The Newsletter, April 2021

The Newsletter, April 2021

Presidents report. 

It is the time of the year when activities of the club quieten down, however there are interesting and important times ahead. Planned for this month’s meeting is a talk and taste from Hayden Henderson with regards to his passion, sour beers. If you have not made one previously and would like to, the discussion should be of great interest and with Hayden imparting his experience and know how we should come away more knowledgeable. MONSTER BREW DAY 2ND MAY starting at 9am. Each year a Monster Brew Day is organised, with the purpose providing a keg for the dinner. For those who have not participated before this is a great opportunity to brew what ever you wish to brew and at the same time see how others in the club go about their brew day. There will be at least 5 different systems being used. It also gives you the opportunity to provide a beer for the dinner to be held in August. Grain from winning best club at Beerfest is available so why not come along and brew
  • Barrett Burston Pale Malt
  • Barret Burston Medium Crystal
  • Barret  Burston Light Munich
  • Great Western Caramel Steam
CIDER DAY 30th. MAY starting at 9am A great day of teamwork to cut up apples, juice them and take away a fermenter or two. This will be held at Pete’s warehouse. May Meeting 26th. MAY In house IPA competition and an oxidation experiment JUNE MEETING JUNE 30TH. The Club’s annual meeting to be held. If you would like to participate in the running of the club and what direction it should take get involved, it is not time consuming as most committee meetings are via Zoom. There will be retirements from the committee and positions will need to be filled. Hope to see you all on Wednesday night at Pete’s warehouse. Look forward to see some that have not been able to make earlier meeting this year. Cheers Ian Bennett President  

The next meeting, Wednesday the 28th of April.

Aprils meeting will be back at Pete's warehouse with a 7:30pm start. The address is Unit 11/12 Edina Rd, Ferntree Gully VIC 3156. Hayden will be doing a sour beer presentation. 

Steinbrew 2021.

19th-21st of March.

Major Creek Riverside Camp.



Beerfest 2021.

Was located for 2021 at Beach Hut Brewery at 4 Rocco Drive, Scoresby.

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!

Major Sponsors.

 Category Sponsors.


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. 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.


The club's preferred method of payment is online. New members: If you believe you are not on the club mailing list, send the committee an email or bring it up with someone at a meeting to make sure we add you in. 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. Communications 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.

Monster Brew Day on the 2nd of May from 9am. Cider day, 30th May. Brew an IPA for our internal competition in May. 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.