Monday, 28 May 2012

Free online resources...

Some free resources I find helpful for brewing and planning:

EZ Water calculator

Yeast pitching rate calculator

Mash calculators

Even more mash calculators

Online recipe formulation


Friday, 25 May 2012

Jim Stephenson prospective of Foster

Thursday, 24 May 2012


Hey all,

here is my recipe for the Doppelbock which I'm brewing again next month, it got 2nd place in the club competition last year and very nearly won me VicBrew. Haha yeah I'm still not over that. :-)

OG 1.074
FG 1.016
IBU 22

For 25 L in the fermenter:

Adjust liquor with 5g CaCO3 and 2g CaCl2

78% Dark Munich
15% Pilsner
3% Caramunich II
2% Caramunich III
2% Cara-Aroma
Rice hulls to aid lautering

27g Northern Brewer (9.6% AA) @ 60 min

Mash schedule:

Dough in @40C, rest for 20 min
Pull 2/3 thick decoction, heat gently and rest at 72C for 30 min until converted. Heat to boil and boil for 15-30 minutes. Add enough back to main mash to get to 67C and rest for 45 min. Pull a 1/3 thin decoction to get to 76C mashout. Note: you may need to add water to the decoctions to compensate boil-off.
Lauter the wort. If you miss your pre-boil gravity, add some malt extract to make up for it.

After lautering, boil for 10 minutes before adding hops, then boil for another 60 minutes.

Cool to 7C, and pitch a ridiculous amount of Wyeast 2124 (400 ml slurry from previous batch) or about 3 rehydrated packs of Saflager W-34/70. Let rise to 9C and ferment there for 2-3 weeks before gently chilling to 0C (1 degree per day). I lagered it on the yeast but this time I might transfer it to a keg. Lager for at least 6 weeks. Enjoy!

Note: don't make any other plans for the brewday, last time I was finished after about 11 hours...


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

History Lesson.....

Beer, called hqt by the ancients and zythus by the Greeks, was a very important Egyptian drink. It was a drink for adults and children alike. It was the staple drink of the poor (wages were sometimes paid in beer), it was a drink of the rich and wealthy, and a drink offered to the gods and placed in the tombs of the dead. We also know that workmen at the pyramids of the Giza Plateau were given beer, thrice daily and as can be seen below NOT MUCH HAS CHANGED after all these years. You still need plenty of beer if your intent on building a great pyramid.
Photos taken by Chris at the Great Australian Beer Spectapular

Monday, 14 May 2012

AIBA – World of Beer – Tastings from around the Globe

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

May meeting at Mornington Pennisular Brewery

Monday, 7 May 2012


Join Mal Secourable from Colonial's Margaret River Brewery for this very special beer tasting event.
Mal will be unveiling his KeuteBier, in limited release at Half Moon, and guiding us through
his beer making philosphy. We love Colonial so let us introduce you to the full range.
Only $15 per head for beer tasting and canapes!
When: Saturday May 19th, 2.00pm
Where: Main Bar
Half Moon
120 Church Street Brighton

Friday, 4 May 2012

Recipe Requests

Recipe Sharing...

A few fellows in the club have asked me to post some recipes. In particular,

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Foster - Another Perspective

Photos by Frank,,,