LA Septemberfest

From the same folks behind April's LA Beer Fest at Sony Studios in Culver City comes the first LA Septemberfest at Paramount Studios with 60 breweries, ~200 beers, music, BBQ, etc.

Tickets are $40 - unlimited pours - likely to be no ticket sales at the door.


September Brewing 101 Class

Come to the Home Beer Wine Cheesmaking Shop and learn how to make your first extract batch from the pros!

Everyone's welcome to stop by this quick evening class. Bring a brew to share or just bring yourself.

Cost is $5 and is applicable to your membership in the Falcons

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Help with Brutus 10 brewing stand

Brutus 10 Brewing Stand

Here is my first blog: I went to great lengths to buy all the steel, pumps, pipes, love temp guages and yet been able to put my Brutus 10 stand together. The problem is that I have very few friends that know how to weld, or want to help. In addition, I travel all over the U.S. for work, but home on the weekends, which puts a time crunch on my efforts at finding a friend or co-brewer to help.

Schwarzbier Recipe

Drew guilted me into including my recipe for yesterday's brewing festivities.  It's been tweeked a little bit fro mthe last time I brewed it, we'll see how it tastes.

BeerSmith Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Schwartzbier
Brewer: Matt Bourbeau
Asst Brewer: Paul Resendi
Style: Schwarzbier (Black Beer)
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (35.0)

It's is hot I'm Schwartzin'

My alarm went off at 6:30 this morning.  Normally on a Saturday, that would meen I was a dumbass and forgot to turn my alarm off the night before.  But not today.  Today was a brew day.  I don't normally brew a lot this time of year, and I certianly did not plan on it being 100+ when I decided to schedule a brew day today, but that's the way the ball bounces.  I decided I needed an early start.  Fortunately, my brother-in-law Paul came over to help, which was invaluable, particularly for clean-up.  We doughed in at 8:00 and took the mash trough a 4 step, direct fire mashing schedule (125 °F

November Club Meeting

Remember, Remember the first of November, the Falcons next meeting day.

Style of the Month: SOUR BEERS

All interested brewers (and potential brewers) are invited to join us at the Home Beer Wine Cheesemaking Shop in Woodland Hills, CA for a beer tour! Lunch will be served for ~$6. Bring your homebrew to share!

Don't forget to adjust for the change away from Daylight Savings!


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Marriott Warner Center AAA Rate is a tad cheaper than Block Room Rate for 35th Anniversary Party

Hey guys . . . just wanted to let you know that if you have AAA Card the rate is a tad cheaper than the Maltose Falcon's Block room rate for October 17th.  $107 + tax  (Anyone over 62 can get the room for $101/night so it pays to be old . . . .Beanie missed it by a mere 3 months)

Check-in is 4:00 but if you request an early check-in they will try to accommodate that and check-out time is 12:00 the next day.

Oh, and here's the phone number for reservations:  1-818-887-4800 OR Toll Free:  1-800-MARRIOTT

And so it begins.... (time to make the schwarzbier)


I've never actually bothered to Blog about things befroe, but given the hard work that went into the design of this new web site, I 

feel obligated to give it a try. 

Last evening, I began what I refer to as my lager ritual, that is, the start of my yeast starter for a lager.  Those of you familier with my brewing philosophy know

that I firmly subscribe to the notion of pitching large quantities of yeast, particularly in my lagers.  This approach was given a challenge this year as I finally upgraded my boil kettle to

What a BOS Time

Just got done judging the LA County Fair Best of Show a few hours back. Bruce Brode did his usual superb job keeping an eye on the motley crew. With me were Steve Cook, Paul Sedwhick and Jim Wilson. Sitting down we were faced with 23 or so entries. Irene quickly pulled each of the bottles and we each poured a small sample. The routine:  sniff, swirl, taste and notes. After running through all the contenders, we start nominating beers we don't think will win or have a flaw. In the blink of an eye, 23 becomes 12, becomes 9 and finally becomes 6.

Sunfest Aftermath

Wow! Great party up there in the mountains. The early birds got hit with that all too rare Southern California phenom - rain. Reports had everyone huddling under a couple of popups, cooking breakfast and enjoying each other's company. Turnout was a little smaller, thanks mostly to the homebody element's fear of a little rain. Too bad guys, cause this fest was awesome - cool, pine scented and with an amazing view from atop the mountain. And all of it a short 70 minute-ish drive from the Valley.


I just got back from Sunfest up there on the mountain (Mt.

Brews And News August 2009

v. 35
i. 8
Newsletter Date: 
  • Summer is here and Sipping is Easy - Partying the Falcons Way. - Steve Cook
    • "I Know What You Drank Last Summer" Grand Hydro
    • Surliner Dark Belgian Strong judging
    • SCHF Reps Meeting
    • San Diego Bus Trip Recap
    • Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza
    • Sunfest at Frasier Park
  • Vice Preisdental Rant - A San Diego Alehouse Odyssey - Aaron Selzer
    • Pizza Port

Fine job Drew!

It's going to take some getting used to, no complants so far.

So what's going on here? The New MaltoseFalcons.com

 Welcome to Day 1 of the new MaltoseFalcons.com. Personally I blame everything about this site on Jonny Lieberman. About 2 years ago, he hit me up with the idea of creating a new site that would allow the Falcons to come in and modify the bejezzus out of their world. Post stories, pictures and recipes, talk with their fellow club members, etc.

Yeast Propagation and Maintenance: Principles and Practices

MB Raines, our widely published yeast expert graciously lent us her expertise in this guide to everything you need to make yourself a yeast rancher and a grower of happy yeasts.

Yeast is that wonderful microbe which converts sweet wort into an enjoyable alcoholic beverage.  In addition to converting sugar to alcohol, yeast can also influence the taste, flavor, bouquet, and even the color of beer.  They do this by secreting a variety of compounds at very low levels.  Different yeast strains produce different levels of these compounds and therefore impart their own subtle characteristics to the wort in which they are pitched.  Although ye

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September Club Meeting

Monthly Meeting Time!

This month not only features the Grand Hydrometer's usual educational tasting (whatever will it be?), but it's also time to elect our new officers! Come see who will lead the club in the next year. Heck, have a homebrew or two and volunteer yourself!

We meet as always at the <a href="http://www.homebeerwinecheese.com">Home Beer, Wine and Cheesemaking Shop</a> in Woodland Hills, CA.

The address is

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September Shop Brew

The September shop brew is scheduled for Sunday the 20th. I will be the brew crew leader for this one. I am planning a batch of English best bitter. Think Fuller's London Pride ale. This style is a very easy drinking session ale with a nice balance of malt and hops.
The spots for this crew will be limited to 3 as a portion of this beer is for the Falcons 35th anniversary party. I would like to try to have people on this crew who have never been part of a shop brew, and have been interested in learning the all grain brewing process.

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Oh boy!

I can feel the anticipation growing. Hopefully by week's end, everyone will be able to see this site! Lots of work left to do though!

Craig & George's Bobby Belgian Gold

Craig Shapland and George Mahoney dealt with all the madness surrounding our time of taping for BBQ with Bobby Flay. The target for this brew is the upcoming AHA Club Only Competition.
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Craig Shapland, George Mahoney and the Shop Brew Crew
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2004 February - AHA Commemorative Brew - Double Down Double IPA

This beer was brewed for the 2004 AHA Conference in Vegas as one of 3 beers (SNAFU, QUAFF, us) and a mead (SNAFU) presented to the attendees. The recipe is based on a previous beer brewed by myself (Drew Beechum) and Jim Kopitzke - the Double Trouble IPA. Since this brew is intended to represent the club the recipe was presented to the club for comments. Great comments were collected from everyone, but in particular there should be callouts to MB Raines, Ken Rhude, John Aitchison, Jim Moorman and John Aitchison. The hopping schedule on this beer seems utterly absurd, but it was spurred by some comments that MB made when I came to the conclusion that I wanted a balanced hop character. To see the logic behind the hopping schedule check out the Hop articles on the tech section of the website. Cullen Davis whipped up a great label and homage to Ralph Steadman. Check it out! The beer was bottled up by a six man team who managed to bottle up 400 bottles in 2.5 hours. Thanks to Steve Cook, George Mahoney, Don Knott, Kent Fletcher and Don Knott for their bottle donations. The intrepid bottling team consisted of Matt Udall, Kent Fletcher, Cullen Davis, Steve Cook, Jim Kopitzke, Jay Babchuk and myself. Special thanks to Kent Fletcher for taking care of the ferments and providing a great bottling setup
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Kent Fletcher, Jim Kopitzke, Cullen Davis, Drew Beechum, Jim Moorman, MB Raines
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2001 Oktoberfest Brew Session #1 - CDJK Mild

Our largest mass brewing event at a fest. Four teams, four semi-cobbled together breweries, one fest with a ton of beer flowing. This was the inauguration of a mild that I continue to brew to this day.
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Drew Beechum, Cullen Davis, Kent Fletcher, Jim Kopitzke
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2001 Oktoberfest Brew Session #3 - Kevin's Lost Hops Milk Stout

What happens when you forget your hops while brewing? Nothing much, if you're surrounded by the Falcons!
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Kevin Baranowski
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2001 Oktoberfest Brew Session #2 - Food for Tripel Belgian Ale

Derek's food for his Tripel
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Derek Stepanski and his Broken Foot Crew
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Mike Riddel's Tripel Trouble

Winner - Best of Show for the 2001 Mayfaire from Mike Riddle of Napa, CA
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Mike Riddle, Jonathan Deeds
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April Wheat

A nice breezy summer honey wheat beer.
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Drew Beechum, Jim Kopitzke
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Marzen Madness 2001

The second installment in the Marzen experiment.
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Drew Beechum, Cullen Davis, Jim Kopitske, Tony Barletta
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Rich's Smoked Porter

Rich Schmittdiel steps up and brews us an awesome Smoked Porter.
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Rich Schmittdiel, Drew Beechum, Cullen Davis, Dave Hull
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Imperial Cakeweiser

The Imperial Stout produced from Doug's birthday cake. Brewed by MB Raines.
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MB Raines
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