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why epic pale ale of course
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Epic, Galbraiths, Hallertau, Emersons, Yeastie Boys, Numerous American and British micros (not in any particular order) and probably all quality craft breweries in New Zealand.
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Kauri Road Brewery 2 final post – it's a wrap

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 9:07pm 26 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…


Kauri Road Brewery 2.9

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 10:25pm 1 Comment

At long last.

Today the sparky came round and rewired my house switchboard. He also added a 32A supply and caravan outlet for the brewery.

So tonight, after almost a full year of buying up parts, relentless researching, construction, wiring, etc etc etc I fired the Kauri Road Brewery 2.0 into life.

Tonight was just a hot water run, autotuning the HLT PID and running both pumps and all hoses at 80degC.

Only 2 leaks, one at the outlet elbow…


Kauri Road Brewery 2.8

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 8:27am 19 Comments

Etch O Sketch.

Did a little etching last night in my HLT, worked out pretty good.

Despite the blurry shit photo it's actually crisp and neat. Each line is an exact 1mm tall rectangle. 

The only thing is it's a pretty light etch, whether that's because of the nature of these cheap shitty pots, or whether my 9 volt battery was a bit…


Kauri Road Brewery 2.7

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 2:13pm 25 Comments

Finally got my wiring done, sporadic nights over a couple of weeks but I got there in the end.

I would recommend to anyone doing this to set enough time aside to do it in one bang :)

There's enough to this system that just when you have your head around it you discover some other little piece of complexity that makes you think really hard about what you're doing.

My timer is different from Kal's one on theelectricbrewery.com so that took a fair amount of…


Kauri Road Brewery 2.6.1

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 11:37pm 0 Comments

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At 10:52am on December 20, 2007, Dan said…
That they are Barry! i,d be pretty stuffed without it, well my rolling pin would be anyway!
Nice work on the points Barry, Congrats for the win!
Im hoping Hallertau has the facilities for decoction mashing, I fear the bock wouldnt be what it is without a double decoction, man am I glad I bought my recipe book with me, (just in case)!
At 3:02pm on April 19, 2008, Hopfull said…
Apologies but this is Richard's username and computer. I don't get to see it usually and relie on him to let me know what's up.
I've just popped in on a cold wet Saturday morning so will get back to you
Monday - kids waiting in car.....yada yada
At 10:29am on April 21, 2008, Hopfull said…
Monday morning and awaiting hot water to heat up so I can get on with
a filter run and some tank cleaning.....

I'm not sure what problems you had with the Porter - but we are happy with where that's at at the moment. We picked up a heap of awards in Aussie last month and Porter got Silver.

However - the two beers I am trying to sort out are indeed the Old95 and the IPA. The main issue has been the yeast we are using, some issues with malt FAN on that yeast strain have not made for healthy ferments. There are other issues we have identified with bottling these two beers as well which complicate the situation too.

Here's what I'd like to do - We are changing the yeasts on these two beers and with the current hop supply situation also the hop recipes.
I'd like to send you samples of both new recipes for your feedback and comment - A mixed case each time we tweak over the coming weeks - would you be happy to give feedback via email (prefer not the forum LOL) until we are happy with results?

Let me know

At 11:05am on June 13, 2008, Dave said…
Yeah I'd be interested I'm in Hamilton was just about to go and buy a bottle so I could get some gas into that first brew and give it a proper taste tonight.
At 11:36am on June 13, 2008, Dave said…
Hey Barry thanks alot for that but I think I will just get one from in town today it will be cheaper with petrol the price it is now
At 2:12pm on June 20, 2008, Tony said…
Hi Barry, Beer at Galbraiths, from 4pm.
At 9:13am on August 19, 2008, Reviled said…
Hey mate, saw youre close to to Northcross, im just in browns bay mate, would you be keen for a swap when my AG batches are ready?
At 9:19am on August 19, 2008, Reviled said…
Sounds good mate, look forward to hearing from ya.
At 9:59am on October 10, 2008, Reviled said…
Hey buddy, wondering if I could ask for some help?

Ive been given the green light for $400 to spend on keggin gear, I know its not enough for a full proper set up, but it should get me going at least?

Going by the prices you said, this is what I think im looking at?

2 kegs : $150
disconnects, fittings, beer line, picnic tap : $50
Regulator : $120

And then that $50 part to convert the soda stream thing... Then im also looking at getting one of those chilli bin/magic box things for my initial set up...

What im wondering, is, how the hell do I do all of this? Im getting mega confused with everything! Can I get the disconnects and everything here? Or should I get everything from Craft Brewer along with the regulator?

And then, to be more of a pain, if and when I eventually obtain all of the above, I dont suppose I could crime you to come and give me a hand showing me how to do it all?

Cheers for your help so far mate
At 10:21am on October 10, 2008, Reviled said…
Mate youre an absolute bloody legend! I figure it will most likely be easy once ive seen and done it myself, but im more of a hands on person and all the wording about disconnects and regulators and kpa and all that gets me really confused...

Id fully appreciate a list of what I need, that would make everything really easy mate :o)

Cheers heaps!! I must owe you a beer or two ;o)

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