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The Malthouse Epic Tap Takeover - 15/12/10

The Malthouse Epic Tap Takeover - 15/12/10


15th December 2010
The Malthouse
48 Courtenay Place,…
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Added by nzbrewer on December 6, 2010 at 4:17pm — 1 Comment

Beer sign on school bus - SST article - Setup or real story?

Today I was surprised to be reading the Sunday Star Times and find an article that had stemmed from a Twitpic http://twitpic.com/2znukp I had posted on Twitter a week before. What I thought was an innocent mistake and a bit of a laugh, has made the national weekend newspaper.

Really people, this is news?



So I have some thoughts about this.



1. if this makes the news, then we live in a really fantastic, easy…

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Added by nzbrewer on October 31, 2010 at 6:01pm — No Comments

Giving Props where props are deserved



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…

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Added by JoKing on October 13, 2010 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Brewing with Bambule.

I thought I'd put up a little photo essay of my most recent brew day. Mainly as I've gotten quite a bit of value out of seeing other peoples way of doing the same thing, like Mr Cherry and Joking. My set up is fairly modest, but its effective. But first some preamble...



I brew beer, but I'd much rather drink beer. In the past brewing has left me white knuckled, fists clenched, tense. I worried too much. I remember relating this to Soren when I first met him and he looked at me… Continue

Added by Bambule on October 11, 2010 at 2:42pm — 12 Comments

Peoples thoughts on a beverage I have appropriately named 'Wier'

As the name suggests... it is wein+bier (German sp.). I thought I could make a red wine (pinot noir, cab sauv, merlot) and blend it with an Belgian style ale? People make fruit ales already and they seem to work out alright. It will just be a matter of trial and error with regards to concentrations I suppose? ie 90:10 (beer:wine) for example.



It would basically be a fortified fruit beer.



I have 23 litres of 12.5% abv cabernet sauvignon I made from grapes from the parents… Continue

Added by ninebarnyardowls on October 8, 2010 at 10:22am — 8 Comments

CAMRA - NZ chapter

Who wants to help try and establish a NZ chapter of CAMRA with me? haha..



I think their aim reflects on us as home-brewers:

"CAMRA's campaigns include promoting small brewing and pub businesses, reforming licensing laws, reducing tax on beer, and stopping continued consolidation among local British brewers."

Just replace 'british' with 'kiwi' and also throw in something about beer quality/mass production bla bla bla.



I call el Presidente!



Who wants… Continue

Added by ninebarnyardowls on October 8, 2010 at 9:01am — 21 Comments

Eisbock!

Anyone have any ideas on how I can make an Eisbock? I have tried in the past and all I got was an iceblock (not icebock!) haha

Peace.

Added by ninebarnyardowls on October 7, 2010 at 12:02pm — 6 Comments

1st brew on the gear formerly known as the Liberty Pilot Brewery

As Joking mentioned in a previous post, he made me a pilot brewery. I got this on Monday and yesterday I finally got around to playing around with it. I like to get straight to the point and instead of brewing a pale ale just to see how the system worked I went for gold, pushed the system to the max and made a big barley wine. This is also sort of a tribute to our first child who can arrive any day now, I plan on cellaring it for as long as possible,hopefully for 21…

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Added by Soren on September 11, 2010 at 11:53am — 12 Comments

Beervarna: Electric Kool Aid for the masses.















Ahh, Beervarna.


I love it. I tend to have this recurring feeling the day after that I have just participated in some form of group hallucination fueled by a pharmacopeia of malt, hops and banter. And I’m just a wallflower; the dosage could well be…

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Added by Bambule on August 30, 2010 at 10:30am — 6 Comments

Dear Sunday Star Times Editor

Dear Sunday Star Times Editor



Thanks for running the article “Pub turf war has small brewers in a froth over the two big players” by Esther Harward - Sunday Star Times on Sunday 29th August 2010 about the situation regarding the small breweries battle trying to get their beer on in bars and restaurants against Lion & DB’s anti-competitive… Continue

Added by nzbrewer on August 30, 2010 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

1st Brew on the Liberty Pilot Brewery.

 

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.

 

So…

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Added by JoKing on August 22, 2010 at 9:00am — 18 Comments

Still a rank amateur at the end of the day.

You're always learning new things about brewing when you're a brewer... like remembering important steps throughout the the brewing process. Especially remembering to put the temperature probe in the conditioning fridge when attempting to condition a nice robust Porter.

Dunno what I was thinking on this one, but I ended up with about 15 Liters of 8% Ice…

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Added by JoKing on August 4, 2010 at 1:30pm — 15 Comments

BEERVANA – A Beginners Guide

Beervana is the one time of the year that you can visit a single location in New Zealand and try the largest range of New Zealand brewed beers in one place. On offer there will be over 160 different beers from all around the country.



The benefits of this are you get the freshest beer from nearly every brewery in NZ, you get to discover many small breweries you may not have heard of and even less likely to visit them in their remote, far… Continue

Added by nzbrewer on August 2, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Three Cities x Three Bars = Awesome Craft Beer in California

Anyway, my travels took me to three major Californian cities that have
some really great beer bars. So as a quick guide for others traveling to
these cities. This isn't a definitive guide, as there are many more
great beer places, but these places were at the top of my wish list, and
came with many recommendations from people that know.

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Added by nzbrewer on July 26, 2010 at 2:40pm — No Comments

[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

http://luke.co.nz/review-australian-interntaional-beer-awards-2

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"...…

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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!!…

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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…

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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…

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

export33

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

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