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Cry Me A Loral, APA

I cobbled this recipe together while picking out some ingredients from the League Of Brewers website in a bit of a rush so that I could pick up the ingredients before they closed on Saturday. I hadn’t brewed in about 3 months and both my kegs had run dry and I even finished my last …

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Mosaic & Nectaron Red IPA

Grain bill based in LOB Red Rooster/Little Red Rooster Style Information Name: Red IPA Recipe Type: All Grain Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Pale Ale Malt 2.5 kg Gladfield Aurora Malt 1 kg Vienna 1 kg Gladfield Redback Malt 0.45 kg Flaked Oats 0.25 kg Gladfield Shepherds Delight 0.25 kg Acidulated Malt 0.15 kg …

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The Big Squeeze NEIPA

I named this beer from the big squeeze I had to do to the brew bag to get the juice out! All that oats and flaked wheat sure retains a lot of water and requires some extra effort to squeeze out the liquid. This beer has a similar malt bill to my 2018 NEIPA just …

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M&M Session Pale Ale

My plan here was to brew a lowish ABV beer that I could drink plenty of without too much consequence. Initially I was thinking maybe 3% ABV or even lower but then I decided to aim more for around the 4% mark as it’s easier to make a decent tasting beer at that level. However …

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Dry Irish Stout Mark II

A second attempt at a Guinness style Dry Irish Stout. The one I brewed at Marchfest went down well and fast so I just had to do another one to refill the keg. Pretty much the same recipe as the Marchfest one apart from an extra 100g of base malt, but I crushed the grains …

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Home Hops Ale

This year I didn’t have time to brew when my hops came ready so I picked them and dried them and then stuck them in the freezer until I was ready to brew with them. Malt bill was just base malt – Gladfield Pale Ale malt. It came out good and disappeared pretty fast! Style …

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Dry Irish Stout

Brewed in Brew Zone at Marchfest 2020. Grain crush looked very coarse but didn’t inspect closely until had mashed in and wet the grains, so it was hard to tell exactly how bad it was. But efficiency was unusually poor. OG came out at 1.040 instead of target 1.043. (I had measured it at 1.051 …

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Rye Pale Ale 2020

I brewed two batches of this recipe, one for Cameron and one for myself. My one came out pretty good but not quite as good as the one I did for Cam if memory of my tasting of it serves me well. I definitely can get the hint of ‘coconut’ from the Sabro hops and …

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2020 Red IPA

Adapted from an extract recipe I got from my mate Dave, who got it from Dan Hags. Got water additions from another red IPA – League of Brewer’s ‘The Rooster‘ recipe. Interestingly gypsum and calcium chloride were added to boil rather than mash as mash pH is taken care of with acidulated malt. I also …

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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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