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American Pale Ale

Got some advise from Michael Rhodes at LOB to calculate water additions and make a few other tweaks to the recipe (add a little sour grapes malt to adjust PH and reshuffle the hops additions a little – get rid of 10min addition). I did a flame-out addition which I let sit for 5 minutes, …

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Black Gold (an iStout Clone)

A Russian Imperial Stout following the 8 Wired iStout recipe which came directly from the brewer. Soren Eriksson gave the full recipe specs on The Brewing Network’s ‘Can You Brew It’ podcast (3 Jan 2011). I used a can of light malt extract to provide some of the fermentables and keep my grain bill to …

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Motueka Pale Ale

First beer for the keg! Overly bitter but drinkable. Made using almost 500g of dried whole leaf Motueka hops from Marchfest brew zone. Made a hop tea for dry hopping – I suspect this may have been cause of the harsh bitterness. Won’t do hop tea again. Style Information Name: American Pale Ale Recipe Type: …

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Fresh Hops Ale

Style Information Name: American Pale Ale Recipe Type: All Grain Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Pale Ale Malt 5.5 kg Hops Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes Cascade 0.135 kg 7.8% 1.053 10 Cascade 0.144 kg 7.8% 1.1232 1 Motueka 0.1 kg 7% 0.7 1 Yeasts Name Amount Notes Safale US-05 Mash …

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Fresh Hops Pilsner

Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Pilsner 6 kg Carapils (Dextrine) 0.4 kg Hops Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes Cascade 0.015 kg 6.8% 0.102 30 Cascade 0.056 kg 7.8% 0.4368 10 Cascade 0.055 kg 7.8% 0.429 5 Cascade 0.056 kg 7.8% 0.4368 1 Nelson Sauvin 0.07 kg 11.5% 0.805 0 Yeasts Name …

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Marchfest Porter

Brewed at MarchFest 2019 along with Karl Summerfield. The recipe was a slightly modified version of ‘Nick Danger Porter’ by Denny Conn (celebrity home-brewer and brewing author who was one of the speakers at NZHC 2018). One new technique I tried out here was ‘No Chill’. Since we were just after experiencing a drought and …

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Reddish iPA

I took some influence from the Red IPA that I brewed back in October 2018 but was going for something a little bit lighter in colour, bitterness and AVB. I also took some influence from the recently brewed NE IPA and Lazy Hazy by including some of my new favorite hops – Mosaic. Is it …

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New England IPA

Equanot lupulin powder! 25% oats! Lazy Hazy, which was loosely based on the delicious hazy IPA that I had at Cameron’s, turned out great and got demolished in record time so I decided to have another go at it. But this time I followed the recipe specs a bit more closely. I originally couldn’t get …

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Red IPA

Style Information Name: Red IPA Recipe Type: All Grain Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Pale Ale Malt 4 kg Vienna 1.3 kg Gladfield Shepherds Delight 0.36 kg Gladfield Redback Malt 0.32 kg Gladfield Toffee Malt 0.25 kg Caraaroma 0.2 kg Gladfield Light Crystal 0.1 kg Hops Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes …

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Lazy Hazy

Inspired by Cameron’s Hazy IPA, this is a mid-strength (5-ish %) version featuring Mosaic hops and using up some Nelson and Waimea that I already had. Style Information Name: American Pale Ale Recipe Type: All Grain Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Pale Ale Malt 4 kg Flaked Oats 0.5 kg Flaked Wheat 0.5 kg …

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Marchfest Kaffir Chili Saison

Style Information Name: Saison Recipe Type: All Grain Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Pilsner 4.2 kg Wheat Malt 1.2 kg Munich II 0.6 kg Candi Sugar, Light 0.5 kg Hops Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes Triskel 0.02 kg 8% 0.16 30 Triskel 0.03 kg 8% 0.24 10 Triskel 0.05 kg 8% …

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Hops Harvest 2018

Over 2kg or wet hops, the entire harvest, ploughed into one batch of beer in hopes that it will be ‘hoppy’! Brewing notes: Big mess-up! I forgot to install the bazooka screen in the kettle (for filtering the finished wort off the hops) before the mash. To recover from this situation I had to transfer …

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Restock Pale Ale

A straight up basic mid-strength pale ale to restock my dwindling supplies. Style Information Name: American Pale Ale Recipe Type: All Grain Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Pale Ale Malt 4.5 kg Gladfield Light Crystal 0.4 kg Gladfield Redback Malt 0.2 kg Vienna 0.067 kg Gladfield Shepherds Delight 0.05 kg Rye Malt 0.035 kg …

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Dark Times III

Style Information Name: Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) Recipe Type: All Grain Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Pale Ale Malt 5.3 kg Gladfield Light Crystal 0.3 kg Carafa II malt 0.13 kg Caraaroma 0.1 kg Chocolate, Pale 0.1 kg Crystal 120 (dark) 0.1 kg Hops Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes …

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Nelson Pale Ale

Style Information Name: American Pale Ale Recipe Type: All Grain Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Pale Ale Malt 4.5 kg Wheat Malt 0.5 kg Gladfield Light Crystal 0.3 kg Biscuit 0.25 kg Hops Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes Waimea 0.03 kg 16% 0.48 20 Nelson Sauvin 0.05 kg 11.5% 0.575 10 …

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Whiskey beer 2

Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Pale Ale Malt 8 kg Gladfield Pale Crystal 0.5 kg Yeasts Name Amount Notes Belle Saison Mash Steps Name Step Type Step Time Temperature Saccharification Rest Infusion 60 66 C Boil Amount: 25 liters Water Description: Time: minutes Target Batch Size: 25 liters Profile Estimated OG: 1.076 Estimated FG: …

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Rule-breaker Ale

This one is a bit of a mix-up not following any particular style guidlines – a Belgian, amber/pale ale. Although having said that, it’s along the lines of an APA/IPA as it’s a fairly hoppy beer. Brewed with a Belgian trappist ale yeast, Safale BE-256, but fermented at 17°C for a cleaner profile. Gladfield Redback …

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Dark Times 2

This attempt to re-create my previous Dark Times beer went a little awry – the gravity came in much lower than expected, 1.042 instead of 1.050. At first I put it down to the no-sparge process instead of my usual BIAB with sparge process. But when I was crushing grains for my next brew, I …

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Marchfest Rye Pale Ale

Brewed at Marchfest 2017 Brew Zone. Brewed this as a home brewing demo at Marchfest 2017 in Brew Zone. It deviated considerably from the plan but the resulting beer was a top notch pale ale that I was very happy with. First major deviation was I ended up with an extra kg of base malt! …

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Hops Stew 2017

Split batch at bottling time, added hops tea made with the dried homegrown hops to one batch and bottled the other batch without any additional hops. I was a bit unsure about the hops tea, hence the 2 batches, but it worked well and imparted the hops character that I felt was missing in the …

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