BAM is a non-profit homebrewing club with a membership based in the Northern California East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley area) that was formed in June 1990. Our goal is to promote and foster the art and science of brewing quality beer in the home and to have fun doing it.
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The November BAM members’ meeting is this Thursday, November 12th at 7pm at Faction Brewing in Alameda. Our own Paul Keefer will be presenting on the art of blending beers. Should be a great topic!
Also, those participating in the SOQ IPA recipe showdown competition can bring a sanitized container in order to receive some free Drake’s yeast slurry to use in their recipes. The SOQ will be judged at the BAM Christmas party on Saturday, December 12th, so you need to be brewing by this weekend at the latest in order to get your beer ready in time.
Please let any of the officers know if you have any questions, etc. We hope to see you all there!
- Mike Charlton with a Mesquite Smoked Chipotle Porter
- Owen and Will Imholte with a Session Scotch Ale
- Dan Morgan with a Smoked Apple Ale
- See attached for the recipe that was handed out last night
- Contestants need to bring at least 1/2 gallon of beer to the xmas party (64oz growler, six-pack, etc.) – we’ll have a process to make it a ‘blind’ tasting
- We will also plan to have the tap board up for those that can bring a full keg of their beer (perfect if you brew 10g – keep one / bring one!)
The October members’ meeting is coming up next week on Thursday, October 8th at 7pm at Faction Brewing in Alameda. This month we will be talking about the next SOQ along with the Sacramento Beer Tour.
The next SOQ will be a competition to brew an award-winning recipe yourself, and then we will see who can brew it the best. The small details are always what change a great recipe into a mediocre beer, and vice versa, so we’ll start with the strong recipe and see how everyone can prevail. The recipe that we chose was BAM’s Jason Davis’s IPA recipe which has won many, many awards at BJCP competitions. We will have our own Brian Buckingham (who also makes amazing IPAs) go over several tips and tricks on how to brew IPAs with award-winning success.
Also, we will be serving some beer from Sacramento’s Track 7 brewery in order to get people pumped up for the upcoming trip. There are still tickets available (free to BAM members), so be sure to sign up ASAP if you’d like to join in.
As always, feel to ask the officers if you have any questions about the above items, and we hope to see everyone Thursday at Faction at 7pm!
Hey BAMers! Thursday Sept 10th is the September members’ meeting for BAM, and this month the presentation is featuring Jason Davis talking about Kettle Souring. If you’re not familiar with this method, this is a way to make sour beers in a matter of weeks (instead of months or years) without having to buy a second set of fermentation equipment. We should also have a good selection of homebrewed kettle sours from various members to sample.