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April 2009 Blog Posts (9)

Epic Halcyon at Thornbridge

Still all go and we’ve just finished an awesome collaboration with Luke Nicholas of Epic Brewing Company over in New Zealand. Luke was over here to launch and promote Epic Pale Ale which he had been invited to brew with Everards Brewery in Leicester as part of the JD Wetherspoons International Real Ale Festival. Luke is a highly awarded New Zealand brewer with a vast amount of experience. He has twice brewed beers that have won the Supreme Champion Beer of New Zealand (including Epic Pale Ale,… Continue

Added by nzbrewer on April 30, 2009 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

The Soda Stream Experiment

I hear you all asking yourselves... "What do I do with this 21 Liters of fermented beer, when I can only fit 20 to the lip of my corny?" Well - I have the answer for you... either drink it flat, or chuck it in the soda stream machine! Step1: When you are half way through racking into the keg, fill up a soda stream bottle.

Make sure you dont overfill the bottle.

Step 3: Give it a few nudges of CO2 - dont… Continue

Added by JoKing on April 28, 2009 at 3:27pm — 14 Comments

1st Drippings ™ Caramelisation

As the title may suggest, ive tried something new (which I learnt from JoKing) and adapted it for BIAB..

The practice is caramelising the 1st runnings, down to a smaller amount on the stove top, using a pinch of citric acid to invert the sugars making it more fermentable, and lending a caramel flavour to the brew.. I witnessed this when I was in New Plymouth and have been intrigued by this ever since, not only for the purpose of adding a caramel flavour, but also for the purpose of… Continue

Added by Reviled on April 27, 2009 at 1:52pm — 9 Comments

Wheat beer..

Last Sunday I brewed what will hopefully be a wheat beer. However the airlock on the fermenter stopped bubbling around Wednesday. Weather has been pretty cold the last couple of days but I've used a heat pad and it never dropped below 18 degrees. I took a hydrometer reading (I'm not very good at reading them) and it seems to have a high gravity, as if it still needs a few more days to ferment, but it just doesn't seem to want to do that. Is there any hope for this batch? (If not it'll be my… Continue

Added by cerevisia on April 25, 2009 at 11:03am — 4 Comments

A day in the life in the JoKing Brewery.

It's been a couple of weeks since I've been and given a bit of insight to the brewery here so I thought I'd pop in and say hi... Yesterday was a massive day of home brew related activities. And I was mindful of a few of the discussions that were on the forum. First off for the day was bottling off the batch of Barleywine that Mike and Reviled brewed here in my whare. It's been a while since I bottled a batch - so I thought I get the assistant brewer to give me some help with this. I had about a… Continue

Added by JoKing on April 19, 2009 at 12:04pm — 17 Comments

Epic + Thornbridge = kiwi collabrotive brew

Just a quick update, I'm returning to the UK on the 13th April to pull the first pint of the Epic Pale Ale I brewed a few weeks ago at Everards in Leicester for the JD Wetherspoons International Real Ale Festival.

While I am there I am going to be doing a collaborative brew with Kelly Ryan (kiwi) at Thornbridge Brewery. We are thinking of doing a double IPA. Will keep you posted as things develop.

Thinking of a weekend in Belgium, any tips on where to go, or what to see?

Added by nzbrewer on April 6, 2009 at 7:59pm — 3 Comments

Weekend in the 'Naki

Wow, what a weekend, and how does one follow such a well written blog of the same thing? Well, I thought id focus more on what we were drinking (what I can remember) and the brew day..

We arrived at Joking's place at about 6pm, I stepped out of the car and before I knew it I was being handed a full glass of Dubbel - My first beer of the day at 7.5% - this was also an indication of the kind of beer we would be drinking that night, bloody strong ones!

The Dubbel was tasty,… Continue

Added by Reviled on April 6, 2009 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

Epic Porter vs Mt Taranaki and Mikes Maniacally Mad Mixture of Malted Meal Featuring the 4 C hops.

So first of all, thanks to Tyler and Mike for making this weekend possible. Tyler (Reviled) was good enough to take the photos of our monumental brew. But lets get back to the start... I arrive home from work on friday after a session of drinkies with my work mates. I get a text message from Tyler letting me know he has arrived. It's 6pm. I greet him at the top of my driveway, and we have a Dubbel. It all goes downhill from there - infact I can not… Continue

Added by JoKing on April 6, 2009 at 11:55am — 11 Comments

Map of the Pubs I visited in England

I have started a Google Map that plots the pubs I visited while in the UK recently. I hope to get this finished in the next week before I head back to the UK for another tour. I am 90% there on the pubs. I still need to download all my tweets for that period to cross reference the beers tweeted with notes recorded. …


Added by nzbrewer on April 2, 2009 at 9:32pm — 4 Comments

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