Next Monday, the 30th, we have a meeting at the usual place and time (Lindsay at 6:30pm).
Several members have expressed an interest in learning about RIMS (Recirculating Infusion Mash System) for their all grain systems.  In the first half of the meeting I would like to have an open Q&A session on this topic.  If you have a RIMS tube that you can bring to the meeting, please do so. We would like to show the different systems and their parts.
After the break, Matt Sager will be pouring and presenting a beer that is “sour” but without the suspect bacteria’s and without the lengthy time involved. You will learn how to brew this beer!!
Also, this is a reminder that the Black Diamond Pro-Am GABF beers will be due at the April 27th meeting here at Lindsay.  Remember to use WLP007, WLP530, or WLP830 for your beers. Three bottles are required and two entries per brewer are allowed.
If you are planning on going to NHC this year in San Diego, please add your name etc, to the google doc attached in your email update.  We need to start planning the booth theme and what beers to pour during Club Night.
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This Monday meeting will feature your best Beer of the Month (BOTM).
  Craig and Chris Gilmer will bring their Belgian Dubbel beer for your tasting pleasure.
We will set up a special table for your NHC feedback entries. For example, should I enter this as an IPA of an imperial IPA? Is this beer a 60-/ shilling or a mild?  Please bring your own questionnaire for the specific feedback.
We will also be recruiting members for the NHC booth and beer committees.”Brews UP in San Diego”.
 The deadline for applying to register for the San Diego NHC is Tuesday the 24th. If you want to go to the National Homebrewers Conference, you must first be a member of the AHA, and then register for the conference. DOZE will be there with an awesome booth and even more awesome beers.  Even if you can not attend the conference, you can still send beer with us to be served during Club Night, so please brew for JUNE.

 

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It is a new year and time for some new brewing information.

We just finished the epic BN Winter Brews Festival where DOZE and a couple other clubs poured over 30 different beers at Tasty’s Tasting Room. The line was long all day and the beers were awesome. Thanks to all the brewers and servers that worked the booth!!

Tomorrow night we will begin the 2015 meeting with a tasting of your homebrews including a table for BOTM (beer of the month).  Bring your best beer and let it be judged at the BOTM table. We will also have a bottling demonstration using 3 different mechanical methods. Learn about bottling from the keg for all of the upcoming competitions.

 

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January 26

February 23

March 30

April 27

May 18

June 29

July 27

August 31

September 28

October 26

November 16

December 7 (party)

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It is almost that time – the DOZE Holiday Party.

Once again we invite all members and spouses/significant others to join us and share the friendships we’ve made over the years.

As usual we have a raffle. This year with proceeds, we will donate money to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum for their fine work and helping us with our meeting location. As a grand prize we will pay all costs to brew on Craig’s 80 gallon system with your best friends. That’s right, you create a recipe and brew on a small commercial system.

Bring your best beer – this is the event to showcase your best brews – bottles, growlers or kegs, we don’t care. Then again this year we’re providing a very special keg to share with everyone. And don’t forget to bring a dessert if you so choose to share your culinary talent and possibly win a little money for best dessert.

See the button to the right to prepay the nominal $10 fee, and renew your membership while you are at it. Food provided by El Molino Mexican Restaurant.

Current donors include: More Beer, Hop Grenade, The Brewing Network, OL, 21st Amendment, Drakes, Sierra Nevada, Creek Monkey, Lagunitas, Ninkasi, and more to come.

Hope to see everyone there – Monday December 8, 7P.M. at Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

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On Saturday, November 15th,  a dozen or so Club DOZE members -joined by a smattering of Mad Zymurgists and others- had the pleasure of touring the facilities of the E J Phair brewery in Pittsburg (CA), and trying their beers and the pizza that kept coming out of the newly-installed wood-fired oven.
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Three quick announcements:

1. Remember there is an off flavor class at Creek Monkey this Wednesday, November 5th at 7pm. Let Matt Sager know if you can attend.

2. The water testing session will be held on November 11th, Tuesday at 7pm at Ale Industries Pig and the Pickle, Concord. See your e-mail for the google doc that you must put your name on if you want your water tested. Only 2 waters from each source. Bring at least 8 ounces of water in a clean container.

3. DOZE has scheduled a Brewery tour and lunch at E.J. Phair in Pittsburg for November 15th, Saturday at noon. They just got their wood fired pizza oven up and running so, pizza lunch will provided by DOZE. I will need a rough head count to order lunch. So, please reply to your email. One guest for each DOZE member will be allowed. Here is the address:

300 Cumberland St.
Pittsburg CA 94565

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We had an awesome turnout for our BOTM each and every month. Thanks for bringing such good beer! The styles were varied as was the % ABV for all the beers. We had 26 different brewers submit beer during the year and I don’t think anybody submitted one every month.

First off, congratulations to everyone bringing their beer. We hope you got good feedback and had some fun in doing so.

For the yearly totals, here are the top 5 brewers:
5. Tie, Ray Graves and Craig Danielson
4. Paul Brown
3. Adam Wyss
2. Max Brown
1. Matt Sager CONGRATULATIONS!

Matt brought beer 6 of the 9 months and usually scored first during those months.
Looking forward to continuing this next year!!
Here is a link to the final google sheet. BOTM

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Meeting tonight will feature BJCP 2014 Style Guidelines, a gadget from Max B., a special beer, BOTM, and Q&A.
We will also be accepting nominations for Club Officers for 2015. Elections will be held at the November meeting.
Bring your best homebrew for BOTM, and your not so best homebrew for evaluation and critique. Members will give you honest feedback.

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DOZE members! It is time to start thinking about the 2015 Homebrew Competitions, in particular the National Homebrewers Competition (NHC). First round entries will be due sometime in March so some beers may need to be brewed early. You can check the Competition schedule that Ray G. made for the 2011 Comp in the links area.

Of particular interest are the revised BJCP guidelines. There are many new categories, and some of the old categories have moved around. Make sure you check here BJCP for all the information regarding the changes. It is possible that the new guidelines will be used at 2015 NHC.

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