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Julian Melville replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion good quality BIAB grain bags?
"I started with a homemade one, it was good but not quite the right shape for my kettle and I ended up snagging it on something. I've now got one of the ones from brewinabag.com, they're really good. If you can get a few people together to…"
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Chig replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion good quality BIAB grain bags?
"DIY is the way to go here. joseph is spot on regarding material - voile can be had cheaply at local fabric stores, Briscoes, Spotlight, The Warehouse, etc for a reasonable price. From there, either go with a simple pillowcase design or you can find…"
joseph replied to Daniel Ashman's discussion good quality BIAB grain bags?
"My wife is professional sewer, the one she made for me is still going strong. I think material choice is important, bought ours from spotlight. She made a cylinder shape to match the pot shape."
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Peter Smith replied to Ian's discussion 20L Braumeister
"The BM's have a lower Eff then the Grainfather, not an issue if you use Beersmith and adjust recipes to EFF you get.   I tend to recirculate full volume with the BM50 while doing a 20pipe brew for a few reasons, mainly less bed…"
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good quality BIAB grain bags?

Started by Daniel Ashman in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Julian Melville on Wednesday. 4 Replies

Hey all,This question has been asked before but not for a few year from what I can see.Has anyone found a local source (NZ or AUS) for good quality, potentially custom made brew-in-a-bag grain…Continue

20L Braumeister

Started by Ian in General. Last reply by Peter Smith Sep 20. 3 Replies

Hi people, still hoping to connect with 20L Braumeister brewers here in NZ. I moved to this a couple of years ago from my 3 V system and it is great - but it would be excellent to compare notes with…Continue

Any hop plants / rhizomes out there?

Started by Genghis in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Genghis Sep 17. 2 Replies

Hi All,I'm in Napier and was wondering if anyone had any hop rhizomes they would like to trade for a 6 pack or two in the Hawkes Bay Region?I have an outdoor area I would like to cover with hops and…Continue

Making the jump to Pro

Started by sieve in Employment Aug 20. 0 Replies

Hi fellow brewers,I would love to do as most homebrewers dream to do and that would be to go pro. I am trying to work out if this is viable and worth while bringing up to my wife as a possible career…Continue

Wanted: leeky 2 inch tri clamp butterfly valve

Started by Cain Harland in Buying & Selling Aug 14. 0 Replies

Hi Team,I currently building a reflux / gin still. One of the ideas I'm thinking about I would use a butterfly valve. If it sealed correctly it would give me the ability to create a high pressure…Continue

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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?

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 3 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

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