The newsletter 25-09-2017

The newsletter 25-09-2017


From the club President

Last months' meeting saw a wholesome number of entries into our in house cider competition which created interest from those who attended.

Congratulations to the winner, Ed with his apple Schnapps.

The accolades continue for The Melbourne Brewers with plenty of entries from Melbourne Brewers taking out placings in a number of categories

Braden Jackman won on a count back to be Champion Brewer with a first, second and two thirds. Congratulations Braden.

Others to place were Matt Daniel 1st, 2nd, 3rd

John Keske 1st

Tom Cooper 1st

Mark Johnstone 1st

John Dykes 3rd Michael Guenzel 3rd

Ian Bennett 3rd

Just goes to show that our members brew some extremely good beer and our wishes to those place getters at the Australian Amateur Brewing Championships on the 14th October in Western Australia.

Wish our success at Vic Brew it would be nice to see this translate to plenty of member entries at our own competition Beer Fest held at the end of February.
I look forward to catch up with as many as possible at this months meeting at Pete's Warehouse


Note from the editor

My apologies everyone for the last minute posting of this months newsletter, I've been moving house and in the chaos of it all I lost track of my deadlines and pretty much everything else. I've put together what I could for you at short notice.

Last months meeting

The August meeting was once more held at Pete's warehouse in Ferntree Gully. It was a fairly typical night of sampling beers and chatting.

The highlight was of course the internal cider competition which was held. The whole club split into teams of four and judged a large variety of all kinds of cider. The rightful winner was Ed Svalbe with an absolutely cracking cider with a massive %25 alcohol content. Congratulations Ed! It was well deserved!

The next meeting

Make sure you all make it down tomorrow for the September meeting it will hopefully be a great one. 

Home Make It have have said they are planning on coming in to run over Viking Malts, Sausage demo, malt sensory analysis and a special offer for club members.

So with all that on top of the usual banter it will be a great night not to be missed.





Special mention

A couple of competitions have been and gone lately and congratulations need to be given to...


 Braden Jackman has come in with a fantastic effort with 1 first, 1 second and two thirds allowing him to pull in a tie for Champion Brewer! Well done! Braden also brought in a first and third in the Pale Lager category, also second in Amber and Dark Lager category, plus third in Bitter Ale category.

Tom Cooper has made runner up to Champion beer of show missing it by only one point with his Wood-aged (whiskey barrel) English Style Barley Wine. Congratulations Tom!  This same beer also of course came in first in it's category of Speciality beer.

John Keske with a first in the Pale Ale category. 

Matt Daniel with a second in the American Pale Ale Category, a first in the specialty IPA category plus a third in the Wheat and Rye beer Category. 

John Dykes with a third in the Brown Ale category.

Ian Bennett with a third in the speciality IPA category. 

Mark Johnstone took first with his Sweet Mead in the Mead category.

Micheal Guenzel took third in the Mead category. 

Plus a shout out for other participating members goes to...

Eduard Svalbe

Ian Tomlin

Mike Pooley

Roger Cheesman

Micheal Hewes

John O'Driscoll

David Barkla

We are a big club people, let's try and start boosting our entries! Get brewing and let's pick things up for the next competition!

Lame beer joke of the month

Boy: "I love you so much, I could never live without you."

Girl: "Is that you or the beer talking?"

Boy: "It's me talking to the beer."


Annual Membership

It's now late September 2017 and a special reminder needs to be put out for everyone to get their Annual fees paid. 

Your membership comes with these great benefits plus many others:
BYO Magazine
All members receive the BYO magazine as part of their yearly subscription.

(This is a great saving over an individual subscription)

Monthly Meetings
Meetings are held on the last Wednesday of each month at different locations. They are a great place to socialise, listen to talks, participate in Club competitions, BBQ's and of course taste lots of beer plus many other things.

A monthly newsletter outlining upcoming Club events and competitions as well as general Melbourne Brewers information and photos.  This gets distributed by email a few days before Club meetings.

Members are also advised of upcoming events by email. Our member email distribution is also used as a forum to discuss topics of interest and to provide brewing information amongst members.

Brew Days
Periodically, Members volunteer to have a Brew Day at their brewery and invite Club Members or guys who may be interested in brewing to have a look at how they brew, equipment used etc. Brew Days are a good way for novice brewers to learn how to make all-grain beer.

Activity Days
Every so often, days are organised for a group of members to build or assemble equipment e.g. convert kegs to boilers, make immersion chillers, yeast stir-plates, counter pressure bottle fillers, temperature controllers.

Events & Excursions
Periodically the Club organises events/trips e.g. trip to Maltings, Melbourne microbreweries, weekends away at country pubs, fishing trip.

Annual Club events include the Annual Dinner, Xmas party, Steinbeer weekend and Beerfest weekend (Club run comp).

Club Buys
Club buys (Bulk buys) of equipment offer significant savings to members.

Club Library
There is a large range of brewing books and equipment available for loan by members.

Things to keep you busy

Get a brew happening for:

Baysides Oktoberfest set for the 7th of October. Entries close at 12pm Saturday 30th September 2017

Go to our Calendar and sync it with your own so you never miss an event.

Get some reading done after you buy some books through our book depository link.

Last but far from least, help keep the Club alive and don't forget to pay your membership fees for this financial year!