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Mac Rock Hopper clone

Hi all, Im BIAB and now onto brew # 5 and am after a clone of the mighty Rock hopper.


Can anyone help me out, I love that beer.  Thanks.

Added by Dave Brown on August 24, 2011 at 8:04am — 11 Comments

Stout Soap

My wife made some Stout Soap last night, and I added heaps of fuggle hops into it. I used it this morning, and it great. Nothing like the sweet smell of hops in the shower. The club members at Great Expectations tonight will be the test subjects to gain some market feedback.


The selling tag line could be.
"If your wife thinks you been drinking cause you smell of beer, you can say that you just showered"

Added by Paul Wicksteed - another1 on July 28, 2011 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

Wort Chiller

Bought a 15m length of 1/4" copper pipe from TradeMe, $71 inc postage:



Filled it with water and stuck it the freezer...

Tip: to fill the pipe, stick one end underwater in the sink and suck the water through. Learnt this after getting quite a lot of water on myself and the…


Added by Chris on July 25, 2011 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Getting Started

Been brewing extract brew for a while, but slowly making the transition over to the dark side.... of all grain brewing.

Bought 3,  50L kegs from Tui brew @ Mangatinoka. I bought a Crankinstien grain mill for a really good price and had a friend bring it back for me[if maybe a few of you guys need a mill i might be able to get other mates returning to NZ to bring them back] . Cost  me $149.00 US sent to my mates. Got 15m of 1/2 inch copper coil off Trade Me for $69 + $10



Added by Tom Harrison on July 12, 2011 at 7:11pm — 6 Comments

RealBeer.co.nz, Wyeast and supporting the brewing community

Here are a few things about Wyeast, RealBeer.co.nz and the company previously called Nicholford Brewing Company


Wyeast - some background

- Available in New Zealand since 1997

- First imported by Luke Nicholas for brewing at Cock & Bull brewpub, then supplied to other brewers and homebrewers along with malt and hops, out the back door of the brewery.

- Orders of FRESH yeast every 2 months

- Direct from lab, most cases brewers receive yeast…


Added by nzbrewer on June 18, 2011 at 4:55pm — 1 Comment

Kettle Stand

Just a quick one to show you my new (well actually secondhand off Trade Me - $111) 60L kettle and the new deluxe kettle stand I built to go with it ($0).


The original stool.



Added by Chris on June 18, 2011 at 4:26pm — 4 Comments

A mans dilemma

After a long hard week of blending wine, spilling wine, drinking wine. One looks forward to spending a weekend working on his little piece of dirt. Such things like mowing the lawns while having a beer. “Pissing on the back fence” Weeding the gardens while having a beer. “Pissing on the front fence” The latter should be done at night so the rubber necking traffic don’t see you with your python swinging in the breeze! "Note the lower case's regarding my python"

But none the less one…


Added by Tony Rama Love on June 18, 2011 at 2:04pm — 1 Comment

Start small think tall

15 years ago age I came back from my Brittish OE with a dream to start my own Whiskey distillery...............after working in north eastern Scotland planting and harvesting malting grain and living in whiskey country I had come home with it in my veins if the Scots sarted doing it hundreds of years ago how hard could it be.

Well when I got home I seeked advice on getting going, I met a old bugger who told me to brew beer "its easy to make and cheap to start out" so I got some gear…


Added by Tim Stewart on June 11, 2011 at 3:06pm — 4 Comments

Plans - Kettle

Here is a rough idea of the first stage of my brewery - the kettle. Apologies, my drawing skills didn't develop much after the age of five.

There is a copper immersion chiller up top (bought 12m of copper tube for this for $69 from Trade Me) which goes into a 60L stainless cook pot I bought from Trade…


Added by Chris on June 10, 2011 at 5:00pm — 12 Comments


I had a break from brewing for a couple of years and am just starting up again. So far I have a bitter bottled, plus a golden ale and a lager bubbling away. I just brew from extract at the moment, no kettle involved, although I do boil hops and add to the wort. 


I've been brewing like this for about 7 or 8 years now and have had some great results, with one or two mishaps along the way. But now I'm…


Added by Chris on June 10, 2011 at 5:00pm — 3 Comments

3rd brewathon! essex blonde ale

Third brew put down yesterday, 50L of blonde/amber hoppy goodness bubbling away nicely check out the stats on my hopville recipe:ESSEX BLONDE The six week wait for this puppy is gonna be f@#king hard

Added by Chad Keven on May 15, 2011 at 9:24pm — 2 Comments

second AG brew: overlord ESB

Having recieved an awesome book for Christmas (home brew by Doug Rouxel and Sara Paston-Williams, Thanks Lorelle and Elaine) I have been itching to try one of the recipes, I settled on "Overlord extra special bitter"  the format of the recipes in the book are a little wierd so I have played with and tweaked the recipe using the "hopville beer calculus website" check out this recipe!…


Added by Chad Keven on May 2, 2011 at 12:37pm — 4 Comments

Second BIAB-Update

Bottled first attempt and went again.Got 22 750 ml bottles, so not so bad in the end.


This brew   4.6 kg British pale ale malt,250 g Crystal, 100g Nelson sauvon with S-05 as always.. This time added 28litres of water and mashed for 1hr, 40min @ 68c.Then boiled for 60 mins with only 10g bitter and all of the rest in the last 15 mins including 25g at flame out.


Much more mellow boil with lid half on and got 24 lites in fermenter with 3 litre mark…


Added by Dave Brown on May 1, 2011 at 6:29am — 3 Comments

Brewtroller Build Part Three - Electric Heating Elements

I decided to go for 3kW elements, it seems that would be about the biggest I could go for without requiring new switches and fuses in my house. My circuit breaker is rated to 20A, and as a good rule of thumb I'm going to try and keep this below 15A. Basically, the bigger the element, the quicker I can heat the water to start the mash and get the boil rolling.


The Maths:

20A x 230V = 4600W (max)

15A x 230V = 3450W (my target)


Therefore: 3000W/230V…


Added by Reuben Rowntree on April 14, 2011 at 8:30am — 7 Comments

Pinot Noir Wier (stage 1)

And so it begins...


The grape harvest is coming up (or is already happening in some parts of the country) and my parents own a small vineyard in Gladstone in the Wairarapa and fortunately a neighbour they have befriended has a large supply of Pinot Noir grapes at the ready.


I have recently made the Weißbier,  I just need to get the Pinot Noir…


Added by ninebarnyardowls on April 12, 2011 at 7:11am — No Comments

Brewtroller Build Part Two - Plumbing Fittings

Brewtroller Build:- Plumbing Connections



First off I must say I'm surprised by the total cost of plumbing this system, it's much more than I would have guessed - but it has to be done.

Side note: I work as a sound engineer now, but actually I did my trade as a plumber so the plumbing side of things is going to be a piece of cake for me - the electronics side is going to be a little more difficult - but…


Added by Reuben Rowntree on March 31, 2011 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Brewtroller Build: - Mash Tun False Bottom

I just got my false bottom back from the sheetmetal workshop so I thought I'd post a few pictures. I bought a sheet of perforated stainless steel sheet from: LockerNZ - http://www.lockernz.co.nz/pdf/catalogues/Perfmetals.pdf

I opted for the P106 which is 2.4mm holes at 3.6mm centres. It comes on a roll which I think was about a metre wide but they sold me just a half metre of that (for about $90), so…


Added by Reuben Rowntree on March 22, 2011 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

Megadeth - Mega Ale


this was brewed for the Rust in Peace anniversary tour last year... subsequently I got to meet the band and give them a bottle ! \m/

I also got Dave Mustaine to sign the picture...




this was brewed later on, Good Mourning/Black Friday Stout..



Added by Adrian Tayler on March 22, 2011 at 12:58pm — 15 Comments

Brewtroller System Build

Well I'm well into my Brewtroller Build so I'd thought I'd document the whole process.


Building an Automated Brewing System



I have been brewing all grain in 20L batches for a couple of years now. I have been using a 32L pot which doubles as a HLT and a Boiling Kettle, recently I started using the Brew in a Bag (BIAB) method which has proven to…


Added by Reuben Rowntree on February 25, 2011 at 12:00am — 3 Comments

Japan - the Biru

It's over three months ago now, but I finally got around to posting something about my trip to Japan...




Added by Sam Possenniskie (TGM) on January 23, 2011 at 1:24pm — No Comments

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