March Club Meeting

Come down to the Home Beer Wine Cheesemaking Shop on Sunday March 7th for a taste of homebrew wonderfulness. (The public is welcome - all we ask is that you like good beer and be respectful of the brewers presenting their wares)

If you have a BJCP Class 10 American Ale (aka American Pale Ale, American Amber Ale or American Brown Ale) bring it to the meeting for evaluation as the Falcons' entry into the AHA Club Only Competition for March / April. Entry is free and you get to represent the club!

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Pliny the Younger @ the Blue Palms

 Tomorrow is going to be one of the last few times to catch Pliny The Younger this year.

Weds Feb 17, 2010 7pm

Blue Plams Brewhouse

6124 Hollywood Blvd

Also on tap will be some selections from the Alpine Beer Company.


Drink Up me Heartys! Yo-Ho!



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February 2010

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Editor’s Note 2

From the President 3

Club Meeting Minutes 4

Publicity Report/Shop Brew 5

Grand Hydrometer 6

DKM Special Report 7

Board Meeting Minutes 9

Calendar of Events 10 

Website Move

Not to alarm anyone, but you may in the coming week find that maltosefalcons.com doesn't respond to your requests for more beer knowledge.

Why? In an effort to improve performance our hosting partner (BecoTech) is setting us up a little differently. When the dust settles out, the anticipated side effect is greater control and better responsiveness on the part of the website.

I'll post again when the transition is going to begin. When you see that post, just wait for the all clear and everything will be dandy.

America's Finest City Homebrew Competition

Since QUAFF doesn't post the entry instructions until you actually register an entry, I thought I'd post them here for convenience, and to encourage Falcons to enter their beers. Event Dates are for the judging - entried aredue at Alesmith on Wednesday, February 10.     Fletch America's Finest City
Homebrew Competition 2010


February 19 & 20, 2010, San Diego, CA.

Hosted by QUAFF
Quality Ale & Fermentation Fraternity



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First, the NY Times discovered growlers yesterday - Growlers, the New Old Beer Conveyance.

Eagle Rock Brewing in the LA Times

Jeremy and Steve continue to garner more press for their efforts - http://www.latimes.com/videobeta/watch/?watch=8f3a0e2e-4b58-4488-a2a0-42...

Congrats guys

Home Brew 101 Class


Come Join Kent Fletcher and learn the easy way to brew a batch of beer.

The class takes place in the evening after the Home Beer Wine Cheesemaking Shop closes.

Fee is $5 which also acts as a discount on a kit.

RSVP with Diane by emailing publicity@maltosefalcons.com


Chili Cook-off


Because of a stupid little football game, the February meeting will be on Saturday February 6, but the Annual Chili Cook-off will go ahead as scheduled.  Please post here or e-mail the Burgermeister of your intention to enter a chili.  Please plan to arrive about noon to start heating the chilis.  

The Maltose Falcons Annual Chili Cook Off Rules are: 

German Beer Tasting at Wades

German Beer Tasting

"Beer turns thirst into a beautiful thing," goes an old German saying ...

And thus it is, especially if the beer is a German brew, sublimely crafted and perfected over centuries, even millennia. Germany has some of the oldest beer traditions and greatest beer varieties in the world!  We invite you to join us and explore a select group of German beers, showcasing the depth and diversity that has kept them world famous for 3 millenia!

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Victory V-Twelve

 On New Year's Eve I got the chance to share a 5 year old bottle of Victory Brewing's V-Twelve. The inspiration for this beer is a Belgian Dark Ale/Quad. The beer comes in a corked 750ml, and has a bottled date, with a recommendation of consuming within 5 years.

January, 2010

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 Editor’s Note 2

From the President 3

Burgermeister’s Kitchen 4

Publicity Report/Shop Brew 5

Shop Brew Report 5

Grand Hydrometer 6

Stuffed Sandwich Special Report 7

Meeting Minutes 9

Calendar of Events 10

New DUIs

DUI Offenders Ignition Interlock Device Pilot Project

Beer Decision Maker Flow Chart

A non-member sent this to me.  Hope the rest of you find it amusing too.


2010 Doug King Memorial Competition



 2010 DKM organized by the Maltose Falcons

Best of Show: Donny Hummel - "Red Velvet" Imperial Red with Rye

Runner-up Best of Show: Richard Webster - Baltic Porter with Jack Daniels Smoked Malt

2nd Annual Hanukkah vs. Christmas at Blue Palms

2nd Annual Hanukkah vs Christmas at the Blue Palms


The holidays are a time of giving presents, giving thanks, but most of all, giving you a reason to drink on a weekday!

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Stuffed Sandwich Aftermath

So yesterday, the 12th, 30 of us gathered at the Home of the Stuffed Sandwich for our annual Xmas tasting. Sam and Marlene always generate a great list with a lot of oddities. In this case they managed to find 10 of 13 beers that I've never tried. See what you missed on a beautiful cold and rainy Los Angeles day?Good job by our new Activities Director Mike G for his work getting this event off the ground (and to our old AD - John Kaufman for getting things rolling)

Watch for this month's newsletter with Bruce Brode's tasting notes and official scores.

February Club Meeting

Come on down to the Shop and enter the Chili Cookoff!

This month's Grand Hydrometer presentation - Cans (That's Right - Cans!) (Also bring British Brown Ales for judging for the AHA Club Only!)

PLEASE NOTE - The Meeting is on a Saturday - After all we don't want to interfere with the Superbowl!

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January Club Meeting

Come on down to the Shop to celebrate the New Year with Beer!

This month's Grand Hydrometer presentation - Barleywines! (and Stuck Fermentations)

PLEASE NOTE - The Meeting is on the Second Sunday of the month due to the New Year's Holiday!

Lunch will be provided by the Burgermeister crew as always. $6 for a plate of delicious food (last month was Tamales)

Bring your homebrew to share or just bring your self to taste!

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December 2009

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Editor’s Note 2

From the President 3

Burgermeister’s Kitchen 4

Meeting Minutes 4

Shop Brew Report 5

Grand Hydrometer 6

Brewing Techniques: IC Revisited 7

Calendar of Events 8

The Major Breweries of the US and their Brands

Jay Brooks of the Brookston Beer Bulletin is attempting to sort out what brands are controlled in the US by AB Inbev and MillerCoors.

George Orwell's Favorite Pub

Thanks to Pete Brown's blog for showing me this little slice of George Orwell's writing - The Moon Under Water.

Yeast Ranching

I just finished rereading the great posts here by the Raines Man on Yeast propagation and maintenance.  SWEET.  Thanks Rainey.  It made my day.

Having just ordered an All-American 21-1/2-Quart presure cooker from Amazon, will be set up for real yeast ranching.  I will now be able to make up a big batch of DME starter wort for some stir plate madness yeast starters.  Now that is going to be extra nice.

Stuffed Sandwich Christmas Beer Tasting

Oh yeah, it's that time of year. Time for Sam and Marlene to break out the good cheer and offer us a ton of beer.

 Tasting starts at 2pm.  Show up at 1:30 to eat first.  You MUST be served food before you can be served alcohol, per the license requirements of the shop.

The final cost will not be known until approximately one week before the event (they will know what beers they will be serving then).  It should fall between $30 and $40 per person.

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Shop brew Sunday December the 20th

The December shop brew has been scheduled for Sunday the 20th at 8:00 am. Jeremy Raub of Eagle Rock Brewery, and a long time Falcons member, will be leading the brew crew that day for his Black Mild Ale. This beer is one of the flag ship beers that Jeremy plans to have on tap at his brewery. Those of you who went to this years SCHF at Lake Casitas were able to taste this bad boy on tap. It is delicious!

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December Membership Meeting

Membership Meeting!

Come joing the club as we taste Holiday ales and other fine homebrews.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Lunch will be served for a nominal fee

Please bring an unopened toy to the meeting for our donation to the LAFD's Sparks of Love


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Brewing Sour and Wild Ales

Sure you can through a bunch of hops in a kettle but can you, dare you to brew on the wild side?

 Brewing A Wild Ale

Brewery Safety
·         Use separate sour gear for everything post ferment.
·         At the very least, use different plastic parts.
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Cleaning your Counter Flow Chiller

Seriously folks, if I read one more person saying that running a few gallons of boiling water through their CFC is sufficient to both clean and sanitize their chillers, I'm going to cry.

Look at the bottom of your kettles over time. See all that stuff in there? That same stuff (to a lesser extent) is forming in your CFC as well.

So, the Drew method  of cleaning and preparing a CFC.

1) Recirculate hot PBW (~140F) solution through a pump and the CFC assembly.

2) Circulate/Push hot water through the system for 5 minutes


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