The Newsletter 23-10-2017
From the club President.
Last monthly meeting at Pete's warehouse saw one of our sponsors the boys from Home Make It.
The demonstration on sausage making created plenty of interest and end result went down a treat on the barbeque.
Also the talk on Viking malts was informative and interesting.
During the month a number of our members were able to enter their beers in the Australian Amateur Brewing Championships having been first, second, or third at Vicbrew.
Braden Jackman received a second place for his German Helles and a third for his German Pils, both in the Pale Larger category.
John Keske and myself attended the Beer Pairing Dinner at William Angliss College restaurant organised by ANHC. It was a fantastic night, beautiful food prepared by owner and head chef at Uncle Restaurant, Dai Duong. The beers were brewed by a number of well chosen championship home brewers. They brewed especially for the dinner . John and I can highly recommend the night for anyone contemplating the event.
Keep the 9th December free for this years' Christmas party at Andy's place and start thinking about brewing a beer or two for our own competition, Beerfest in February.
As Beerfest is to be held in Pete's warehouse this year we are hoping for a large turnout of members to assist with the event.
Look forward to seeing you at this month's meeting.
Last months meeting.
Last months meeting was a good night to come to with plenty going on. Steve and Kyle from Home Make It came down to talk to us and showed us some of their gear in action.
They began by handing out a small showbag containing various info pages on some of their products, malt sensory analysis and beer coasters etc. Afterwards they gave a great demo on the whole process of sausage making from start to finish with Duck also stepping in to show us his sausage tying skills. This of course was followed by the necessary BBQ to test out the freshly made sausages which turned out delicious and really was a great way to finish things up. Later on Kyle gave everyone a talk on hot steeping malt sensory analysis and gave out free sample tins for people to have a play with at home.
The next meeting.
Octobers meeting this Wednesday will be back at the warehouse again at 11/12 Edina Road, Ferntree Gully.
Tom is planning on giving a presentation on all things bottling including counter pressure fillers and there will of course be the typical banter on top.
ANHC pairing dinner.
Ian and John living the good life at the ANHC dinner held at William Angliss College restaurant.
Brewer of the month.
This months member is....
Lame beer joke of the month.
One night a man walks into a bar looking sad. The bartender asks the man what he wants. The man says “Oh just a beer”. The bartender asked the man “Whats wrong,why are you so down today?”. The man said “My wife and I got into a fight and she said she wouldn't talk to me for a month”. The bartender said “So what's wrong with that”? The man said “Well the month is up tonight”.
Beerfest, 24th-25th of February.
It's now late October 2017 and a special reminder needs to be put out for everyone to get their Annual fees paid.
(This is a great saving over an individual subscription)
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.
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.
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 (Bulk buys) of equipment offer significant savings to members.
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:
31st Jan- Internal comp on Wheat and Rye Ale.
24th-25th of Feb- Beerfest. Entries close 10th of February.
Merri Mashers IPA comp on 25th of March.
28th March- Internal comp on Belgian Ale.
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!