Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Bayside has another BJCP judge

I just got my BJCP exam results and it's official - I'm now a "certified" BJCP judge :)

Good luck with your results Barry!
June Meeting at Pete's

Small Batch Fermentor

Was wondering if anybody had any thoughts about using this kind of bottle as a
fermentor for small batches provided its well sanitised of course, would it stand up to being used in conjunction with a heating device (heat pad) and take the pressure of the fermentation cycle.

Possible a small 10litre batch ?


Saturday, 23 June 2012

Something for sale and something to give away...

You can have the shirt off my back...

Afternoon all.

I have a Bayside Brewers shirt (2XL) which is too large for me. Anyone after a BBC shirt? I'll give it to you for cost.
I'll bring it to the next meeting.

Also, I have some vac packed hops that I am willing to offload to anyone who wants them.
Pictures tell the story.

In fact, if you buy the shirt, you have dibs on the hops! Incentive!



Friday, 22 June 2012

Men Behaving Badly...

The Prez and I, just out for a couple of quiet drinks the other night.

Okay, I'll come clean. It was an 80's theme night.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Brewery News

Recently posted on their web site and through their e-newsletter.

It is with very mixed emotions that Karen and Dave Golding have decided to close the bar and cellar door of the brewery A New Direction We plan to consolidate our energy into our brewing business, and focus on producing more great beer than ever with new styles in the pipeline, new packaging and more places than ever to be able to buy our beer. Special Open Days

We plan to still open for some special beer events and long weekends, so please stay in touch so you can know when these are happening Thank You To all our staff and customers who we are very grateful to, and hope will stay in touch with us and keep on drinking Red Hill.


Saturday, 16 June 2012

Home-made Stir Plate

Home-made Stir Plate

It's gadget month I guess, so I thought I'd share my favourite...

Fermentor dryer stand

reject part from work turned out to be a good stand for drying fermentor's on brew day

Handi-Vac Vacuum Sealer

Here;s an insentive for club members to start posting content.
These gadgets are handy when storing hops in the fridge by extracting the air from the sealed freezer bags. They seam to work better in the fridge as apposed to the freezer and as we all know now, there's really no benifit to storing you stash in the freezer anyway.
There's are a couple of bags supplied as well as a set of batteries, so from now until the next club meeting everyone who posts any content on this site can have one for FREE.

Gadgets Part 1

Next club meeting is going to focus on those gadgets that you believe make a difference to either performance, quality or a reduction in your brew day schedule. I'll post a couple of examples to set the tone and then it's up to you to post examples or start dismantling them from your brew rigs and bring them along to the July meeting.

There has been some discussion on various forums about filtering hop flowers from your kettle especially if you are using a plate chiller and a good number of people use a fine mesh bag inserted into the kettle when boiling your hop additions. The hop sock comes as a single item and the need for some type of support is needed to insert into your kettle so I've fabricated a support from some stainless steel sheet. The internal diamiter is always going to be the same although the tabs that prevent movement will alter depending on your cut-out. If this seams to be something your interested in testing them let me know by replying to this post and I'll supply some templates and bring along some stainless to the next meeting, to get you started.

Good for a Giggle

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

The secret to a balanced diet...

The four food groups...

I thought you might like to know the secret to a nutritious dinner..

Friday, 8 June 2012

Beer/brew tools I find useful at these web sites

Or if you use a iPhone I find these Apps useful as well
Brew Pal
Sparge pal
Ibrewmaster (for iphone)
BJCP Styles


Thursday, 7 June 2012

John Palmer on water and residual alkalinity

John Palmer on water and residual alkalinity

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Boddingtons Pub Ale clone

Tried my hand a Boddington Ale

The picture probably doesn't do it justice  mine was a little darker (rh side)
Recipe is as follows:

For 23liters
OG 1.030-1.038
FG 1.008- 1.013

Traditional Ale Malt Joe White 3.0kg
Crystal Malt Joe White              325g
Chocolate Malt  Joe White        70g

Invert Sugar       145g
Fuggle   @ 90mins  15g
EK Goldings @90mins  10g
Progress @90mins      10g
Brambling Cross @90mins 5g
NorthDown   @90mins 5g

Wyeast 1275 Thames Valley Ale 1 pkt

90min Mash @ 63c
Sparge as normal
Boil 90mins
whir flock as directed
yeast nutrient  as directed
 no water treatment (haven't got that far yet)