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Richard Cain is now a member of RealBeer.co.nz
6 hours ago
Tilt replied to Nicholas Jones's discussion Lazy Brewing
"How were your results hit and miss with the no-chill?  It took me a couple of goes to nail the bitterness adjustments but after that I reckon N/C produces the same results as conventional chill and pitch for malt focused beers."
7 hours ago
Tilt replied to Nicholas Jones's discussion Lazy Brewing
"I no chill / cube for most of my brews as a matter of course these days. The main reason is to save time, but also partly to not use all the water I used to chilling with my immersion chiller.  I usually brew a double batch (45ish litres post…"
8 hours ago
Peter Smith replied to Nicholas Jones's discussion Lazy Brewing
"I have never left a mash overnight but have mashed then sparge, take  temp to 80C for a bit to stop any more action then just covered and turned off, turning back on in the morning for the boil.   Seemed to work without noticeable…"
11 hours ago
Cain Harland replied to Nicholas Jones's discussion Lazy Brewing
"Even worse than waiting for the chill. I use a counter flow chiller so can't chill with out whirlpooling (unless I slowly transfer and chill from boiling but this leaves some of the beer hot for a long time and puts a lot of trub in the…"
13 hours ago
Trevor Courtney left a comment for Jozsef B Beverly
"Hi Jozsef Thanks for the email regarding Golding rhizomes.  You wrote: "I would be happy to do a rhizome swap if you're keen for some Goldings. They are from a former (19th century) hop farm. I grow several varieties" I have the…"
14 hours ago
Trevor Courtney and Jozsef B Beverly are now friends
14 hours ago
Chis replied to Sadu's discussion Homebrewers in Wanaka?
"Hi Sadu, I'm in Hawea but keen to get a bit of a community going. I have a 40l all grain set-up but have just moved down and not put down a brew yet. PM me and lets catch up for a beer! Simon"

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Lazy Brewing

Started by Nicholas Jones in General. Last reply by Tilt 7 hours ago. 7 Replies

We all get lazy, lately even finding the time has been a real battle, however I have used a technique last few brews to compensate for some laziness, with no adverse effects. I get pretty sick of…Continue

Homebrewers in Wanaka?

Started by Sadu in General. Last reply by Chis yesterday. 4 Replies

Hi everyone,I'm new to homebrewing but having a blast so far.I was wondering if there were any homebrewers in Wanaka interested in swapping beers, swapping yeasts, bulk-ordering ingredients to save…Continue

What are you brewing?

Started by nzbrewer in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Crusader-Rob yesterday. 8170 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

Honey off flavour

Started by Mark Weusten in General. Last reply by Peter Church yesterday. 6 Replies

I just bottled a cream ale styled beer that used san fran lager yeast. It has the same honey off flavour, almost a glucose taste that my last failed pils had. They both had a very slow ferment. The…Continue

keg valve seal - source?

Started by nofizznofoam in HomeBrewers. Last reply by nofizznofoam on Wednesday. 2 Replies

hi, does anyone know where to get this 'mushroom' o ring from.its out of the valves on a firestone keg, not the best photo but at the top the seal is still in place with just the retainer bit pulled…Continue

Interview with Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head

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Building a compact electric BIAB setup

Posted by Chig on May 9, 2016 at 10:01am 13 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…


Large Stainless steel pot

Posted by Niall Tierney on April 23, 2016 at 8:17am 0 Comments

I have a large stainless steel pot with lid 100l . I bought 3 for $150 each as I am building an electric brewery, however I have redesigned it an only require 2. I'll take $120 for it, it's still in the box.

Four of a kind – Epic Armageddon’s winning hand

Posted by nzbrewer on April 11, 2016 at 6:30am 1 Comment

The trophies keep piling up for Epic Beer’s Armageddon IPA, which has claimed its fourth major crown in less than a year after it was named best in class at the New World Beer and Cider Awards.

And to seal Epic’s position as this country’s leading producer of hop-driven beers, Epic Pale Ale also…


Keg and Fermenter Cleaner

Posted by Norrii on April 2, 2016 at 12:50pm 0 Comments

Inspired by Tony Yates here are the parts I used:

  • Large bucket from Mitre10 Mega ($8) - to house the pump and water
  • 2 x lids ($2 ea) - One with cutouts for Kegs and one with cut outs for Fermenters
  • 1 x Ozito 350w Pump from Bunnings ($80)
  • Brass reducer / bushing 1" to 1/2" ($4) - screws on to the pump outlet
  • 1/2" compression fitting - screws on to brass reducer and…

Beer Line Cleaner

Posted by Norrii on April 2, 2016 at 12:50pm 0 Comments

Inspired by Tony Yates here are the parts I used:

  • Carb Cap Ball Lock
  • Pond Pump from Bunnings ($50) - in the water feature section

The keg/Carboy/Fermenter cleaner build is here.

Here's a couple of pics for you. Works a treat.…


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