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[REVIEW] Australian Interntaional Beer Awards 2010

In case you missed my rant about the AIBA awards, the dinner, the judging, etc, then head to my personal blog


Added by nzbrewer on June 16, 2010 at 2:12pm — No Comments

One way to royally stuff up a brew.

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"...…


Added by JoKing on June 6, 2010 at 6:09pm — 4 Comments

Rev's USA trip

Allrighty, I just realised that I still havn't blogged about my recent trip to the US of A, so what better time than now :o) Sorry I dont have any pics but no internet at home so cant upload them...

I guess I should start by saying that all of the storys are very much true, yes there is an awful lot of craft beer in the US, and it is readily available, so available in fact that every local 7/11 or convenience store I went to at least had SNPA 6 packs for $8!!…


Added by Reviled on June 4, 2010 at 2:21pm — 3 Comments

Beginners Guide to BIAB

Hey guys, ive been asked by Mike at brewers coop to write up a beginners guide to BIAB, if anyone has the time I would really appreciate any feedback as to how this reads from a beginners point of view?? Cheers!

Beginners guide to…


Added by Reviled on June 4, 2010 at 1:23pm — 17 Comments

My newbie All-Grain BIAB brew day!

So here's how I currently rock a brew day. It's totally on the cheap, but it seems to work. I'd appreciate any advice!

So here's the recipe I did on Sunday... It's the "Lady Liberty Pale Ale" from How To Brew.

Lady Liberty Ale - American Pale Ale…


Added by Stu H on May 3, 2010 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments


Sooooooo Happy that export33 is now on tap yehaaa love it,its a great beer!

Added by Shiree Baldock on May 3, 2010 at 10:56am — No Comments

Yeast wranglers unite

Anyone out there got some yeast to swap?
I'm looking to build up a decent collection, I have a few strains I'm happy to share which I can give as slants or frozen vials. I have lager yeasts Saflager s23, saflager w-34/70, dry ale yeasts U-04 and US-05, and muntons premium gold. I'd be interested in some Belgian abbey/ golden ale style strains, or anything else interesting.

Added by Euan Parker on April 29, 2010 at 8:42pm — No Comments

Brewing with MrC - All Grain



I always enjoy seeing how other people brew and thought it was about time I shared my own process. So here's a pictorial journey through a brew day at my place.…


Added by MrC on April 28, 2010 at 12:00pm — 12 Comments

Luke's 2010 USA Trip - Part 1 - San Francisco

I needed a place to record my recent trip to the USA to answer all those questions people have asked me about it.

The main reason for my trip was to judge at the 2010 World Beer Cup, then attend the Craft Brewers Conference. I thought I would take the time before the event to check out the beer scene in the US since it had been two years since I had been there.

So this first part is my few days in San Francisco.

Living in New Zealand and flying to California I… Continue

Added by nzbrewer on April 21, 2010 at 6:48pm — 1 Comment

Barrels with Epic Beer in them

I thought I would do a quick post here to answer some questions about what I am doing with the barrels in the brewery. So some stats

I purchased 12 x American Oak, Medium Toast barrels (225 litres each)

They were first filled on 19th February 2010 with some Epic Armageddon IPA

Today 19th April 2010 they were emptied back into a unitank and will be chilled down before filtering and bottling next week.

So IPA was on the wood for 2… Continue

Added by nzbrewer on April 19, 2010 at 8:24pm — 5 Comments

Weekend of beer in Brussels (Spring 2009)

I just found I never posted or actually finished this blog post. So I am just going to post it as is. I am now working on my recent US trip, hopefully it won't take a year to finish and go live

Date: 18th & 19th April 2009

People: Luke Nicholas (Epic), Colin Mallon (The Malthouse) and Derek "Analysis" Walsh (International Beer Judge, including BrewNZ Beer Awards 2007)

So how did we get to this point, a little background maybe. Well I was in London for a follow… Continue

Added by nzbrewer on April 17, 2010 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

Beer engine reconditioning, part 1

If you follow this thead you'll know that I recently purchased 2 beer engines off trademe.

Seeing as my brewing inclination is towards British styles - real ale, I've been after a beer engine for ages. Usually they get snapped up quick smart by Greig (who hasn't shared with me the highly secret search/RSS query that tweets him the instant anything remotely resembling "beer… Continue

Added by Barry on March 6, 2010 at 12:00am — 25 Comments

Are we binge-drinking bums?

My mission - to investigate whether New Zealand really does have a drinking problem, and if so, what can be done about our restricted and/or backwards approach to bars and socialising?… Continue

Added by The Lady Glass on March 5, 2010 at 11:02am — No Comments

Wine vs Beer: what is the severity of segregation?

Over the years I have noticed a distinct difference in beverage quality and availability dependant entirely upon the type of venue you choose to drink in. Yes, yes certain establishments develop their menus based on culture, atmosphere and target market - but I’m not talking about expensive over cheap, I’m aiming specifically at the beer vs. wine debate. Is the… Continue

Added by The Lady Glass on March 2, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

hops ????

reposting if anyone has some leads, has hops, seeds, cuttings, rhizomes...cheers

Added by Euan Parker on January 21, 2010 at 12:31pm — 2 Comments

In search of hops

Hi there
looking for kind and generous individuals whom will share/send some of there hop rhizomes /cuttings. Would be much apprecitaed. :).

Added by Euan Parker on January 14, 2010 at 7:26am — 1 Comment

A Homebrewers Christmas

It starts out small, a wish for beer,

A kit and kilo, a drink is near!

In the mix the kit and sugar go,

The outcome a fate we all know.

The beer tastes soapy and a little shit,

The boys cry out says it's not a hit.

So what's next on this epic undertaking,

To get beer that is not painstaking.

We invest in the gear to start from scratch,

Mash tun and grain mill are part of the catch.

A little more bling we buy it all new,

The… Continue

Added by James P on December 24, 2009 at 11:10pm — 2 Comments

Around the World in 14 days to the Kapiti Food Fair

I've just returned from a whirlwind around the world trip in 14 days: taking in 2 days in San Francisco, a stopover in Frankfurt, 6 days in Ireland, another stopover in Frankfurt, 3 days in Tokyo.

The question that springs to mind immediately, is how many regional beers you can fit in in a fortnight of perpetual jetlag. Seeing as it was my first vist to the US, I was obliged to sample a Budweiser at point of origin. While it quenched my thirst, my impression that it does not travel… Continue

Added by Herman van Kradenburg on December 1, 2009 at 9:34am — No Comments

Beer, food and culture...

Beer, food and culture...

just came back from a great trip to Wellington. I decided to do a 'road trip', with my dad.

Now I have always had a good time in Wellington. I have been there many times, dating back to the 1980's. It has almost always involved impromptu meetings or happenings that turned out to be blinders. Dating back to one of first visits in the late 80's, I stumbled along to the (then) Cricketer's Arms and saw 'Paul Kelly and the coloured girls', play live. I… Continue

Added by Tony on November 22, 2009 at 8:06pm — 10 Comments

Frisky Frogs & Men in Kilts

The day/night of 3 October was spent at a miniature Munich Oktoberfest at White Cliffs Organic Brewery in Urenui, Taranaki – all of the fun with a fraction of the people (about 450). With a free stein on entry, songbook for the Oompah Band (New Plymouth Brass Band) and a full Bavarian meal, these country folk sure do know how to throw a decent festival. I guess the one benefit of drinking from a stein (not The Lady Glass’ usual choice of vessel) is the ability to slam your glass into someone… Continue

Added by The Lady Glass on October 12, 2009 at 4:33pm — No Comments

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