C&R Barleywine

This rich barleywine was a big hit at the January 2015 Falcons Member meeting!
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January Club Shop Brew Session - Russian Imperial Stout

Falcons, sign up now for the next Club Shop Brew Session, Saturday, January 17, as Ethen Adams and Allen Tracy lead the crew in brewing a Russian Imperial Stout with 7 planned flavor variations!

This will be a fairly large and sweet RIS using an English ale yeast with Original Gravity in the 1.090s and finishing around 1.030.  Allen brewed this recipe and aged it in an oak barrel, winning first place in the wood aged category at the 2014 Mayfaire competition.

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BJCP Judging Overview and Online Test Prep Class

Ever wanted to know what it's like to be a BJCP Certified beer judge?  Ever wanted to bring your beer knowledge out of the realm of the causal consumer and into the realm of the almost-but-not-quite professional?!  Ever wanted to leave people in awe of your vast beer style expertise?

Well, here is your chance.  January 20th, 7:00pm at the clubhouse.


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Introduction To All-grain Brewing Class

Interested in all-grain brewing? Register for our upcoming class that will teach you how! We will cover all aspects from strike to sparge as well as building your equipment. Cost is $25. Please call the shop to sign up.

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Brew 101 Class

Our next new and improved Brew 101 class is coming up soon. Topics will include beer history, basic science, and extract brewing techniques, tips, and tricks. If you've been thinking about brewing beer at home and would like to see how it's done, all while enjoying some great homebrew call us to sign up! Cost is $20 dollars

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Brews and News

v. 40
i. 11
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In this issue:

We win Anchor!!!!!!!

Matt Myerhoff has a great article on brewing gluten free beers with normal brewing grains.  No more of that crappy spelt beer!

Natalie DeNicholas gives her recipes for Turkey Meatballs, Autum Salad and Pumpkin Porter Chocolate Chip Muffins

Some physics dude gives a Brief History of Anchor Brewing

Melody Rose Hitt has meeting minutes.  See what you've been missing!

The Beer Wench has the recipe for Copper Serpent Honey Ale

And, of course, I do my normal whining and belly-aching about my lot in life.

Brazilian Feijoada (fay-zwah-da)

Here is the recipe I made for the potluck dish I brought to the December Club Meeting

A Mighty Thank You to All of You! Toy Drive a Huge Success!


I just wanted to send a note out to thank you again for ALL the wonderful gifts you brought to the meeting today for our 6th Annual Toy Drive.  I was overwhelmed by your generosity in bringing so much for the kids.  I believe that this was the biggest collection of gifts that we have ever gotten.  I am humbled and so proud of our club. What wonderful hearts you all have.

How to Be A Good Steward in Just a Few Simple Lessons

Stewarding is fun! Just follow these simple steps to make your day a great one!

What's a Maltose Falcons Meeting Like?

Club Meeting Kickoff Commercial Tasting While Rick Burnside Adds His Beer to the List of Homebrew to Taste.

December 2014 Meeting Bottle Share


Bring a 22 oz bottle of your best homebrew or your favorite commercial brew. If you don’t have 22oz bottles we’ll count two 12oz bottles as one 22.

If it’s a home brew please make sure to properly label the beer with your Name, the Style, and any other relevant info. Try to make your beer look pretty. This is a gift after all.

A board member or volunteer will collect your bottle(s) and hand you a number.  During lunch we’ll mix and match and call numbers up one at a time to hand out your gifts.

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Now that we are past the Thanksgiving Fest, it is time to think of the holidays.  As was mentioned in the December club meeting event online, I cannot stress enough how important it is to provide toys for our toy drives. Many of us are so very fortunate in our lives.  Unfortunately, there are those who are not.  I know that bringing a toy or two seems like no big deal to us, but it will be a very happy experience for a child who might otherwise not have a good holiday.  

December 2014 Pot Luck Holiday Lunch!

Our holiday lunch is 2 weeks away!  For those who would like to bring a dish to pass for our upcoming December Membership Meeting on Sunday the 6th, us BurgerFraus would like to share some ideas (simply as inspiration) for the yummy spread. Since we don’t really need 10 potato salads or half dozen green bean casseroles (or do we?), please email us with the dish you would like to share with the Falcons during our festive holiday lunch.

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December Club Shop Brew Session - Belgian Stout!

Falcons, sign up now for the next Club Shop Brew Session, Sunday December 14, as Chris Moon, Alex  Samovitz and Donovan Nebreklievski lead the crew in brewing a very exciting and powerful beer - Belgian Stout!

There are only a few commercial examples, including Allagash Black and Anchorage Brewing Co.'s Darkest Hour (http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/24903/94657) to which this beer is an homage. Imagine the meeting place between a quad and a Russian Imperial Stout and you get the idea. 

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Beertastic Line-Up for Club Shop Brew Sessions!

Falcons, get ready for a mind-blowing, earth-shattering line-up of Club Shop Brew Sessions coming up led by a stellar legion of first-ever brew crew leaders and some familiar favorites! 

As you may have seen, I recently put out the Falcon Signal, calling for members to step forward to lead Club Shop Brew Sessions. With a dozen monthly Club Shop Brew Sessions a year and about as many members who can lead them, it's a perennial challenge to get leaders lined up for the brew sessions without burning them out. 

Holiday Tasting at The Stuffed Sandwich December 13, 2014

Price: $30.00
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$30 includes your reserved seat for the beer tasting only at The Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel.  You MUST also buy a sandwich separately at the Stuffed Sandwich.  Seating is limited to 30 people so sign up early.  There is no charge for Designated Drivers and they do not count against our 30 person capacity. Your reservations must be placed by 6:00 AM 9 December 2014.


Institution Ale House Tap Takeover!!!

Institution Ale Company Tap Takeover

Draughts 398 N Moorpark Rd Thousand Oaks , CA


December 13th ALL Day. Come and Meet the Brewers @12pm

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A Brief Interlude on Red Sauce and Meatballs

I got asked to post this somewhere and frankly - this is it. My slap your Italian grandma meatballs and red sauce. (A note about beer pairings at the end just because.. it is a homebrewing site after all.)

For enough meatballs and saucefor 6 unhealthy portions


2 slices white sandwich bread, pulsed into fresh bread crumbs

1/3 c. Half & Half

1/2 c. Parmesan (not the green can for f's sake)

1/3 bunch Flat leaf parsley, chopped

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes

1 tbsp kosher salt

2014 Reddit Homebrew Competition Judging

On Wednesday, November 12th a group of Falcons got together to help judge for the 2014 Reddit Homebrew Competition. Reddit is a website that hosts numberous online communities where members share informaion, web links and pictures of their cats.  Their /r/homebrewing community has over 100,000 members and this was their fifth year hosting a nation spanning, distributed homebrew compeition.  

I've Got Your Copper Serpent (Honey Ale That Is......) by the Alewench

The day was made for brewing.  Nice and overcast morning. HLT ready for utilization.  What could possibly go wrong.... Just a little bit......

Our fine brew crew all arrived on time, smiles on their faces, ready to brew the Copper Serpent ESB that Steve and I had come up with a few years ago.  I had gone to Trader Joes and found a big sale on their mesquite honey.  We were planning on brewing and I suggested that we do a brew with honey involved.  Steve came up with the recipe and “Copper Serpent Mesquite Honey Ale” was born.

Arroyo De Oro Saison

A Saison brewed with vienna malt, flaked rye and a bit of vicotry malt.
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Eric Mendoza
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Golden Sour with Chili Peppers

This is my recipe and process for a Golden Sour beer aged on Chili Peppers
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2014 Los Angeles County Fair Winners

2014 LACF

Thanks To All Who Participated in the 2014 Los Angeles County Fair

There were 302 entries judged and 177 registered participants, judges, and stewards.

Best of Show Winners

Best of Show

Place Brewer(s) Entry Name Style Club
1st Eric Addison
Co-Brewer: Arman Sanaryan
American Barleywine 13.4: American-Style Barleywine Addison Homebrew Provisions
2nd Dana Cordes Cherry Apfelwein 28.3: Specialty Cider And Perry Maltose Falcons
3rd Gwen Sato-Herrick
Co-Brewer: Arnold Herrick
Blue Dragon Celebration Mead 27.2: Varietal Honey Traditional Mead  


Maltose Falcons Brews and News

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i. 10
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Yup.  It's here.  Drew does a nice article on Mead Making.  The new Board takes office.

Merlin Cup - Maltose Falcons Homebrewer of the year

Merlin Cup

Merlin Cup

Maltose Falcons Homebrew Society Homebrewer of the year

An award to recognize one member for their club and community involvement and personal achievements in homebrewing.  This person is the epitome of the traits they we hold in highest esteem and is expected to continue to participate, educate and give back to less experienced club members in the same way that they were tutored when they were novice.
Points may be earned throughout the year from the day after the annual club's Oktoberfest, through the week before the Oktoberfest the following year (i.e. October 2014 through the end of September 2015).  Some points are recorded by club officers, but most will be self reported.  All will be tracked on the club website and posted periodically to encourage competition.  Those with the highest point values at the end of the year will have their achievements confirmed by the Merlin Cup sub-committee, who may eliminate point submissions at their discretion, and final point values tallied.  Points will be awarded as follows:
Note: Points may only be collected from a single line item for any given event.  For instance, if you organize a club brew and submit the associated write up to the newsletter, you earn only 3 points for "Organizing a club activity", and not 1 point for the write up and 3 points for organizing.  The same goes for officers who act according to the duties of their office.  They collect points for the office, and not for individual actions.
Note: In order to collect points for competition you must identify as a Maltose Falcon for your club affiliation. You must be a fully paid member at the period of points review at the end of the year.

Club Participation

There is no club without member participation and involvement.  In order for club events to take place, there must be other members to show up and others willing to organize and run them.  ​
  • 1 point - Winning the "Best Beer" as voted during the monthly club meetings.
  • 1 point - Contributing an article that was included in a monthly newsletter.
  • 3 points - Organizing a club activity.
  • 5 points - Faithfully serve as an officer of the club for the duration of the year.

Community Participation

Falcons members represent some of the most experienced homebrewers in our region and have much to offer the regional and national homebrewing community.
  • 2 points - For each BJCP point earned for organizing, stewarding, judging or administering tests in BJCP sanctioned events.
  • 2 points - For contributing to the homebrewing community at large.  Writing articles for homebrewing publications, leading educational courses, speaking at conferences, authoring books, appearing in television programs or other high profile things that show homebrewing in a positive light.  

Personal Achievement

All brewers strive to make good beer and most spend many, many years perfecting their craft.  Those most excellent beers can be submitted to competition and will earn awards which bring prestige to the brewer and the club.  These points are cumulative for each entry.

  • 1 point - Per beer submission to a BJCP registered competition.  (cap 2 points per competition)
  • 1 point - Third place award in a Category in a BJCP registered competition
  • 2 points - Second place award in a Category in a BJCP registered competition
  • 3 points - First place award in a Category in a BJCP registered competition
  • 1 points - Second runner up for Best of Show award in a BJCP registered competition
  • 2 points - First runner up for Show award in a BJCP registered competition
  • 5 points - Earning Best of Show award in a BJCP registered competition
  • 2x points - For points earned from awards (not submissions) in the following competitions (for instance, a BOS would earn 17 points, ((3 for winning category + 5 for BOS) x 2) + 1 for the entry):
    • Mayfaire
    • Doug King Memorial
    • Los Angeles County Fair
    • Pacific Brewers Cup
    • California State Fair Homebrew Competition
    • California State Homebrew Competition
    • America's Finest City
    • NHC Rounds 1 and 2

Harry Potter Pumpkin Juice (pumpkin and spice soda)

Let me just say that fall is a particularly favorite time of year for me. October is a good month. It's time for harvest celebrations, apple cider with glazed donuts, Halloween, and of course all things pumpkin. Sometimes I wish that everything could taste like pumpkin pie. After many failures in years past to produce a suitable pumpkin pie soda, (it turns out a little pumpkin goes a long way) this is actually a tasty recipe that by far makes all those failures worth the effort.
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Lake Arrowhead Brewfest Recap

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Stuffed Sandwich Holiday Tasting

Calling all Falcons!

Pay for your reserved seat here:


Your are cordially invited to a  tasting of Holiday beers and more at the world famous

 Stuffed Sandwich on Saturday December 13th at 12PM.

The cost will be $30 per person (plus the cost of your mandatory sandwich)

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December Club Meeting: Pot Luck and Toy Drive!!!

Join us for our monthly membership meeting. All are welcome. The meeting starts at 11:00 am, with introductions and general business. The Grand Hydro will present the style of the month (Holiday Beers, what else?) and provide liquid examples. Remember to bring your own tasting glass and your homebrew to share and for review by your peers.

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