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  • Does full volume mash affect maltiness and body of the beer ?

    I came across a very interesting discussion on the effect of full volume mash on the fermentablity of the wort and resulting maltiness and body of the beer in BIAB brewing on HomeBrewTalk. My approach is to mash with about 2/3 of the water with 1/3 reserved for sparging. I have considered doing a full… Continue reading »

  • Just Another Pale Ale

    First use of new grainmill and new grainbag. Big gain in efficiency: 93% mash efficiency compared to typically around 80% with old bag. Old bag was under-sized for pot, new one is plenty big so better able to mix grain and water, also temp appears more even.

  • Red Rocket

  • Oatmeal Stout

  • Waimea Express

    Inspired by some interesting posts on I tried out a new ‘express’ approach to brewing – short mash (30 min), short boil (25 min), short final hops stand (5 min). This resulted in a nice short brew night and I didn’t notice any downsides apart from a small loss in efficiency so I think… Continue reading »

  • Hops Harvest 2016

  • Plum Wine 2016

    Some notes on my plum wine making for 2016 (learnings for next time) Fruit – picked approx 60kg of fruit – 4 times my harvest of 2012 (the last time I made plum wine). The tree was loaded this year. I picked the ripe plums between 5th and 12th Jan, that’s later than usual for… Continue reading »

  • Bohemian Pilsner

    Pitched this onto the yeast cake of the previous pilsner. Managed to chill the wort down to 12.5°C by pumping ice water through the immersion chiller. Due to pitching on yeast cake there was a very short lag time – obvious fermentation activity within 12 hours (at 12°C). Result was just ok – tasted fine,… Continue reading »

  • Basic Pilsner

    Basic Pilsner because it has only pilsner malt and Pacifica hops.

  • Rye IPA

    Brewed for League Of Homebrewer’s ingredient showcase. Brewed using 18.5% rye.

  • Emergency Pale Ale

    Emergency Pale Ale – what’s the emergency? Running low on beer, that’s what. Came second in SOBA Nelson homebrew compitition (The Verdict, 24th October 2015).

  • Black Sheep Smoked Oatmeal Stout

    Brewed with Karl Summerfield on his Grainfather system for the League of Homebrewers Manuka Smoked Malt Showcase. Came first in SOBA Nelson homebrew compitition (The Verdict, 24th October 2015).

  • Last Minute Pale Ale

    Brewed with Gladfield American Ale malt for League of Homebrewers malt showcase.

  • Marchfest Pale Ale

    Brewed with Karl Summerfield at Marchfest 2015.

  • Hops Stew

    Brewed with freshly picked ‘wet’ hops. Split into 2 batches – batch A, the full strength 5.7% abv version and batch B at 4.5% abv included additional water used to rinse the copious amount of hops material left in the boil kettle.

  • Rakau Pale Ale

    First brew of 2015. Just going after a straightforward easy drinking Pale Ale here and using up ingredients that I have on hand. First time using Rakau hops.

  • November Pilsner

    Brewing Notes: Leaf hops caused a bit of trouble with transfer from kettle to fermenter, had to keep clearing blockage from ball valve. Didn’t account for the 90 min boil in water boil-off calculations so need to add 4 L top-up water. Add boiled cooled water after fermentation kicks off. Just used a single packet… Continue reading »

  • Fuggles Gem Dark Ale

    I had planned to use S-04 yeast in this one but didn’t manage to pick up any on time so just made it with US-05 (hydrated this time). I also did a small split batch using Coopers yeast as I had more wort than would fit in the carboy. No hydrometer this time either so… Continue reading »

  • Kettle trub in fermenter – could it actually be beneficial?

    I used to strain out the trub with a sieve when transferring the wort from the kettle to the fermenter but on one brew I got lazy and just dumped it all into the fermenter, every last bit of trub – hot break, cold break, hops debris and every single drop of liquid and solid… Continue reading »

  • October Pale Ale

    After a bit of a brewing absence (over 5 months since I last put down a brew) my stocks were running low so it was time to brew. I went for my favorite beer type, a good hoppy American style Pale Ale, but with all NZ hops so a New Zealand Pale Ale to be… Continue reading »

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