The Newsletter, April 2018

The Newsletter, April 2018

From the club President 

The meeting this month due to be held on Wednesday 25th of April ANZAC Day, has been moved to the following Wednesday, 2nd. May.  Our May meeting will revert back to the normal last Wednesday of the month, 30th May.

It has been pleasing to see that a number perspective  members have come along to our meetings and have taken the next  step and joined the club and partaking in the activities of the club.

Congratulations to new member Perran Cook who won our in house Belgium Ale competition with his barrel aged (2 months only) Belgium Strong.

The ANNUAL DINNER is to be held in July. To prepare for this a MONSTER BREW DAY has been arranged for Sunday 27th May at Pete's warehouse. It is always a fun day and gives the opportunity for new members and inexperienced brewers to see what other members of our club brew on and how they go about their brew day.

Since our last newsletter Merri Mashers conducted their IPA competition. John Keske, Roger Cheeseman and Hayden Henderson all placed in various categories. Well done boys, however we didn't have many entries in this comp.

At our last meeting there were good numbers that showed interest in getting the Meat Club up and running for 2018.

Haig has been the main stay in organising the meet club over recent years and we thank him very much for that. However, he wants to stand away from the organisational side of things and we need others within the club to take up the challenge to make it happen !

It won't be long before the annual meeting is with us again in June. All positions become vacant. Some on the committee won't be continuing having served the club admirably, we will need to find replacements to fill these positions. So if you would like to make a positive influence why not get on board and be part of the decision making process.

Look forward to seeing you at Pete's warehouse on the first Wednesday of May.

Ian Bennett


The next meeting.

The April meeting this month has been changed because of Anzac day to Wednesday the 2nd of May with some discussion done on recipe design.

 Brewer of the month.

This months member is.... Colin Roberts


Tell us a little about who you are.
I'm a Tasmanian who's been living in Melbourne for the last 12 years, now in Seaford. Before that my wife and I spent several years working and travelling both here in Australia and Oversea's.  I'm a qualified Cabinet Maker but these days I work as in Facilities Maintenance at Dandenong High School. I'm married with two kids an 8 year old daughter and a 5 year old son.
When did you join the Melbourne Brewers and what do you like about being in the Club?
I joined the Melbourne Brewers with my two mates Guy and Perran at the beginning of 2018, the club is very welcoming to new people and the wealth of knowledge and advice from the members has been incredible.
When and why did you decide to give brewing a try?
I first brewed beer in 2001 after my brother gave me a starter kit for my birthday. Guy grew up making kit beer with his dad so he taught me how to do a batch at his place then I went home and did my own.
Do you brew kit, extract, all grain or a combination?
I transitioned from kit, through extract to BIAB all grain over the last 3 years.
How many batches are you up to? 
I'm up to 8 all grain batches.
What’s your favourite style to brew?
I love brewing all beers, but a lot of my focus has been on APA's.
What about your favourite style to drink? 
Definitely Hoppy APA's.
Do you have a favourite commercial beer? 
I'm really trying to get away from the big corporations and stick with independently owned breweries like Gage Roads, Moon Dog, Bridge Road etc.
What system do you brew with? 
I'm scaling up my single vessel BIAB system to a 3 vessel system. Currently designing a trolley to permanently house it on.
What’s your favourite brewing gadget/tool
My MKII temperature controller has changed my life.
What’s been your best highlight since you started brewing?
Tasting my first all grain brew.
What about your biggest disaster?
One night the football on TV was getting a bit too interesting and I ended up with multiple boil overs in one night.  The stains are still on my garage floor.
What’s your favourite brewery to spend some time at.
 Bad Sheppard (in VIC) and Murray's (in NSW).
What would be your best tip for others?
If you use digital thermometers, check their accuracy regularly.
What do you love about brewing that keeps you picking up the paddle? 
I love making my own high quality beer at a fraction of the price of commercial beers.
When you’re not brewing, how do you spend the rest of your spare time? 
I have young children so most of my spare time is spent having fun with them, but  I also like to run cross country and fun runs.

Beerfest 2018.

Scott Trainor independent brewer, being presented with his 1st Prize for American Pale Ale  at Beerfest 2018.


 Our sponsors  put up some fantastic prizes this year in support of the Home Brewing Community. Lets show them some love back and get behind them when you next do your shopping or recommend a store to a new brewer. It's these sponsors that keep our competitions running so lets return the favour and support them any way you can!

Our major sponsors:

Champion Brewer - $500 voucher for Grain and Grape
Beer of Show - Prize package from Home Make It ($100 voucher, 2 x bags Viking Pilsner Malt, 2 x Fresh Wort Kits, 2 x White Labs English Ale Yeast, 2 x White Labs German Pilsner Yeast.
Best Novice - Fermentasaurus with pressure kit from Keg King
Best Club - 10 x bags Malt from Cryer Malt.
Our category sponsors:
Pale Lager - $100 pack of malt, hops and yeast from Beerco
Wheat and Rye - $100 voucher from Brewers Choice
 Dark Ale and Lager - $100 voucher from Clever Brewing
Strong Ale and Lager - $100 voucher for Grain and Grape from Spiedel
Porter and Stout - Malt and Yeast from Bintani 
Pale and Bitter Ale - Malt and Yeast from Bintani 
American Pale Ale - $100 voucher from The Brewers Den 
Farmhouse and Wild - $100 voucher from Greensborough Home Brew
Speciality - $100 pack of malt, hops and yeast from Beerco

Lame beer joke of the month.

“Poor Old fool,” thought the well-dressed gentleman as he watched an old man fish in a puddle outside a pub. So he invited the old man inside for a drink. As they sipped their beer, the gentleman thought he’d humour the old man and asked, “So how many have you caught today?”

The old man replied, “You’re the eighth.”

The Old Dick.

Since 1999, the Club Brewer of the Year trophy has been an unusual mechanical device, affectionately known as “The Old Dick”.

The trophy was built about 22 years ago by former Member Dick Seville who was a popular and eccentric Member of the Melbourne Brewers and the ABAV which preceded it. “The Old Dick” is designed to hold a 750ml bottle of beer and to gradually tilt it in order to pour the contents without disturbing the sediment, thereby obtaining a crystal clear beer.

Dick an engineer by trade would regularly take the device with him when dining at BYO restaurants and drinking his own beers, mostly bottle conditioned brown ales.

Longstanding Members will remember Dick as the quietly spoken gentleman who would bring a large plate of cheese and onion sandwiches to every club meeting which would be unveiled late at each meeting after the standard Club nibbles had been consumed. These would rapidly be devoured and were a traditional part of Club meetings for many years.

Dick was an inventive guy having a hand in building one of the first commercial washing machines ever built in Australia. Unfortunately, Dick passed away several years ago but much of his brewing equipment was donated and subsequently auctioned by the Club so many current Members have equipment designed and built by Dick and his legacy lives on.

The Old Dick was donated by Dick’s family and Colin Penrose. So next time you see “The Old Dick” remember that it, like our Club, has a rich history built on the efforts of eccentric good blokes like Dick Seville.


Please help us welcome the new members that have joined the Melbourne Brewers this month.
Hayden Henderson
Colin Roberts
Perran Cook
Guy Denny
Kanthamet Akarawatcharakiat


Your membership comes with these great benefits plus many others so support the club and help keep it going.

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.

Upcoming club events.

Cider day.

Monster Brew Day. Sunday the 27th of May.

The Annual Dinner. July, more details to come.

Get a brew happening for:

21st of April, Belgian Beerfest.

30th of May, internal comp on Stouts. 

1st of July, Stout Extravaganza by Westgate Brewers.

25th July, Internal Competition on American Pale Ale.

Pale Ale Mania by Worthogs, date to be confirmed.

Vicbrew 2018, date to be confirmed.

26th of September, Internal Competition on Bitter Ale.

Octoberfest by Bayside, date to be confirmed.

28th of November, Internal competition on Pale Lager.

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!