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cjmc replied to Mark Weusten's discussion Fermentasurus
"Why the clean fermentation under pressure?   I've heard, only in relation to Saison yeast, that under pressure slows/stops fermentation.   (Just ordered one but has yet to arrive..) "
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Chig replied to bazza's discussion Large fermenters
"Exactly. I use a 30L stock pot as my FV and the lack of a seal is not an issue. If you can raise the FVs slightly, you can avoid the need to use CO2 pressure to push the beer from the FV to your kegs. Alternatively, if you're dead set on…"
12 hours ago
Crusader-Rob replied to Crusader-Rob's discussion NEIPA's
"i went 20% oats on my first one. came out great (it was only APA size)"
David R replied to Crusader-Rob's discussion NEIPA's
"I preferred 1318 to WLP008, though both turned out good. I used 80% Gladields pale, 10% wheat and 10% flaked oats. I did FWH with Sauvin then big whirlpool with equal parts of Sauvin, Simcoe, Amarillo and Citra, same again for the dry hops, 10g/L…"
James Guilford replied to Crusader-Rob's discussion NEIPA's
"Thanks. Im going to run with S-04 on this one. Its a good yeast, I have found its very fast and to manage diacetyl I've  need to respond faster with temperature. This doesn't run well with my rather lazy brewing style."
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Crusader-Rob replied to Crusader-Rob's discussion NEIPA's
"forthe ones I've done, I've exclusively used WY1318, its worked out really well too. now we can get Vermont ale in Chch, I'm keen to give it a nother crack at some point. I've been told S-04 is a good dry alternative and…"

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Started by Mark Weusten in HomeBrewers. Last reply by cjmc 3 hours ago. 1 Reply

Anyone using a Fermentasaurus under pressure? Supposedly you can ferment ales at 23c cleanly due to the pressure, maybe someone can comment. Also I am also wondering what pressure to set my…Continue

Large fermenters

Started by bazza in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Chig 12 hours ago. 10 Replies

does anyone have any recommendations for larger 100 - 200 ltr fermenters. I've looked at the plastic conical induction tanks available in the states…Continue


Started by Crusader-Rob in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Crusader-Rob on Sunday. 6 Replies

East Cost IPa/NEIPA whateveryou want to call it.Who's done one and what was your recipe/process?I've done a couple and they've come out nicely, I'm just interested to see peoples recipes, hops malts…Continue

Any Eastside Brewers out there?

Started by Dunc in HomeBrewers May 16. 0 Replies

Any homebrewers out east (Howick/Pakuranga/Botany/Beachlands/Whitford etc) keen on a regular catch-up, brew share, discussion, friendly competition. Perhaps a monthly/two-monthly get…Continue

5 litre brewing

Started by Treekilla in General. Last reply by Peter Smith May 16. 1 Reply

Hi anyone have any ipa , apa 5 litre recipes thanks

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First All Grain Brew successfull

Posted by Ricky White on January 10, 2017 at 3:00pm 6 Comments

I'm fairly new to the hobby with about 7 extract kit brews and through the second lot of them I spent my spare time collecting parts for and building an eHERMS system out of 50l pots.

I finally finished and did preliminary tests on the eHERMS before xmas and this brew was just after xmas.

Today I cracked open one of the PET bottles of my first batch of all grain beer since it was firm although it had only been in the bottles about 2 days after putting it in the fridge…


Roosters Brewery is for sale after 22 years

Posted by Chris Harrison on November 15, 2016 at 2:52pm 4 Comments

Chris Harrison 

also known as me has agreed to the wife's request to sell the brewery after 22 years of loyal service.

Currently we are more involved in The Beach House wines side of the business. With lots of Trophies being gained for our Beach house Wines.

The brewery has achieved the primary goal which was pay for everything. Vineyards, 200 Tonne winery and kids private school education.

So now time is more important than money and its time to sell the brewery…


Us cascade vs nz cascade

Posted by Kroydon on October 16, 2016 at 5:22pm 2 Comments

So I have gotten a hold of a "us cascade" hop plant which is doing great. Question is what separates the nz and us strains. Is it the plant it's self or is it the country/climate it grows in. Google hasn't helped me on this one. I'm not phased just wondering what to expect

Blakes Electric brewery build

Posted by Blake Jones on August 5, 2016 at 1:00pm 8 Comments

Hey there chaps, im in the throws of building a single teir 3 vessel + HEX brew rig, i have been reading through many of the electric builds on here and figured id bang up my own blog for when i inevitable have questions for some of you clever blokes.

Anyway, i have been collecting the vessels and a few other things for some time now, just slowly getting bits as i find them / can afford it. So this is how my plan i drew on sketchup to suss things out in my head, i have condensded it…


Building a compact electric BIAB setup

Posted by Chig on May 9, 2016 at 10:01am 17 Comments

Gidday folks!

I thought I'd share the experience I've had in building my current brewery: a compact 2.4kW recirculating BIAB rig.


I moved to NZ from the UK around 5 years ago with my wife and daughter, as you'd expect we had lots of "stuff" so space is at a premium. Also, with a young family (two daughters: 5 and 3) my brewdays need to fit around the family schedule. I've been brewing for around 3…


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