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jt replied to denimglen's discussion Recipe Advice Thread
"1.043's pretty tame for you isn't it Michael ? I haven't used llamand before either, let us know what you think. Mind you, I haven't used '05 much lately either, using MJ's new World Strong Ale or the Cali Lager…"
May 9, 2020
jt replied to denimglen's discussion Recipe Advice Thread
"You could always see if you could get some California Lager yeast. Unfortunately your local store is out of stock https://www.homebrewstore.co.nz/Mangrove-Jacks-yeast-c41734048 but others might have it ?"
Apr 22, 2020
jt replied to nzbrewer's discussion What are you brewing?
"Hey Michael, I'm not that keen on S04 - do you like it or can't find S05 ? Plenty of in hops there, just surprised you're not dry hopping it too :-) Cheers!"
Apr 11, 2020
jt replied to Michael's discussion Water Profile for WLG and Porirua
"I'm sure someone will know - or it will be there on the site - it used to be - and I think it's likely to be Te Marua"
Mar 23, 2020
jt replied to Michael's discussion Brewshops
"Hey i'd missed ATF, nice range there, thanks Chris Cheers!"
Mar 23, 2020
jt replied to Michael's discussion Water Profile for WLG and Porirua
Mar 18, 2020
jt replied to Michael's discussion CO2 Wellington Area
"Was that Dive HQ at the end of the Esplanade ? I've been to the guys in Waiwhetu once and it was twice the price."
Mar 5, 2020
jt replied to Michael's discussion CO2 Wellington Area
"Was that  Survitec ? i thought they had a couple of people trained up in filling bottles  - or maybe that changed Where'd you go, the dive shop in Waiwhetu ? Cheers!"
Feb 27, 2020
jt replied to denimglen's discussion Recipe Advice Thread
"yeah, I'm enjoying it. I like the roasted wheat, not as dry and toasty as the black malt and it adds a bit of fluff, if you know what I mean. And I prefer the Cascade and Sauvin  to the Styrians by themselves Cheers !"
Feb 16, 2020
jt replied to denimglen's discussion Recipe Advice Thread
"Sorry chap, not a smoked fan, can't really help you with that"
Feb 16, 2020
jt replied to denimglen's discussion Recipe Advice Thread
"I've brewed a couple of these recently, swapping out the Black for Roasted Wheat and adding Cascade and Sauvin to the dry hop. Now it's more  like a hoppy Black XPA cheers!"
Feb 16, 2020
jt replied to Michael's discussion Special B Malt in Wellington?
"Hey Michael, good to see you ! Sorry, nothing fancy like special B in the stock at home - good luck with that"
Jan 17, 2020

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Dreied Yeest

Posted on January 19, 2008 at 10:46pm 0 Comments

OK, home after a week away and I was drying to try the brown ale with US - oh5

Surprisinglingly tastes like Sparky and Richies APA's with W1056

Hmm .. I have a W1968 starter going for a parrallel (well slightly off squee) brew on Monday

Conclusions - for now

Posted on December 6, 2007 at 8:06am 0 Comments

On Gervin - supposedly AKA Nottingham ?

Not for me, it's a case of the sherriff stole my hops.

I'm struggling through the brown / mild in the keg. The last two bottles went as entries in the HB Comp. The pale ale / bitter is a tad better, it's going down better but the hop character is still significantly down on what I expected. If I hadn't hopped it to hell it'd be a pale mild I guess ?

On Pilsners ?

I thought the extract Pils was good, but boy the grain version…


Mixed emotions

Posted on November 28, 2007 at 9:20am 3 Comments

I'm excited ... oooohhhhh ... watch out beer ... hhmmmmmm !

I was very please with the extract & grains Pils I brewed with cali lager yeast @ 16-18C.

Next up was the grain version and it's had two weeks primary and 10 days in seconday so I thought I'd better look at kegging and bottling the rest.

Thought there's only a pint, maybe two of the extract one left in the keg and I'd polish them off with the hot dogs for tea last night.

WRONG - four pints later I was…


Gervin Ale yeast

Posted on November 24, 2007 at 9:40pm 0 Comments

Ok, the jury's still out on this one.

Brew #1 was the brown ale and had no hop character in the keg yet plenty in the bottle .. confusing. This was more than the usual keg vs bottle difference, markedly so.

Brew # 2 was a bitter, 3kg LME, 300gm medium crystal, OG 40 and IBU 30 or so.

After 4 days in the keg it's ok, no major hop loss or anything. tastes just like any 40/30 bitter I've put together over the last 2 or 3 years

maybe I did something stoopid with the…



Posted on November 21, 2007 at 8:00pm 0 Comments

Ok, the Pils is in, but German or North German rather than Bohemian or whatever the correct name is. I think it's the high bitterness that does it. Not that I've every knowingly tasted a commercial offering of either style but I guess that' s the fun of trying.

The bitter with the Gervin yeast has been in the keg a day and is cold but not very carbonated, bit of a bad idea really. The pint hasn't warmed up enough yet to really tell what it's .like. Initial indications are slightly…


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At 8:24am on November 22, 2007, jt said…
I've got a new enthusiasm for lager !
The pils with the california lager yeast is a beauty - well to my badly abused pallette anyway.
The good part is that I haven't needed any temperature control, just brewed at garage ambient temps.
My first attempt fermented at 16 and secondary about 14C
The second one maybe suffering a bit, the weather's warming up and secondary is 18C - this maybe my last lager for a while.
I toned down the hops for the second at Mrs T's request - though I don't really want to encourage her to drink too much of it

I've had a taste of all the brews for the comp, they were bottled rather than from the keg.
Dropped the Irish Red - I have no idea apart from the style guide what and Irish Red should taste like - but it wasn't great
To my taste the attempt was like a bitter NZ Draught (and yes I've swilled plenty of that in the past) Who knows, maybe I should put it in as that ?

I'm tempted to bottle some of the brown / mild from the keg and enter it as a mild
But then I'd have to pull the bottled version from the Brown class, decisions, decisions, decisions !
At 10:52pm on January 19, 2008, jt said…
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Hmmm .. I was a bit slack with the eyes and thought I had something to read .. but ended up in a dating service .. shame they couldn't help me with astringent ale syndrome .. ah well, back to the fridge ..
At 10:44pm on January 21, 2008, Martin Bridges said…
Next recipe - no decision as yet, but I've got a couple of weeks before batch #3 is out of the way anyway.

I quite fancy attempting an Alt.
At 10:48am on April 22, 2008, Kiwicrog said…
I'm keen for 2kg of chocolate. Swap for 3kg Munich? Not sure on the proper "ratio", let me know if that's about right. Pop me an email with time/address to meet up craig.drayton [@t] gmail.com

At 10:27am on September 4, 2008, HerrSchnapps said…
There’s also Jamil's Ordinary Bitter, he uses 120L Crystal and a touch of Special Roast; though I have no idea if its possible to get that in NZ. It looks pretty good, simple and uses all EKG. Here: http://beerdujour.com/Recipes/Jamil/JamilsOrdinaryBitter.htm
Have you brewed with NZ Golding? If so, would it be pretty comparable with EKG for recipes?
At 1:05pm on October 30, 2008, MrC said…
Thanks for the recipe jt.

I just purchased a sack of Maris Otter and I'm planning on an all grain, MO only ale. That hopping schedule looks quite good for what I'm after although I might drop the dry hopping for now as I had an infected batch with my one and only attempt at dry hopping :(
At 9:34pm on February 17, 2009, MrC said…
Mr T! Here's a link to the my Brown Ale recipe.

OG 1.049
FG 1.014
Fermented using S04 @ 19C

It's a Macs Pale Ale kit base and I reckon it's around 25-27 IBUs. Rather than trying to change the bitterness, I've been adjusting the sweetness to try and match it to the bitterness that is dictated by the kit. It's tricky not knowing how much crystal is already in the kit but I'm quite familiar with them now and the bitterness in the Pale Ale kit seems quite versatile. The lager kits seem to be a bit lower maybe around 20-22 IBUs. Only eleven kits to go!

I still can't believe my highest scoring beer was a kit. Not sure what that says about my AG beers.
At 9:40pm on February 18, 2009, Toast said…
Hi John, well not bad, no disasters at least! Did two brews one with pellets - hop monster and one with cones - styrian stunner. The latter although #i has a perfect strike and rest temp came out very low OG and FG which meant it was 3.8% and thin, over attenuated, little mouth feel. dry hopped it and that just made it a bit grassy. So not one for sharing! The hop monster is much more presentable. Both tbh, could have done with a higher malt bill... was considering brewing this w/e but not likely now, I think. Still want to get a hop screen as had to sieve the pellet mush through a muslin bag as would otherwise have lost about 3 litres! place in AK quoted me $89+GST+carriage for a 1m2 of 30 mesh. Can anyone say rip off?! So do you know where I can get copper/stainless mesh?
At 11:01pm on February 18, 2009, Toast said…
Re mill: you're a gent!
At 4:16pm on April 11, 2009, Ian said…
Hi jt, the mill is new in that I have only used it a couple of times since I bought it last year in preparation for AG brewing. I got it from these guys in Australia
www.homebru.com.au They are called TWOC Brewing and I ddealt with Roy - he was very helpful. I think they are around A$275
I have got all my gear together now and brewed some beer and have a kegging kit which is great. I just didn't want to stuff about with a lousy brain mill and this one, the Barley Crusher, came highly recommended. It seems to work great (not that I have anything to compare it with) and I am using it on the factory default gap setting, having made a base for it to fit over the bucket and I'm about to try my hand at a bitter shortly.

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