My voyage to now began in the Carter administration and took a hard-left off CA State Route 61 somewhere around early January 2004 with my first dip into flavorful, but probably just average, homebrew. In 2008, sticky malt syrup and the under-powered electric range gave way to sacks of grain and a fabricobbled two-tier, 10gallon, brew “sculpture”, with gas au naturel via garden hose. This OSHA approved rig is usually brewing Belgians, Pale Ales, Porters, and Stouts. I’ve been breaking pencils, and judging beers, at competitions since 2006.
I began brewing from kits as a student while attending Glasgow University the results were terrible, but we drank them anyway. I started brewing again in 2012. I specialize in brewing Belgian and British styles on my Grainfather electric self-contained all-grain system. I joined BAM in 2014 and it has had a huge impact on the quality of my beer. I love sharing my experiences, learning from others and drinking good beer with friends.
I have been brewing since 2015 and enjoy the process and usually enjoy the results. I have enjoyed perfecting my sanitation practices focusing on pale ales and am starting to explore the immense world of beer styles that are hard to find in the bay area such as weisbier. Getting involved with the Bay Area Mashers has been a tremendous help talking with more experienced brewers and sampling some great beers has given me motivation to keep pushing my brewing to a higher level.
I started brewing when I was in college. My older brother was taking a graduate
level chemistry class at Portland State “ Chemistry of Winemaking”. One section
of the class involved the chemical processes of making beer. I borrowed the recipe
that was the class assignment for that section and made a batch of beer to give to
friends and family for Christmas. I designed and printed labels for the bottles.
It was a pretty successful present so I started brewing on a regular basis. As can
happen with hobbies, I got very involved in the process and 40 years later I’m still brewing.
In 2009 I started brewing with my good friend Christine. We did one extract
batch and then moved straight to all-grain. We started out brewing in her back
yard in SF and then moved to my back yard when I moved to the East Bay. I like
IPAs, Belgians, Saisons, Weissbiers, Barleywines, Bocks, Imperial Stouts and am
working at getting into other styles all the time. I joined BAM in 2011 and
started to see how other people brew. I make 10 gallon batches in 3 gravity fed
keggles with a single propane burner. I keg into Corny kegs and fit 4 in my
Keezer. I use pool water to cool my wort with a sump pump. I’ve got about 10 hop
plants in the back yard but haven’t brewed with their harvest yet.
Style of the Quarter Coordinator
I have been brewing now for over a decade. After about 5 years of isolated brewing from kits, my move up to Oakland introduced me to other homebrewers through membership with BAM, and everything has improved since: full-volume boil, all mash, recipe development, water chemistry, etc. Now I am a certified BJCP beer judge and am fascinated by all the beer style categories and their respective histories. Over time I intend to brew every style, but in 2018 I’ve been focusing on Weissbier, Dark Mild, and Pilsners. As your Style of the Quarter Coordinator, I want to encourage all you in the wonders of tackling some new styles!
BJCP Training Coordinator
I started brewing in 1986 with the goal of making something as good as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. My tastes and brewing repertoire have expanded since then, but I still ferment in 6 gallon glass carboys because I like to watch the yeast boil. I moved from the stove top to a mega BTU outdoor burner in 2008, but that’s about it for technology.
Studying for and earning my certification as a BJCP judge in 2011 has improved my beer and appreciation of it. I am happy to help others develop their tasting and brewing skills.
Executive Committee Members
The executive committee is made up of five people, some of whom are mentioned above as they hold other officer positions as well. The executive committee is
- Jon Sheehan
- Ian Carswell
- Neil Topliffe
- Doug Ashcraft
- Star Woodward
Descriptions of Club Officer positions
Officers hold their position for a twelve month period, until a meeting to elect
new officers is held.
- Conduct regular club meetings.
- Preside over executive committee meetings, conferences or special actions.
- Present initiatives and ideas for club activities.
- Delegate club business to appropriate officers.
- Speak on behalf of the club and/or executive committee for any actions decided upon under ethical review.
Support the efforts of the President. In the absence of the President, preside
over executive committee meetings, conferences or special actions.
- Either attend all monthly member meetings or delegate a member to act as Secretary at any monthly meeting which the Secretary can not attend.
- Take notes at the monthly member meetings and share those notes with the entire membership after the monthly meeting electronically.
Social Events Coordinator
- Generate ideas for special, social or party events.
- Coordinate or delegate members to implement club activities and programs.
Typically, this includes the annual multi-club picnic in August, a few club
brewout gatherings, the December holiday party, and whatever other gatherings
outside of the regular club meetings sound good.
Technical Events Coordinator
- Generate ideas for activities and events during the general meetings once per month.
- Coordinate or delegate members to implement the normal monthly club activities and programs, including the four Style of the Quarter presentations per year.
Style of the Quarter Coordinator
- Work with Officers and Members to determine focus of each Style of the Quarter contest.
- Work with Technical Coordinator to arrange presentation related to Style of the Quarter topic.
- Coordinate communications to members regarding the contest, including relevant dates and contest details.
- Coordinate judging of Style of the Quarter entries, including pick up of entries from Oak Barrel, cataloging of entries in preparation for judging, arrangement of judges and judging time / location, tabulation of final results, and returning completed scoresheets to entering members.
- Announce Style of the Quarter winners, and coordinate with Oak Barrel to ensure gift certificates are sent appropriately.
- Keeps this website running and posts information for club members to download.
Knowledge of web design, HTML, and WordPress are good but not necessarily
crucial, as well as a desire to add new functionality to the website as needed.