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MotCrossTai IPA

I thought the malty base of my previous beer, Hops Harvest 2022, was so good that I kept the grain bill exactly the same and paired it up with a trio of hops pellets –  Motueka, Southern Cross and Taiheke. Brew Notes Strike temp: 74° Mash: 67° (start) – 64° (end), 1 hr mash SG …

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Whiskey 2022

strike water: 22L @ 73.5° mash start: 66° mid mash: 65.5° sparge water: 10L 30 L in fermentor (to the brim!) OG: 1.084 No boil – left in fridge to cool Fermented for 2 weeks (still had solid airlock activity in 2nd week) FG: 0.999 ABV:  11.35% Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Distillers Malt …

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Hops Harvest 2022

This years fresh hops stew brewed with a total of 1.8kg (1.1 C, 0.7 N) of hops picked the night before. Hops measures for recipe divided by 5 to get approx weight in dry hops. – Mash: start temp 68° (66.5° after 40mins), 1.5hrs – 32L in kettle @ 1.053 – Added final hops over …

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She’ll Be Right NZ Pilsner

Last minute thrown together recipe, hence the name. 20 Feb 2022 – Brew day Mashed higher than planned due to low battery in thermometer causing it to stick on 74° when measuring strike water temp, but was a few degrees higher. Ended up mashing at around 71° – too high???? Gravity after mash 1.052 – pretty …

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Summer Hazy

Style Information Name: NEIPA Recipe Type: All Grain Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Gladfield American Ale Malt 4 kg Flaked Oats 1 kg Wheat Malt 0.5 kg Caragold 0.3 kg Gladfield Sour Grapes 0.3 kg Hops Name Amount Alpha Acid % AAU Time Notes Freestyle 0.05 kg 9.9% 0.495 0 Willamette 0.05 kg 7.9% …

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The Bruce Session NZPA

Based on my recent beer Zythos Session APA but with a few tweaks: NZ hops blend (The Bruce) instead of US hops blend (Zythos) 0.5kg more malt – 1kg of Vienna instead of 0.7kg and 0.2kg of Sour Grapes malt German Vienna and Munich malt instead of NZ Medium crystal instead of light crystal malt …

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ZAPPA – A hazyish NZ/APA

Brewed this with Kveik yeast hotter than intended – got up to about 35°C! I had mistakenly left the temp probe OUTSIDE the frementation fridge and my hairdryer heat source was cranking up the temp for awhile before I noticed on first day of fermentation. I thought I had messed it up, but no, it …

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Riwaka Resurgence

Recipe kit from League of Brewers. Turned out very nice! Style Information Name: American Pale Ale Recipe Type: All Grain Type: Ale   Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Gladfield American Ale Malt 4.2kg Golden Promise Pale Malt 0.4kg Gladfield Medium Crystal Malt 0.3kg Gladfield Sour Grapes Malt 0.2kg Hops Name Amount Alpha Acid % …

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Zythos Session APA

My plan here was to brew an APA/IPA with a lower ABV (around 4%) but tasting like a full-bodied tasty pale ale. I found a recipe on Brewer’s Coop that looked in line with what I had in mind so I went with it for the malt bill and used 200g of Zythos American hops …

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Marchfest IPA (based on Cameron’s)

Brewed at Marchfest, based on an IPA I had at Cameron’s place. His used Nectaron hops which was not available at LOB so I used Amarillo which was on the original recipe that he sent me. Style Information Name: American IPA Recipe Type: All Grain Grains & Extracts Name Amount Notes Pilsner 6 kg Gladfield …

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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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