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Making more beer at home - BeerSmith Podcast

Nathan Smith and I talk with Brad (author of the BeerSmith brewing program) about ways to get more beer out of your brew day.


Beer Documentary Screening

Here's a message from Allisia Russo, the girl that was filming @ Oktoberfest and at the shop brew:



Hey everyone!

A New Sort of Tied House

Beer author Pete Brown has a new entry on his blog about a new sort of tied house that's popping up in the UK.

The article: http://petebrown.blogspot.com/2010/11/brewery-tap-next-generation.html

Stuffed Sandwich 2010 ?

Since I blew off the November meeting, I'm in the dark about plans for a Stuffed Sandwich holiday tasting event.

Is we is, or is we isn't going to be at the Sandwich in December?  If we is, when, pray tell?

The Maltose Falcons are the 2010 Anchor Homebrew Club of the Year!!!

Anchor Brewing announced at the California State Homebrew Competion at Stern Grove yesterday that the Maltose Falcons have been chosen as the 2010 Anchor Homebrew Club of the Year!  Long time Falcon Steve Casselman was on hand to accept on the club's behalf, and drain a ceremonial mug of beer.

Honey and wine barrels

 I've been fortunate enough to source honey from a local bee keeper at a great price and wanted to share with you guys. I can get raspberry, black button sage, and malibu wild flower honeys for $2/lb. I'd want to get every ones order in all at once so I don't have to bother him too much. Please post how much of which honeys you would like and I'll bring it to the next club meeting.

GABF Results - The Falcons have an Impact

I'll link the full list when it gets published on the web, but I just wanted to throw it out here. Woo! (Full winner's list here )

The very first beer award handed out at the GABF is the ProAm Competition and you know who just walked away with the Gold? Our friends and neighbors at Eagle Rock Brewery with their version of Donny Hummel's Red Velvet Imperial Rye Ale. And how was that recipe chosen? It was chosen because Donny won the Doug King Memorial back in January!

A Scientific Explantion of Beer Googles

Once again it looks like good ole ethanol works by causing us to miss out on details we normally obsess over:



Cure for the Immersion Chiller Slinky


   I've been making some minor system/process tweaks. One thing I've always disliked was my IC and how it sags letting the copper tubes touch and rest upon one another, effectively building a wall that the wort does not flow between. The whirlpool most likely didn't work as well as it should.

3rd Annual Brew-Haw-Haw: A Beer-Tasting Event Benefitting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

On Saturday, Sept. 11, the 3rd annual Brew-Haw-Haw will be held at Griffith Park (on the grounds of the Gene Autry National Center).  This is a beer tasting event (food also) held as a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  For more info and to purchase tickets (tickets must be purchased in advance), go to:




Stateline Brewery and Grill

I went here during a business trip with my boss. If you come the wrong way on the road, you can easily miss the sign! The place is tucked into a tourist mall at the base of the mountain gondola and near the Nevada casinos, but the atmosphere is not touristy at all.

Brew my own........soda

Now that the "baby" is 5 I am ready to get back into brewing.   I am working towards brewing a batch of my award winning Hefe in a couple of weeks, but, in the mean time, as Xandra has shown an interest in all things science (including brewing) I am looking to figure out how best to brew some soda with her.  We had some root beer extract stuff that was probably 5 years old, we mixed it with sugar and force carbonated in the keg....we want draft soda, but it didn't turn out as good as we would have liked.  Anyway, I started doing some searching on how best to "brew" soda and decided that I s

Get Ready to Rumble

Coming back from Minneapolis here's the big word...

Next year's AHA Conference is in our neighborhood - San Diego.

Yes, we'll be involved and brewing and who knows what else. So get ready and no excuses since you've got plenty of warning!


To watch the promotional video and get psyched: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJZCSb8oCWU

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Next week I'll be in the Tahoe/Reno area.  I'm trying to decide between the Stateline Brewery/REstaurant and the Silverpeak Brewery/REstaurant.   Does anybody have an opinion? 

Blue Frog Grog & Grill

I find myself in Solano county wanting dinner.  I just came back from touring the Jelly Belly factory (what fun) and was looking for  libation during the Lakers (Flakers) game.  Accross the street from my hotel was a local brewpub called the Blue Frog.   Why "the Blue Frog"? Apparently the founders/owners have been singing the Peter, Paul & Mary song since they were first married. 

I'm in love with a big blue frog,
A big blue frog loves me.
It's not as bad as it appears
He wears glasses and he's six foot three

From the Burgermeister

Sunday's menu will be:


Beef Stroganoff with buttered noodles

candied carrotts



All for the low price of $6.00. 



The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind. -- Humphrey Bogart

Hops. Holy Cow

This is my first year growing hops. Got Cascade, planted in a perforated bucket for drainage and crown control. They have a southerly exposure and are pretty much just rocking along right now.

I thought I'd share with you this pic. See the two black marks? That's one day's growth up the rope. Damn, these things grow faster than I did as a teenager!

I know, there's no sense of scale in this photo, but that's 3 inches of growth in 24 hours! (or about an 1/8 of an inch per hour!)

Grow your Own Hops Exclusive Rhizome Deal for Falcon Members

I have Large HOP Rhizomes for Sale and I will Give you one free for every 5 bought I have Northern Brewer and Cascades types. Check out my add on Craigslist for Pics and Details

Beekeepers Wanted - Swarm Available, West Covina

Attention Falcon beekepers!

A bee swarm is available NOW in West Covina.  Bees have swarmed into a lemon tree in my mother in law's backyard. No image available at this time.

No, I'm not a beekeeper, yet, so don't give me the bees.  But I would like to see these to go to a good home.

Contact me off line at schmitrw@earthlink.net or better yet at 818-261-6464 to work out logistics.

Schooner or Later -- Restaurant in Long Beach

I saw this featured on "Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives" on Food Network.  The restaurant is located at the marina in Long Beach.  As its name suggests, it features beverages in 'schooner' glasses.  While the bar is a prominent feature, the food here is very good!

Ciao Cristina's First Beer Dinner (30% Discount for Falcons Members)

Here is an announcement for a beer dinner next Sunday May 16th in Burbank at Ciao Cristina's owned by Falcon- Alan Donavan...
        The featured brewery is Greene King Brewery from the UK, their most popular beer is Old Speckled Hen, Alan serves it on nitrogen. Head Brewer John Bexon will be there and I assume some of the brewery's other great beer offerings. 

Links? We Got Em - And an interesting yeast study for those willing to dig.

You know Falcons' users can a link to the Falcons website? Check out our other "Beer Links" section.

All of these are added by you and me. You'll see multiple categories, but you can make them up as you go along. In fact if you look all the way down at the bottom, you'll see a new link from me in a new category "Brewing Articles" and it's a geat article trying to prove the efficacy of starters.

To add Links of your own:

Mild Makes a Comeback in England

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Mild beer, last in fashion when the Beatles were still at school, is making a comeback in Britain, according to a real ale lobby group.Responding to a growing number of requests from beer buffs, breweries are beginning to produce more Mild and pubs are finding demand for the dark, malty ale is rising.

In a survey of 500 real ale drinkers across the UK, the group found that 64 percent of them had seen an increase in the number of Mild beers served at pubs and beer festivals over the past 5 years.

Anchor Brewing Sold!

The folks at Beer & Nosh posted this news today - Anchor's been sold!


Eep! - What will this mean for the future of the California Homebrew Club of the Year? What does this mean for all our friends at Anchor?

And see what I meant about us reaching that magic point for the first generation of craft brewers? Anderson Valley sold and now Anchor! It will be an interesting period to see the effect this has on the spirit of Craft Brewing

Mayfaire Results - A New World of Returns?

Ok, so in reality - it's not terribly new - we've been doing this for three years now as a pilot program to get entrants their scoresheets back as quickly as possible.

April Brews & News

Hey folks, the April newsletter has gone out (finally) via email and if you are a paid up member and have not gotten the newsletter email, send me your email address and I will send you the link.



Tony's Darts Away opened

Tony's Darts Away on 1710 Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank opened yesterday. They have 32 beers on tap, about half are IPA's and imperial IPA's, and gourmet sausages and other food to eat. The prices are amazingly low, they serve true pints, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, and the place was rocking last night. The owner Tony is a great guy who truly loves good beer, and he is a home brewer as well. Tony also loves the Falcons.

Easter Sunday club shop brew

It was a gloomy and chilly morning yesterday, but the sun soon came out for the April club shop brew. It ended up becoming a beautiful day for brewing. My enthusiastic brew crew was raring to go. The team  consisted of our President Steve Cook and his First Lady Irene,  Ed Kochanowski, Tyler, Kris Schimdt, and myself. We had one no show, but Sean Fitzgerald from the shop was able to benefit from this brew day and get a portion of the wort.


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