Mangrove Jack’s Craft Brewery Pouch

After many years of being an all-grain brewer I thought I would try these new Mangrove Jack’s Craft Brewery Pouches – the Australian Pale Ale. The last time I had done an extract brew was back in about 2008 and while there we some “premium” cans available at the time they were not available in these fresh pack… Read More »

Revisiting an old friend

A little while back I decided (with the coaxing from a work mate) to once again brew my Choc-Coffee Porter (previous link?). The Choc-Coffee Porter uses the base style of a Brown Porter with the addition late in the boil (only minutes from finishing) of pure unsweetened cocoa and some fresh espresso shots. When made previously the beer… Read More »

All settled in

Just over two months we relocated to the Albury area from Canberra and I had to pack up the brewery once again and move it along. Although not completely unpacked I managed to get two brews out, rummaging for bits and pieces and all over the place during the brew day, but I’ve finally got the brewery unpacked… Read More »

No more need to tinker…now let’s brew!

As anyone who reads this blog (like, three of you or so) knows I recently moved from my HERMS system to the Grainfather. Since sorting and cleaning out the brewery, getting rid of old and surplus equipment and pimping the urn – I’ve now come to the fact that I’m happy. It’s funny, I can’t remember having a… Read More »

Pimping the urn

With my recent move to the Grainfather brewing system, it has made sense to keep the urn I used as the HLT (hot liquor tun) as a means of easily heating water for the strike and sparge water. As the urn was previously connected up to the previous HERMS control panel, I decided to use some of the parts from… Read More »

Grainfather cleaning mod

The manual for the Grainfather says to do a recirculation clean through the chiller and the recirculation arm but only one can be connected at any one time. Instead of doing this, I connected the two up together to save 10-20 minutes (depending on your recirculation clean regime) cleaning time so now it’s one recirculation with cleaner and… Read More »

The Grainfather

  Background In an endeavour to simplify many of my hobbies I made a last minute decision, in Christmas week, to purchase one of the new Grainfather brewing systems. My current, or rather former, brew system was a custom designed and built HERMS system which although it worked well it is rather large. I thought I would do more… Read More »

The new brewery in action

Yesterday the brand-new Heat Exchange Recirculating Mash System (HERMS) DBB Brewery Mark IV had its first tune-in run that while had a few problems, was still a success. To ensure there would be as minimal problems with the actual brew day a dry-run (or rather, wet-run) was conducted where a few simple (and laughable) problems were found such… Read More »