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Things have been crazily hectic since the weekend, and it’s only just now that we have had a minute to sit down and reflect on the eventualities of last week. It still feels rather dreamlike, and it is still difficult to comprehend that we took out what is one of the most hotly contested categories at the NZ Beer Awards. But we did, and it’s not as though we did it without the help of a few people over the years.
So here’s a shout out to all the people who have made a…Continue
Recently, I commisioned the fabrication of a new fermenter for my brewery. Several months, and several thousand dollars later - she arrived. She was in a bit of a state - and took me 3 solid days to clean out. Then I had to fabricate adapters etc so as to suit the existing hardware in my brewhouse... this took a lot of time, but I got it done within a few days.
I just want to put out there what has been on my mind lately. It's a little bit random, so please bear with me a moment if you will. Also - I'm sure in the past I've touched on it slightly... but I want to make explicit my…Continue
After a great many hours in the workshop, countless welding flashes, a few trails... a few errors. After many a phone call from the Wife asking when I'll be home, and after more than my fair share of burns (from resting my arm on freshly welded steel) - Oh and I can't forget about all the singed eye brows, eye lashes, arm hair and head hair...
I have completed a trial batch on my best performing and ideal home brew system.
Dunno what I was thinking on this one, but I ended up with about 15 Liters of 8%…Continue
Yeah - it's been a while since I wrote one of these. I hate typing mostly... that's why. But I had a real serious incident during my brew today. You see - I had mashed in as usual. I mashed for around half an hour before I decided to start recirculating. I had already started collecting and heating my sparge water...
Then the power went off.
So instead of panicking, I decided to sprint around the house in my underwear saying this like "Un-fucking-believable"...…Continue
Make sure you dont overfill the bottle.
Step 3: Give it a few nudges of CO2 - dont… Continue
So first of all, thanks to Tyler and Mike for making this weekend possible. Tyler (Reviled) was good enough to take the photos of our monumental brew. But lets get back to the start... I arrive home from work on friday after a session of drinkies with my work mates. I get a text message from Tyler letting me know he has arrived. It's 6pm. I greet him at the top of my driveway, and we have a Dubbel. It all goes downhill from there - infact I can not… Continue
This photo was probably the best part of the brewday: i.e. before I had even started! So I had been planning a Dubbel for quite some time - about a month ago, Mike Neilson was kind enough to send me up some WyEast 3787 from one of his smack packs. Unfortunately, it leaked in transit and I only had about 5mls of smack pack juice to crank this beer. I started the propogation process by pitching the small amount of yeast into 500mls of 1.020 wort on the… Continue