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Guy Gibson replied to Scott H's discussion Electric Brewery's
"A few changes underway for mine, a new element is on its way from oz , a SS 2.4KW which will be a decent upgrade from the current 2KW.  While the elements being swapped the Boil kettle will get some additional beating into submission and make a…"
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Scott H replied to Paul Cannell's discussion Starting allgrain
"Can't say I've had any issues with the 50L versions on a 3 ring burner."
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oliver replied to oliver's discussion Oli's NZ Red (Drink Fresh) in the group Christchurch case swap #3
"Oops forgot about scanning these, overall score was about 22. Cheers for all the feedback too everyone :)"
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Paul Cannell replied to Paul Cannell's discussion Starting allgrain
"I'm going to use a friends wort chiller but I'm in the market for a cheep one."
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Paul Cannell replied to Paul Cannell's discussion Starting allgrain
"I got a 60l pot! It came today but I'm a bit concerned that my gas hob will burn right through it. It's fairly thin. Thoughts?"
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Peter Smith replied to Mark Weusten's discussion Crushed grains free to a good home
"once you realize how easy it is you never go back.... "
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Tilt replied to Mark Weusten's discussion Crushed grains free to a good home
"Nice one Peter. You're a gentleman. I hate to see an opportunity for a bloke to get bitten by the AG bug to go to waste."
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Electric Brewery's

Started by Scott H in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Guy Gibson 40 minutes ago. 28 Replies

We spoke about creating a discussion so people who have or people who are thinking about and/or building can share pic's info and pitfalls to avoid.Just about finished building my bench and hopefully…Continue

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Starting allgrain

Started by Paul Cannell in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Scott H 49 minutes ago. 27 Replies

Hi guys.Looking to get into allgrain brewing because I've come to the conclusion that the extract brews all taste the same. I've got a 40L chilly bin that I'm going to make a manifold for today.…Continue

Crushed grains free to a good home

Started by Mark Weusten in General. Last reply by Peter Smith 2 hours ago. 6 Replies

Being a newbie I mistakenly bought an iStout all grain kit from craftbrewing. I have used everything apart from the light grain which were crushed 1 month ago and I am told should be used fairly…Continue

Good Beer, Good Food at the Good Beer Week

Started by vince costanzo in Beer Events 6 hours ago. 0 Replies

Great Beers and Great FoodThe Good Beer Week in…Continue

Bad yeast?

Started by Mark Weusten in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Mark Weusten 7 hours ago. 4 Replies

I did a brewkit recipe and 3 days later no bubbling at the airlock. Took lid off this morning and there was some hop scum on the top but not really krausen. Bad yeast? I didnt check the date...Recipe…Continue

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Kauri Road Brewery 2.4

Posted by Barry on April 7, 2014 at 8:00pm 10 Comments


Got enough bits arrive to tempt me into beginning to mark up my control panel. I did enough of that this evening to ensure I don't do a single bit of cutting until I have absolutely every piece of the puzzle.

My control box is just so tight that I had to adjust things like the position of the far right timer because it might hit the side of the box as the door swings shut. And the excessively large machanical relays within have to be placed very carefully…


Kauri Road Brewery 2.3.2

Posted by Barry on March 30, 2014 at 8:16pm 11 Comments

Dip tubes/inlets done, thanks to the kind lend of a pipe bender by Peter Smith – cheers!

Made short work of some bloody hard stainless, and good learning – last one is the best one.

kettle inlet/whirlpool:

HLT inlet:…


Kauri Road Brewery 2.3.1

Posted by Barry on March 19, 2014 at 8:14am 2 Comments

Additional photos fwiw

Kettle interior

Mash tun interior…


Intro Posting

Posted by John Mildenhall on March 18, 2014 at 5:57pm 0 Comments

Hi Barry.

Sorry for the lack of contact - I have just resurfaced after being belted by an unexpected medical curve ball. 

Thanks for info about where to go for parts I will be chasing them up in the next couple of days.

As soon as I learn how I will post photos of some 'before and after' shots of the stripped and polished metal components from the Engine - really impressive result.


John M


Kauri Road Brewery 2.3

Posted by Barry on March 16, 2014 at 8:25pm 16 Comments

Significant progress this weekend, cyclone Lusi gifting me a fair amount of indoors time.

Got all my vessels completed, all that's left to get going is the electrickery (so still quite a bit then).

I had mixed experiences with some of the fittings, all four taps through the pots seemed to go together quite differently despite each pair of them being made up of identical parts inside and out.

But they all passed an initial leak test, not with vessels full but with me…


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After Hallertau Brewery, we headed to Otahuhu in South Auckland to check out Steam Brewing Company. Steam brew the beer for the Cock and Bull pubs that can be found in the Auckland suburbs of Lynfield, Ellerslie, Botany Downs, Newmarket and at the airport as well as Hamilton and also contract brew for a few NZ microbreweries, including Epic.

We caught up with Master Brewer, Shane Morley and had a look around the brewery. I'll put in a bit of a disclaimer here and say that we didn't really need to see much of the brewery as both Luke and myself have spent a bit of time in it! Luke was previously head brewer of the Cock and Bull brewery when it was in East Tamaki and went on to become General Manager of Steam before starting Epic, so we there is definitely a close relationship!

We sat down and chatted to Shane about the beers, brewing and the brewery. Shane is one of the few Diploma Master Brewers in New Zealand and possibly the only one in Kiwi craft brewing, so he definitely knows his stuff! With a large trophy cabinet as the backdrop to our interview, we chatted about the ridiculous amount of medals that Steam have won over the years in brewing awards. Testament to the skill and precision that Shane and his team bring, with Monk's Habit (an American Double Red style ale) one of the most awarded beers in NZ history!

But it's not just big, bold, hoppy brews that Steam contribute to our fantastic brewing landscape. The Cock and Bull pubs stock Buxom Blonde, an American Wheat Ale, Dirty Blonde, a seasonal Witbier, Fuggles, a hopalicious English Bitter served on handpull, Classic Draught, a lightly hopped Pale Ale, Blue Goose, a Pilsner-style Lager, Dark Star, a solid porter-like dark ale and a number of Brewer's Choice seasonals that see the crew flexing their brewing muscles.

Nigel Shaw heads up the brewery and with only 5 full time staff, they definitely punch above their weight. The team are all on their way to completing Institute of Brewing and Distilling qualifications, no mean feat when working full time and with around 900 hL of fermenter capacity, they can definitely brew a lot of beer! The brewhouse is a four vessel system, with a jacketed mash tun, lauter tun, kettle and whirlpool, giving good flexibility for the various brewing practices and beer styles that Shane and other contract brewers may need to utilise. The brewery is set up for hop pellets, though they have used flowers in the past. Don't know who gets the fun job of cleaning out the vessels when this is the case, but I'm glad it's not me! A 10 000 litre brewhouse would mean a lot of hop cones for an Epic brew.

We head to the vessels to try a few of Shane's creations. We have a sip of the Blue Goose, only a few days into conditioning, but clean, crisp and citrusy with the lightest hint of sulphur, something that is associated with the yeast and will condition out, leaving a great session brew. We moved on to Monk's Habit next, a bold, hoppy nose, rich, fruity alcohol and toffee and warmth in the mouth. To clean the palate, we then tasted Buxom Blonde, another clean offering with the faintest hints of estery banana. Another to try after an extended conditioning period and something to sup on my next Cock and Bull visit!

Shane also had an experimental version of Monk's Habit on the go, fermenting it with a Belgian Ale yeast strain. We had a taste and were impressed by the combination of big clove-like ester, rich toffee from the malt, resinous hops and rich mouthfeel. It's always great to see brewer's experimenting and I seriously hope these guys do a lot more of it!

The day over, we realised that there wasn't really much time to film the Epic section of Craft Beer TV... maybe next week...


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