December 7th Meeting – The Ochoa Residence

When: Saturday December 7th, 2PM – 6PM
Where: The Home of Dave and Sammy Ochoa5020 Glen Iris Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Dear Yeastsiders:

This Saturday, December 7th, we’ll be holding our meeting at the home of VP Dave and Sammy Ochoa in Eagle Rock, from 2PM to 6PM. Street parking is available nearby. Please plan your transportation responsibly!

One of my favorites, Smoked and Wood-aged beers, will be the beer style of the month, which is appropriate especially for the holidays! We welcome your homebrews of this style, as well as any other style of homebrew to share and discuss. We’ll have some commercial samples on hand as well. Please bring a copy of your recipe to assist in obtaining helpful feedback.

Things to bring to Saturday’s meeting:

  • Tasting glass (YSB glasses are for sale, see below)
  • Homebrew
  • Recipes for discussion
  • Nominations for 2014 Officer Elections
  • Snacks, lunch, food
  • Folding chair

Officer Elections

I’ll start this off by thanking all of you for making this a truly memorable year for me as your president. We accomplished a lot with what we had, and I’m proud of that. We will continue to grow next year because there is still so much left to do, like build our serving station and achieve legitimacy in the eyes of “the man.” Let’s remember how much we’ve impressed our homebrew community with our presentation as skilled brewers and kind individuals at CHF. We’ve had so many new members join us this year, and that counts for a lot. Cheers to all of you and your help! Next year, Dave Ochoa will take over as president, and I have faith that he will bring us closer to the light.

We still seek new nominee officers for the 2014 calendar year. We still need a new VP, treasurer, administrative coordinator, and competition coordinator. One of our club’s core philosophies is to always bring in new members as officers so our club stays fresh and exciting.

I should emphasize that you do not need to be an overly experienced, award winning homebrewer to “qualify” as an officer. We just ask that you be dedicated to the group and willing to devote a few hours per month to club duties. We keep the club’s structure very streamlined so that it will still always be, above all things, a fun, stimulating and educational gathering.

We do not yet have any nominations for 2014 vice-president, and the other positions are still up for a vote, too. So, please check in with any of our officers to learn more about the positions should you have interest! Time is running short, and elections will be held at the December 7th meeting this Saturday.

Mead Demonstration

I will be demonstrating how to brew mead at the meeting on Saturday. I’ll be available to field your questions and engage in fervent discussion.

Competitions in and around December

Please, check the site regularly for deadlines.

Group Hops & Yeast Buy

I’m still working on this, and I apologize for the delay. I hope to have it as soon as possible.

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses For Sale

  • Yeastside Brewers logo glasses are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three.
  • The first generation Yeastside Brewers logo t-shirts are for sale, too, $20 each. They are American Apparel, sizes M through XXXL, white shirt with Yeastside-red logo.
  • The new, second generation Yeastside Brewers t-shirts are for sale, $25 each. They are Anvil cotton t-shirts, sizes M through XXXL, and Anvil women’s v-neck t-shirts. Both are black shirts with Yeastside-red logo on the front left chest and a five color, stylized design on the back (there’s a photo on our facebook). We are already running low on the sizes, so there are no guarantees. Get ’em while they’re hot!
  • Neck Lanyards for holding your tasting glass are for sale, too. $5 each. One size fits most. No logo.
  • Combo Deal: one neck lanyard plus one logo glass, $10.

January’s Meeting location is TBD.

Thanks for reading! Happy Brewing, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

October 5th Meeting – Gayle & Louie’s House aka AngryHorse Brewing Co.

When: Saturday October 5th, 2PM – 6PM
Where: Gayle & Louie’s House, aka AngryHorse Brewing Co., 3012 Via Breve, Montebello, CA 90640

Happy Harvest, fellow brewers:

We unexpectedly had to change our venue of the meeting this Saturday. Some of you may remember that we were supposed to hold the meeting at VP Dave Ochoa’s house in Eagle Rock. However, the Eagle Rock Music Festival is scheduled for this Saturday, too, which would have made for a traffic snarled, logistical nightmare with respect to parking and arrival. Gayle and Louie graciously offered to help us out with hosting again. December’s meeting will be held at Dave’s house.

So, without further ado, we’ll be holding our meeting this Saturday, October 5th, at Gayle and Louie Michel’s home in Montebello, from 2PM to 6PM. Street parking of plenty is available nearby. There is also a Gold Line station at Atlantic & Pomona, approximately 1.5 miles from their house, but using it will obviously require some logistics and planning. Whichever route you choose, please plan responsibly!

German Wheat and Rye Beers will be the beer style of the month. We’ll have some commercial samples on hand, and we welcome your homebrews of this style as well as any style of homebrew to share and discuss. Please bring a copy of your recipe to assist in obtaining helpful feedback. Your own commercial samples are welcomed as well.

Like last time, we’re going to have a potluck! Please, coordinate your contribution with Dave Ochoa, VP, so we can have a well-rounded spread.

Things to bring to Saturday’s meeting:

2014 Officer Elections

Yeastside Brewers wants new officers for the 2014 calendar year. Dave Ochoa will be our president, but we still need a new VP, treasurer, administrative coordinator, and competition coordinator. One of our club’s core philosophies is to always bring in new members as officers so our club stays fresh and exciting. Check in with any of our officers to learn more about the positions should you have interest!

Upcoming Events

  • Cider Pressing, October 20th, Oak Glen, CA. I received all your RSVPs. For those of you that signed up, please remember to read up on cidermaking, and please only bring plastic fermenters. I will send a final confirmation shortly.
  • Hop Union and East Coast Yeast group buys. I received all your requests. For those of you that signed up, there will be an announcement shortly as we digest your requests and coordinate space and availability.

Competitions in and around October

Please, check the site regularly for deadlines. As we discussed last month, the AHA phased-out the COC program and instead instituted the Radegast Club of the Year program. Our participation is still TBD and open for discussion.

  • Pacific Brewers Cup results were posted, and Yeastsiders took home numerous awards. Sarah Luker won 2nd in American Pale with her Citra Pale Ale!
    Josh Jensen won 1st in India Pale Ale and 1st in Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beers with his “Cup of the Old Chai, Sir?”!
    Jerl Leutz won 2nd in Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beers with his Fruitcake Solera Ale and 3rd in Specialty Beers with his Yoga Flame 3xIPA!
    Congratulations to all!
  • OC Fest of Ales results were posted, and Yeastside members took several awards once again. George Felix and Nathan Sewell won 1st in Cat. 13 Stout with their Russian Imperial Stout and 3rd in Cat. 16 Belgian and French Ale with their Saison! Sarah and Matthew Luker won 1st in Cat. 14 IPA with their American IPA!
  • The entry date for the California State Homebrew Competition has finally been announced! Have your entries shipped to arrive by October 12th. The prizes for this competition are usually very cool, so I would definitely suggest entering! Be careful when entering – even though BJCP guidelines are used, the styles are collapsed into categories which is what you submit the beer under. The website is fairly clear with how to enter the beer, but do not be afraid to contact our competition coordinator Jeff Koehler if you have questions! Good luck!
  • If you know of other competitions or results not mentioned here or on our competition schedule, please advise us!

YSB Logo T-Shirts, Glasses, and Lanyards

  • Yeastside Brewers logo glasses are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three.
  • The first generationYeastside Brewers logo t-shirts are for sale, too, $20 each. They are American Apparel, sizes M through XXXL, white shirt with Yeastside-red logo.
  • The new, second generationYeastside Brewers t-shirts are now for sale, $25 each. They are Anvil cotton t-shirts, sizes M through XXXL, and Anvil women’s v-neck t-shirts. Both are black shirts with Yeastside-red logo on the front left chest and a five color, stylized design on the back (there’s a photo on our facebook). Big thanks go out to Kim Turner and Victor LaFontaine for all their hard work coordinating and designing the awesome new shirts!
  • Neck Lanyards for holding your tasting glass are for sale, too. $5 each. One size fits most. No logo.
  • Combo Deal: one neck lanyard plus one logo glass, $10.

November’s Meeting will be held at Verdugo Bar on November 2nd.

Thanks for reading! Happy Brewing, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

September 7th Meeting, 5-9PM at Eagle Rock Homebrew Supply

When: Saturday, September 7th, 5PM – 9PM
Where: Eagle Rock Home Brewing Supply4981 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Dear Members:

This Saturday, September 7th, we’ll hold our meeting at Eagle Rock Homebrewing Supply in Eagle Rock from 5PM to 9PM. We scheduled it later in the day this time to give us some relief from the hot weather we have had lately. Parking is available in the back through the alley and on the street. Please read all the signs and park legally. Please also plan your transportation responsibly!

IPAs (!) will be the beer style of the month! Finally! Please feel free to bring your own commercial samples, of which we know there are so many great ones. Please bring as many of your homebrew IPAs as you wish and any other style of homebrew you may have on hand to share and discuss. Please bring a copy of your recipe to assist in obtaining helpful feedback.

As far as food goes, let’s have a barbecue and potluck! Please send me a quick email to confirm what you wish to contribute. If you have questions or need help with preparation, just let me know. I.e., should I bring my two charcoal grills?

Things to bring to Saturday’s meeting:

  • Tasting glass (YSB glasses are still for sale, see below)
  • Homebrew
  • Water
  • Folding Chair
  • Potluck Contribution

Upcoming Events

Several upcoming events were announced in the recent weeks:

Recent and Upcoming Competitions in and around September

Please, check the site regularly for deadlines. Remember that theAHA phased-out the COC program and instead instituted the Radegast Club of the Year program. Our participation is still TBD and open for discussion.

  • LA County Fair Homebrew Competition, results were posted, and Yeastsiders took home numerous awards. 1st Place in American Amber went to the team at Angry Horse Brewing: Nathan Sewell, Louis Michel, and George Felix. 2nd Place in IPA went to Josh “IPA” Jensen. 3rd Place in Specialty went to the deadly duo Sarah Luker and Matthew Luker.
  • Pacific Brewers Cup, registration closed already on August 31. They need judges and stewards. Contact them if interested (you’ll learn a lot and you’ll have guidance).
  • OC Fest of Ales, entries are due September 10 and judging is on September 14. Winning brew will be recreated at Noble Ale Works in Anaheim, CA.
  • The California State Homebrew Competition is still mostly TBD, but we do know it is scheduled to be judged on November 2.
  • If you know of other competitions not mentioned here or on our competition schedule, please advise us!

YSB Logo T-Shirts, Glasses & Lanyards For Sale

  • Yeastside Brewers logo glasses are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three.
  • Yeastside Brewers logo t-shirts are for sale, too, $20 each. They are American Apparel, sizes M through XXXL, white shirt with Yeastside-red logo.
  • Neck Lanyards for holding your tasting glass are for sale, too. $5 each. One size fits most. No logo.
  • Combo Deal: one neck lanyard plus one logo glass, $10.
  • A second round of t-shirts was designed and will be printed soon, with custom artwork on a dark colored shirt.

October’s Meeting will be held at Vice Pres. David and Sammy Ochoa’s House, on October 5th.

May the Brewing Gods Smile upon You, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

Cider Pressing Trip & Group Buy of Hops & Yeast

When: Sunday, October 20th, 11:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Where: Snow-Line Orchard39400 Oak Glen Road Yucaipa, CA 92399

Dear Members:

We have two updates for you, a field trip and a group project!

Cider Pressing

We arranged with Snow-Line Orchard in Oak Glen (on the outskirts of Yucaipa in San Bernardino County) to do a bulk cider pressing. Snow-Line has their own apple orchard, consisting of numerous varieties of cider and table apples. They’re known to have the best cider in the Oak Glen area.

The way this will work is to bring your PLASTIC fermenters (glass is not allowed) to the cider mill on October 20, 2013 at 11:00 A.M and rendezvous with the rest of the Yeastsiders. The amount of cider you purchase is up to you. We are getting the wholesale price, which is anticipated to be about $9.50 per gallon (please be prepared to pay with cash). Remember, this is unpasteurized, preservative-free, fresh off the press, and they are heirloom apples. Take a look a their varieties. Many of the varieties grown in Oak Glen are antique varieties and are grown no where else in the world.

Here’s a quick tutorial on the cider making process.

The drive to Oak Glen from Los Angeles will take about an hour-and-a-half to two hours. If there is a traffic issue, it might take longer. It is about 90 miles away. You are responsible for your own transportation.

Snow-Line has a barbeque vendor on the premises during this time of year. There are also some other sources of food in the area such as Law’s (a local landmark), That Creative Cafe (fun place with great food), and some others. Alternatively, you can bring your own picnic. In any case, stay hydrated, as we’ll be at a decent altitude (4000′).

We will also be given a tour!

Once the cider pressing is over, please feel free to explore the area. Oak Glen welcomes thousands of local tourists every year. Some of the other orchards in the area offer U-Pick apples and other fun, family-oriented activities. Be sure to dress in layers since we’ll be at high altitude and it can go from hot to chilly as the day winds on.

Please RSVP to your president Jerl Leutz by this Sunday, September 1 to reserve your spot.

Group Buy of Hops & Yeast

We are organizing two group buy opportunities for our participating members.

First is a group buy of bulk hops from Hop Union. If you are a hop-fanatic, like many of us, you must use the best, freshest hops in your hop-forward brews, and you have to use a lot of them. This can get expensive, and it can get frustrating if you cannot find the varieties you need. A bulk purchase allows you to get high-quality, fresh hops at a fraction of the price if you are willing to buy by the pound and store them properly. Purchase will take place in September. Hops can be pellet or leaf, inclusive of US, European, Australian, or New Zealand varietals. Prices vary widely, but a rough ballpark is around $8-$15 per pound. Purchases must be in 1 pound increments, and will be delivered in sealed, oxygen impermeable bags flushed with nitrogen. Total orders for the shipment must be in 11 lb increments, so you must reserve space.  We also have access to CO2 extracted hop resin.  If you wish to participate, please reserve a slot with Jerl Leutz and indicate the varieties and amounts you wish to purchase, and please also indicate which items are most and least important to you. Space is limited and not all varieties are guaranteed to be available.

Second is a group buy of brewing yeast from the well-known East Coast Yeast (ECY) in New Jersey. This one will require coordination as well because ECY limits orders to 6 vials per shipment. Again, purchase will take place in September or as soon as product is available. Please review their selection and be aware that they are currently only propagating the strains ECY01, ECY02, ECY08, ECY09, ECY10, ECY21, and others still to be announced. Please limit your choice to one vial. If you provide some alternate choices, it would help us to accommodate. We may set up a waiting list if demand is too high. Please contact Jerl Leutz to reserve a slot and indicate your choices and alternates.

In either case, please reserve your slot by this Sunday, September 1.

Thanks for reading and cheers to obscure hops and yeast!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

June 1st Meeting – Gayle & Louie’s House aka AngryHorse Brewing Co.

When: Saturday June 1st, 2PM – 6PM
Where: Gayle & Louie’s House, aka AngryHorse Brewing Co., 3012 Via Breve, Montebello, CA 90640

To Our Faithful Members:

This Saturday, June 1st, we’ll be holding our meeting at Gayle and Louie Michel’s home in Montebello, from 2PM to 6PM. The weather is predicted to be hot and sunny, so I encourage you to dress appropriately and drink plenty of water. Street parking of plenty is available nearby. There is also a Gold Line station at Atlantic & Pomona, approximately 1.5 miles from their house, but using it will obviously require some logistics and planning. Whichever route you choose, please plan responsibly!

European Amber Lagers will be the beer style of the month. We’ll have some commercial samples on hand, and we welcome your homebrews of this style as well as any style of homebrew to share and discuss. Please bring a copy of your recipe to assist in obtaining helpful feedback. Your own commercial samples are welcomed as well.

Louie and Gayle will be firing up the grill for your culinary pleasure, and now is the time for you to shine and help us all out by contributing to the potluck! Please, coordinate your contribution with Dave Ochoa, VP, so we can hopefully avoid the unfortunate situation of having nine ambrosia salads and no tortillas.

They will also be doing a kegging demonstration!

Things to bring to Saturday’s meeting:

Upcoming Events

Yeastside Brewers will be collaborating with Long Beach Homebrewers to do a South Bay brewery tour. Please sign up with Dave Ochoa via email or at the meeting. More information will be coming available in the upcoming weeks. July 20, 2013 is the date scheduled for this event. We’ll be ride-sharing with the services of LA Beer Hop, who will also be making an appearance this Saturday.

Upcoming Competitions in and around May

Please, check the site regularly for deadlines. As we discussed last month, the AHA phased-out the COC program and instead instituted the Radegast Club of the Year program. Our participation is still TBD and open for discussion.

YSB Logo T-Shirts and Glasses For Sale

Yeastside Brewers logo glasses are for sale, $8 each, $20 for three. Get ’em while they’re hot.

Yeastside Brewers logo t-shirts are for sale, too, $20 each. They are American Apparel, sizes M through XXXL, white shirt with Yeastside-red logo.

If you have design skills, you can help with the next round of shirts. Check in with Jerl or Jeremy.

July’s Meeting will be held at Glendale Tap in . . . GLENDALE, on July 13. Take note that this is the SECOND weekend of July. Please utilize the first weekend of July to celebrate the fortune and glory of the USA.

Thanks for reading! Happy Brewing, and we’ll see you on Saturday!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

Monster Brew Day with Ohana Brewing and Long Beach Homebrew Club

When: Saturday April 20th, 6:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. (EARLY AND ALL DAY)
Where: Ohana Brewing, 1756 E 23rd Street, Vernon, California, 90058

To all the Yeastsiders:

The Long Beach Homebrew Club is hosting a big brew day on Saturday April 20th at Ohana Brewery, and they would love to have some Yeastside Brewers at the event. They will be brewing a basic pale ale in hopes that people would experiment with the base beer and share it at SCHF.

Price: $25. The fee gives you access to 5 gallons of the wort.The price you’re paying is about the same or less than brewing a batch of beer at home. It’s a great deal.
Spots Available: There are 10 spots available as of today. There will be a waiting list for those who sign up late. Sign-up will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Where to Pay & Sign Up: Pay at Steinfillers4160 N Norse Way, Long Beach, CA 90808, (562) 425-0588. They will take down your information.
Schedule of Events: While it is not mandatory that you arrive at 6:00 A.M., we recommend that you should. You don’t necessarily need to be there for the entire brew session, BUT you need to be there at the END to pick up your wort. If you have never seen or brewed commercially, I suggest you attend from the beginning.
Parking: Street parking. I suggest you carpool and find a designated driver.
Food: Ohana will be providing breakfast. For lunch, the plan is to order two 6 foot long subs from subway and get sides from Costco. You are welcome to bring a side dish but do not have to.
Brewing Recipe: Again, they will be brewing a basic pale beer recipe which will allow you to experiment. Recipe will be 90% American Pilsner, 5% Honey Malt, 5% Wheat Malt with Magnum and Styrian Goldings hops.
Yeast: You can use the Ohana house yeast if you like. I believe the house yeast is an American strain.
Container for Taking Wort Home: NO GLASS.  Glass carboys are NOT allowed because they are too much of a safety concern if they break. Bring any container you like to take the wort home as long as it is not glass.
Comfort: BRING A CHAIR! It is a commercial brewery, not a brew pub.

Please RSVP with Steinfillers. If you have other questions, please, do not hesitate to ask me.

Cheers and Thanks for reading!

Jerl Leutz – Yeastside Brewers President 2013

Moving Beer from Keg to Keg (Oaking)

Recently a couple of us brewed up a 10 gallon batch of imperial stout.  The plan was to oak the stout after fermentation.  We brewed the 10 gal. and then split it into two 6 gallon carboys for fermentation.  Our ferment did not attenuate fully, so we ended up with 5 gal. @ 1032 and 5 gal. @ 1022 (wanted to hit 1018).  With fermentation complete we prepped the oak cubes (american medium toast) by soaking them in high proof bourbon (Baker’s Bourbon) for sanitation.  1 oz of oak cubes (w/o the bourbon) went into each corny keg and we racked  5 gal of stout into each.  After 7 days the oak flavor was where we wanted it to be – now time to transfer the beer off the oak.  Our plan was to blend the two kegs together so we would balance the two F.G.’s together.

Step One:  2 Kegs w/beer (on the left) & 2 Kegs w/o beer (on the right).

Step One: 2 Kegs w/beer (on the left) & 2 Kegs w/o beer (on the right).

Step 2:  Jumper cable with two outs (black connects).  Connect to the out of the full keg and to the out of the empty keg.  You connect to the out of the empty keg so that the beer fills from the bottom of the keg, not sprays out from the top of the gas in connect.  Also, on the empty keg, be sure to open the release valve so that the pressure is lower in the empty keg than the full keg and the beer flows.

Step 2: Jumper cable with two outs (black connects). Connect to the out of the full keg and to the out of the empty keg. You connect to the out of the empty keg so that the beer fills from the bottom of the keg, not sprays out from the top of the gas in connect. Also, on the empty keg, be sure to open the release valve so that the pressure is lower in the empty keg than the full keg and the beer flows.

Step 3:  Push beer from full keg to empty keg using CO2.  We filled each keg with 1/2 of the high gravity and half of the lower gravity beer so that they were of equal strength/taste.

Step 3: Push beer from full keg to empty keg using CO2 10psi. We filled each keg with 1/2 of the higher gravity and half of the lower gravity beer so that they were of equal strength/taste.