Sudzers and The Grain Trust to host Santa Clara County Fair Homebrew Competition – seeking entries, stewards, and judges

The Silicon Valley Sudzers and The Grain Trust invite your participation in the 5th Annual Santa Clara County Fair Homebrew Competition. (The competition went on hiatus for 2019 and 2020, but it’s back!)

The competition is seeking judges and stewards to assist with judging at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose on Saturday, July 31 (breakfast and lunch will be provided), as well as preliminary judging to be conducted in the South Bay & Peninsula on weekends and weekday evenings beginning July 25. If you are interested in judging or stewarding, please fill out the brief questionnaire at https://forms.gle/L63vR4Qgo4UG4wAy6 no later than July 12, 2021.

For anyone interested in entering, details about the competition and the registration link are available at https://thefair.org/exhibitors/guides-and-forms/homebrew-book/. Entries must be registered online by July 12, 2021. Entries can be dropped off at Beer and Wine Makers of America in San Jose no later than 4 pm on Friday, July 23. Entries will also be accepted at the Fiesta Hall at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, but only from 9 am to noon on Saturday, July 24. Best of show entry will receive a rosette, a $50 gift card, and the opportunity to guest brew your beer with Clandestine Brewing. Rosettes will also be awarded per category (organizers may combine categories for judging depending on the number of entries).

If you have any questions, please feel free to let derek@sudzers.org know. I look forward to seeing you and/or tasting your brews at the Fair next month.

Sudzers June 2021 meeting

Hello, Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, June 13th through Zoom (details below). Hope to see you all there!

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:
– If you’d like to pay club dues, please send $25 via paypal to derek@sudzers.org.
– The competition calendar is now being managed at the web site http://www.sudzers.org/competition-calendar/.
– Derek will discuss the Santa Clara County Fair and how to successfully revive that comp for this year!
– In-person club meetings to start in July at Steins and will continue to include a virtual component with virtual guest speakers.
– Several members are going to Lake Francis for the informal non-NCHF gathering September 17-19. Join the Silicon Valley Sudzers Discord Server to continue the discussion https://discord.gg/yXYVRXpF.
– Guest speaker Dave McLean co-owner of Admiral Maltings will have an open discussion about craft malting at Admiral.
– Several of our members will have gotten together to share beers with each other. During the meeting, each brewer will talk about their beer and get feedback from the people they shared it with.

Zoom details were sent to the mailing list.

Sudzers May 2021 meeting notes

Hello, Sudzers! In May’s meeting, Seth Klann of Mecca Grade Estate Malt led a great discussion on malting, we discussed ideas for meeting in person again, and we tasted six delicious brews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:
– A huge thank you to Seth Klann of Mecca Grade Estate Malt for teaching us about malting and answering all of our questions. Make sure to check them out at https://www.meccagrade.com/
– We recapped this year’s AHA Big Brew day. Thanks to everyone who participated!
– Robert discussed how we’ll do the selection for the next club brew. Depending on how things go, we might try to do this at the next in-person meeting. Details will be sent to the mailing list.
– We’re looking in to how we can safely meet in person again. Feel free to share any ideas on the mailing list about where and how we can meet.
– Homebrew Comps are coming back. Robert will send out a summary of upcoming events.
– NCHF is cancelled this year, but people may get together for an informal NCHF get together. We’ll most likely set up a Discord channel to discuss this.
– Several of our members got together to share beers with each other. During the meeting, each brewer talked about their beer and got feedback from the people they shared it with. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Extras:
– Remember, membership dues need to be made every calendar year. If you haven’t paid yet, then you can make a payment of $25 to Derek via paypal at derek@sudzers.org
– If you haven’t already, please join our Discord server at https://discord.gg/mBQ7smguu7. All official communication (meeting information, event information, etc.) will continue to go through the mailing list, but Discord provides us a convenient way to have smaller, quicker conversations, so we encourage you to join.
– All shared recipes can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/cloudyforecast.com/brewme/home. If you’d like to have your recipe shared on the site, then please email it in any format to recipe-share@sudzers.org. Full info can be found at http://www.sudzers.org/?page_id=2910
– 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 six homebrews:

BREWER     BEER                                      IBUs  ABV
Derek W.   Burgeoning Tasty Pale Ale                 30    5.2%
Tim T.     Hoppy Slam West Coast IPA                 103   7.2%
Tim K.     Pineapple Rain Double IPA                 49    8.0%
Adam C.    Stout w/ Barrel-Aged Malt                 -     7.9%
Robert C.  Profiterale Cherry Tiramisu Pastry Stout  36    8.8%
Robert C.  " Rasp Choc Toasted M.mallow Pastry Stout 36    8.8%

Review: Medal-winning selections help California stand out at annual Great American Beer Festival, from the Los Altos Town Crier

Sudzers CFO Derek W’s monthly beer column for the Los Altos Town Crier features California medalists from the Great American Beer Festival, including brews from Clandestine Brewing, Firestone Walker Brewing Co., GameCraft Brewing, Hop Dogma Brewing Company, and Alvarado Street Brewery & Grill. Cheers!

Review: Medal-winning selections help California stand out at annual Great American Beer Festival

Sudzers May 2021 meeting

Hello, Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, May 16th through Zoom (details below). Hope to see you all there!

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:
– If you’d like to pay club dues, please send $25 via paypal to derek@sudzers.org.
– Adam will give a summary of the virtual Big Brew Day we hosted a few weeks ago.
– Robert will talk about next steps for tasting and selecting the annual club brew, i.e. the new Dark Matter.
– Robert will give an update on upcoming Homebrew Competitions.
– We will discuss whether we want to go as a club to the non-NCHF.
– Robert will talk about plans to return to in-person meetings at Steins in Mountain View or some other interim outdoor location.
– Guest speaker Seth Klann, owner of Mecca Grade Estate Malt will join us to talk about craft malting
– Several of our members will have gotten together to share beers with each other. During the meeting, each brewer will talk about their beer and get feedback from the people they shared it with.

Zoom details were sent to the mailing list.

Sudzers April 2021 meeting notes

Hello, Sudzers! In April’s meeting, we discussed ideas for this year’s National Big Brew Day, had an awesome discussion with Jeff Mello of Bootleg Biology, and tasted five delicious brews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:
– Remember, membership dues need to be made every calendar year. If you haven’t paid yet, then you can make a payment of $25 to Derek via paypal at derek@sudzers.org
– Big Brew Day (https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/national-homebrew-day/) is May 1st. Like last year, we’ll be hosting a virtual brew day. Hope to see everyone there!
– Just a reminder that we’ll be holding a mini competition to figure out what beer we’ll be replacing Dark Matter with this year. Robert will send an email with more info.
– Jeff Mello from Bootleg Biology (https://bootlegbiology.com/) led a great discussion on the history of Bootleg Biology, yeast blending, new trends in yeast, etc. A huge Thank You to him, and make sure to check them out if you haven’t already.
– Several of our members got together to share beers with each other. During the meeting, each brewer talked about their beer and got feedback from the people they shared it with. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Extras:
– If you haven’t already, please join our Discord server at https://discord.gg/mBQ7smguu7. All official communication (meeting information, event information, etc.) will continue to go through the mailing list, but Discord provides us a convenient way to have smaller, quicker conversations, so we encourage you to join.
– All shared recipes can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/cloudyforecast.com/brewme/home. If you’d like to have your recipe shared on the site, then please email it in any format to recipe-share@sudzers.org. Full info can be found at http://www.sudzers.org/?page_id=2910
– 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 five homebrews:

BREWER     BEER                           IBUs  ABV
Chet       Fresh Hop Hellesish            43    6.2%
Thom       Scottish Sparkling Ale         45    8.1%
Kevin P.   The DTs Belgian Golden Strong  27    8.5%
Robert R.  English Porter                 30    4.9%
Chet       Simocko Solera Batch 2         12.8  7.7%

Sudzers April 2021 meeting

Hello, Sudzers! Our next meeting will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, April 11th through Zoom (details below). Hope to see you all there!

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:
– If you’d like to pay club dues, please send $25 via paypal to derek@sudzers.org.
– We’ll discuss National Homebrew Day (https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/aha-events/national-homebrew-day/) to organize a virtual brew day.
– Jeff Mello, Chief Yeast Wrangler from Bootleg Biology (https://bootlegbiology.com/) will be joining us to talk about “something yeast related”. Don’t miss it!
– Several of our members will have gotten together to share beers with each other. During the meeting, each brewer will talk about their beer and get feedback from the people they shared it with.

Zoom details were sent to the mailing list.

Sudzers March 2021 meeting notes

Hello, Sudzers! In March’s meeting, we welcomed a new member, discussed several ideas for a new type of Club Brew in 2021, saw several people go through their brewing setups, and tasted five delicious brews. Thanks to everyone who showed up!

Business:
– Welcome new member, Kevin P.!
– Remember, membership dues need to be made every calendar year. If you haven’t paid yet, then you can make a payment of $25 to Derek via paypal at derek@sudzers.org
– Derek and Robert discussed distribution of Dark Matter to paid 2020 members. Details have been posted to the mailing list and Derek will be sending out reminders.
– Speaking of Dark Matter, we discussed ideas around having a different club brew this year. Robert will send out full details.
– Derek has been in contact with the organizers of the Santa Clara County Fair, and we may be able to revive the Homebrew Competition. Please email Derek if you’re interested in helping to organize.
– Thanks to Robert, Mike C., Rich, Stephan, Marcos, Chet, and Mikael for showing off their homebrew setups. This was a great discussion, and I think we all learned a lot and got some new ideas for how to improve our own systems.
– Several of our members got together to share beers with each other. During the meeting, each brewer talked about their beer and got feedback from the people they shared it with. Thanks to everyone who participated!
– You should’ve received an email from John Moorhead if you entered the National Homebrew Competition. Please check it out if you haven’t already as competition entries are due to Louisville, Colo., between March 29 and April 9.

Extras:
– If you haven’t already, please join our Discord server at https://discord.gg/mBQ7smguu7. All official communication (meeting information, event information, etc.) will continue to go through the mailing list, but Discord provides us a convenient way to have smaller, quicker conversations, so we encourage you to join.
– All shared recipes can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/cloudyforecast.com/brewme/home. If you’d like to have your recipe shared on the site, then please email it in any format to recipe-share@sudzers.org. Full info can be found at http://www.sudzers.org/?page_id=2910
– 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 seven homebrews:

BREWER       BEER                         IBUs  ABV
Robert C.    Lemon Drop Liberty Maibock   26    7.6%
Robert C.    Liberty Maibock              32    7.6%
Tim K.       Grapefruit Bits Pale Ale     45    4.8%
Marcos S.    Emperor 2020 Flanders Red     9    5.7%
Marcos S.    Vanilla American Porter      38    5.5%