Posts tagged ‘Home-Brewing’

Next meeting: Monday 1st November

The next meeting will be held at the usual venue – The Wenlock Arms, 6 Wenlock Road, London, N1 7TA.

The talk: how to (safely) convert a cheap kettle into an element for your boiler by Mike Ellenberg – a great ‘how to’ guide to an essential bit of kit, especially if you’re looking into improving your beers by doing a full-wort boil or wanting a back-up element to complement your existing set-up.

There will also be the usual beer tasting and evaluation and question and answer session.

If you have beer for the tasting, please bring 2 pints/1 litre and let me know in advance so I can book in your beer in for a tasting slot (several still available). For the Q&A part, please send me any questions you would like answered, and I will email them to the group. We can then discuss them at the meeting.

All new members welcome – just turn up on the night.

Next Meeting: Monday 6th September

After last month’s visit to GBBF (anyone got any photos btw?) we’re back to the regular format – first Monday of the month, upstairs at the Wenlock Arms. Details in the sidebar ->

If you’re interested in getting into brewing your own beer or are an experienced home brewer fine-tuning your craft feel free to come along on the night – new members always welcome.

LAB gets a mention on the Guardian food blog

A good article on the resurgence of the UK Homebrew scene featuring The Kernel Brewery, SaintsAndSinners, Ben and Mark of LAB fame.

Check it out :

LAB run the first ever BJCP competition in Europe

At our last meeting, LAB hosted the first ever BJCP-sanctioned competition in Europe, in preparation for the first European BJCP qualification exam which will be adjudicated by LAB’s Ant Hayes in Jan 2011.

More details at

LAB at the AHA’s National Homebrew Conference

Ant Hayes
Ant Hayes, founder of LAB and winner of the South African National Homebrew Competition in 2000 and 2003 is talking at NHC tomorrow (Sat 19th June) from 9-10am on the subject of “Lesser Known and Misunderstood English Beer Styles”.

For all those who think that British = 100’s of same-y Best Bitters, go along, you’ll be in for a very enlightening and welcome surprise.

Another great Pro-Am brewing competition

Sharp's Doom Bar logo

In addition to the excellent work being done by SaintAndSinners brewery on the Thames in S. London, Sharp’s of Cornwall have also stepped up to the plate and reached out to UK home-brewers with their ‘Big Lunch Beer’ competition.

More info on this blog or on the Big Lunch website but basically the gist of it is: the successful brewer will be invited to Sharp’s to work alongside the head brewer to produce a commercial version of their winning recipe which will then be sold in stores across the country. Sounds good.