Club Meeting: January

In anticipation of Aprils’s AHA Club-Only Bock competition, we’ll be brewing, talking about, and sampling all things bock. (Maibock/Helles Bock, Traditional Bock, Doppelbock, and Eisbock). Brewing will start around 10:00 for those who are interested  in watching/helping. We’ll be brewing an (all-grain) Maibock.

Also on the agenda will be:

Organization for 2011

  • Mission Statement/Bylaws
  • Organization/officers
  • Meeting Schedule
  • Dues ($20)
  • Competition Schedule

Sunday January 02, 2011
Meeting at 12:00
Brewday starts at 10:00am; see below

Lee & Andrew’s, mail lee at for the address

Any homebrew,  commercial example of the bock style, or any homebrew. Snacks.

EBS Press!

Thanks again to Jeff Koehler for the great flaws/off-flavors tasting!
Check us out on the Examiner.

Acetaldehyde, Diacetyl, DMS, Isovaleric, Geraniol, Butyric (my favorite) and a few others down, about 16 more to go! Session 2 coming soon; check back for details or subscribe to our mailing list.

Defects & Off-Flavors; Session 1

A huge thanks to Jeff Koehler for leading us through a great beer flaws & off-flavors tasting session. We had a huge turnout, and [intentionally] crappy beer was enjoyed by all! Stay tuned for the date of Session 2, likely sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Many thanks to our friends at Eagle Rock Brewery as well for letting us commandeer their tap room.

Off-Flavors Session Full!?

Great response to the invite for the off-flavors session. 20 of 20 seats have been spoken for, but if you have not yet attended and really want to come let me know (mail lee at; most likely someone signed up will be unable to attend, or we can stretch our samples a little further. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Club Meeting- Beer Troubleshooting and Off-Flavors

You’ve likely heard terms such as diacetyl, acetaldehyde, DMS, and so forth in the context of beer flaws and off-flavors, but what do they really taste like? Join is Saturday, November 13 for the first in a series of sensory analysis sessions to find out.

We’ll conduct a tasting of ‘doctored’ beers, each highlighting a specific flaw.  Prepare to savor such flavors as cardboard, green apple, creamed corn, and if you’re lucky maybe even a little baby diaper! This is a great opportunity, particularly for newer brewers, to learn to identify beer flaws and troubleshoot their process. If you have any beers that didn’t turn out as you’d planned, bring them along! (Feel free to bring good beer as well).

We have room for 20 people, so please RSVP to me so I can keep track. To cover the cost of the off-flavors kit and beers we’ll take up a collection of $5 per head.

We’ll be meeting at 2:30 PM at Eagle Rock Brewery, and will stick around for a pint or two after the meeting once Eagle Rock’s tasting room opens (4:00).


RSVP to lee at
Saturday, November 13
2:30 PM
Eagle Rock Brewery
3056 Roswell Street, Los Angeles, CA

Oat Malt XPA

After a long work-imposed hiatus an oat malt XPA is headed into into the fermentors. It looks something like this:

UK Oat Malt 7.836 kg 71.0 % 3.1 In Mash/Steeped
US 2-Row Malt 2.207 kg 20.0 % 0.8 In Mash/Steeped
UK Toasted Oats 0.552 kg 5.0 % 0.3 In Mash/Steeped
UK Dark Crystal 0.331 kg 3.0 % 5.0 In Mash/Steeped
US Caramel 40L 0.110 kg 1.0 % 0.9 In Mash/Steeped

With a tiny 60 minute addition of Simcoe and lots of late Amarillo, Citra, and Simcoe, plus more Citra and Simcoe in the hop back.

ESB Brings Home More Bling!

L.A. County Fair results are in!

Ben Guzman and Scott Goodell Dort with Jasmine 3rd Place

Jeff Koehler American Brown Ale 2nd Place
Jeff Koehler
Baltic Porter 1st Place
Jeff Koehler Roggenbier  2nd Place
Jeff Koehler Flanders-Style Red Ale 2nd Place

Josh Jensen American Pale Ale 3rd Place
Josh Jensen Bavarian-Style Hefeweizen 3rd Place

Lee Bakofsky and Andrew Bakofsky Saison (Spring/Summer) 2nd Place
Lee Bakofsky and Andrew Bakofsky Strong Bitter and Extra Special Bitter (ESB) 2nd Place

Congrats Everyone!