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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

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…


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.




Added by JoKing on August 22, 2010 at 9:00am — 17 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…


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


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

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