutes Inversion IPA Clone

Charles – IPA

Charles – Belgian Golden