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  1. Maybe try 1007 German ale yeast. Depends on the style of Amber you are aiming for. My current one is a German Alt/Aussie amber hybrid. This is the first version using our fresh Victoria hops (Aussie) with the German yeast and a malt driven base. 80% Maris Otter 8% Munich 8% Special Roast 8 Medium Crystal 1% Choc Malt Bravo 60 min for 18IBU 300g Victoria at flame out for 12 IBU. After 3 months the malt really shines on this one.
  2. It depends on multiple factors. I don't keg only bottle but I expect kegs will condition quicker. My AG brews can be good from 3 weeks after bottling whereas extract brews I found need at least 4 weeks.
  3. Yeah too high on the carbonation for my tastes. Its a great beer just needs time to condition. 6 months would be ideal but was good after 3.
  4. I'm around 90% glass and rest the PET. Plastic are great for up to 9 months storage and are good for giving out as no risk of explosion etc. They are much lighter too as most of my glass is coopers longnecks, with a high percentage of older ones which are quite heavy even when empty. All are 750-745ml other than one case of Duvel 330ml and around two cases of 500ml weihenstephaner bottles. I generally bulk prime around 7-7.5g p/L for lagers, Wheats and Sasions, Ales around 6.5-6.8g p/L and stouts as low as 5.5g p/L. Nothing worse than an over carbed stout. Last winter I brewed the black mountain stout coopers recipe (https://www.diybeer.com/au/recipe/black-mountain.html) that was carbed with two coopers lollies. The carbonation level ruined an otherwise great beer.
  5. Harvest Amber Ale. For this one I used Wyeast 1007 German ale so its a kind of a hybrid Altbier/Amber ale. Bravo for bittering with wet Victoria flowers for flavour/aroma. Pretty tasty brew. Going to brew a version using 1272 American ale yeast and dried victoria flowers with same grain bill.
  6. So the Pumpkin beer is back on the cards. Will do a small batch and then use the beer to make a pumpkin cheese cake.
  7. No reason it wouldn't work. It would be better to use as a base for a partial and add the extra bitterness using a 30 min boil. Could use EKG etc for English or The C's for American. For example the ROTM Turbo Charged APA is a great beer based on the Mex kit. https://www.diybeer.com/au/recipe/turbo-charged-american-pale-ale.html I brewed one using WY1272 and gave my dad one for Christmas brewed using US05. as an experiment. Damn fine beer in both instances and it would be hard to tell it was a kit beer.
  8. Not enough room for Barley. We do have lots of fruit and veg though. Various citrus, berries and the lawn needed for our kelpie. We are very lucky here due to rainfall and good planning as we could grow enough food for a year if we plan right. Its not all for us as we try to plant for the natural environment to attract bees and native wildlife. The hops are the standout due to little to no pests or diseases here. After 3 years of growing the flavours are starting to come through and are unique to the area. Only downside is I've lost my fermenting chest freezer. Luckily the overnight temps are less than 10c here now so easy to brew just using a heat belt and temp controller.
  9. Tomorrow I'm throwing 215g of hops at a 3.6% hoppy mid. My winter mid strength inspired by the Little Creatures Rodgers. While the beer itself it not the same its the LCR its my attempt to brew a hoppy mid strength without tasting like it lacks of body and character. All versions I've brewed so far have the same hops. EKG pellets for bittering then Cascade and Chinook for flavour. This versions grain bill is a little different with choc wheat malt. Should be tasty. 1.60 kg Vienna Malt (Weyermann) (5.9 EBC) Grain 1 45.8 % 1.20 kg Gladfield American Ale Malt (5.0 EBC) Grain 2 34.4 % 0.40 kg Wheat Malt (Barrett Burston) (3.0 EBC) Grain 3 11.5 % 0.25 kg Carabohemian (180.0 EBC) Grain 4 7.2 % 0.04 kg Chocolate Wheat (Weyermann) (1100.0 EBC) Grain 5 1.1 % 15.00 g East Kent Goldings (EKG) [5.00 %] - Boil Hop 6 10.7 IBUs 100.00 g Cascade [5.50 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 Hop 7 6.9 IBUs 100.00 g Chinook [10.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 5.0 Hop 8 12.6 IBUs 2.0 pkg London ESB Yeast (Lallemand #-) [23.66 ml] Yeast 9 - I couldn't source any Maris Otter so I had to go with Gladfield American Ale Malt. Both Cascade and Chinook are our hop flowers.
  10. The Authentic IPA recipe would be the best approximation https://www.diybeer.com/au/recipe/authentic-ipa.html Reminds me I need to brew an English IPA. The old can was in the style of an English IPA whereas the new is American. never tried the new one.
  11. Harvest is over for another year. We ended up with 5.6kg of dry hops split as follows 1.3kg Chinook 2.8kg Cascade 1.45kg Victoria. The above doesn't include harvest ales (600g dry) and hops not harvested (estimated 2kg dry) Chest freezer is now full of dry vac sealed hops so 'managed' ambient brewing till at least October it is. Luckily its cold now so shouldn't be a problem.
  12. Still deciding on this one. We have some great home grown pumpkins but maybe better to use for soups etc with the COVID. Cant beat homegrown veggies.
  13. A lot of work to get it where it is today. It would be hard to believe I've only watered the lawn 3 or 4 times in the last 12 months. I've spent a lot on mulch and time in the yard manually weeding but its starting to pay off. Trying for a balance of bee attracting plants and drought tolerant proteas. The hops are are great bonus providing screening in summer then dying back in winter. The cooler summers are offset by cold winters so I expect thats why the hops do so well.
  14. Anyone brewed a pumpkin beer? We will have some fresh home grown pumpkin (too much to eat) so I'm looking at brewing one. After doing a bit of research Im looking at something as follows: MO 52% Munich 7% Special B 5% Pumpkin 35% (mashed after cooking in then oven for 60mins) Hops will be simcoe - 60mins bittering and then some of our home grown hops at FO. Other adjuncts will be ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Just need to determine how much of each. Also looking at a pumpkin beer cheesecake as well.
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