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For our first meeting of 2013 we have a guest speaker, Jules Whiteway from the London Fields Brewery, who will be talking to us about the brewery and particularly what they’re doing in terms of their new programme of classes, workshops and experience days aimed at the novice moving through to the more experienced brewers. They are particularly interested in LAB as they see the homebrew community a core part of the London brewing scene.

The meeting will be held at the Drafthouse, see side bar ->


Jules Whiteway from the London Fields Brewery will be coming along to talk to us about what they’re doing in terms of their new programme of classes, workshops and experience days at the brewery aimed at the novice moving through to the more experienced brewers.

Also, in the first of our “how to do” sessions, Dave Halse will demonstrate counter pressure bottle filling and will give some pointers as to how to build a filler for ourselves.

This month’s members’ tastings will feature Christmas and extreme beers. 

The meeting will be held at the Drafthouse, see side bar ->

This month Ken Bazley will be hosting a short talk and associated tasting of our yeast trial experiment. A number of members have brewed the same basic recipe (below) on their own systems, substituting in a yeast of choice. A mixture of dried and liquid yeasts have been used with a couple of control brews using US-05. Should be interesting!

The meeting will be held at the usual venue, details in the side bar ->

Recipe Specifications

Batch Size: 19.00 l
OG: 1.048 SG
FG: 1.012 SG
Estimated Color: 16 EBC
Estimated IBU: 31.7 IBUs
Efficiency: 70.00
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
3.50 kg Pale Malt, Maris Otter (5 EBC)  79.5 %
0.50 kg Munich Malt – 10L (20 EBC)  11.4 %
0.25 kg Crystal Malt, Pale- 30L (60 EBC) 5.7 %
0.15 kg Wheat Malt, UK (3.5 EBC) 3.4 %
15.00 g Magnum [14.00 %] – Boil 60.0 min 27.3 IBUs
25.00 g Hallertauer Mittelfrueh [5.20 %] – Boil 10.0 min 3.4 IBUs
25.00 g Hallertauer Mittelfrueh [5.20 %] – Aroma 0.0 IBUs

David Hobson will be discussing LAB’s web presence and Geoff Cooper will be leading us through a sensory analysis session where we will be identifying flavours and flavour faults.

Members who won medals at the recent National Homebrew Competition will be bringing along their beers for us to taste.

The meeting will be held at the Drafthouse, see side bar ->

The CBA National Homebrewers Competition took place in Bristol on Saturday 15th September 2012. Twenty of our members entered a few beers and some entered several more than that. Bryan even entered the same beer into 4 different categories!

A number of members also went down to judge – Paul Spearman, Paul Henderson, Simon Ashdown, Ben Fields, Mike Carter and Peter Hughes. By all accounts it was quite tough going, as it would be with 461 to get through. In fact due to the monumental volume of beers the judging finished about 4 hours later than planned so the ‘social’ event never took place. Those of us waiting around availed ourselves of whatever beer was rejected from the judging room which sadly was not the good stuff as that was being kept for ‘best of show’.

As it turned out LAB had a very successful competition, both individually and as a group. Our members picked up 11 individual medals, plus one for 3rd overall. We also won Club of the Year for points accumulated in competition over the course of the year. Who would bet against us doing it again next year!

Roll of Honour

Club of the Year

London Amateur Brewers

Overall Winners

3rd – Dave Halse – Mystrawraspb – Fruit Beer (20A)

Gold Medals

Dave Halse – Mystrawraspb – Fruit Beer (20A)

Matt Barker – Disconnecty Belgian IPA – Belgian Specialty Ale(16E)

Ken Bazley – Coconut Porter – Spice Herb and Vegetable (19)

Silver Medals

Dave Halse – Mybarleywine – English Barleywine (19B)

Matt Barker – Prodigal American Pale Ale (10A)

Mark Charlwood – Summer Pale – New Zealand Pale Ale (30A)

Bronze Medals

Bryan Spooner – Sadako Imperial Stout (13F)

Richard Pearce – Strong Bitter (8C)

Tom Greasley – The Red Scare –  American Amber Ale (10B)

Dave Halse – Mysmokedporter – Smoked Other beers (22B)

Ken Bazley – Altbier – North German Alt (7A)

Special thanks to Ali Kocho-Williams for organising and running the event.


Dave Halse and Ken Bazley celebrate their medals with a few pints of Kernel/LAB Pale Ale @ The Draft House, Tower Bridge.

Tonight the London Amateur Brewers and Kernel will be launching their collaboration brew at the Draft House, Tower  Bridge. The beer was designed by members of the London Amateur Brewers and is a Slovenian hopped Pale Ale named ABC. It uses Aurora, Bobek and Celia hops. The event is open to the public so please come along from 6pm.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dust off your mash tun, shake the spiders out of your fermenter, buy some fresh ingredients and get brewing because the London and South East Craft Brewing Competition and Festival date has been set for 2012.

As always this will be a friendly competition followed by a festival session in the afternoon and entry is open to all abilities, so if you brewed it then enter it. You can enter kit beers, extract beers, or all grain beers.  It’s up to you.

Don’t worry if you’ve just started brewing or if you think your brew is “average”. We can all be too self-critical about our beers. You will be able to compare your beer side-by-side with others and will receive judge’s feedback to help you improve your brewing.  There will be plenty of people willing to discuss beer and brewing with.

When: Sunday 11th November 2012

This year, due to venue availability, we will setup on Saturday evening and run the judging and festival on the Sunday.

Where: Old Rutlishians Association – The Clubhouse, Poplar Road, Merton Park, London SW19 3JS

Registration is now open. Please read the entry requirements and closing date information carefully. Registration and entry closes several days before the event to help us with the administration.

Good luck and I will look forward to seeing you there.

Paul Henderson – Organiser

Congratulations to Dave Halse who’s beer will go forward to round 3 of the CBA Club Only Competition. It was the toughest LAB selection yet with 14 entries. After two rounds Bristol Craft Brewers and London Amateur Brewers are neck and neck in 2nd place with the Shed Brewers in first, so it is all to play for.

Standings (after 2 rounds):

Shed Brewers – 16 pts
Bristol Craft Brewers – 12 pts
London Amateur Brewers – 12 pts
Bristol Brewing Circle – 8 pts

Club of the Year Trophy: All category placings will accrue points towards the club trophy (1st=6; 2nd=4; 3rd=2; HM=1). Points will also be accrued from the CBA Club-Only Competitions in 2012 (1st=12; 2nd=8; 3rd=4). The club with the highest number of points will retain the trophy for 1 year. Entrants with multiple clubs list will be allowed to count in more than one club.

This month Phill will be talking about Single cell yeast culturing and we will be selecting our IPA entry for the CBA Club Competition. For meeting details see the side bar ->