We are a group of enthusiastic and sociable home beer makers. Our aim is to share our beers, knowledge and experiences and we welcome new home brewers, whether experienced or novice. If you are starting out on brewing your own beer, we can advise you on equipment and help you with your first brew(s).
We meet monthly at a venue in Luton. Our format is to have a nominated style of beer for each month, sometimes with a standard recipe. The dates are flexible and agreed on a month to month basis to fit in with holidays and other commitments so that we can maximise attendance. Most of us compete regularly at shows, both local club and Federation shows and at major events such as the Wales and West and the National.
We went one better at the National this year winning 34 awards up from last year’s 33. This again included four first places, two won by Peter L, with one each for Chris and Martin. Our Federation entry came 2nd in the 3 bottle class and Ware were 3rd and Luton 5th in the club 3 bottle class.
At the Wales and West this year Luton won the club with most points in beer for the eleventh year in a row, but Ware were only one point behind them. The Master Brewer title stayed in Ware however, with Kevin taking over from Peter R. Kevin and Peter L won two first places each and between us we won at total of 30 awards across the thirteen beer classes. Our porter recipe for this year was obviously good as we took five places in the class (2nd-6th).
Our 2015 brewery visit was to the Red Squirrel Brewery in Potten End. Eleven of us attended one of their Saturday afternoon tour and tasting sessions. We were helped by their imaginative driver package which enables you to have small samples and then take back a litre of your favourite beer for home consumption. This successful and expanding brewery had strong synergies with our own homebrewing activities. They aim to produce a wide range of beers in modest size batches and are keen to experiment and innovate. We are currently researching this year’s trip.
If you are interested in joining us, you are very welcome to come along to one of our meetings. You don’t need to bring a bottle, just some glasses! As space is a bit limited at our current venue and we meet at one of our member’s homes, please drop us an email in order to find out when and where we meet. Meetings are normally held on a midweek evening starting at 8.00 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you.
Email to: Peter Robinson at BedsandHertsHomeBeermakers
Date last updated 21 May 2016
THE COST OF A PINT
I am often asked how much it costs to brew your own beer and frankly we don’t tend to think about it. I am indebted therefore to Quentin who is shall we say careful with money, for putting together a comprehensive cost analysis for our September 2015 recipe for Chelmsford bitter.