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Cerevisia's Blog (10)


Has anyone here brewed a beer using Rye? I just bought a 1kg bag of the stuff the other day. I guessing it might be good for a Saison? I'm told it gives a dry, spicy finish. Is this true?

Added by cerevisia on July 19, 2009 at 9:28pm — 2 Comments

Hop vines.

Is there anywhere in NZ that sells Hop Vines?

I'm in Wellington and was wondering if there's a place nearby that might have them. Would they be available at any garden centre? (probably not eh.)

If anyone here knows I'd be grateful.

Added by cerevisia on June 27, 2009 at 4:40pm — 5 Comments

Advice please?

I just recently (Sunday midday) brewed a Bishops Tipple clone. (I'm hoping) It was a partial mash, using:

1.5Ib pale malt,

500gms crystal malt

1oz black malt

1oz wheat malt

A can of coopers real ale for malt extract.

Goldings Hops

750gms Golden Syrup

2oz Molasses

And Safale s-04

The airlock on the fermenter only just started bubbling now when I got home from work. Normally when I brew,… Continue

Added by cerevisia on June 22, 2009 at 6:47pm — 11 Comments

Quick question:

What do you good people use to sterilize your brew buckets/carboys/brewing equipment etc?

Added by cerevisia on May 30, 2009 at 2:33pm — 25 Comments


Does anyone have any good Porter recipes they'd like to share? I'm looking at making a Porter for the winter and would like some ideas if possible, I normally do a partial mash (grains, hops and a can of malt extract) and am looking for an excuse to put my black malt and roast barley to good use!

Cheers in advance! :D

Added by cerevisia on May 10, 2009 at 4:48pm — 3 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

Pale Stout?

Just brewed what may be Extra Stout!

I used:

1.5Ib Pale Malt (thanks Stu!)

8oz Crystal Malt

6oz Black Malt

1oz Wheat Malt

1oz Unmalted Roast Barley

.5oz Ground Coffee Beans (Havana)

1.8Kg Coopers Real Ale Kit (unfortunately it wasn't the dark version)

500gms Brown Sugar

30z Sticklebract Hop Cones

Yeast that came under the can of the Coopers kit

I miss the old Guinness Stout that came in a bottle that we had over… Continue

Added by cerevisia on March 21, 2009 at 5:15pm — 2 Comments


Pale Malt and Lager/Pilsner Malt. Does it matter if I boil them at the same temperature? Obviously I'll use lager yeast for the lager and pilsner malt and ale yeast for the pale malt, crystal malt etc.


Added by cerevisia on March 17, 2009 at 7:40pm — 5 Comments

Aaaarrrrgh! Corona Style Beer again.

I just finished brewing my corona style lager - my first partial grain lager ever! Hope it works out!

However there was one thing I did wrong...

Well, damnit! I left the grains boiling in the slow cooker for nearly an hour. Wasn't thinking straight. Stupid stupid!! I NEVER did this before! Soon I realised though! After ranting to myself hysterically like Christian Bale on the set of Terminator 4 I threw out the wasted grains and did another batch. This one I only did… Continue

Added by cerevisia on March 15, 2009 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Help if possible.


I'm going to attempt to make a bland Corona type beer for a friend of mine - still not too sure what sort of ingredients to use. So far I'm going with lager grain, pale malt, light malt extract, rice flakes, and little to no hops of any kind (probably Sticklebract). Am I on the right track here?


Added by cerevisia on March 14, 2009 at 6:09pm — 12 Comments

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