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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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!
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 19 – March 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.
Hey BAMers! It’s that wonderful time of year when we homebrewers get together and spread holiday cheer by sharing tasty libations with each other. This year the Christmas party will be at Faction Brewing on Saturday December 13th at 2pm. The address for those that need it is: 2501 Monarch St, Alameda, CA 94501
Please take note that this will take the place of the normal Thursday meeting for December.
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 email@example.com with your conformation and contact information.
Below are some pictures of the 15BB system for all you equipment geeks.