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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

Join Us On Tour, For A Beer - NZ Craft Beer TV

As we travel around the country we plan to also visit some of the great craft beer bars this country now has. But what makes these bars great and successful is the awesome customers they have. Because these people love craft beer. Just like us.


So we invite you to come join us, after a busy and taxing day filming at breweries ;-) , to have a beer. We would love to meet some of the great fans of craft beer, to balance this TV series. Like meeting the people on the other side…


Added by nzbrewer on January 18, 2011 at 9:49am — No Comments

The Malthouse Epic Tap Takeover - 15/12/10

The Malthouse Epic Tap Takeover - 15/12/10

15th December 2010
The Malthouse
48 Courtenay Place,…

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…


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…


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


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


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…


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

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