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Martin Bridges
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Various kit that needs to go

We're moving house in a couple of weeks and the new place is quite a bit smaller, so I'm putting my brewing on hold for the foreseeable future. I'm therefore disposing of a bunch of kit, all of which has been used & loved over the last 7 or 8 years! I'm happy to take any sensible offer. I'd very much prefer someone to take it all and then do what they like with the stuff they don't want - I just need it cleared out of my house by 18th April at the latest.The list is:Mash tun (converted…See More
Apr 8, 2018
Martin Bridges replied to nzbrewer's discussion What are you brewing?
"I loved Young's Special London when I was back in the UK - one of the best bottled beers you could easily find. Might have to have a go at this i I can find some good fresh English hops. Cheers, Martin"
Dec 5, 2017
Martin Bridges replied to Liam Callaghan's discussion Ginger Beer Plant
"I got one from a place back in the UK. They were OK to send it, and it survived the postage OK. However, I screwed up the ferment so the output wasn't up to much. http://gingerbeerplant.net/ was where I got mine from. Looked disturbingly like…"
Sep 5, 2016
Martin Bridges replied to nzbrewer's discussion What are you brewing?
"It is a wonderful beer. The classic recipe is 100% Golden Promise, but that doesn't seem to work on a homebrew scale. The closest I got to the real beer was by taking 2 litres of wort and reducing it down to 1 litre, then cool and add back in.…"
Aug 31, 2016
Martin Bridges left a comment for Murray
"Hey Murray. Mine came from family friends in the UK. I don't think there are likely to be any more coming through that route, unfortunately. My dad just happened to know a guy who occasionally worked on pub redevelopments, but my dad lives over…"
Jul 4, 2016
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Jul 4, 2016
Martin Bridges posted a discussion

Anyone looking for a barrel?

I'm on the mailing list for Heron's Flight winery in Matakana and they've just said they have a few barrels for sale at $150 each. They're a red wine maker, so bear that in mind.If you're interested, email them directly at david@heronsflight.co.nzCheers,MartinSee More
Jun 22, 2016
Martin Bridges replied to Barbara Joppa's discussion 02April 2016: Classic Smoked Ale in the group Western Brewers Conference
"What time is kickoff on Saturday?"
Mar 31, 2016

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Favorite Beers?
Epic Pale Ale
Fullers London Pride
Timothy Taylor Landlord
Favorite Breweries?
Epic, Fullers, Twickenham Fine Ales
About Me:
A Brit now living in Auckland. I've run a real ale bar in London and I do a bit of homebrewing.

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At 9:36pm on January 21, 2008, jt said…
Any decision on the next recipe ?
At 5:25pm on March 20, 2008, Richee said…
Hi Martin, I'm sending out a bit of an SOS and you maybe able to help. I'm trying to get Stephen Plowman (Hallertau) to send me some of his corny kegs. He does not reply to emails very well. I live in Napier. He's given me a price but no way to pay him (bank account details). This has gone on for 6 months.

I need someone to pick them up, pay him, and send them to me, being duly compensated in the process (several pints at Hallertau!!!).

Any chance you could help???????????
At 4:03pm on March 24, 2008, MrC said…
Hi Martin

I've just made my first all grain batch and thought you might be interested in the lautering manifold. I made it from plastic components purchased from Mastertrade (although I think I saw them cheaper at Mitre10 mega). The design is exactly as described in on HowToBrew except is made of plastic. I figured that if I'm mashing in plastic, fermenting in plastic & bottling in plastic that a plastic manifold won't hurt.

Total cost of parts was just over $40 (although that doesn't include a flow controlling tap of some desciption to control the syphon speed, mabe next time).

The only tools needed were a pencil and a hack saw. The hardest part was getting the hose to fit over the PCV pipe (Hint: use boiling water and push like hell unitl it goes on). The parts all just push together and hold well enough for the mash and sparge. No problems with the manifold.

I've added some pics that you can look at to see photo of the manifold.

Just sing out if you have any questions.


At 11:40pm on March 24, 2008, MrC said…
Had the chilli-bin already. It's a 38L which is bordering on being too big for a 19L batch but it seems OK . Sorry, I haven't been pricing chilli-bins lately, can't help you there. I did however notice, a couple of months ago, that Bunnings had some with spigots. Might be worth a look if that's what you're after.
At 8:40pm on March 25, 2008, MrC said…
I don't have the receipt but it went something like this:
4 x plastic elbows @ $4 each
1 x plastic T joint @ $5
2m of rigid plastic pipe @ $3.50 per metre (only used 1m)
2m of non-toxic tube @ $3.50 per metre
Plus GST!!!
At 12:31pm on March 26, 2008, MrC said…
Just a couple of thoughts on setting up for a batch sparge (which it sound like your preparing for).

- If you go for a braided SS hose, you'll be pretty much limited to batch sparging. If you build a manifold for your chilli-bin, you'll be able to batch sparge and/or fly/continous sparge down the track. That was my reason for choosing the manifold.

- If you're gonna batch sparge, look very carefully into getting the water volumes right so that you get the desired amount of run off. I didn't quite hit the mark on mine :(

I found this link helpful :
How to batch sparge
At 1:13pm on April 15, 2008, Stu McKinlay said…
Hi Martin - how'd the SOBA catch up go? Hope it went well. I'm sure, at worst, it was good to meet a few fellow beer lovers. Send us a report on the mail-list.
At 8:44am on June 19, 2008, Shane Morley said…
Martin, Shane here from Steam Brewing. If you are going to do a tasting at one of the Cock and Bulls get in contact with me and I try to make sure the experiance is a pleasant one. Depending on the the date either myself or one of the other brewers will talk you through the beers. Also if you want to look through the brewery and Packaging line we may bew able to organise something.
At 2:17pm on June 20, 2008, Tony said…
Hi Martin, beer at Galbraiths, from about 4?
At 9:20am on June 23, 2008, Tony said…
Hi Martin

I spoke to Steve Plowman in the weekend (just happened to call in for a beer). He told me that the champion Homebrew is done and is lagering. It my be ready for our next meeting and he would be hppay to see us. If it is ready. I am happy to liaise with him or you could give him a call, if thats what you decide?

Take care


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