Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Does anyone know of Core Brewing Concepts ?

Is there anyone aware of this new buisness in Dandenong.
Their website seems to be in the testing stage but there's more info to be had at their facebook page.
What got me interested is their listing for hops.

Updating our hop list as more of the US varities have become harder to find. It's looking like the end of the year all the US hops will be avaliable again, until then there are still substitutes for most of the out of stock hops, so you can let us know what your after and we will do our best to find a good sub. Price shown is inclusive of shipping and GST.
All our hops for the time being are in one kilo bags, we are hopeful to start selling 100 gram bags soon but no timetable has been set yet.

Cluster 2012 7.9% $50
Galaxy 2012 14.5% $48
Helga (Southern Hallertau) 2012 5.7% $50
Millennium 2012 13.9% $45
Pride of Ringwood 2012 8.8% $44
Sylva (Southern Saaz) 2012 6.9% $50
Summer 2012 5.8% $50
Super Pride 2012 13.9% $44
Stella 2012 14.7% $48
Topaz 2012 15.6% $45
Willamette 2012 6.5% $49
Cascade 2011 6.2% $45
Glacier 2009 6.0% $44
Liberty 2009 4.3% $44
Palisade 2009 8.0% $35
Santiam 2010 6.6% $44
Sorachi Ace 2011 12.6% $56
Sterling (US Saaz) 2010 6.0% $47
Vanguard 2009 5.0% $44
Warrior 2011 16.0% $52
Admiral 2011 13.9% $40
Bramling Cross 2011 6.0% $44
Brewers Gold 2010 6.9% $48
Challenger 2011 8.0% $42
Eastern Kent Goldings 2011 4.8% $42
First Gold 2011 8.0% $43
Northdown 2011 8.9% $43
Pheonix 2011 10.3% $40
Pilgrim 2011 10.0% $48
Pilot 2011 7.9% $44
Target 2011 105.0% $40
Fuggles 2011 4.7% $42
Whitbread Gold 2011 6.3% $42
Aramis 2010 8.2% $58
Strisselspalt 2010 2.4% $52
Triskel 2011 9.5% $62
Hallertau 2011 4.8% $40
Hersbrucker 2011 4.1% $40
Herkules 2011 17.6% $40
Northern Brewer 2011 9.8% $40
Perle 2011 10.0% $40
Spalt 2011 5.4% $40
Tettnanger 2011 4.8% $43
Saaz 2011 3.6% $40
Styrian Goldings 2011 3.7% $42

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Motherbunch's adventures in Prague

As I walked into the Klasterni Pivovar Strahov brewery ( was greeted by the aromas of a
      mash in full swing. Entering the bar area revealed a
      beautiful copper brewhouse, not very big though, maybe only
      500L. I noticed that they had more than 2 taps, the first
      time I'd seen more than 2 in the Czech republic and felt I
      had finally arrived.
      I started with the amber ale which the waiter told me was
      their most popular beer. It was a lovely beer for warmer
      weather with subtle malt flavours and hop aroma/flavour -
      definitely not an American style amber ale!
      Second I had their dark beer, which was 'darker' than any
      other Czech dark beers I had tried. Most are fruity with
      maybe a bit of caramel, but this dark beer had a decent
      amount of roast and coffee flavours without being too heavy
      for the warm weather.
      Next I tried their wheat beer which had very prominant
      flavour of cloves, almost to the point of being overpowering,
      but no banana flavour or aroma at all. At first the strong
      cloves were a little off putting, but the flavour grew on me
      by the end of the glass.
      Finally I had to try the IPA, the first one I had seen during
      my stay in the Czech republic. It had a mice hop aroma, but
      mo where near the strength of an American IPA... Maybe
      something more like an APA. The bitterness was definitely
      higher than an APA though, well into the IPA range. There was
      quite a hit of grassy hop flavour which was supported by a
      nice malty base.
      Overall... Definitely worth a visit if you're in Prague! (I
      couldn't really say the same of any other place I've visited
      here, and I've been to one other 'mini brewery')

Mill and Drill Stand

Thought this might inspire those who have grain mill and need some way of holding it all together, its not mine but taken from a forum on a home-brew site. 


Monday, 27 August 2012

Monday, 13 August 2012

Motherbunch is off to Europe

I'll be staying in Prague, Lyon, Barcelona and Istanbul. If anyone has some 'must try' beers or breweries to recommend - let me know!

I'll try to post some photos and reviews as I go.

Monday, 6 August 2012


A couple of people were asking me about the 2 litre growler I brought along to the last meeting
I ordered mine from Brewnut Brewing (link), for around $30 plus postage ($8, I think).

Just be aware, don't clean the growler by pouring boiling water into them!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

August Meeting at Stu's