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Wooden Barrels

Started by Peter Smith in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Graeme 2 hours ago. 1 Reply

Who has aged beer in wooden barrels, oak or otherwise?How do you first clean them out and what about cleaning interbrew?I have come across a few small 20L oak barrels that where made many years ago…Continue

Cold Sparge

Started by Peter Smith in General. Last reply by Peter Smith 11 hours ago. 6 Replies

Pretty radical idea..... anyone here tried cold spargingContinue

Rental / Borrow Beer Crates

Started by Alex McClelland in Buying & Selling. Last reply by Mark Weusten 15 hours ago. 1 Reply

Hi all, bit of an odd question. My fiancee needs approximately 9 beer crates to assemble together for a display at Mystery Creek 25-30th Jan. Would anyone in the Auckland/Hamilton area have some…Continue

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Toffee malt in Blonde

Started by Genghis in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Genghis yesterday. 7 Replies

Hey All,New member here. BIAB brewing for about 18 months now. Recently returned to NZ after 9 years in Oz.Keen to try a few Kiwi ingredients. Gladfields Malts and Kohatu hops in particular for my…Continue

Kapiti Coast brewers - need your feedback

Started by Dave in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Dave on Saturday. 7 Replies

Hi guys,I know we have a reasonable collection of brewers from around the Kapiti Coast / Horowhenua area.  I'm sure there are others like me that have noticed that our LHBS tends to be geared more…Continue

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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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