The Newsletter, October 2018

The Newsletter, October 2018

From the Club President. 

It's been an exciting time in the world of home brewing here in Melbourne with the Australian Homebrewing Conference  (ANHC) taking place at William Angliss.

The conference started off with  the Australian Amateur Brewing Championships. Entry into AABC was via being placed in VICBREW. Of the five Melbourne Brewers entered, Hayden Hendersons' Berliner Weisse was awarded third in the sour beer category. Well done Hayden.

Having spoken to Mike Pooley (First in VIC BREW with his pale ale) he conceded that the competition really rises in the national championships. Unfortunately Mike's beer went unplaced.

Australian Homebrewing Conference bought to Melbourne a number of world renowned guests to speak on various subjects including experimental  brewing duo  Drew Beechum and Denny Conn.

At the dinner Braden Jackman's Munich Dunkel  was on the pairing menu. Well done Braden. it was a big month for Braden with his German Pilsner being launched at The Mill Brewery  in Collingwood.

It was good to see Members of Melbourne Brewing along to Club night where there was more beers to be tasted that possible to drink. If the conference isn't your thing certainly think about getting along to an ANHC Club Night in future years.

The jewel in the month though was John Keske’s effort at Bayside Brewers Octoberfest beer competition where he “cleaned up” !
John won the pale ale and dark ale comps and with his Munich Dunkel won Champion beer and Champion Brewer. Great brewing John and well done.

Coming up in the not too distant future is our Christmas Party. To be held at Andy Davidsons'  place on 1st December. It should be a great finish to the year. Reserve the date and get along and bring your family.

Planning is well under way for Beerfest in February to be again being held at the warehouse. This event needs our members to be involved. It is the biggest and we want to make it the best beer Club competition in Victoria but to do justice we will need a lot of participation from our members to make it happen.

At this month's meeting Guy Denny and Michael Hewes will be demonstrating how to make a HERMS system.

So look forward to seeing you at Pete's warehouse.




The next meeting, 31st of October.

Will be held at Petes factory again  with a Herms demonstration being held.

Brewer of the month.

This months brewer is...Perran Cook

Tell us a little about who you are.

I grew up in Metung, East Gippsland, my parents still live there so I get down there and out on the water as much as I can.  I am pushing mid 40s, have 2 kids and a missus.  I am an Associate Professor in the chemistry department at Monash University.
When did you join the Melbourne Brewers and what do you like about being in the Club?
Being part of the 3 amigos, I followed Guy and Robbo along.  It has been great, I love the friendly low key atmosphere and I have learned a lot.  The club has a great committee and I think the events they organise awesome.  Keep it up!
When and why did you decide to give brewing a try?
I probably started about 15.  My Dad was into brewing from kits so I always had a basic understanding of what it was all about.  I made some terrible passionfruit beer to get started, and also a few dodgy stills.  Amazing I am not blind.  I brewed on and off at uni and also during my PhD years including some terrible cider and blue berry wine.
Do you brew kit, extract, all grain or a combination?
I got back into brewing a year ago and dived into all grain.  I tasted some of Guy and Robbos brews and that was it.  No more commercial stuff.
How many batches are you up to?
I have done about 20 batches since I started a year ago, I am addicted!!
What’s your favourite style to brew?
I keep coming back to IPAs as my standard every second brew.  I really like a pacific ale recipe I got off beersmith.
What about your favourite style to drink?
Probably IPA, though I had a wicked Saison the other day.   love them all!
Do you have a favourite store bought beer?
Gotta say, I keep coming back to the Coopers. It doesn't compete with many of the craft beers pure taste, but I rekon it is the best generic beer and I am bit nostalgic for it, as I drank it all the time with my father in law.
What system do you brew with?
I got a robobrew 2, a year ago and it hasn't missed a beat.  I do get called a bit of cheat with this though.
What’s your favourite brewing gadget/tool?
Probably my robobrew, I can just put it on and get on with other stuff, I love it.
What’s been your best highlight since you started brewing?
I just kegged a NEIPA, it is a pretty pretty wild and chunky (25% flaked oats), but I reckon pouring that was a highlight.
What about your biggest disaster?
I decided to move a batch of wort I had just made on a trolley.  It got the wobbles and the whole lot ended up on the concrete.  Normally I swear a lot when bad stuff happens.  This time I just made a noise that made my wife think I had hurt myself really badly.
What’s your favourite brewery to spend some time at. 
Not really a regular at breweries.  My son had a soccer final in Mornington a few weeks ago, I was pretty stoked to find that the brewery was a 100 m walk from the ground.  I liked the beer there, I would highly recommend it.  I am also an old friend of Phils from Last Rites in Tassie, but John already gave them a plug.  I do like their coconut beer.
What would be your best tip for others?
Go all grain!!!
What do you love about brewing that keeps you picking up the paddle?
I find it really satisfying making something I enjoy drinking and understanding the process and where the flavours come from.  I really wasn't a fan of the stuff I made back in the day, but since I have gone all grain I haven't looked back.  Perhaps I am just more of an alco now....
When you’re not brewing, how do you spend the rest of your spare time?
Working off the beer!  I try to get out as much as possible, hiking, running, skiing, biking, kayaking, gardening (I want to grow some hops) and camping.   Getting some solar panels for my camping keep my beer cold longer.

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.

A bloke takes his mates back to his new flat, after a few more beers.

One of the boys asks him: "What's the big brass gong for?"

The host says: "It's my speaking clock!"

"How does it work?"

"I will show you" and he hits it full pelt with a club hammer!

A voice from next door yells: "For ***** sake you ****, its twenty to three in the morning!"










General News

The Committee is seeking interest in the calendar again this year. Initial pricing is putting it in the $120-$130 mark for 24 interesting craft beers.

The Christmas party will again be held at Andys house this year on the 1st of December. Lock in the date and get the family enthused!

Novembers meeting is the internal lagers competition and the Saison experiment tasting session.

Bradens launch at The Mill  Brewery.

Our members celebrate with Braden at The Mill Brewery at the launch of his German Pilsner.


The Old Dick.

The current leaderboard for the  2018 trophy has in the top six in no particular order:

Perran Cook

Hayden Henderson

Ian Tomlin 

John Keske

Ian Bennett

Guy Denny

These are followed closely by everyone else, so get brewing!

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.

The Old Dick is a prestigious award given to the Club Brewer of the Year, based on all the members points tallied from all competitions entered. First, Second and Third all generate points to determine who gets to be this years Brewer of the Year.

ANHC Club Night.

Andy, Chairman of ANHC and Committee man Guenzel
One of our very fine sponsors, Dermott Dowling from Beer Co
Club members enjoying Club Night at ANHC



A big welcome to last months newest member, Jarrod Boldt!
Membership Subs for 2018/19 are overdue now, please get them paid if you haven't already.
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BYO Magazine
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(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:

28th of November, Internal competition on Pale Lager.

1st of December, The Christmas Party.

23rd of February, Beerfest 2019.

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!