September 2022 Meeting – NCHF

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In lieu of the regularly scheduled club meeting.
September 17 we will set up a booth and serve our homebrew at the Northern California Homebrewers Festival (NCHF).

Some 400 homebrewers from 35 clubs will descend on the Lake Francis Campground in Dobbins California.
The clubs will erect booths and serve their homebrews from 1:00PM until after dark (until they get tired & close up).

The $60 entry fee gets you a tasting glass, ...

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August 2022 Meeting Minutes

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  • I reported my neighbor, Steve Bueller, is hastily organizing a musical party for Saturday, August 27.
    This was initially described as an impromptu, sort of afternoon jam session for some of his closest
    musician friends.
    But it’s growing into more.
    The latest count is some 40-50 musicians, not including wives, girl friends, significant others, etc.
    Some members suggested their interest in providing beer.

    You’re welcome to hang out, if sharing beer.
    The music is typically 60’s & 70’s Rock with ...

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HeadQuarters Club member brewers bring home gold from the Santa Clara County Fair!

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Congratulations to Jeremy & Howard.

  • Jeremy for his
    1st place with an American Brown Ale
  • Howard for both his
    1st place for Howard’s Helles Bock and
    1st place for a Mixed-Style Beer- a German Pils with Sterling Hops (finish, dry)

Jeremy plans on bringing some of the 1st place American Brown Ale to the August 20 club meeting.
So plan on attending to sample some of this first place beer!

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July 2022 Meeting Minutes

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  • I reminded attendees to volunteer to steward or judge at the Santa Clara County Fair homebrew competition next Saturday, July 23.
    It’s a great way to learn about BJCP judging as this is a well run, smaller competition, which is close to home.
  • The annual (east bay) Multi club picnic, will be at Oak Hill Park, 3005 Stone Valley Road in Danville.
    Club DOZE has purchased a permit for us to use the park from 10am – 2pm Sunday, August 21.
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June 2022 Meeting Minutes

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Altho it’s been a while since updating the website.
We have been meeting via ZOOM (during COVID-19 lockdown), and in person at Clandestine Brewing and the Oak Meadow picnic area of Vasona Lake County Park.

We will update this site from now on, starting with the following minutes from the June 18, 2022 club meeting at Vasona Lake County Park.

  • We talked about NCHF (the Northern California Homebrewer’s Festival).
    The festival is ...
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March 2018 Meeting Minutes

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Club activities
  • Barrel project updates
    • We recently emptied a barrel at Kevin’s house. It contained a saison, and we refilled it with a Golden Strong. The saison is full-bodied and has a very strong oak aroma, with an intense buttery flavor. It drinks almost like a chardonnay, but with a long, bitter finish. If I recall correctly, there weren’t enough Golden Strong contributions, so we left some saison in the barrel and added the Golden Strong on top of it.
    • The other barrel ...
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HQ Big Barrel Brown Ale

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*5 GAL* mash at~ 154/155

-13# 2 row
-1.25# carapils
-1.25# crystal 40L
-1# wheat
-.5# chocolate malt

-1oz northern brewer 60 min
-1oz cascade 15 min
-1oz centennial 0 min

-Cal ale WLP 001 or safale us-05

This recipe should give you at least a 7+% brown ale depending on efficiency ( anywhere from 6-9% should be fine). A little variation is OK, but because we are barrel aging this beer, I would suggest keeping the hops fairly restrained. This is still a ...

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Q1 2018 Lager Club Competition

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Competition Rules

The next brewer’s challenge is lager beer.

Some of your options are:

  • Traditional Lager
  • American Lager
  • Pilsner
  • IPL
  • Baltic Porter
  • Baltimore Porter
  • Biere de Garde
  • Rauchbier
  • Kellerbier
  • Altbier and Kolsch

You’re welcome to do any type of lager beer but these are a few suggestions.

Club member Howard Clearfield gave a brief session on making great lagers at our holiday party in January. He’s got quite a bit of lagering experience under his belt, and we’re fortunate to have Howard’s notes from that session.

Enter Your Brews

To enter your brews, ...

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