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jt replied to MrC's discussion Mangrove Jacks M44 - Brown yeast?
"I haven't used Notts for a long time, but my memory thinks M42 is kinder on the hops. I'd give Notts some consideration for next weekends little porter, but I already have an M42 in the fridge ... one day maybe"
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"Its hard to go past notty...     love that yeast.  The only caveat is that the atten is HIGH.  I made a 100% golden promise / Target bitter , damn golden promise is grainy to start with, add in the lack of residual sweetness…"
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"M42 has become one of my 'go to' yeasts for ales, short lag, vigorous ferment and drops like a stone when done. Reminds me of Nottingham actually.   Seems to bottle carbonate at cooler temps too.   M54 is currently…"
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Mangrove Jacks M44 - Brown yeast?

Started by MrC in HomeBrewers. Last reply by jt Jun 9. 12 Replies

Used  M44 for the first time yesterday and started regretting it shortly after opening the pack.The yeast granules were brown and after re-hydration the foaming yest was also brown.  Sort of a milk…Continue

What are you brewing?

Started by nzbrewer in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Rhyno Apr 2. 8266 Replies

Since this is the most popular thread on the RealBeer.co.nz forum I thought I would start it here just to see what happens

Tags: homebrew, ale, brewing, beer

Farra 50l 3 tier system

Started by GFbeerGuy in Buying & Selling Feb 23. 0 Replies

HI Everyone,Sadly have to sell my brewing setup, i do plan to buy another exact system when i get around to it.It was 2 years old when i brought it and i have had it for another year. Beautifully…Continue

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fresh hop brew

Started by Grant Abbott in HomeBrewers Feb 4. 0 Replies

I am growing  my own hops in the Waikato. The varieties I'm growing are Cascade, Fuggle and Tangarine Dream. All plants are from Wild about hops NZ. I am going to brew a red IPA when the hops are…Continue

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Buying Pumps

Started by joseph in General. Last reply by aldee Jan 27. 1 Reply

Thoughts on buying pumps? Buy a cheap one from aliexpress or a name brand. Whats a good flow rate for 50L recirculating wort?This one i found on aliexpress, there are bigger ones but they get more…Continue

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Electric Control Panel

Posted by milti stefadouros on May 24, 2019 at 2:18pm 0 Comments

Hello fellow brewers,

Thought it a good idea to put it out to the wider brewing community, is there a production made off the shelf electric control panel [nz or aus made] available on the NZ market? I've done some searching and it doesn't look good, ie there is nothing out there. 

following this line of questioning, if one was available though what would be a fair price to pay for it?

My system is as follows:

3 vessel [HLT, Mash Tun [infusion mash -…


Can I make a hop essence

Posted by Paul Ware on December 16, 2018 at 12:14pm 0 Comments

Hi, I am a hop fiend and have just made a couple of beer using hops in a muslim sock for dry hopping and the result was unimpressionable. Question is can I make an essence i.e. hops into cool water to extract the aroma and flavour (not bitterness) and add the essence to the keg? If so what temperature I can use cooled boiled water and of course test it in the beer first so I don't ruin the keg? Anyone done this? 

Why not 30L

Posted by Greg Hillman on November 25, 2018 at 10:58am 1 Comment

Hi Everyone. 

New to this site, Been a kit brewer for some years now. 

Question: Can you brew to the full 30litres in the plastic fermenters with making adjustments by adding hops and/or malt to keep taste.


Brewers Circle

Posted by Chris Carter on April 27, 2018 at 12:08am 3 Comments


I'm looking to form a small dedicated group of Auckland Based All Grain Brewers whose primary purpose:

  • is to share and develop develop our knowledge of brewing through shared practice.

I was part of such a group back in the UK many moons ago and not only was it fun but we ended up scooping most of the prizes in the county shows - so the knowledge sharing must have worked but more importantly - we had great beer to…


NZ limits to annual home brew production?

Posted by BeerBill on August 20, 2017 at 11:30pm 5 Comments

I am wondering if there is a legal annual limit for home brewed beer production in NZ. USA is often about 200 gallons per year. That's about 30 to 40 brews at 19 to 23 litres. Are we limitless or limited in NZ and where is the law to be found?


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