Hops, glorious hops!

By | October 22, 2013

‘Tis the season to be hoppy – well, it’s the start of it anyhow. This year I’ve moved the hops from out the side to the backyard to try and get some more sunshine and a better environment for them to grow in, and hopefully a better crop than last year. At the same time by dear wife… Read More »

Plumbing it in

By | October 7, 2013

It’s another long weekend here in Canberra and so more work continued with the brewery today – this time the plumbing.

Although I only got in here a few hours today, the plumbing is almost complete with the exception of mounting the pumps, three-way tap and plate chiller.

I decided on two of the 12v little brown pumps – I guess we’ll see how good they are, for $25 each I’m not to fussed if they pack it in and I need to go bigger later on.

Cutting-edge brewery upgrades

By | September 30, 2013

Well, only in the sense I was cutting holes in stainless steel pots. After ordering the parts quite a few months ago and some unfortunate family health issues which obviously took priority, the weather has warmed and I finally got back out into the brew shed. Yes, the brew shed – I forgot to post up (mind you I… Read More »

Work begins on the new brewery

By | June 9, 2013

With all the new parts hanging around it was time to finally get out and start putting some of it all together. Despite the cold weather and not wanting to get out there, work began on the new heat exchanger today and went pretty well  although there were a few hiccups – namely me measuring an inner diameter… Read More »

Birty’s Bitter goes commercial for Anzac Day 2013

By | June 7, 2013

I finally got around to putting this up here, instead of writing something new I thought I would just put up what I (partially) wrote already for the paper. Originally printed in Army Newspaper – http://digital.realviewtechnologies.com/?iid=76841&startpage=page0000003 It was a fantastic day in the pub on Anzac Day and I feel honoured that Ash’s family supported the beer and it… Read More »

Planned: The all new HERMS brewery

By | November 29, 2012

I’ve been brewing beer at home now since 2007. Starting with a Coopers kit doing kit brews I quickly moved to extract (still cans but using your own hops) and shortly after that I moved into the world of all-grain. My first all-grain brewing system was a one pot Brew in a Bag (BIAB) system which was a… Read More »

New Grain Mill – The MillMaster MiniMill

By | October 8, 2012

Post updated June 7, 2013 – see shaded box at end of post. Nine months ago on a Thursday evening at the monthly meeting of the Canberra Brewers I was lucky enough to win in the raffles – a MillMaster MiniMill. Although up until this point I had been (very successfully) using my modified Marga Mill and I… Read More »

Back into the roast

By | September 8, 2012

After almost a year of not roasting (and months since my last post!) I finally made the plunge back into it today with 500gm of coffee done and waiting to be ground tomorrow morning. I can’t remember for life of me right now what exactly it was I roasted but the important thing is that it was indeed… Read More »