A grand time was had by all at the Sudzers Summer Party at the “fun house” on August 18. Many fine homebrews and commercial beers were enjoyed, lots of tasty food was consumed, much swimming was done, and plenty of ping pong, billiards and pinball were played by the 30+ Sudzers in attendance. Cheers!
August notes are coming soon. In the meantime, here’s July! In other news, hope to see you Thursday evening 8/16 at Original Gravity Public House at 66 S. 1st Street in San Jose for Sudzers Thirsty Third Thursday. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
But now, on to the meeting notes…
The style of the month was IPA, so we had a full house with 34 brewers and beer enthusiasts!
We also hosted a brew day July 14 during More Beer’s twice yearly sale. Derek brewed up an extract Citra wheat pale ale, Keith and Steve made a red velvet cake ale (which Steve made up a special recipe red velvet cake to be used in the mash), and Doug and his crew brewed up “Supernatural Anesthetist” – based on Three Floyd’s Zombie Dust, a Citra-hopped Imperial Pale Ale. We also had fun serving up many brews for our members and tons of great food thanks to Chris. Talked to lots of people, so we’ll see if we have some new guests in August!
Harry’s Hofbrau saw a handful of Sudzers on July 19 for Third Thirsty Thursday – great beers still on tap. Facebook claims Pliny is back on tap.
Derek asked the group for ideas for presentations at upcoming meetings. Ideas ranged from brewing with different grains, exploring hrms, water profiles, adjuncts, beer and food pairing and other technical discussions. If you have anythink you’d like to present or talk about, email email@example.com.
Work is progressing on the Sudzers.org website. If you’ve got something to contribute, email Keith and he’ll set you up with a password. Also, if you’re on facebook, be sure to like the Silicon Valley Sudzers page https://www.facebook.com/
We used a new rating scale for homebrew tasting. After tasting and discussing the beer, the group then gives their personal opinion on whether they’d a) dump the beer, b) buy a taster, c) buy a pint, d) buy a pitcher, or e) buy a keg! This helped everyone give and get feedback, whether you’re a beer appreciator or experienced judge and kept the meeting moving along. We spent about 90 minutes reviewing the 12 homebrews brought to the meeting. The brewers, both old a new, received some great feedback!
See the bottom of the photo below for fancy illustrations of the rating system. Congrats to Linda for the most “I’d buy a Keg” ratings for her IPA! The two beer names obscured by the flash are Linda’s Hoppy IPA and Antwerp Afternoon, a first homebrew (Saison) from our first-time guest Fuad!
Most important news next…we have a date for the Sudzers Summer Party! Save the date for Saturday, August 18. The Sudzers summer party is a family-oriented event, held at the “fun house” across the street from Nick’s. Thanks to Jim for allowing us the use of his truly fun house! For those of you who haven’t been there, there’s a pool, pool tables, pinball machines etc. Stay tuned for more details, but block off the afternoon of August 18th now!
Lastly, NCHF (Northern California Homebrewers’ Festival) is coming up September 21 and 22. If you didn’t get your tickets but have a beer you’d like us to serve, let me know and I’ll see if we a)have room to transport it and b) have room to serve it! If you’ve got your tickets or are on wait list, we’ll be creating a separate email list soon to start hammering out all the details! Only 8 weeks from today until the event!
Next meeting: Friday, August 3 at 7pm at Nick’s. Style of the month is Light Lager (including Helles and Dortmunder). Hope to see you there!
Silicon Valley Sudzers get a shout out in Metro Silicon Valley’s 2nd annual beer issue, covering the up and coming South Bay craft beer scene: http://www.metroactive.com/features/craft-brew-south-bay.html
as well as examiner.com’s article on the same topic: http://www.examiner.com/article/july-2012-taking-inventory-of-the-san-jose-area-craft-beer-establishments
Sudzers Derek, Robin, Keith, Michelle, and Steve C. made the trek to Seattle for the 2012 National Homebrewers Conference. As always, club night was the signature event:
Tickets to NHC sold out in record time this year (less than a day!). Time to start thinking about Philly in 2013…
Great to see everyone at our June meeting! We had 24 attendees for last Friday’s meeting.
· Happy birthday to Nick!
· Welcome new Sudzers member Marcus!
· Bus Trip Preparations – tickets are still available! Visit http://
· Thirsty Thursday – June 21 – Harry’s Hofbrau, unless something more interesting comes up!
· July Meeting – moved to July 13 due to the July 4th holiday. Style will be IPA, so we should have a small turnout! 😉
Next on the Agenda was the first annual British Beer Competition. We had 7 entries!
The judging criteria (not BJCP) was based on :
· 4.5% alcohol by volume or less (low alcohol not low taste)
· flavorful enough to be interesting
· balanced enough for multiple pints
· conducive to conversation
The winners, in reverse order were:
7 – Santiago – spring brew day what if summer ale
6 – Bobby – Sam smith oatmeal stout clone
5 – Derek – pecan nut brown
4 – Raghu #1 – small English brown ale
3 – Charles – arrogant bastard style
2 – Raghu #2, English session ale
1 – Keith, ESB
Congratulations Keith! And thanks to all the brewers who participated. Start thinking about what you can do next year!
Home brew presentation (not entered in the British Beer Cup):
Vern – IPA with toasted oatmeal and barley
Hope you all had a great time! See you July 13 with tales of great beers from NHC in Seattle!
On May 12, 2012, the Sudzers gathered at Santiago’s house in Redwood City for the 8th Annual Spring Club Brew Day. Santiago had recently completed building a 10 gallon system into his patio, where luckily there had previously been plumbing and a natural gas hookup for laundry. But seriously, what’s more important? Laundry, or a sweet homebrew setup?
Recipe (5 gallon base) :
6.0 Lb Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt
2.0 Lb Pilsener Malt
1.0 Lb Malted wheat
1.0 Lb piloncillo
Hops & other additions:
60 min Fuggles
5 min Goldings
5 min coriander
5 min candied ginger
In addition, former club president and “Master of the Vorlauf” Doug brought his system over to make 5 gallons of lovely saison.
And generally, a good time was had by all.
Your club president and humble narrator was suffering from a bout of laryngitis that day, but, as always enjoyed seeing other people’s brew setups, sharing some tasty brews and food, and enjoying good Sudzers company.
One other item of note from the 12th: Derek drove up to San Leandro pre-brew-in to pick up 5 gallon whiskey barrels for Tyler, Santiago, and himself from the full pallet that Adam had ordered from Balcones Distilling in Texas. Hopefully there will be many fine barrel aged brews to be sampled at future meetings – my 11.1% ABV, 107 IBU Go Go Barleywine has been in the barrel for just over two weeks now. I’m anticipating about a three month aging, which, because of the increased surface contact, is the equivalent of over a year’s aging in a 55 gallon barrel.
|Sunnyvale Caltrain||Early enough!||08:45|
|EJ Phair / Heretic||10:00||11:30|
|Light lunch at EJ Phair (optional)||11:30||12:15|
|Drakes Barrel House||16:00||17:15|
|Sunnyvale Caltrain||18:00||As safely as possible!|
Hello Sudzers! Just a quick reminder our June meeting is this Friday at 7pm at Nick’s house.
If you haven’t already bought tickets for the June 9 East Bay bus trip, please bring cash, checks, doubloons, etc. to get your tickets Friday night! This will be the last meeting before the bus trip!
Agenda for this month’s meeting includes:
7:00 Social Time
7:15 Club Business
For the first annual British Beer Cup, we will be using the following judging criteria (thanks Raghu!):
a. Flavorful and Balanced – Malt AND Hops – both in harmony (not just overly bitter) with fermentation derived esters (Fruity notes etc)
b. Attractive in a glass – not muddy and leaving nice lace.
c. Sessionable – Can you see yourself finishing a pint and ordering another (finishing dry, not too bitter, not too sweet etc.) Would this go with a good hunk of rustic bread, some Cheddar and pickled onion 🙂
To steal from Lew Bryson’s session beer project
We’ve got a handful of entries so far, please bring your homebrew if you think it fits!
Always welcome: homebrews from any style to share. Don’t have any homebrew on hand right now? Feel free to bring other interesting brews you’ve picked up. Don’t have a beer to bring? Please bring some snacks to share.
See you on Friday!