Cancel your vacation plans because you will want to attend this upcoming meeting on Monday, June 30th!
We will once again have Chris Graham give a presentation to us, and I believe it is about closed system brewing.
We will also have Scott Thomas share his experiments with black malts when he brewed several stouts just changing the dark malt. He will share his insights and will welcome your input as you taste the difference in the beers.

BOTM table will be open for you competitive minded brewers. Just remember that you can only share one beer on this table and each “judge” gets one token vote.

NCHF (Northern California Homebrew Festival) has announced their ticket plans and prices. This is an event in September that you do not want to miss! Tickets will go on sale July 20 and again on July 26 at 10am PT. Check out the info on their website: There are some new rules in regards to ticket purchases that you must read.

We will be building a booth, and serving beer and food at this festival. So if you plan to go please add your name to one of the committee lists available at the meeting.
See you Monday, meeting will begin promptly at 7:00pm, so be early. We have lots to cover.

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IMG_3793 There is a lot of information here! Just click and enlarge it to read. Thanks to Craig D.

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Congratulations to all that entered and especially the winner(s) of our GABF Pro-Am competition with Black Diamond Brewing Co.

As you know, we were using two different yeast strains, WLP007 and WLP530. We had 18 entries with a wide variety of beer styles.

In 2nd place in the WLP007 category, with a Foreign Extra Stout was ….. Brian Klatt

In 2nd place in the WLP530 category, with a Belgian Pale Ale was ….. Mike Smith

Runner up (or 2nd place overall, or 1st loser) with a Chipotle Porter was ….. Paul Brown

And, the winner (drum-roll please) with a Am. Style Belgian Pale Ale was  ….. Erik Beer !!

Congratulations!  Erik will brew his beer with Black Diamond soon and it will be served at the taproom and then entered in the Pro-Am of GABF.

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Our May meeting is tonight on May 19th. It will be held at Black Diamond Brewing Co. in Concord. The address is 2470 Bates Ave., Concord, 94520. You can arrive early and enjoy beers in their taproom if you want.

The meeting will begin at the regular time of 6:30 pm with a tour of the facilities and sharing of homebrew. We will be meeting in the brewery so you can bring your homebrew for tasting and feedback. We will still have the BOTM table. After a short “business” section, Black Diamond will announce the winner of the Pro-Am GABF contest. Good luck to all that entered!

This is important! If you want to sit down during anytime of the meeting, you must bring your own chair. Black Diamond does not have enough to go around.

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We have a meeting tonight, Monday, April 28th at the normal place and time.

Your GABF-Black Diamond beers are due tonight. Bring them along with your entry form and bottle labels. We will deliver them to Black Diamond the following day.

We will have Jay Goodwin from the Rare Barrel to give us a talk about sour beers and barrels.

We will also have a Q & A session in the second half of the meeting (since no one volunteered to give a style talk). So, bring your questions and get ready for answers!

Also, bring your BOTM beers for the special table. This will be a point total month with the winner getting a prize for accumulating the most points in the three BOTM’s. Remember, only one beer per brewer, and one token per taster.

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For those who missed it, or simply want to revisit it, Adam Wyss’ has kindly made the slides to his presentation of the Brew In A Bag technique available to us online:



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It is already March 31st!  It seems like March went by really fast, and now we are approaching April already. There are a lot of local festivals (beer events) in April just begging for your attendance. First off is the Bistro IPA festival in Hayward on April 5th, soon followed by the Bay Area Craft Beer Festival in Martinez on April 12th     Remember, you can pour your homebrew at this festival and get entry to the fest for your efforts. Talk to Vito about getting your beer in the lineup.

Then on April 26th there is the AHA Rally at Heretic Brewing Co. in Fairfield from 1pm to 4pm.

Tonight at the meeting, we will have Steve Smith from Giga Yeast and Adam Wyss will give a Brew in a Bag presentation. Remember to bring your best homebrew for the BOTM table.download1

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Tonight’s meeting will feature a water talk from Colin Mead. A gadget from Jon and the inaugural BOTM (beer of the month). Meeting starts at 6:30 pm. Be there!!
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Here is what happened at the January 27 meeting.

We welcomed several new members to the club, a couple of which were referred to us by More Beer.

We were reminded that the 2014 membership dues are due.

Scott Thomas gave us an update on the new home brew law and how it affects us. More analysis to follow.

Craig brought in some samples of our DOZE project barrel aged beers.

He brought a Saison aged in wine barrels, he also put out a sign-up sheet for the next project. It will be a Flanders Red. If you want in on this project then shoot Craig or I an email. The Saison was awesome by the way.

DOZE purchased 1000 bottleneck labels for you to use at the meetings. Remember when you share your brew to put your name, your style, category, ABV and any other pertinent information on the label.

Next month we will begin Beer of the month. We will set aside one table for your special beers and members will vote with tokens for the beer or beers they liked best. The winner each month will receive applause, maybe more! I will need two volunteers each meeting to help with the tally and some recordkeeping.

DOZE member, Mike Smith, shared an awesome slide presentation of his trip to Belgium with his son. They went to several breweries and pubs. If you missed it, ask Mike for recommendations for your own trip.

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