yep i am going to be around, although i'm heading off to lower hutt for the night tonight, but will be back on saturday sometime. drop me a line or flick me a text on 021354798 or (06)3538384 and you can come over and have some suds
you're right about the wheat beer, it's colour and hefty body are a result of using marris otter and crystal malt as opposed to say pils and carapils, probably what i'd use now. the yeast is awesome, really bananaery. it was fermented in the middle of summer and just about blew the lid off the fermenter! was worried i'd overcooked it a bit and would end up with nasty fusels, but it seems to have come out fine. do you prefer warm ferments in your wheat beers or the clove like cooler ones?
yeah i like that stout too - it's actually quite strong (o.g. 1062 i think) and has a nice sweetness to offset the roasty flavours. i used sauvin hops in it (before i read somewhere they taste horrible with dark malts!) and i love the flavour of them! was trying to get a smooth nz style stout, probably more like yours, but it is nice none the less.