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  1. Dass Alto, well my version of it. Lovely caramel amber ale aroma. I might have gone a bit hard on the amber malt side of things. Really well balanced flavour though, if I do say so myself. The aroma says I might be a bit too sweet. However, the hop boil and steep has added neutralising bitterness. The pseudo lager affect of low temperature fermenting with Nottingham has also added a crispness that probably helps even out the taste. I am really happy with this beer. Is was from one of the bottles I filled before kegging the rest. No spot for the keg yet. Great head retention too. The photo does not capture the more gentle transition in colour through the glass. Love this one. 8/10
    4 points
  2. Could not help myself, just had to have a taste of my first AG batch. Only been at 2 C for a couple of days of the cold crash and not carbed up yet as last boost of pressure I put in there yesterday has all been all absorbed up. Its a light beer approx 3.7% and will be an easy drinker on a hot day. Tastes just like the stronger summer ale I make but obviously thinner so next time will mash at a higher temp and tweak the grain to get some more body. Cheers - AL
    4 points
  3. Side-by-side taste-test. Made from 1.7kg Coopers Canadian Blonde can and 1.5kg Morgans Pale Malt Extract. Split in two. One had the liquid from a Lemondrop hop steep added at kegging time. I was surprised how nice the Canadian Blonde can was. Aroma was beery in both. I could not detect any difference in aroma, so the Lemondrop hop steep added nothing in that regard. The bitterness was at a good level in both. There was an extra level of flavour in the Lemondrop version. The Lemondrop version did seems to ever so slightly reduce the bitterness. Nice malty flavour to both as well. This is the first time I have used this can. It does not have the 'reputation' of the Australian Pale Ale or the Mexican Cerveza. However, it is just as good. I will use this can again.
    4 points
  4. Kolsch. Pilsner malt, hallertau and saaz hops, Nottingham ale yeast.
    3 points
  5. Aaaah Test Cricket.... and a big bad IPA... 8.3% and 250g hops... is a bit severe and hence is known as: 1347 Black Death Atlas Base Malt, Munich, Wheat Malt, Carafa III, Chocolate, some Acidulated and a bit of Roasted Barley Hops 100g Columbus at FO and then 150 of Gal-Moz-Chin in the keg ; ) Yeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaaa crash-bang-wallop!
    3 points
  6. Simcoe pale ale. Dry hopped with Simcoe, Amarillo and Ekuanot. The beer was designed to use up some leftovers. Turned out to be one of my best haha. Cheers!
    2 points
  7. https://absolutebeer.com/reviews/ivory-stout-white-stout/ Check this out.
    2 points
  8. A good little fail on the weekend... I didn't think how quickly the Wort would come out from the FWK! Fumbled it around for a little to get it closer to the FV. Ended up having a Wort shower. So did the dog! All in all didn't lose to much of the FWK (a few litres), but enough to have a wort smelling dog.
    2 points
  9. This morning I've mixed together an APA tin with BE2 using reactivated CCA yeast to 23litres. I also added 15g Cluster hops that were cold steeped overnight. I made two identical batches and got an unusually low OG reading from both - 1.032. Maybe I didn't mix them well enough but it seems odd that both read low. I'll take new readings tomorrow once the yeast has had a go at the sugars. I've set ferment at 22C because my beer stocks are low and I want a fairly swift result.
    2 points
  10. Inspired by @Hilltop hops Good ol Sparkling is a staple tasty beer amongst so many rubbish craft beers.
    2 points
  11. When I was growing up as a youngster, in the mid 70s, my parents were very young. Dad was just out of an apprenticeship and didn't make much money. He used to scrape all the loose change together Mum had, buy a couple of longnecks and take me and my sister to the drive in to watch a movie. Dad had his two or three longnecks of Southark Bitter, Mum would take us to the canteen during a break. We watched movies such as Jaws, King Kong, Planet Of The Apes and the rest. Thems were the days.
    2 points
  12. @BlackSands gee u get some good photos and @Graubart so do you for a man who doesn't drink a beer under 6%
    2 points
  13. Here comes the rain... Once again diving into my current Golden Ale featuring Centennial and Chinook hops:
    2 points
  14. @Graubart Hey there bloke, as promised I would find and let you know of a better "o" ring or seal for those Kegland SS caps. The original black ones flog out after a few uses and are useless. The best fit I have found are the replacement camlock seals, see pics. Snug as bug in a rug. You can get a pack of 5 from Kegland for a few dollars (product code KL07177) so readily available in most LHBS too I would imagine. Don't forget to put a very light smear of food grade lube on seal face then its done up just hand tight, you will not need a spanner. I think this idea and "find" will help @Red devil 44 , @Lettucegrove , @MartyG1525230263 , @kmar92 , @Shamus O'Sean , @PaddyBrew2 , @Titan , @MitchBastard and others. Unsure if @ChristinaS1 uses the SS caps (Happy New Year Christina). Anyway hope that helps everyone get on top of sealing issues (pun intended) when using theses SS caps . Cheers - AL
    2 points
  15. Hello all after all this covid stuff is over hopefully in this year sometime when government and companies have virtually twisted all our arms for a vaccine. Am thinking I really miss beer festivals and would be good for coopers club members to try and meet up. I'm sure alot of you have already done it but when lived in Melbourne I went to them down there. Since I moved to country I've been to High country hops in Beechworth and the Albury beer festival and really missed them last year. Hope we can all meet at some point and go to one when covid is done and dusted cheers all
    1 point
  16. Now Betty White is an American Treasure, and she turns 99 today..... But is there such a thing as a white stout, and if so would this actually be considered one?
    1 point
  17. @jamiek86 After the deep frying you’re probably looking for a cold beer to wash that down ...
    1 point
  18. yes I unplug mine all time to use the deepfrier for 20 min rightbback to where was and they usually finish and get it back on faster than what say
    1 point
  19. @lickedthestamp Thanks mate. That's great news.
    1 point
  20. 6 Can Limit is still in place. Had to add 2 boxes of BE3 to get over the $80 mark for the free shipping deal. Only really after the unhopped LME, wish the free shipping limit would be reduced to $65 dollars, or even better, lift the limit to 8 cans! Big W just closed here, so Dan Murphy's is now the only local option, and they still don't do LME tins.
    1 point
  21. Haha, you had enough Stout for two identical batches: “what a shame” it evaporated before you could get to mixing in the second batch,
    1 point
  22. get some soft drink or milk containers fill with water and freeze to put around it. worse case scenario a few bags of ice if cost u $8 stop getting too hot worth it. They done this at my house fem months ago was at night time.
    1 point
  23. I got a carton because on holidays and didn't want keep going back but yes it's drinkable wouldn't get again in hurry not awful but not fantastic
    1 point
  24. All is good. I think it was a carbonation problem as now there is plenty of head. Appreciate the help!
    1 point
  25. @Red devil 44 how about one of these to go with your pool? In Moama about go bottle shop and see what fancy beers they might have
    1 point
  26. Looks like Barley to me - compare it with this, I could be wrong though !
    1 point
  27. I'm behind again! This time I blame the new network policy at work that kept me locked out of beer related sites for a few weeks there. Prepare for bombardment!!
    1 point
  28. hey there everybody have been wanting to distill my own spirits for years now, and finally decided to bite the bullet and purchase the required gear etc. my big question today is, would it be a better choice to buy the kegland 35 litre BrewZilla Gen.3.1.1 or jus t go with the 35 litre Alcoengine Copper Pot Still ? it appears that if i buy the brewzilla i can do full grain beers but also with a few twists and turns i can add the reflux column and also use it to distill pure spirits etc ? if anybody here has any experience with this or can confirm that it will serve both purpose's and is capable of being reconfigured to do so with reasonable ease please let me know and share any details i may need to take into consideration when i do go forward with my decision ? thanks in advance and hope you are all enjoying this wintery bloody summer in melbourne grumble lol
    1 point
  29. Cool thanks, might try half with hops, half straight up after that call..... Cheers
    1 point
  30. Your values seem fine. 1006 is in the lower range that I would expect. But it is possible. Being 3 points different to the predicted FG is common and not a worry. As Ibooz2 says, if it stays stable (of if it has been stable for a few days), it will be ready to cold crash.
    1 point
  31. What is the name of the yeast you used and how many grams? Sounds like fermentation is finished so if the FG stays at this same reading for two days in a row then its time to cold crash it down to about 2 C for severeal days. This will clear the beer. Cheers - AL
    1 point
  32. Ok, a little update on the exbeeriment. Kveik still is a beast. The beer started off at an OG of 1.052 and after 24 hours, it was down to 1.010. I took another sample on day 4 and it was sitting at 1.006, so it was probably done on day 2. In comparison, the temp controlled version with US-05 was sitting at 1.010 on day 4. Ambient temp was not too high but the beer itself stated at 32C and on day 4 it was sitting on 32C, so I suppose it didn't vary too much. Tomorrow I'll take the dry hops out and start cold crashing both FVs. It'll be interesting to taste the difference in the beer once it is done.
    1 point
  33. mate if your handy and get hold of a couple 50litre kegs , these will be great way of starting to get into A.G you can use 1 for the hlt and 1 for the boil kettle and both can be used with gas or electricity and with a 50litre still can do a brew in a bag as well and if ya get hold of a 3rd keg you could easily make it into a mash tun as well brewfather is great and has a good library of recipes..
    1 point
  34. Sparkling Ale at Coopers Ale House Wallaroo. Also had the XPA both great on tap.
    1 point
  35. When you say "the second infusion" I assume you mean dry hopping as in "Once the foam has subsided around day 5, add the remaining Eclipse Hops (we recommend wrapping them in a mesh cleaning cloth, pulled straight from the wrapper)." Dry hopping does not add any fermentables. When the next step says "Fermentation has finished once the specific gravity is stable over 2 days" that is not because the dry hop is causing any more fermentation. It just means that at day 5 the brew is probably still fermenting, but nearly finished. One of the reasons for adding a dry hop when you still have some fermenting activity is that this activity helps to distribute the hop aromatics throughout the brew. The hops do need time to do their thing and about 3 days is enough. Their thing is to add hop aroma to the brew. Tell me to stop if you know all of this. Sometimes a first poster has been brewing for 20 years and will have forgotten more about brewing than I will ever know..
    1 point
  36. I went to the house of garlic today and it appears I got lucky. A lovely, little nonna was there and she told me, "I sella da garlic for mya sun. He hazza da farm in de hills but heeya sella da farm. Dissa da last year to sella de garlic." She had one Tip Top bread tray of garlic left to sell. She said yesterday she sold 10 of them. I bought a 500g bag for $15. It's not real cheap in the scheme of things but at least I know it's locally grown and should be good to start my own crop with, as well to use in cooking.
    1 point
  37. Great thanks @Shamus O'Sean @Lettucegrove for the advice. I might just gently prise the stubby cap so that it doesn’t build up pressure, or maybe seal it with some sanitised glad wrap and a rubber band. BTW my phone wants to autocorrect “glad wrap” to “glam” wrap! Which i guess is a type of very fashionable high end wrap?
    1 point
  38. $13 brew!? Bah, “tell him he’s dream’n”. Give me enough time, to have enough leftovers from all my other exbeeriments, and “I’ll try t make yer stinking $8.23 brew!” Just a shame I still have 6 ish brews pending in my roadmap first!
    1 point
  39. If any of my home brews turned out fluoro green, or sparkly, or both, I’d give up making home brew!
    1 point
  40. One of the possible symptoms of Covid is a loss of taste. That would come in handy if making beer with the Home Brand kit. I did it once and it was awful.
    1 point
  41. "I've been reading about adding oats to brew as an adjunct and I'm an absolute beginner with this. I can leave these out if it's going to be a problem - should I be looking at flaked oats or quick oats?" (trying new browser & it's not showing usual buttons for quote etc.) Oats will add mouth feel to the brew, even if you don't mash them. If you DO mash them you will need another grain in there to provide the enzymes to do conversion. In Australia, quick oats and rolled oats have both gone through the beginnings of what might be seen as a malting process. i.e. they have been moistened then dried. The caution for oats is more to do with the USA where they have rolled oats that have not been so treated. But quick oats offer a better amount of surface area so I'd use them. Given the perceived 'quality' of the Woolies home brand it might be good to have some body in the beer. :D AFAIK, the woolies brand is made in NZ - not positive but pretty sure way back when I saw that on the can. I was trying it out to see if it would make a cheap alternative to LME in an otherwise normal K&K brew.
    1 point
  42. Think the Peasants woulda been just fine - they were growing - harvesting - malting - milling - mashing - and making their own... Woulda been the Party Toffs ; )
    1 point
  43. @Beer Baron even though you deleted your post we still get it via email. I don't use it as I need beer in a hurry, I use it due to not having temperature controlled brewing capabilities and out of interest. @ChristinaS1 I am currently using OPSHAUG from Whitelabs. First brew was very simple and has MASSIVE lemon rind flavour, having only 20g of El Dorado in the boil it is entirely yeast related. Second brew is a Pacific Ale type brew, yet to be kegged.
    1 point
  44. I think it would handle that easier than Buddy Franklin kicking a goal from 30 yards out, in front of the posts. It wants to ferment at high temps.
    1 point
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