BAM is a homebrewing club with a membership based in the Northern California East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley area) that was formed in June 1990. Our main goals are to promote homebrewing and brewing better beer and to have fun while doing it. Many of our members are all-grain brewers, but we welcome all brewers wanting to learn.

Recent News & Updates

November 2014 Meeting

Next month we’ll be hosting the meeting back at Faction Brewing in Alameda.

The head brewer, Rodger Davis, will give us a tour of the facility and talk about the process of starting up his brewery. Bring your brewery related questions, a cup, and of course some homebrew to share. Should be a great meeting!

Also, if you’re participating in Matt’s yeast offer, remember to bring your cash and cooler (see his email for more details).


Topic for October Meeting

Hey fellow BAMers. Matt Youngblut and Lee Shepard are going to be giving a super interesting talk and demonstration covering the common off-flavors one might encounter when homebrewing.

They are planning on purchasing Coors Light (or similar) to be a (bland) base beer as a reference, and from that they’ll be spiking in off-flavors to give the people attending experience with what some common off-flavors taste like, their sources, and how to prevent them.

The eight off-flavors that we’re going to be focusing on are:

  • Acetic
  • Acidic
  • Alcoholic
  • Astringent
  • Clovelike
  • Diacetyl
  • Estery
  • Sweetness

This is also a great intro for those looking to take their tasting chops to the next level, and perhaps see themselves as BJCP judges one day. So, be sure to attend this month’s meeting. Not a member yet? No problem. Come check us out, and if you like what we do, think about becoming a member.

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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Style of the Quarter – Fall 2014

Hey everyone! This month’s presentation will be on Belgian beers, which also happens to be our upcoming Style of the Quarter.

Our speaker, Kim Sturdavant, is the brewmaster at Social Kitchen and Brewery, which opened about four years ago. Kim previously worked at Marin Brewing for five years with Arne Johnson.

So come out out and learn about Belgians, then get ready to compete in the club’s quarterly competition. For those that haven’t entered an event before, this is a great opportunity to see how competitions works (we use the same scoresheets, get some early feedback on your next award winning recipe, or just an excuse to brew something new.

Here are some more details on the SOQ this month, from our SOQ coordinator, Brian Buckingham:

  • SOQ topic:  Belgian beers, including any style within BJCP categories 16, 17 or 18
  • Due Date:  Thursday, December 4th @ Oak Barrel
  • Last weekend to brew by:  Assuming you are bottle conditioning or force carbonating with the ‘set and forget’ method, plan to brew no later than the weekend of October 25 – 26. While there are exceptions to every rule, please keep in mind that most belgian styles will benefit from additional aging, especially those styles with a higher ABV point.
  • Contest judging will take place during the month of December, with winners announced at the January 2015 regular meeting.

Oaktoberfest German Beer Competition

Call for beer, judges, and stewards

Coming up on Saturday, October 4 is Oaktoberfest in the Dimond!  This local beer festival also includes a homebrew alley which is always one of the most popular areas of the festival.  B.A.M. will be setting up our tap board, and are looking for donations of kegs of beer to pour.  Donation of a keg & some time behind the taps gets you entry to the festival and a tasting glass (a $50 value).  Please reach out to me to coordinate pickup! Yes, we take both ball and pin lock.

In addition, The Mad Zymurgists are looking for help in judging the Oaktoberfest homebrew competition.  With this year’s exciting grand prize of having the winning beer brewed by 21st Amendment Brewery, we know they will need more judges & stewards than ever!

For information on entering the competition and all other information, please visit the madzymurgists.com Web site.


If you have experience as a judge, whether a BJCP judge or a novice judge, we can use your help for what will surely be a record for our annual competition.

If you have experience as a steward, we can use your help as well.  And if you would like to learn more about competitions and judging, pitching in as a new steward is a great way to learn more about how competitions and judging works.  It’s fun, informative, and easy!

If you can help out as a judge or steward, please contact the Judge Coordinator, Jon Koerber at oaktoberfest@madzymurgists.com or jon@koerber.com.

Please provide:

1) Your Full Name
2) Your mobile telephone number
3) If you wish to help as a JUDGE or as a STEWARD (please include your BJCP number if judging)
4) Categories entered in the competition that you cannot judge
5) Categories in the competition you prefer to judge

For more information on Oaktoberfest, please see: http://www.oaktoberfest.org

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. Please bring a glass and a chair.

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.