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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.

Featured News & Updates

March 2015 Meeting

Hello BAMers!  As per the results of last month’s survey, BAM now has a permanent home for its meetings (at least for as far as we can see in the future) at Faction Brewing in Alameda (2501 Monarch Street, Alameda, CA 94501). Our upcoming meeting will be on Thursday, March 12th at 7pm. Social starts at 7pm, meeting at 7:30pm. New and curious members always welcome.

This month we’re getting a little out there, with Brian giving a tour of the world of sake and what it’s like to try homebrewing it. He’ll have some recently completed brew, as well as some commercial examples for the uninitiated.

I’m sure there will also be some updates about the upcoming World Cup Competition that BAM is hosting this month. More details can be found at http://www.worldcupofbeer.com/.

February 2015 Meeting

Hello BAMers!  This month’s meeting will once again be at Faction Brewing in Alameda (2501 Monarch Street, Alameda, CA 94501) on Thursday, February 12th at 7pm.  Gene will be unable to attend, and Mike is going to be busy with SF Beer Week, so Matt has volunteered to facilitate this month’s meeting.  The presentation that we’ll be having is on the current SOQ style, which is English Pale Ales.  Jason Davis from BAM will be giving a presentation on this topic, and we’ll have commercial examples to use as a basis of comparison.  Just a reminder, this SOQ is being folded into the World Cup of Beers competition, so the due date to turn in properly carbonated bottles is March 4th.  More details can be found at http://www.worldcupofbeer.com/.

Additionally, please attend this month’s meeting as we will be voting on a permanent home for BAM meetings.  The choices as it stands now are either Faction Brewing or Ale Industries.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Matt, Gene, or any of the other officers.

UPDATE: Here are the slides from Jason’s awesome presentation on English Pale Ales.

Brewing Automation

Thanks to Chris Niggel for a great presentation at our first meeting of 2015 on how to automate your brewing setup.

His slides are available here.

Lots of exciting announcements (World Cup!), SOQ winners, and many great beers were had by all. See you next month!

Style of the Quarter – Q1 2015

English Pale Ale

We’re doing thing a bit differently this month. We’ll be partnering with the upcoming World Cup of Beer competition for the Q1 2015 Style of the Quarter. What this means is you’ll actually be submitting your beers to World Cup to be professionally judged through that contest, as opposed to judged strictly through BAM. Since it does cost money to enter World Cup, all entrants will receive a $10 gift card to Oak Barrel (bring copy of entry form to March meeting, or see Brian Buckingham). More details:

  • Competition category: Brew any of the 3 styles within the English Pale Ale category (BJCP category 8)
  • Registration between Jan 19March 4
  • www.worldcupofbeer.com for full details

SOQ winners will be decided based on highest scoring from World Cup judging, with standard 1st thru 3rd prizes being awarded. So, even if you don’t place at World Cup, you may still win the club competition.

Happy brewing!

Speakeasy Brewer’s Wort Brew Day

Rylan Ortiz, one of our BAM Technical Coordinator’s, has been working with the BAM officers, in collaboration with Speakeasy Ales & Lagers (San Francisco), is considering brewing wort on the Speakeasy 15 barrel (500 gallon) brewhouse for the club to take and then ferment at home. The other intent is after fermentation and packaging of your share of beer, maybe a month later, come back to SE with it for a party.

Speakeasy also wants to award the Best of Show brewer with a gift certificate to their taproom.

The date will be end of October or early November, depending on the breweries expansion project deadlines. The brew day would most likely be a Saturday, however, it could be a Sunday too.

If you’re interested, send an email with the subject “Wort Off!!!!” to  rylan.ortiz@gmail.com with your conformation and contact information.

Below are some pictures of the 15BB system for all you equipment geeks.

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Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held at Faction Brewing in Alameda, CA on the second Thursday of the month. Social starts at 7:00pm, meeting starts at 7:30pm.

General Meeting Information

BAM (Bay Area Mashers) monthly meetings are on the second Thursday of each month. Meetings start at 7:30pm, but members and guests are encouraged to come at 7:00 to talk shop and socialize. As always, pot luck snacks are more than welcome, and be sure to bring a glass for tasting and some homebrew (store bought beer is okay, too) to share.