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Matt Lory replied to Scott H's discussion Electric Brewery's
"Guys, photos of the HLT incl HERMS and brew controller below: 65L thick stainless HLT, 69.5L to the brim.  Inlet port at top for recirculating hot water during mash to ensure HLT is at a constant temp. Central valved ports for HERMS…"
2 hours ago
Ian Benson joined JoKing's group

Western Brewers Conference

Two-monthly, the Western Brewers Conference holds a brewing competition. The rules are simple: $10 to enter - winner takes all. At the end of the competition, the brewer who places third chooses the next style to brew. Every other style will be a clone - just to keep it funSee More
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Peter Smith replied to Martin Bridges's discussion Refilling converted fire extinguisher CO2 bottles?
"It needs to be hydro tested if out of test date, if it passes it should be safe,   if it has rust spots etc they wont even visually pass it..."
Matthew Vincent replied to Martin Bridges's discussion Refilling converted fire extinguisher CO2 bottles?
"Ditto to TBone (while we're on the topic) - What's the dangers with using a CO2 bottle that you don't know what's been it? Looking at buying a 2nd hand bottle but don't know it's history ..."
vdog replied to Martin Bridges's discussion Refilling converted fire extinguisher CO2 bottles?
"That link is the place that used to be in Grey Lynn - they were bought by Survitec last year. Still good guys, and easy to deal with, plus they do eftpos which Pressure Check didn't. There's also a place just at the end of Neilson St in…"
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Auckland Brewers Curry Night

A monthly night out trying different Auckland curry shops and talking brewing.  Perhaps with an ale before at a local crafty bar.I propose that the night be first Thursday of each month except January where we will skip a month.  If you can indicate you want to attend I can get some idea of numbers,  First one will be held in Sandringham as is pretty central and has an abundance of curry shops.See More
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TBone replied to Martin Bridges's discussion Refilling converted fire extinguisher CO2 bottles?
"While we are on the topic... anybody got a source to get a cellar gas mix so I can carb some beers on nitro?"

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Both Three Wolves and Green Beret are well worth checking out...

Both Three Wolves and Green Beret are well worth checking out and, with a recommended price of $15 for a six pack – and less on special – represent excellent value for money. Finally it’s also worth pointing out that at 40 and 47 BUs (units of bitterness) respectively – that’s more than double the bitterness of Steinlager Classic – these new beers represent something of a landmark for Lion. I recall just a decade ago Colin Paige, Mac’s head brewer at the time, failing to convince his Lion bosses to allow him to produce a beer that exceeded 30 BUs.

Ultimately we, the craft beer people, should accept the blame...

Ultimately we, the craft beer people, should accept the blame for her demise. It has been proven that many of us are fickle, polygamous creatures not wed to particular craft beer brands. While nothing is inherently wrong with this sentiment, next time you visit your local beer store simply consider the implications of your choices. Then imagine a world without Dogfish 60 Minute, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, North Coast Old Rasputin or any of the classic craft beers that are truly exceptional. Are these beers still relevant? I think so. I also think it’s important to show respect to these icons by occasionally picking up a six-pack or bomber, and sharing it with friends. Not only will you get to enjoy an amazing, classic beer, you might also be saving a life.

More than 3200 people turned out for the eighth instalment of...

More than 3200 people turned out for the eighth instalment of the festival at Founders Heritage Park on Saturday to enjoy the sunshine, music, local food and, of course, beer. “That’s a new record. Best attendance ever,” organiser Eelco Boswijk said. More than 4000 litres of beer and 900 litres of cider was consumed between noon and 9.30pm, but Boswijk said the crowd was “calm and well-behaved”.

"It’s funny; I know people who would go thirsty rather...

"It’s funny; I know people who would go thirsty rather than drink from a polycarbonate bottle because of the danger of Bisphenol A or BPA, which has been variously blamed for contributing to heart disease, obesity, reduced penis size, even making girls mean and making you stupid and depressed. It is a synthetic hormone that’s now banned in baby bottles and run off the market in the water bottle world. Yet that polymer lining in every beer can is made with BPA."

"The region has more craft breweries per head of population than...

"The region has more craft breweries per head of population than anywhere else in the country," Dover says. The event now sells 3000 glasses and when they are done they turn people away. Each year more brewers turn out to create specially crafted beers that are first available for the event. Sometimes they make it onto the brewer’s staple menu. About 16 brewers will debut new beers - 8Wired, Dale’s, Dead Good Beer, Founders, Golden Bear, Hop Federation, Lighthouse, McCashins, Moa, Mussel Inn, Renaissance, Sprig and Fern, Totara, Townshends and more will all feature.


Electric Brewery's

Started by Scott H in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Matt Lory 2 hours ago. 465 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

Tags: DIY, Brewery, The, Electric

Refilling converted fire extinguisher CO2 bottles?

Started by Martin Bridges in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Peter Smith yesterday. 6 Replies

Hi folks,Where are Aucklanders getting their CO2 bottles refilled these days? I discovered last night that I had a leak somewhere and my CO2 bottle was empty. I normally get it refilled at Pressure…Continue

50L Stainless keg for sale - $80

Started by Peter Smith in Buying & Selling. Last reply by Peter Smith on Wednesday. 3 Replies

pm me , selling to fund a beer gun purchase...Continue


Started by David R in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Crusader-Rob on Wednesday. 39 Replies

Brewed this on 17-Dec, pitched rehydrated US-05 at 17C and kept it there for a couple of days before raising it to ~20C, yeast took off with a flurry of action then slowed right down after a few…Continue

Making Port

Started by Crusader-Rob in HomeBrewers. Last reply by Fairlane on Wednesday. 4 Replies

I love me a good drop of Port (Torlesse down the road from me is awesome.) I'm not sure if anyone has made anything like it before, but definitely interested in making some. Any tips?Continue

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Electric Brewing Update 4

Posted by Brett Mason on February 28, 2015 at 9:48pm 0 Comments

Made a big step towards my goal of going fully electric today. The HLT is now using two 10 amp feeds with two elements and it looks like I have enough power to give a decent boil.

The initial driver to add more power was the 95 minutes it took a single 2kw element to heat about 40 litres up to mash in temperature which is a big delay at the start of brew day. Normally I just heat about 20 litres for mash in which is closer to 40 minutes but I was trying out no sparge…


queensland " brewpub " needsJV partners

Posted by gerry humphrey on January 7, 2015 at 5:54pm 0 Comments

Winery / Brewery at Eumundi in the Noosa hinterland has all Government Licences & Approvals as a virtual brewpub -Tourist Attraction [ beer, wine, cider, grappa & food & music ]  but 76 yo owner needs fresh, energetic partners to reinvigorate the venue.

Long frontage to M1 highway, 2 k to the Eumundi craft markets & our wine stall, 20k to Noosa.

6.6Ha of  land, OK for cabins, OktoberFests, weddings but needs TLC

Contract Brewer died last year so prefer…


brewery for sale

Posted by Jim Ashe on January 7, 2015 at 2:56pm 2 Comments

Hi beer lovers

I have got a 600 litre micro brewery for sale. go to Trademe nz and type in Brewery for details and photos

any serious queries don't hesitate to ask. Go on you've been talking about owning a brewery for years- nows your chance

cheers Jim

The beer robot lives! (my new electric brewery losses its virginity)

Posted by DMAC on December 30, 2014 at 12:30am 7 Comments

I've been putting together an electric brewery for about 6 months now. Yesterday she had her first run.

The name beer robot comes from my 5 year old daughter who associates the lights and flashing displays with robots. I think its a pretty good application of mechatronics which is what robotics is called these days from what I can tell.…


Kauri Road Brewery 2 final post – it's a wrap

Posted by Barry on December 8, 2014 at 9:07pm 23 Comments


So after a wet run and autotune it was time. Time to brew and no more procrastinating.

I started contemplating this build nearly 2 years ago and starting collecting parts about a full year ago. It's been 19 months since I brewed at home.

Brew day on Sunday 7 December 2014 started really late, I had to pick up the kids from their grandparents and do some other stuff but in truth I was scared. Scared at how much more involved the process might be with 2 pumps…


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