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 —
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 —
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 —
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 —
reposting if anyone has some leads, has hops, seeds, cuttings, rhizomes...cheers
Added by Euan Parker on January 21, 2010 at 12:31pm —
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 —
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,
Added by James P on December 24, 2009 at 11:10pm —
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 —
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 —
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 —
Most of my inspiration comes from sitting on the crapper, reading through a stash of BYO magazines. The latest issue has an article about Cloning beers, giving an example of Rogue Dead Guy Ale. This is nothing like it. The original called for 4kg Pale, 1.8kg Munich and 500g Carastan malt. Decided to break down the Munich and Carastan into Munich II, Vienna, Crystal and Melanoidin and a bit of Roast. 20 mins into the mash and god knows how it will turn out.
Rough Wise Guy Ale… Continue
Added by Glynn Foster on September 26, 2009 at 3:40pm —
Already thinking about how I'm going to re-use my 1084 yeast cake from the stout I brewed last
, after a little washing. The fermentation did in the end take off, slow and steady all the way. A little worried by floaties on the surface, but seems like the yeast hasn't yet dropped and a taste out of the carboy yields a pretty terrific brew- a couple of days in the fridge will cure that.
I'm a… Continue
Added by Glynn Foster on September 16, 2009 at 9:23pm —
Finally decided to start up a brewing blog. I have a work blog
which gets a lot of geeky stuff, and given it's syndicated on a bunch of technical planets, figured realbeernz
was the place to host it. I'll mostly talk about the brewing gear that I buy, magazine articles I'm reading, and the beer that I'm brewing (and will likely learn from the comments or pass on the knowledge that I've been privileged to… Continue
Added by Glynn Foster on September 10, 2009 at 9:57pm —
Can I please receive feedback from the home brew community about the following idea.
Are any of you interested in home roasted barley?
I roast my own coffee beans. When I started home brew a few months ago with a friend I realized brewing also uses roasting techniques with the different malts.
Comments and advice welcome
Added by Ed Main on September 10, 2009 at 9:33pm —
Back in July I spent 5 days touring around the sound and west of Czech Republic (in the midst of a month away), tasting a few (or more) of their fine Pilsners. Here is the post from my blog, thought some might find my ramblings interesting...
Though we flew into Prague Airport, that was as close as we got, as we had already been to Prague many years ago. This trip was about touring a bit of the Czech countryside and, surprise surprise, visit some fine Czech Breweries with the… Continue
Added by Sam Possenniskie (TGM) on September 9, 2009 at 8:00pm —
After reading a post by Joking about the possibility of creating a grain mill from a pasta maker I gave it a go with much success!
Following is a quick guide on how it was done.....
Step One: Find a cheap pasta maker (I got mine second hand for $22 on trademe)
This one has 6 different settings to set how far apart the rollers sit.
Step Two: Do this to it.....…
Added by Toot on August 31, 2009 at 6:00pm —
Homer: Got any of that beer that has candy floating in it? You know, Skittlebrau?
Apu: Such a beer does not exist, sir. I think you must have dreamed it.
Homer: Oh. Well, then just give me a six-pack and a couple of bags of Skittles.
The ‘Art of Skittlebrau’, beer judged not only on taste, but also on appearance post-skittle induction. Able to be produced in a wide variety of flavours and colours, Skittlebrau is confectionary brewing at it’s finest(?) indeed, the drinker… Continue
Added by Curd Nerd on August 26, 2009 at 12:00am —
I'm sitting here tonight after having had probably one
more than I should have, not unusual for us ale named, lager brewed swilling Kiwis. It's Saturday night we are all drinking like the 6 o'clock swill is still here, but the difference is that tonight I have consumed beers from the home brewing and craft brewing brethren.
I think we are similar to the Camp David religious nuts of the 80's except that some of us are not trying to have sex with multiple partners (okay not all… Continue
Added by James P on August 15, 2009 at 9:59pm —
I'm addicted to brewing.
There, I said it. Born out of a desperate need to find a tasty drinkable beer I went in search of the whole homebrew thing. I pretty much decided that if I could brew anything half as decent as DB or Lion then I'm well on the way to improving my life. The dilemma I now have is that in my search of homebrewing I found this fantastic array of NZ craft beer I had no idea existed. If I'm honest I thought that Macs and Monteiths were as good as it got in NZ and I… Continue
Added by Matthew on August 9, 2009 at 8:56pm —
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… Continue
Added by Reviled on July 23, 2009 at 10:01am —