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Moon Dog Brewery are almost certainly the most adventurous commercial brewery in Australia, if not Australasia. They routinely combine styles or invent whole new ones in ways that most breweries do n…0 Comments 0 Likes
Nøgne Ø from Norway, Mikkeller from Denmark and de Molen from the Netherlands represent the new wave of European brewing - borrowing the attitude and adventurousness of "new world" brewing and using…4 Comments 0 Likes
Hows your brew coming along? With great prizes sponsored by Malteurop and Simply Brewing and loads of Kudos up for grabs the Marton Home Brew Competition is a must for your diary. The Marton Home Br…0 Comments 0 Likes
I have a brand new 10 gallon Rubbermaid cooler to sell. Never been used and hasn't been modified. Would prefer it to go to Dunedin (probably not likely) so I don't have to post but if someone is…Continue
I've been looking for the 10 gallon RubberMaid round orange coolers for a while now. No luck in Wellington. Has anyone seen one recently?I have seen a 20L version for $70 in FCO but this will only do…Continue
Tiny bit more progress tonight saw my making holes in my stainless pots for the electric elements.
Massive thanks to Guy Gibson for the lend of the chassis punch, legend.
I'm doing these following theelectricbrewery.com's instructions to the letter – 2 gang metal junction box, faceplates either side, 32mm hole through a faceplate on the back, element, oring, washer on the outside, lock nut on the inside. Unsurprisingly looks like it'll be perfect.
The hold up has…Continue
Just before Xmas I became the proud owner of a 1945 Gaskell & Chambers Dalex Beer Engine. This Beer Engine has been in storage for the past 30 years. It's in original condition - and from what I can tell - is also in sound working order - except for a missing drip tray and 1 ceramic tap head washer.
I have certainly appreciated finding the information on this forum about other Beer Engine restoration projects - and in particular - where to go to…Continue
A quick update,
I spent our national day doing brew stuff – getting fridges and fermenter in place at my other 100l brewery, and attempting to finish the new brewstand at home.
The 100l brewery has had her cherry popped, we brewed on Tuesday night and beer is in our sexy new 120l fermenter which as of today sits in a huge glass front Skope fridge.
But moving on to the Kauri Road Brewery, after 2 weeks of relentless busyness (honestly I've never had so…Continue
This is a new beginning for me.
I've heard so many disheartening stories lately about people selling their brewing equipment, indeed when I look around realbeer now there's a distinct lack of the old guard, the legends who contributed so much knowledge to the fledgling all-grain brewing scene in NZ. In actual fact more than a few of those legends are now the legends who make up the very best of the best on the shelf at your favourite craft beer outlet and dominate the awards…Continue
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...