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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This coming Monday the 25th we have our August meeting (same time, same place). We do however have a new topic! We will have Matt Sager give us an off-flavor presentation which will include up to 3 off flavor tastings and identifications. If you want an introduction into off flavors in your (well maybe not yours) beer then come on out.
If you have already taken an off flavor course, then we could really use your help in pouring and distributing the tainted beer to your fellow members. See me or Matt at the beginning of the meeting.

NCHF is only one month away and WE NEED YOUR HELP!
You need to sign up to help decorate the booth, bring beer, and bring food for the booth. We will need at least 20 to 30 kegs of great beer to pull off this event.
We will need help with the booth decoration and the beer lists. Remember it is a “Go West Young Brewer” theme when thinking of beer names and appropriate attire.
​The booth will be a double size canopy, but we need western themed decorations like hay, saloon doors, a back room, a place to tie up your horse or put your hat.
GET INVOLVED!!! This is an awesome weekend for our club. And remember, you can send beer to NCHF without going, we need it all.
See you tonight!

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Our annual multi-club picnic (for Mad Z, DOZE, BAM and now including the Draught Board and SF Homebrewers Guild) will be held on Sunday, August 17th at the Briones Regional Park in the Newt Hollow picnic area.  The park opens at 10:00am and the picnic officially starts at 11:00am – but you are welcome to arrive earlier.  This is a family event for our clubs and their families.  Parking is usually $5 per car.




Link to the Briones Park Web site for maps and information:




The Newt Hollow picnic area is a shady and wonderful spot that can comfortably fit 150 attendees for a warm afternoon picnic.  This is a pot-luck picnic so bring something to eat for yourself and something to share with the other attendees.  Don’t forget to bring a keg or some bottles of homebrew to share. 


What to bring:


  • Pot-luck food item to share (food screen for food items to keep the bees away :-)
  • Kegs or bottles of homebrew to share
  • Charcoal, fire, and grilling utensils
  • Tablecloth for the picnic tables
  • Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses (especially for the kids)
  • Frisbee, horseshoes, or other game to play


The organizers will provide water, paper plates, napkins, cups, and utensils, and we will also have a raffle of some great items from our local homebrewer shops.


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It’s July, it’s finally hot, what better way to chill than to attend the July 28 meeting at Lindsay Wildlife Museum!

We will have a CCWD representative give us a presentation in the first half of the meeting. We will have BOTM table, a gadget to share, great homebrew to share, and some discussion about NCHF and the annual multi-club picnic.

See you there!

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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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