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Queensland Homebrewers Conference 2017 – Hops – BeerCo

Here we talk Hops 101 – from where in the world do hops come from, biggest growing regions, harvest quantity and growth, use in the brewery, how to check your hops for hop quality, what is new in hops? US Hops, GR Hops, NZ Hops and AU Hops.
This talk was delivered to a full auditorium at QHC2017 Queensland Homebrewers Conference in Oct 2017 attended by home and probrewers from across the state and received positive feedback.
Whether you are new to brewing, love your beer or want to geek out on hops there is something in the slideshare and more in the references to geek out on Hops!

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BeerCo Inner Sydney Brewers Club Talk at Atlassian

BeerCo talk to Inner Sydney Brewers at Atlassian on Quality Craft Malt + Hops + Yeast = Beer.

We cover topics like why Gladfield Malt? How to spot good malt?

Hops and how to spot good hop pellets?

Yeast 101 and GigaYeast.

We dive deep into a new flowable hop extract called FLEX™ from John i Haas and taste 3 different beers all brewed with the same ingredients and bittered to 3 different IBU levels using Flex.

We taste Conan’s American Pale Ale – APA then Jay’s IPA India Pale Ale then Barls iIPA imperial India Pale Ale.

The talk was a lot of fun and engaging with a good in depth QandA.

 

 

 

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GigaYeast – Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How long is the Gold Pitch good for?

R. Every Gold Pitch is marked with a “produced on” date.  Our research shows that storing at 4 C (39 F) and pitching to 5 gallons of wort at 17 Plato or less within 3 months of the produced-on date is optimal.   We recommend making a starter for beers bigger than 17 P or for Gold Pitches older than 3 months.  We don’t recommend using the Gold Pitch after 6 months past the produced-on date.

Q. What should I do if I’m not observing any visible signs of fermentation?

R. Classic, visible signs of healthy fermentation are Krausen and active movement in the wort. If after 48 hours there are no visible signs of fermentation we recommend taking a gravity reading to confirm the wort is not attenuating because even if a brewer does not see these signs, the wort may still be fermenting. If the wort gravity is showing even small signs of attenuation your beer will likely turn out fine.  If there is no detectable drop in gravity check wort temp and if necessary warm the beer and rouse the yeast by gently swirling the fermenter.  If after 72 hours there are still no signs of fermentation you should consider pitching additional yeast.

Q.  My GigaYeast gold pitch is puffed up!  Is it OK to brew with?  How can I test and make sure it is safe to add to my wort?

R. If the pouch puffs up as it is warming up on the day of pitching, that is okay. We do not recommend using Gold Pitches that have been swollen for a long time.

Q.  How do I make a starter?

R. Coming soon!

Q.  I have an old refrigerated Gold Pitch. How would I verify if it is still usable or not?

R. For storage time and shelf life see FAQ 1.  The most effective way to validate a Gold Pitch is to make a starter and verify the starter becomes turbid within 48 hrs.  Slow growth may indicate a problem.  If the starter takes up to 5 days to become turbid it may still be fine.  To check your starter, decant a small amount into a spoon and smell/taste the starter.  Don’t expect it to taste like beer.  What you are looking for are obvious off flavours that indicate contamination such as sourness, strong phenolics or barnyard like aromas.

Q.  What is the correct pitching rate for GigaYeast?

R. We recommend pitching one Gold Pitch to five gallons of wort. If it is a high gravity brew (17 Plato or higher), a lager starting below 18 C (65 F), or three months past the produced-on date, we recommend a starter or a double pitch.

Q.  Is it worse to over pitch or under pitch?

R. Under pitching can lead to stuck fermentation and increases the risk of contamination. Over pitching is very unlikely to cause serious issues, but may decrease esters and other yeast character.

Q.  What are the major differences between liquid and dry yeast?

R.   Coming soon!

Q.  Should I add Yeast Nutrient?

R.  Although wort typically contains all the essential nutrients, yeast nutrient is an affordable way to ensure the health of the yeast and the consistency of the fermentation.   Yeast nutrient is particularly important in high gravity wort and wort containing a high percentage of adjuncts or made from grist with a high percentage of unmalted grain.

Q.  What should I do to make sure I give GigaYeast the best chance for a healthy fermentation?

R. Following a few simple rules will help give you the best chance for a robust fermentation.  Use Gold Pitches within the recommended time frame and for the correct amount of wort (See FAQ1).  Aerate well either by shaking your wort vigorously for several seconds or using a sintered air stone and an air source.  Add Yeast Nutrient to your wort. On brew day make sure to warm the Gold Pitch all the way up to room temperature and thoroughly re-suspend before pitching to wort at the correct fermentation temperature.  Inadequate re-suspension of yeast before pitching and low temperatures are leading causes of fermentation problems.

Q.  How can I harvest and re-pitch GigaYeast?

R.   Coming Soon!

Sour Brewing Questions:

Coming soon!

Got a question on GigaYeast or Yeast in general?  Send it to us at feedback@beerco.com.au

We will add it to our list of FAQs.

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Hoptoberfest – Oct 2017 – BeerCo Brewing News

Summer is almost here folks and the Sun is finally starting to Shine.  We know what that means…kicking back with good friends and family good food and cheers – better get your brewing on…weather your Spring Sunshine is a Saison or a Hoppy Pilsner or a Red Kolsch (read on for that recipe) there is something for everyone in the shop at http://www.beerco.com.au so Hop to it and fire up the mash tun! Oh yeah…time to brew some beer…

In other BeerCo related news we welcome our newest Co-Worker Greg Kemp to the team who is a proud Westie through and through who has barracked for the Tigers all his life so he’s smiling pretty wide this week!  Greg is a handy bloke to have around as a fully qualified electrician and studying to be a paramedic.  Greg is helping us to ship awesome brewing goodies to you at lightning fast speed and keeping us in stock of quality Gladfield Malt + Hops + GigaYeast + Equipment and more…Stay tuned for more news over the summer as we turn up the heat and stay on our feet running fast to serve you awesome brewers even better…on with the real news…the BeerCo Brewing News…

Malt of the MonthGladfield Red Back Wheat

Gladfield Red Back Wheat Malt is here for a STRICTLY LIMITED TIME ONLY!

Gladfield Red Back Wheat Malt is prepared by a special process before going into the roaster, where it is roasted to favour certain maillard reactions which cause the malt to produce a lovely red hue in the resulting beer without the opalescence that can occur with other similar malts.

Use in place of Wheat Malt noting it has NO Diastatic Power or as a added colour body and foam addition to some of your favourite “Brewing with Wheat” beer styles.

Specification:

  • Colour:  27 EBC
  • How does it taste? The flavour in a “malt tea” is fairly mild – lightly bready/toasty with a raisin/dry cranberry type finish to it.
  • Aroma: Lightly fruity & bready.

Typical Uses & Styles:

  • Doppelbock
  • Hefeweizen
  • Kölsch
  • Munich Dunkel
  • Pilsner

Usage Rate Guidance:

  • 10-15% if this was the sole specialty malt in your brew.  There is no Diastatic power to come with this malt.

Pack and Price:

  • 1Kg Bags at $4.95 incl GST
  • 25Kg Sacks at $74.25 incl GST (Save 40% on 1Kg Bag Price)

Recipe Ideas:

Buy Your Gladfield Red Back Wheat Malt Now! From $4.95 incl. GST for 1Kg

Hop of the MonthColumbus US Crosby Hop Hash

COLUMBUS US Crosby Hop Hash is here from Lot # H-496.

COLUMBUS US Crosby Hop Hash™ is sticky resinous and concentrated hop matter that will test the lupulin threshold of even the most experienced hop fiends with 22.1% Alpha and 6.9% Beta Acids.
Columbus is often referred to as CTZ, a trio of similar hops including Tomahawk® and Zeus.  Specific aroma descriptors include black pepper, licorice, curry and subtle citrus.Available in 100g, 250g, 500g, 1Kg Foils

Analytical Data

  • Certificate of Analysis  CA-H 16-496 COLUMBUS HOP HASH

  • Columbus
  • Form: HopHash
  • Crop 2016
  • Lot: 16-496
  • Alpha Acids 22.1%
  • Beta Acids 6.9%
  • HSI 0.328
  • Total Oil: 4.5 mL / 100 gm
  • Test Date: 28 Oct 2016
  • Pelleted at Crosby Hop Farm, Woodburn, OR

Brewers Guidance

Columbus is a great all-rounder excellent for bittering, late additions to whirlpool or kettle and dry-hopping.  Think of Columbus like the base beat of any great band or brew!

What is Hop Hash™?

COLUMBUS US Crosby Hop Hash™ is sticky resinous and concentrated hop matter that will test the lupulin threshold of even the most experienced hop fiends.  Hop Hash ™ is made from scrapping the concentrated build up of hop residue off the pellet mill @CrosbyHopFarm and was first discovered and made famous by Sweetwater Brewing Company in Atlanta, Georgia in their Hop Hash Double IPA

For some more info on what exactly is Hop Hash ™ you can watch this video on Hash Session IPA from Sweetwater Brewing Company

Hash Session IPA from Sweetwater Brewery

Buy Now – COLUMBUS US Crosby Hop Hash $19.95 – $159.50 Incl. GST 100g – 1Kg Foils

Hoptoberfest: Hops on Sale!


We are cleaning out the fridges to make way for even more fresh hops as they continue to land.  As you know we have you covered A to Z from Azacca to Zeus and every letter in between.  Jump online to our Specials Page to check out some great clearance steals and deals on Crop 14, 15 and 16 AU, EU, NZ and US Hops.  They have all been vacuum packed and foil sealed and stored cold and are good to brew before 31 Dec 2017 and will store well if kept cold and oxygen free!  What are you waiting for? Hop to it! Limited Quantities on Limited Lines of Hops.

Specials or as some like to say “Deal$ & $teal$”

Azacca US Hops SALE!$5.95 – $14.95 Incl. GST Select options

Cascade AU Hops (Crop 2016) SALE!$4.95 – $9.96 Incl. GST Select options

Chinook US Crosby Hops Rated 5.00out of 5 SALE!$14.85 – $34.95 Incl. GST Select options

Comet US Hops SALE!$6.95 – $36.95 Incl. GST Select options

EL DORADO ® US Hops Rated 5.00out of 5 SALE!$9.94 $5.94 Incl. GST Select options

Ella AU Hops SALE!$4.95 – $22.30 Incl. GST Select options

FALCONER’S FLIGHT® US Hops SALE! $21.95 $9.94 Incl. GST Select options

Fuggle UK Hops SALE!  $15.75  $12.95 Incl. GST Select options

Hallertauer Mittelfrüher GR Hops SALE!$5.50 – $24.75 Incl. GST Select options

Helga AU Hops SALE! $5.94 – $47.50 Incl. GST Select options

Hersbrucker GR Hops SALE! $5.40 – $12.95 Incl. GST Select options

Huell Melon GR Hops Read more

Jarrylo US Hops SALE! $9.96 $6.55 Incl. GST Select options

Kohatu NZ Hops SALE!$9.96 – $33.00 Incl. GST Select options

Loral ™ US Hops SALE!$7.15 – $60.50 Incl. GST Select options

Mandarina Bavaria GR Hops SALE! $5.98 – $60.50 Incl. GST Select options

Mount Hood US Crosby Hops SALE! $9.94 $5.94 Incl. GST Add to cart

Moutere NZ Hops (Crop 2015) SALE!$15.68 – $29.70 Incl. GST Select options

Northern Brewer – GR Hops SALE! $4.95 – $24.20 Incl. GST Select options

Nugget US Crosby Hops SALE! $6.95 $5.95 Incl. GST Add to cart

Pacific Jade NZ Hops SALE! $8.95 $7.70 Incl. GST Select options

Pacifica NZ Hops SALE! $7.95 – $44.95 Incl. GST Select options

Perle GR Hops SALE! $7.70 – $35.95 Incl. GST Select options

Rakau NZ Hops SALE! $7.70 – $18.30 Incl. GST Select options

Saaz CZ Hops (Crop 2014) SALE! $9.94 $5.94 Incl. GST Select options

Styrian Goldings SV Hops Select options

Summer ™ AU Hops SALE!$6.05 – $27.23 Incl. GST Select options

Super Pride AU Hops SALE! $6.95  $4.95 Incl. GST Select options

Taiheke NZ Hops (fka NZ Cascade) SALE! $7.85 – $69.95 Incl. GST Select options

Wakatu NZ Hops SALE! $4.95 – $19.95 Incl. GST Select options

Willamette US Hops SALE! $17.05 – $33.28 Incl. GST Select options

Yeast of the MonthGY048 Golden Pear Belgian GigaYeast

GigaYeast Golden Pear Belgian GY048 is a traditional yeast from the originator of the Belgian Golden Strong Ale style.   Robust attenuation makes this yeast an excellent choice for low or high gravity Belgian and farmhouse style ales.  Leaves a dry, slightly tart finish with an estery profile reminiscent of apple and pear with a subdued level of spicy phenolics.  This yeast produces a moderate amount of sulfide  that will dissipate quickly with conditioning.

Attenuation Medium Gravity*

  • 83% – 85%

Attenuation High Gravity*

  • 78% – 81% (9.6% – 10.2% ABV)

Temperature Range:

  • 18˚F – 27˚F (65˚F – 80˚F)

Flocculation:

  • Low

Representative Styles:

  • Belgian Golden Strong Ale
  • Biere De Garde
  • Dubbel
  • Farmhouse Ale
  • Tripel
  • Saison

Availability:

  • Available in Gold Pitches for 25 L Homebrews at $14.95 Incl. GST
  • Also available in Pro-Pitches for the Professional Brewer drop shipped from GigaYeast Laboratory to your Brewery Lab to Brewery Door in 6-8 days using DHL Global Express tracked all the way
Buy Now – GY048 Golden Pear Belgian GigaYeast – $14.95 Incl. GST

Equipment of the MonthRoboBrew – with Pump – 35L All in One Brewery

This awesome little Aussie designed Robobrew 35 L micro-brewery with a Pump is the complete turnkey solution for those who are looking to get into all grain brewing.

NEW MODEL 2017 MICROBREWERY – ROBOBREW WITH IN-BUILT PUMP

This awesome little Aussie designed micro-brewery is the complete turnkey solution for those who are looking to get into all grain brewing.

  • FAST – Fast to setup, brew and clean up
  • EASY – Very simple design and easy intuitive design
  • VALUE – Great value for money

For any all grain brewer wanting to get into this fantastic hobby this is the perfect first step.

The Keg King Designed 35 L Robobrew system is designed for you to do brews up to 30 Litres so there is enough head space during the boil.

This Brewery can be run of a single phase 240 volt standard household power outlet.

System Includes:

  • Immersion Chiller
  • Digital Backlit Temperature Control/Display
  • Malt Pipe
  • Dual Element Control
  • Stainless 1/2 inch Ball Valve
  • Magnetic drive pump mounted in the base of the unit

Robobrew with Pump Instructions

$594.99 Incl. GST (Qualifies for FREE SHIPPING AU WIDE)

Want to see how to brew with the Robobrew with Pump – Watch this Video of Kee at Keg King using the brand new Robobrew with Pump!
RoboBrew – with Pump – 35L All in One Brewery $594.99 Incl. GST

Recipe of the Month – Resistance | Kölsch | BeerCo Recipe Kit

Vital Stats:

  • 1.053 OG
  • 1.013 FG
  • 19 IBU
  • 5.2% ABV
  • 2 SRM
  • 0.37 IBU/OG
Malt:
% Kg Gladfield Malt
90% 4.50 German Pilsner
10% 0.50 Wheat or Red Back Wheat
5.00
Hops:
grams Hops Time
Bittering: 40 Styrian Goldings SV Hops 50% at 45 mins
Aroma: 10 Hersbrucker GR Hops 25% at 15 mins
30 Hersbrucker GR Hops 75% at 5 mins
80
Yeast:
Dry:
Fermentis Safale US-05 2 x 11g packets
Lallemand BRY-97 US West Coast Ale Yeast – 2 x 11g Packets
Liquid:
GigaYeast GY021 Kölsch Bier GigaYeast
Method:
1. Mash – the brewer should do normal mas regime, probably mashing at around 64-66 C for at least 60 mins
2. Sparge – once again the brewer should do normal regime at around 75C
3. Boil – vigorous boil for 90 mins
4. Yeast & Fermentation – Pitch your favourite German ale Kolsch type yeast and ferment at 18C

Sources:

Hoptoberfest – October 2017 – BeerCo Brewing News 🍻

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We are Hiring! BeerCo Co-Worker Wanted!

Results Description:

We are looking for a self-motivated self-starter with a passion for customer service, quality and a willingness to roll up his/her sleeves and take due care and diligence in the following core tasks as we grow our Brewing Supplies Company to achieve our mission …to rid the world of beer poverty…one good brew at time.

Core Competencies required:

  • Adherence to BeerCo Core Values and Modus Operandi
    • Authentic – trustworthy, we say what we will do and we do it, we under promise and over deliver – not the other way around!
    • Service – to our customers, our supply & retail partners & the broader brewing community
    • Speed – end to end delivery and response times
    • Sustainable – constantly working to reduce our impact on the planet and bring your brewing supplies to you as efficiently and effectively as possible
    • Transparency – we hide nothing!
  • Integrity – say what you mean and do what you do with pride and passion
  • Punctuality
  • Ability to work unsupervised but know when to ask for guidance

Initial Rope of Scope for Role and Responsibilities to Include (not exclusively and we expect the role will grow with us and the individual)

  • Order Fulfilment – pick n pack n dispatch including connote creation for shipping
  • Bagging up! Malt + Hops + Brewing Aids
  • Stock keeping and recording
  • Ordering
  • Website update with new products, specifications, research, etc

We are a fast-paced innovative industry leading start-up focused on outstanding customer service and product quality.  We like to work hard and have fun and there will be the opportunity for people with a passion for brewing and craft beer to learn about the brewing business from the inside out.

This role has potential for flexible work practices within reason and we are an open equal employment and opportunity workplace who value co-worker input and suggestions to make our mission possible.

What are you waiting for? Send your resume and short cover letter why you want to work at www.beerco.com.au to dermott@beerco.com.au and feel free to give us a call or drop us a line anytime: http://www.beerco.com.au/contact-us/

Remuneration, Location & Hours of Work:

  • Minimum Award casual wages – opportunity for employees who stay 1+ years to join Employee Share Ownership Plan
  • Estimated: 20 hours per week part-time – suitable for a student or secondary income.
  • Location:  BeerCo Warehouse: Unit 1 / 1-3 Disney Avenue, Keilor East, VIC 3033 t. 0400 040 195
  • You will need own transport to / from work public bicycle paths are available for people living in the west and the MD rides to work when he can down the mighty Maribyrnong River

Contact Us:

Dermott Dowling

Managing Director

dermott@beerco.com.au

tel. 0400 040 195

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Staub Brewing Co – Jarrlyo Pale Ale – Beer Recipe – How to brew

Here we share another recipe from the man on a mission to brew like a pro Dave Ferguson from the lovely Daylesford in Victoria, Australia who put the newish ADHA Jarrylo™ US Hop variety through its paces in a Pale Ale.  Dave aka #mule2 did some serious beer #muling to our CTO Gus in SF, USA who was kind enough to do a cupboard beer review complete with screaming baby Rafa in the background, never losing his cool and showing care and class in the glass using a wine glass to capture the subtle aromatics of this distinctive US Hop – Jarrylo™ US Hop so on with the recipe and watch the beer review at the bottom for an insight into this unique beer – cheers Dave & Gus for the share – share what we know – its how we all grow as brewers – home and pro!

Staub Jarrylo Pale Ale

Vital Stats:

  • Style: American Pale Ale (10 A)
  • Type: All Grain
  • Batch Size: 23.00 l
  • Boil Size: 29.08 l
  • Boil Time: 60 min
  • End of Boil Vol: 27.08 l
  • Final Bottling Vol: 21.00 l
  • Fermentation: Dry Hopped

Date: 25 Jun 2017
Brewer: David Ferguson
Equipment: 01 – RoboBrew Ale
Efficiency: 72.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 81.4 %
Taste Rating: 30.0

Gravity, Alcohol Content and Color
Est Original Gravity: 1.059 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.013 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 6.1 %
Bitterness: 42.5 IBUs
Est Color: 13.7 EBC

Measured Original Gravity: 1.046 SG
Measured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Actual Alcohol by Vol: 4.7 %
Calories: 427.1 kcal/l

Mash Profile: Single Infusion, Medium Body
Sparge Water: 10.37 l
Sparge Temperature: 75.6 C
Adjust Temp for Equipment: TRUE
Est Mash PH: 5.69

Measured Mash PH: 5.20

Total Grain Weight: 6.10 kg
Grain Temperature: 18.0 C
Tun Temperature: 22.2 C
Target Mash PH: 5.20

Ingredients

All available for you to order right here right now online at www.beerco.com.au – what are you waiting for? Get your brewin’ on!

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
3.30 kg Gladfield Pilsner Malt (3.8 EBC) Grain 1 54.1 %
2.20 kg Gladfield American Ale Malt (5.0 EBC) Grain 2 36.1 %
0.35 kg Gladfield Munich Malt (15.5 EBC) Grain 3 5.7 %
0.22 kg Gladfield Gladiator Malt (10.0 EBC) Grain 4 3.6 %
0.03 kg Gladfield Light Chocolate Malt (900.0 EBC) Grain 5 0.5 %
20.00 g Magnum [12.40 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 6 23.5 IBUs
1.22 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 7
20.00 g Idaho #7 [14.60 %] – Boil 15.0 min Hop 8 13.7 IBUs
1.22 Items Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 9
20.00 g Jarrylo [14.10 %] – Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 5.3 IBUs
25.00 g Jarrylo [14.10 %] – Boil 0.0 min Hop 11 0.0 IBUs
2.0 pkg American West Coast Ale (Lallemand/Danstar #BRY-97) Yeast 12
60.00 g Jarrylo [14.10 %] – Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs

Mash Steps:

Name
Description
Step Temperature
Step Time
Mash In Add 15.91 l of water at 76.9 C 66.7 C 60 min
Mash Out Add 8.91 l of water at 95.1 C 75.6 C 10 min

Sparge:

  • Fly sparge with 10.37 l water at 75.6 C
Mash Notes:

Simple single infusion mash for use with most modern well modified grains (about 95% of the time).

Carbonation and Storage

  • Carbonation Type: Keg
  • Pressure/Weight: 86.48 KPA
  • Keg/Bottling Temperature: 7.2 C
  • Fermentation: Dry Hopped
  • Fermenter: Fermentasaurus

Volumes of CO2: 2.3
Carbonation Est: Keg with 86.48 KPA
Carbonation (from Meas Vol): Keg with 86.48 KPA
Age for: 3.00 days
Storage Temperature: 7.2 C

Tasting Notes:

Cupboard Beer Review c/- Gus our CTO live from SF, USA!

Editor:  Got a great beer recipe you want us to share on our Learning Centre?  Got an awesome Beer Review on your or a great mate’s Homebrew?  Drop us a line at feedback@beerco.com.au and we will chuck it up as fast as monkey on an organ grinder! cheers #brewhappy

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Winter Warmers – Aug 2017 – BeerCo Brewing News 🍻

Where you been man???…we hear you say…No June or July Brewing News! How are we supposed to do our great work ridding the world of beer poverty without additional brewing inspiration in our inbox each month…sorry brewing brothers and sisters…we have been busy brewers…bagging…tagging…and shipping out your orders on top of moving warehouses into our own new digs…in Unit 1 / 1-3 Disney Ave, Keilor East, VIC 3033 where your and our brewing dreams come true! More news on that front in months to come…

Dermott ducked across to RADelaide in July to hang out with our wonderful supply partners and a lot of Aussie craft brewers at ACBC2017 and took the chance to share some of what he knows on how to grow your business outside Australia in a Keynote talk and panel Q and A on Export – Triumphs and Tribulations with some great Aussie Craftbrewers.  Gus has been a busy bee in the back end on the website and with a new baby boy Rafa on board is still keeping our IT platforms in check and our CFO Rog has even bagged and tagged some orders while Dermott was on the road…but that’s enough dribble from us on with the real brewing news…PS drop us a line anytime with your views on how we can improve our range and service of awesome brewing materials to keep you #brewinghappy and send us your feedback to feedback@beerco.com.au

Gladfield Dark Malts of Winter:

Author: Caleb De Frees – Gladfield Malt Editor: Dermott Dowling – BeerCo

Brown AlePorter and Stout… Oh, My!
As the weather cools our go-to beers at Gladfield Malt in NZ [and BeerCo in AU] quickly change from the crisp bright beers of summer to the more robust, darker – maltier beers of winter.  Instead of comparing the complexity of the hop profile we look for some warmer flavours that are a bit more filling and rich, especially after a chilly day working out in a cold southerly wind.

For darker beers, I choose my malts in two distinct ways.

1. Simple. Let one specialty malt be the showcase and provide all the flavour to the finished beer. Stout is my favourite example as I only use a rich roasted barley and base malt. I think of it as a showcase of all the flavours you can get from just one specialty.

2. Complexity and Layering. For different styles of Porter and Boch, I like a more complex approach. In this case, I will choose malts from different colour ranges and blend them to achieve layers of flavour. Roasted Wheat at 600 EBC has a much different flavour contribution to a Dark Chocolate at 1350. Balancing these flavours that come from different roast levels is the challenge of a good dark beer.

There is a lot of hype about using a de-husked malt to reduce astringency. The theory being that with the husk intact burning happens during roasting which adds the astringent bitter flavours. But much of that hype is misplaced. As Maltsters, there are many ways we can adjust our roasting process to reduce any burning that could happen in the roasting drum. Using careful water additions we can allow the husk to steam as it darkens, preventing any charring and allowing a very even roasted product. One thing a dehusked version of malt is often missing is the deep flavours of true chocolate malt.

For some recipes using the darker Gladfield Malts to keep you warm in the darker depths of winter head on over to our Recipe Library on the Blog and if you have some to share then send to us at feedback@beerco.com.au and we will post them for the benefit of other brewers out there! Share what we know it’s how we grow as brewers.

Buy Your Dark Gladfield Malts Now! From $4.95 incl. GST for 1Kg

Hop of the MonthEnigma™ AU Hops

Enigma™ formal tasting sessions have given interesting terms like ‘Pinot Gris’, ‘raspberries’, and ‘redcurrant’, through to rock melon and light tropical fruit.  Enigma™’s great fun to play with. A bit of a chameleon – different aspects of her enigmatic character shine, depending on how you use her.  Dry hop or add her late in the brew to maximise her flavour and aroma potential.Available in 100g, 250g, 500g, 1Kg and a box of 5Kg!

Analytical Data

  • Alpha acids (%) 13.5 – 16.5
  • Beta acids (%) 4.8 – 6.4
  • Alpha/Beta Ratio 2.4 – 3.5
  • Cohumulone (% of alpha acids) 38 – 40
  • Total Oils (ml/100g) 2.4 – 3.0
  • Oil Concentration (microlitres of oil/g alpha) 147 – 184

Brewers Guidance

As you’d expect from one so cheeky and enchanting, Enigma™’s great fun to play with. A bit of a chameleon – different aspects of her enigmatic character shine, depending on how you use her.

Dry hop or add her late in the brew to maximise her flavour and aroma potential.

Our newest plays nicely with her sisters, Ella™ Galaxy™ Topaz™ Vic Secret™ Australian Cascade Helga and Super Pride taking the lead or supporting them in many beer styles. Equally Enigma™ stands strong on her own.

Craft Beer Examples

BeerCo Recipes featuring Enigma™ HPA AU Hops

Buy Now – Enigma™ AU Hops $9.96 – $345.00 Incl. GST

Yeast of the MonthGY044 Scotch Ale GigaYeast

GY044 GigaYeast Scotch Ale #1 is one sweet yeast.  Neutral flavors emphasize the malt.  Leaves a slight residual sweetness and body in high gravity beers perfect for malt forward styles like scotch ales, wee heavy, stouts and porters.

Availability:

  • Available in Gold Pitches for 25 L Homebrews at $14.95
    Incl. GST
  • Also available in Pro-Pitches for the Professional Brewer drop shipped from GigaYeast Laboratory to your Brewery Lab to Brewery Door in 6-8 days using DHL Global Express tracked all the way
Buy Now – GY044 Scotch Ale #1 GigaYeast – $14.95 Incl. GST

Equipment of the Month: Malt Mechanics Conical Fermenters

Malt Mechanics fermenters are the only plastic home-brewing conical which come fully featured with tri-clamp fittings and stainless steel valves in 1/2″ for the take-off, and 1″ for the yeast-dump. The fermenters are suitable for transferring beer under pressure and come with everything you need to get your beer fermenting right out of the box.Malt Mechanics have designed their fermenters to be flexible enough that home-brewers can add to and adapt them to suit the needs of their own home brewing methods, while having out-of-the-box functionality that lets you just get on and brew.

These fermenters come standard with all-stainless hardware. Valves, sanitary fittings, lid, legs, latches and fasteners are all manufactured in 304 stainless steel, and all seals are made from food-grade silicon. The body of the fermenter is manufactured right here in New Zealand in 1/4″ thick high-density polyethylene (HDPE). This is a trusted material in home-brewing which, combined with our inherent design features, provides a sanitary, low oxygen-permeable environment for your fermenting beer.

HDPE is also an incredibly strong material, and we have designed the fermenter in a way that (with your own suitable fitting added through the 22mm or 7/8″ lid hole ) brewers are able to use their own CO2 source to gently push beer into their kegs – once again preserving it from the spoils of oxygen.


Malt Mechanics Kickstarter launch video

Buy Now – Malt Mechanics – 30 L / 8 Gal – Conical Fermenter $349.95 Incl. GST
Buy Now – Malt Mechanics – 60 L / 16 Gal – Conical Fermenter – $419.95 Incl. GST

Recipe of the Month – BeerCo Brown Ale


This BeerCo Brown Ale is kept nice and simple and low on the hopping and tight on the malt bill in the aim of making a well balanced easy drinking session-able brown ale more in the style of a Northern English Brown Ale.

Aroma:

  • Light, sweet malt aroma with toffee, nutty and/or caramel notes

Appearance:

  • Dark amber to reddish-brown color

Flavor:

  • Gentle to moderate malt sweetness, with a nutty, lightly caramel character and a medium-dry to dry finish. Malt may also have a toasted, biscuity, or toffee-like character. Medium to medium-low bitterness. Malt-hop balance is nearly even, with hop flavor low to none (UK varieties).

Mouth feel:

  • Medium-light to medium body. Medium to medium-high carbonation.

Vital Stats:

  • 1.050 OG
  • 1.013 FG
  • 25 IBU
  • 4.8% ABV
  • 23 SRM
  • 0.51 IBU/OG

Malt:       Kg Gladfield Malt EBC

Hops:              grams            Variant                Time

Bittering:              30 gm        Magnum              45 mins
Aroma:                 30 gm        EK Goldings       15 mins
60 gm

Yeast:

Liquid:

Dry:

Method:

  1. Mash all grains at 150 ºF (66 ºC) for 60 minutes or until full starch conversion has been accomplished.
  2. Sparge – once again the brewer should do normal regime at around 75 °C.
  3. Boil until formation of hot break is seen then add 15 grams Target and boil 45 minutes. Add Irish Moss and 30 grams East Kent Golding and boil 15 minutes.
  4. Yeast & Fermentation – Pitch your favourite American ale-ish type yeast and ferment around 20-22 °C.Sources: BYO.com

Commercial Examples:

UK

AU

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Brown Ale – BeerCo – Recipe – How to Brew

This BeerCo Brown Ale is kept nice and simple and low on the hopping and tight on the malt bill in the aim of making a well balanced easy drinking session-able brown ale more in the style of a Northern English Brown Ale.

Aroma:

  • Light, sweet malt aroma with toffee, nutty and/or caramel notes

Appearance:

  • Dark amber to reddish-brown color

Flavor:

  • Gentle to moderate malt sweetness, with a nutty, lightly caramel character and a medium-dry to dry finish. Malt may also have a toasted, biscuity, or toffee-like character. Medium to medium-low bitterness. Malt-hop balance is nearly even, with hop flavor low to none (UK varieties).

Mouth feel:

  • Medium-light to medium body. Medium to medium-high carbonation.

Vital Stats:

  • 1.050 OG
  • 1.013 FG
  • 25 IBU
  • 4.8% ABV
  • 23 SRM
  • 0.51 IBU/OG

Malt:       Kg Gladfield Malt EBC

Hops:              grams    Variant           Time

Bittering:                30 gm        Magnum               45 mins
Aroma:                    30 gm        EK Goldings        15 mins
60 gm

Yeast:

Liquid:

Dry:

Method:

  1. Mash all grains at 150 ºF (66 ºC) for 60 minutes or until full starch conversion has been accomplished.
  2. Sparge – once again the brewer should do normal regime at around 75 °C.
  3. Boil until formation of hot break is seen then add 15 grams Target and boil 45 minutes. Add Irish Moss and 30 grams East Kent Golding and boil 15 minutes.
  4. Yeast & Fermentation – Pitch your favourite American ale-ish type yeast and ferment around 20-22 °C.

    Sources: BYO.com

Commercial Examples:

UK

AU

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Atlantic Pacific – Pale Ale – Recipe – How to Brew

Atlantic Pacific – Pale Ale – Recipe – How to Brew

Brewer:

@syethebrewer Simon Law

I have been a brewing for around 8 years now and have been using Gladfield Malt for most of this time. During this time, I have brewed a wide selection of beers, and have at least one hop forward beer on tap in my garage. For my IPA and APA, I have been using a high percentage of Pilsner or Ale malt as a base, so I was keen to try the German Pilsner Malt when I read how clean and neutral the flavour profile would be.

For my first Gladfield German Pilsner Malt Beer, I wanted to use the clean neutral malt profile to showcase the Hop Hash I had recently purchased in an American Pale Ale, there was a small amount of light crystal malt used to add a little more body, and Gladfield Supernova to add a more colour.

The final beer has proven to be exactly as I had hop-ped for!  The malt character is there but in a more restrained and subtle way, which has allowed the hop flavours to come through more, there is a cleaner hop character from this Gladfield German Pilsner Malt that I have not been able to get before. Overall, I am very happy with this new malt, and I have subsequently used it in an IPA which is currently enjoying some dry hopping.

Atlantic Pacific Pale Ale

  • Target Original Gravity 1.065
  • Target Final Gravity 1.017
  • Estimated ABV 6.1%
  • Target IBU 32.7
  • SRM 8.0
  • Mash at 65°C
  • Volume: 27 litres

Ingredients:

Gladfield Malts

Hops

Yeast

Editor: Was lucky enough to taste a glass of this fantastic Atlantic Pacific Pale Ale with @syethebrewer on Tue 11 July and fair to say its one of the best beers I have tasted for a long time brewed by any brewer home or professional for the lovely balance of malt and hop character and the freshness and ease of drinking. Could have been the company but this is a knock out drop! cheers #brewhappy @syethebrewer

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Two Heads – India Pale Ale – BeerCo Recipe

Two heads are better than one and here we are trying to put our heads together to come up with a cracking recipe for you to clone your own at home for America’s favourite Craft Beer of 2017 as voted by Zymurgy’s 15th Annual Reader Survey – Bell’s Two Hearted Ale 

This beer is so simple in its structure its brilliant and it must be to knock Pliny the Elder off its throne after eight straight years of Russian River Brewing Company’s double IPA Pliny the Elder dominating the top spot!  Enough with the dribble…on with the show….

Two Heads – Pale Ale – BeerCo Recipe

Vital Stats:

  • Batch Size: 19L (5 US Gallon)
  • Efficiency: 70% Bitterness: 62 IBU Colour: 5-10  SRM
  • Original Gravity: 1.062 Final Gravity: 1.015 Alcohol: 6.2% ABV

Malts:

Hops:

Yeast:

Liquid:

Dry:

Brewing Guidance:

  1. Use 17 litres carbon filtered water, adjusted with 4 grams gypsum.
  2. Single Infusion Mash @66°C for 45 minutes until conversion is complete (iodine test) then ramp up to 77°C over 15 minutes, rest 10 minutes at 77°C and Vorlauf until clear.
  3. Collect 25 Litres, sparging with 79°C water.
  4. Boil vigorously for approx. 75 minutes, hopping at indicated times above from end of boil.
  5. Whirlpool and allow to settle for 15 minutes.
  6. Chill wort to 18°C.  Aerate wort and pitch Yeast.
  7. Ferment warm (ale temperature 18-22°C).
  8. Dry hop 1 week into fermentation.
  9. Allow beer to stay warm with hops for a week (3 days if you are in a hurry).
  10. Rack beer, crash cool, and cold age for a week.
  11. Prime with sugar and bottle or keg and carbonate to your preferred volume of C02 for a hoppy Pale Ale!

Prost! Enjoy and raise a glass to simplicity in brewing and the wonder that a few quality ingredients can bring to you beer and brewing expertise. cheers #brewhappy always 🙂

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