BJs Brewery Beer Dinner

BJs is having another beer dinner showcasing new belgium beers and finishing with chimay grand reserve.  looks interesting and i plan on attending, that should be reason enuf for the rest of you to sit out :)   I have atached fliers. falcon discount honored for the dinner, reservations suggested.   proost en op uw gezondheid,  


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Amazing turnout for January Brew 101 class

We had a record breaking turnout for the January Brew 101 class on Tuesday! Twenty three enthusiastic newbies crowded around the brew kettle out in the back of the shop. We were turning away others who were calling up the shop asking if they could come to the class as there was just not enough room for them all.

Kent Fletcher was the instructor, and he was assisted by myself, and Mick Deering. It was cold, and there were some light sprinkles, but that did not deter these new brewers one bit.

Chili Cookoff

Because of a stupid little football game, the February meeting will be on the Second Sunday, but the Annual Chili Cook-off will go ahead as scheduled.  Please post here or e-mail at burgermeister@maltosefalcons.com  of your intention to enter a chili.  Please plan to arrive about noon to start heating the chilis.  

There is a limit of 12 entrants ONLY

The Maltose Falcons Annual Chili Cook Off Rules are: 

Club meeting and Chili Cookoff Sunday February 13th 12:00 p.m.

Buy a shirt or Buy a Mug at the Meeting - Official California Homebrew Club of the Year Merchandise!

The February club meeting is set for Sunday the 13th due to the Superbowl being on the 6th. Mark your calendars for this date.

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AFC/QUAFF Entry Dropoff Deadline

Its Americas Finest City/ Quaff contest time again down in S.D.

I will be at the shop on Sat. Feb 5th at 11:00am sharp, if you want your entries driven down for the contest please have them to the clubhouse before then.

Dont forget to 1) pre-register entries on the quaff contest site and 2) include a check with your entry.






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Anchor Weekend Brewery Bus Trip



Going to Anchor?

Want to see some other great breweries too?

The Falcons are organizing a bus tour from SF to Bear Republic Brewing, Russian River Brewing (Pliney the Younger may be on tap!) and Lagunitas' new beer garden!   The bus will leave from the Westin Market Hotel and will return there as well.

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Minutes of the Maltose Falcons Membership Meeting - January 2, 2011

I thought it would be a good idea to start posting the minutes of our membership meetings for those who cannot attend on a regular basis. There are some great events coming up that I thought you should be aware of. Read on.....


New hop blend Falconer's Flight

Calling all hop heads! There is a new hop blend called Falconer's Flight, and it is in stock now at the Home Beer Wine and Cheese Making Shop. The name alone should be enough for the Falcons to make this a staple for the club. It comes in at 10.5% alpha acid, and has a co-humulone of 27%.

Falconer's Flight is a proprietary pellet blend comprised of many of the Northwest's most unique hop varieties and is perfect for any Northwest style IPA. The aroma descriptors include distinct tropical, citrus, floral, lemon, and grapefruit tones.

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.


A Giant Thank You!

Just wanted to send out a giant Thank You to all of the Falcons to took the time and effort to bring such wonderful gifts to

yesterday's Toy Drive.  I counted about 50 items in all when I was packing it up to go the the Fire Department yesterday, not to mention

the six foot giraffe stuffed animal (thanks John A!).  The Fire Department was so surprised and pleased to have received such a bounty of gifts.

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Beer Documentary Screening

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



Hey everyone!

Sept./Oct. 2010

v. 36
i. 9
Newsletter Date: 

 Editor’s Note 2

From the President 3

Burgermeister’s Kitchen 5

Minutes 6

Club Only Competition Schedule 7

Shop Brew Report 8

Summer Things Photos 9

Calendar of Events 10

Beer Tastings 10

Stuffed Sandwich

I need to get a full tally by Dec.4 for Sam and Marlene............

Tasting Dec 11- starts 1pm sharp

(626) 285-9161

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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?

Harvest Beer Festival - Noon to 7PM - Food Trucks, Music, Panel Discussions, 30$ Unlimited Pours



Harvest Beer Fest is a craft beer, local food and music festival promoting the responsible appreciation of craft beer and celebrating Los Angeles’ booming craft beer and foodie scene. The festival will feature a large list of carefully selected beers to taste, a small army of food trucks, as well as local musicians and panel discussions.

Proceeds of the Harvest Beer Festival will benefit 826LA, a non-profit writing and tutoring center in Los Angeles.


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2nd Annual Maltose Falcons Spark of Love Toy Drive

2nd Annual Maltose Falcons Spark of Love Toy Drive Submitted by Reenie on Thu, 11/11/2010 - 21:57
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Sierra Nevada 30th @ The Surly Goat

Come Celebrate Sierra Nevada's 30th Anniversary at The Surly Goat!

Casks of Celebration and Estate Homegrown IPA, Kegs of  SNPA, Torpedo, 20th pale.

The first keg of SN Pale Ale will be sold at $.30 a half-pint!

Monday, Nov. 15th, 6:00pm

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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.

Club meeting Sunday November 14th 12:00 p.m.

The November club meeting will be held on Sunday the 14th. Anyone who is interested in good beer and home brewing is welcome to attend. We are a friendly group of people that love beer, and we love spreading the word about it. Just bring a few bottles, growler, or keg of home brew to share with the attendees. You can talk about your beer, and receive friendly critique from experienced brewers. Learn tips and techniques too. Never brewed before? Come on by to see how to get started.  

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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.

AHA Club Only Competition - Pucker Up Results

Congrats guys, it was hard fought over, but the judges finally finished an hour's arguing with these results! 53 entries can only sadly yield 3 winners.

1st Place - Scott Neubauer - Society of Oshkosh Brewers - 17 A - Berliner Weiss

2nd Place - Scott Wells - Austin Zealots - 17 B - Flanders Red - "Rod and Todd Come Out of the Closet"

3rd Place - Andy Gamelin - Society of Barley Engineers - 17 F Kriek


Thanks to the judges who came out and risked a sour stomach to evaluate all of these entries. It was much appreciated!


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!

CANCELLED !!!!!!!! LA-Orange Brewery Bus Trip


Sorry to tell the people that did want to go, we didn't reach the minimum number of people we needed to make the trip happen.  Next time we will likely head back South to our favorite San Diego area breweries, as we never seem to have a problem filling up the bus for that trip.  Meanwhile, come to Oktoberfest at Oak Park on October 15!





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Oktoberfest Party and Campout October 15th thru 17th at Oak Park

Grab your lederhosen or dirndl, it's time for the Falcons' annual OKtoberfest campout at Oak Park in Simi Valley!

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July-August 2010

v. 36
i. 7
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 Editor’s Note 2

From the President 3

A Dog 4

Burgermeister’s Kitchen 5

First Adventures in Brewland 6

Scenes From a Brew Session 8

Calendar of Events 10

Beer Tastings 10

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:




Save the date, and come party in the pines at McGill Campground, near Mount Pinos.

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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.


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