Sunday, 30 December 2012


Lesson No1.  Heat and silicone rubber don't mix.

Lesson No2.  Keep your hoses well away from direct heat or metal parts of your brewery that may cause disaster on your brew day.

I got through the whole process of Mash, Sparge and Boil and didn't notice this until I was doing my routine clean up at the end of the day. I may have been nano seconds away from a complete breach of the hose as I recirculated the Mash liquor and didn't know it and thank god it didn't!

Time will tell if there are going to be any effects on the finished product 

Cheers everyone

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Newbies Brew Day 2012

The newbies brew day seemed to go well with some initial recipe formulation at the beginning of the day which resulted in two beers being brewed
One SMASH  beer in the Monster Mash using Joe White Traditional Ale and Galaxy hops (pellet and flowers at flame out)
and the other in a smaller Mash vessel using Traditional Ale and Crystal malt with the same hops in the boiler.
 I took some pics from my phone of the day and there should be some more on a camera to come maybe?
Thanks to Jethro for conducting the brew day and  keeping things on the move and organising the days brew.
Thanks to Kee at Keg King for having us there  and making a mess..! (which we did clean up after)

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

here's an article I know you guys are going to enjoy!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

How to open a grain bag

Maybe everyone knows this but I only just recently figured out the proper way to open a grain bag without fluff and bits falling in your grain or having to rip / cut it open. Here's how it goes:

  1. Stand the grain bag upright, with the label facing you.
  2. Cut off the end of the ribbon on the left hand side (the one hanging at the side), as close to the side of the bag as you can, without damaging the bag.
  3. Pull the WHITE thread out of the loop, and it will come apart from the RED thread.
  4. Keep pulling gently on the WHITE thread and you get to the right side end, keep pulling and you will pull out the RED thread as well. 
  5. Presto! No mess, no fuss and you can use the empty grain bag for something useful. Like wearing it as a dress.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Wanted Snaplock Shanks

Does anyone have any snaplock shanks they are not in need of as I'm in the process of making up a jockey box and would like to purchase two. I'll ask here before I travel to Andale.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Club Night Walk Around

Another great night for our club and some fantastic beers on offer. My pick was most certainly the American Amber from Inner Circle Brewers and the Melbourne Brewers IPA. Did anyone take a picture of the poster for the amber as the list of hops used was amazing. Thanks to Johnny Sheehan for coming up with the British theme and organising the equipment and food.  I'm sure Mr Palmer was equally impressed with not only our beer selections but our enthusiasm for a chat. Thanks also to Stephen from Brisbane for taking a video of club night and allowing us to embed it into our blog.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Bayside Brewers @ ANHC3 Club Night

Saturday 27th October 2012

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Octoberfest weekend 2012 (more pictures)