Spring Brew In + Barrels of Fun

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?


Santiago led the maiden brew on his new 10 gallon system with the recipe from What If Summer Ale from Radical Brewing:

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.


Santiago & Linda generously provided a lot of tasty food, including many delicious grilled meats.

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.


Bus Trip is Almost Here – Saturday June 9th!

Join the Silicon Valley Sudzers for our East Bay Bus Trip 2012!


Destination: four East Bay breweries!


Elevation 66 in El Cerrito http://www.elevation66.com/#!beer-menu
Linden Street in Oakland http://www.lindenbeer.com/beers.html

$30 for dues-paying Sudzers members
$40 for non-members
(Prices include transportation and bus snacks, as well as water and other liquid refreshments, but lunch and beer ordered at breweries will be on your own);  Please note the purchase price includes paypal fees.


Location Arrive Depart
Sunnyvale Caltrain Early enough! 08:45
EJ Phair / Heretic 10:00 11:30
Light lunch at EJ Phair (optional) 11:30 12:15
Elevation 66 13:00 14:00
Linden Street 14:30 15:30
Drakes Barrel House 16:00 17:15
Sunnyvale Caltrain 18:00 As safely as possible!


To purchase tickets, please visit:

June Meeting this Friday!

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

  • Bus Trip final preparation
  • “Most British” competition for the Sudzers mini cup (Nick, can we do a blind tasting similar to how we did the mystery hop beers last summer?)
  • June Thirsty Thursday location – Harry’s? Tied House? Wicked Chicken? (Keith & Michelle & Derek & I will be in Seattle for NHC)
  • July Meeting – Date Change due to Holiday
  • Presentation of Homebrews –  Style of the Month (besides British session beers): Light Hybrids (Cream Ale, Blonde, Kolsch, American Wheat or Rye)

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

  •  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

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!

Welcome to the new Silicon Valley Sudzers site

The Silicon Valley Sudzers homebrew club has been around for nearly two decades, promoting the enjoyment of homebrewing and craft beer in the South Bay area.

We are in the process of redesigning our website to make it cleaner, easier to navigate and update, and to allow more members to contribute content easily.

For now, there’s not a huge amount here, but much more will be added over the next couple of months as we bring over content from the old site. In the meantime, the most important thing is our calendar of events, so you can see when you can meet the Sudzers at a club meeting, Thirsty Third Thursday meetup, club brew day, or other events.

We look forward to sharing a brew with you in person soon!

Derek, Sudzers President