Hello and Welcome Fellow Brewers, Mead and Cider Makers!!!
Welcome to the Dukes of Ale Homebrew Club, Albuquerque, New Mexico serving the local homebrewing community by sharing ideas on what and how to brew, and by holding competitions. In addition to info on this website, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NM_Brewers/join to be a part of the email list.
2017 Enchanted Brewing Challenge Entry Deadline April 14th!
If you want to see how your Brewing, Cidermaking, Meadmaking skills stack up to other talents, this is the event for you! We'll have quality judges that will give you valuable feedback on your creations, and there's lots of winner's medals and some excellent prizes as well. So check the the "Competitions" menu for more details as we get closer to the event. We'll be using the BJCP 2015 guidelines Entry registration starts March 11th. And if you just want to help us out, you can also volunteer as a steward, judge, or general volunteer help......all much appreciated!!
Excellent Set of Officers Leads the Way to a Stellar 2017 Season!
The Dukes elections provided a solid set of officers/volunteer list, no doubt! So we have: Jeff Jantz- President, Shannon Dyke and Scott Carpenter- VPs, Tim Lambert- Treasurer, Ryan Sarhan- Web Manager, Carolyn Parsey- Facebook Manager, and I'll do some of the events planning/coordination but we could use another Events Director, to lighten the load. We've created a Competition Committee w/o a Competition Director, to lessen the burden on one person. If you want to join, we'd love to have you help! Current members are Jeff Jantz, Scott Carpenter, Kevin Fleming, Shannon Dyke, Marty and Tad Ashlock, and several others not "officially" on the list. I'm being honest in saying for 2017 we have one of the strongest set of officers in the history of the club! Here's just a few events we're planning: -"From Wort to Beer, to Spirits" Club beer recipe design to distillation at Broken Trails Distillery. -Explora, "Teaching Brewing Science". -Mead & Cider Competition with Seminars (April). -Brewery Bicycle Tour. -Belgian & Trappist Ales Seminar, given by Berkeley (From Abbey Brewing), AND MUCH MORE TO COME
April 6th 6:30PM Rio Bravo Brewery: Cleaning/Sanitation Gadgets, Tips, Tricks, Demo
Yeah, I know. Not fun but if you "miss a spot", your brew is infected and lost. BUT....what if you could save an infected brew in 10 minutes, or if you could clean & sanitize 24 bottles at once with a flip of a switch? Or clean a carboy or keg AND flush both gas/beer valves simultaneously in 45 seconds? We'll demonstrate and talk about cleaning and sanitation, including some DIY gadgets,like bottle washer, carboy/keg washer, electric pump-driven racking cane/bottle sanitizer to name a few. We'll talk about cleaners & sanitizers and ways to kill bacteria in beer without killing yeast, or flavor. This is a "must-see" for both beginners and experienced brewers alike. We'll have snacks, and brew sampling (not infected I hope! :) afterwords.
See you there.
Other Upcoming Events
- Enchanted Brewing Challenge registration goes from March 11th through April 14th with judging April 21-23 We have a lot of great prizes (thanks Carolyn!), and a dinner with the awards presentation. See our website under "Upcoming Competitions", and we always need volunteers!
- Heads-up! Blues & Brews at Sandia Casino May 28th. This is great fun with bands & tons of breweries and attendees but best of all, we can have our beers/ciders/meads on tap to show the world the talents of homebrewers. Make a bigger batch than normal, then save 4-5 gallons & we'll evaluate it to see who gets to have their creation on tap. You also get admission that normally is $35. We'll have a booth to talk homebrewing too, and we'll reimburse you for the ingredients, so all good stuff here!