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July 2009 Blog Posts (10)

BIAB Reviled style

Well figured it was about time I put up a pictorial of my brew day, this is how I do BIAB at the moment, ive made many tweaks to the process over time and I can get higher efficiencys doing it another way, however I find this is the best way to get consistent results across varied grain bill sizes, meaning I only lose about 3-5% if im doing a big 7kg batch! So to start out - I weigh out the grain, which is normally done with the hops a couple of days before i brew in anticipation :o) …

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Added by Reviled on July 23, 2009 at 10:01am — 13 Comments

Rye..

Has anyone here brewed a beer using Rye? I just bought a 1kg bag of the stuff the other day. I guessing it might be good for a Saison? I'm told it gives a dry, spicy finish. Is this true?

Added by cerevisia on July 19, 2009 at 9:28pm — 2 Comments

The Weary Pilgrim Brewery's Inaugural BIAB Brew Day

After several month's planning and research brewday finally arrived on Saturday 18th July. The Grain Mill is finished (well usable, so it's finished), the Grain Bag sewn up and all of the ingredients gathered so I couldn't put it off any longer.

The 56 litre mash tun/lauter tun/brew-pot all ready to go.

The grill in place to keep the BIAB bag off the base of the vessel.… Continue

Added by Pilgrim on July 19, 2009 at 7:07pm — 19 Comments

Commissioning the New Brewery 2

In the space of a week I have gone from Bag and Pot (BIAB) to a conventional set up. I've added a new Mashtun made from a 38L plastic fermenter covered with expanding foam ala Joking. Also fitted all the various valves and fittings, purchased a pump, a mill and a 40L 3kw electric Urn for HLT, and converted my copper chiller into a whirlpool chiller. Phew! Anyways, I waited patiently until everything was in place before attempting a brew. I decided to use up a load of crushed grain and came up… Continue

Added by studio1 on July 15, 2009 at 9:44am — 11 Comments

So Tell Me More About Epic Armageddon IPA

This series of videos explains the story behind the origins of Epic Armageddon I.P.A., The West Coast IPA Challenge, the reasons for putting Epic Armageddon I.P.A. into oak barrels, naming them Pete & Melissa before putting them… Continue

Added by nzbrewer on July 14, 2009 at 9:43pm — 6 Comments

Craft Beer Surge - Letters To The Business Editor - Sunday Star Times - 12 July 2009

Craft Beer Surge - Sunday Star Times - 12 July 2009



Dear Tim



Re: Recession Bites Grog Sales – Sunday Star Times 28th June, 2009



I was surprised to read this article which does give the point of view

of the large brewers in this country and the commodity they sell

called beer. It is easy for consumers of this type of product to trade

down in… Continue

Added by nzbrewer on July 12, 2009 at 9:43am — 1 Comment

24 Craft Beers + 1 Afternoon sampling

The following was Twittered live yesterday afternoon via http://twitter.com/epicbeer Doing a brewers pre-judging for beer awards via BeerNZ, out of thes beers, medal winners would be Tuatara Helles and Invercargill Biman

Out of this round I would medal the Twisted Hop Sauvin Pilsner and Invercargill Stanley Green

Only medal from me in this round Mussel Inn Captain Cooker… Continue

Added by nzbrewer on July 9, 2009 at 8:30am — 9 Comments

Yeast Banking

Over the weekend I added 4 new strains to my yeast library. First of all, a big thanks to Reviled for donating the strains, I'll drop your frozen vials off tomorrow :) Strains were wyeast 1026, 1084, 1469 and 1728. I have the good fortune to have access to a lab at work so all the gear I need is at my fingertips. I am also pretty familiar with sterile techniques and have experience playing around with yeast in a laboratory setting. Messy lab bench, but its sterile... …

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Added by Haish on July 6, 2009 at 10:30pm — 25 Comments

Commissioning the new brewery

I thought I’d drop a blog on here outlining our first brew in the new brewery – thanks to Barry for advice on the use of hot water cylinders – we’re stoked with the results! The brew went really well on Sunday, considering that the brewery has been completely reworked so we were starting with a brand new (to us) setup that hadn’t yet been calibrated! I’ll be adding sight-glasses to the vessels before the next brew, so hopefully that will make things a bit easier. For the sake of explanation,… Continue

Added by vdog on July 6, 2009 at 11:00am — 19 Comments

Flander's Red - The Brewday

Thought I'd add a blog. You've probably seen this all before but thought I'd throw up some photos of how my brewday goes.

Recipe for anyone that's interested.

Rig set up, HLT filled (right-hand vessel), thermostat set.

Measuring out grain, trusty Briscoes scales.

Grain measured out,… Continue

Added by denimglen on July 3, 2009 at 4:30pm — 17 Comments

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