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Pulp Fan Fiction DIPA – System Wars – Brew Day – Beer Recipe – Video

We love getting our brewing on at BeerCo and when a great customer and friend suggested we do a side by side brew day in the name of research and exploration of new and exciting brewing equipment comparing the Grainfather Connect vs. Robobrew v 2.0 (with Pump) we could not resist or hide our excitement.

Special thanks to Andrew @Stass Brewing for his great suggestion and beering with us as we found a mutually free date for the brew day as we set about the most important thing of coming up with a beer and recipe to brew on the day!

As luck would have it the Oranges in the back garden were plump and juicy and screaming at me “throw me in an IPA and Pulp me!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

So Pulp them we did!

Andrew @Stass Brewing got to work on the recipe and I reached out to a friend in our local craft brewing industry who I knew could point us in the right direction.

Alana Rees – Innovation Brewer @MountainGoatBeer   gave us some excellent tips and pointers as we set out to brew an IPA with Oranges inspired by her own marvelous creations Mountain Goat Beer Pulped Fiction IPA.

This strictly limited edition Rare Breed based was based on one of Alana’s old homebrew recipes and the commercial release took out a couple of Gold Medals at AIBA2017 including best draught IPA.

Here is a live QandA with Alana from the brew day where she talks to us about the beer and her life as a pro-brewer.

Ever so helpful and with Alana’s guidance Andrew and myself put our own twists and peels on her award winning recipe as we set about designing a recipe we are more than glad to share with you below:

Pulp Fan Fiction DIPA – Recipe

Vital Stats: Beer Smith Predicted

Brew Vol: 23 litres Boil Size: 29 Litres
OG 18 plato Boil Time: 80 mins
FG 4 plato End of Boil Vol: 25 Litres
IBU 80 Final Vol: 21 Litres
SRM 8 Efficiency: 78%
ABV 8.70%

Malt:

Kg

Gladfield

EBC

40% 2.90 American Ale 5
40% 2.90 Vienna 6.8
8% 0.58 Red Back Wheat 27
7% 0.50 Shepherds Delight 280
5% 0.38 Supernova 1350
7.25

Hops:

grams

Variant

Alpha

Time

Bittering: 30 Waimea  15.6% First Wort
Aroma: 25 Mosaic 11.8% 15 mins
25 Citra 14.0% 10 mins
25 Mosaic 11.8% 5 mins
30 Citra 14.0% Steep/Whirlpool
Amount:
Dry Hop: 45 Mosaic 11.8% 3 days 2g/L
45 Citra 14.0% 3 days 2g/L
Yeast:
GigaYeast GY001 Nor Cal Ale #1 GigaYeast 2 gold pitches or 1L starter
Adjuncts: QTY Time Process
1 tab Deltafloc 15 mins from end of boil
Oranges 20g Fresh Orange Rind 10 mins from end of boil
1 tsp Yeast Nutrient 10 mins from end of boil
200ml Rossos Blood Orange Juice Day 5-7 secondary fermentation
Water: grams
15 Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) Mash
10 Calcium Carbonate
Lactic acid Mash PH 5.40
Mash: Temp: Time:
67C 60 mins
78C 10 mins

Method:

  1. Mash grains at 67° C for 60 mins.  Mash out for 10 minutes at 78C
  2. Sparge with 11.7 Litres of Water at 76 C. 2) Boil for 75-90 minutes, adding the first hops so that they boil for 60 minutes and the secondary additions from 15 minutes to end of boil.
  3. Pitch with an 1-2L of GigaYeast GY001 Nor Cal Ale #1 Strain or 2 x Gold Pitches
  4. Ferment at 18-21° C
  5. Add 200mL Blood Orange Juice and dry hops (45g of Citra and 45g of Mosaic) post primary fermentation and 3 days or 72 hours prior to racking or kegging.
  6. Keg or Bottle as per your normal process target a keg carbonation of 12.5 psi
  7. Condition for 4 weeks and enjoy responsibly – Prost!

Sources of Inspiration: Mountain Goat Beer | Pulped Fiction Blood Orange IPA

Special tanks to Andrew @Stass Brewing and Alana @Mountain Goat Beer who kindly dropped by with a bottle of Mountain Goat Beer latest Rare Breed: Back to the Brewer Double Steam Ale another mighty fine beer indeed!

Here is Stass Brewing amazing video work done simultaneously to brewing an amazing beer!

Hat’s off to Andrew @Stass Brewing – we love your work!

Head on over to his YouTube or BrewTube channel to watch some of his other informative and entertaining videos on brewing and drinking beer!

Stay tuned in for a future tasting with Andrew @StassBrewing and more video to come…

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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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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:

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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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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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Mai Manuka Bock – Doppelbock – How to Brew – BeerCo Recipe

Doppelbock traces its history to a monastic brewery founded in 1634 in the Bavarian town of Munich. To sustain them during periods of religious fasting such as Lent and Advent, the Pauline monks drank a dark, sweet beer called Sankt Vater Bier or Holy Father Beer.

The doppelbock brewer’s goal is to make a deceptively drinkable beer while maintaining a luxurious mouth feel and an intriguing aromatic complexity. So brewers use a plethora of specialty grains.

Here Caleb DeFrees from Gladfield Malt gives us Mai Manuka Bock a great recipe to make a complex subtle style for consumption with Mai Mates! cheers #brewhappy

Vital Stats:

Batch & Boil

  • Batch Size: 21.0 L US 5 Gallon
  • Boil Time: 75-90 mins

Properties

  • 1.072 OG
  • 1.021 FG
  • 30 IBU
  • SRM
  • 6.6% ABV

Malt:

Hops

Yeast

Liquid | GigaYeast

Dry | Fermentis

Method:

  1. Mash grains at 67.5° C
  2. Boil for 75-90 minutes, adding the first hops so that they boil for 60 minutes with no further additions.
  3. Pitch with an ample starter of GY045 German Lager GigaYeast strain (Fermentis Saflager W-34/70 Yeast dry yeast option remember to hydrate the yeast before pitching)
  4. Pitch Warm at 18-20 or cool at 10-12° C and Ferment cool at 10-12° C
  5. Yeast & Fermentation – Ferment at 10° C for six to ten days slowly raising temperature to 12°. Rack into secondary when gravity reaches close to 1.025.
  6. Perform a diacetyl rest at the end of primary fermentation raising the temperature of the beer to 15-16 °C for 24 – 48 hours before cooling it down for the lagering period.
  7. Cool to 2-4°C after secondary fermentation and terminal gravity is reached around 1.021 (about three more days). Age at 2-4°C until clear (seven to 14 days). Bottle or Keg and prime or carbonate 2.5 volumes of C02. Condition in the bottle or Keg as long as desired (30 to 60 days)
  8. Invite your friends over for a well earned Mai Manuka Bock @bieroclock! Prost!

Style Guidance and further Inspirational Sources to go Bock!

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Fiery Monkey – American Amber Ale – How to brew – Beer Recipe

Fiery Monkey | Amber Ale

an All Grain American Amber Ale brewed and designed by Roger Lew & Dermott Dowling

The Fiery Monkey Amber Ale was brewed in honor of the impending arrival of Kyle Lew aka “the fiery monkey”. Due into this world just shy of Christmas 2016 it was duely decided the next brew in our “brew for a mate” series might as well be one for the arrival of Rog & Lil’s first born son who has taken to his moniker in no uncertain terms and certainly has a fondness for a loud monkey like scream and a penchant for not sleeping much. Little did we know the beer for his first moon party and head wetting would be an omen of things to come for his Ma and Pa!  Born into the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Monkey and with his father’s fondness for an Amber Ale – in balance we decided to set about brewing this beer in Movembeer in order for Rog & Lil to have plenty of well conditioned stock of “the Fiery Monkey” Amber Ale for his first moon party in early January.  Enough of the back story on with the show and a few pics of brew day with Rog at Rancho Relaxo which finished with a nice bottle of Kriek! – cheers #brewhappy

Vital Stats:

Batch Size          21 Litres (US 5 gallon)
Boil Time           60 min
OG                     1.060
FG                      1.013
IBU                    45
ABV                     6.1%
Color                  11 SRM
Balance               Bitter

Fermentables

Amount             Fermentable                           Use     PPG        Color

4.8 kg                     Gladfield American Ale Malt          Mash       37            1 °L
0.6 kg                    Gladfield Gladiator Malt                 Mash       33           4 °L
0.6 kg                    Gladfield Dark Crystal Malt            Mash       33          75 °L

Drinkers comments – Rog & Dermott “The use of Dark Crystal Gladfield Malt produced a rather sweet amber ale, our second attempt to refine this recipe we would suggest replacing the Dark Crystal with Supernova Malt for a dry Amber ale”

Hops

Amount                  Hop                                                Time         Use         Form             AA

20 gm                          Crosby Nugget (US)                          60 min         Boil          Pellet               13.9%
40 gm                          Crosby Cascade (US)                          5 min          Boil          Pellet                5.1%
20 gm                          Centennial (US)                                  5 min          Boil          Pellet                9.3%
10 gm                          Crosby Chinook (US)                          5 min          Boil          Pellet              13.4%

Yeasts

Name                          Lab/Product                                Attenuation

Nottingham Ale Yeast     Danstar Lallemand                              77.5%               (Dry)

GY001 Nor Cal Ale #1     GigaYeast                                           76-80%             (Liquid)

Method:

Step by Step
1. Mash grains at 152 °F (67 °C) for 60 minutes.
2. Sparge to collect roughly 6.5 gallons (25 L) of wort.
3. Boil for 60 minutes adding hops at times indicated. Cool wort to pitching temperature as quickly as possible, 65–75 °F (18–24 °C).
4. Yeast & Fermentation – Transfer wort to sanitized fermenter then pitch the yeast. Ferment at 65–68 °F (18–20 °C).
5. Dry hops are added loose to the carboy and soaked for two weeks after primary fermentation is complete. Bottle as usual.  NB: For the Firey Monkey no dry hopping was done.  Carbonate to 2.0 to 2.5 volumes.  NB: for the Fiery Monkey we under carbonated and would recommend you reach for the higher end of the carbonation guidelines.

We hop you love this recipe as much as we did brewing and drinking it with friends and family to celebrate the arrival of young Kyle into this wonderful world of beer and more…the fiery monkey! 🙂

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Ain’t No April Fooling You – April 2017 – BeerCo Brewing News

Where did March go? Hop you harvested your homegrown hops or enjoyed some fresh wet hop Harvest Ales.  We managed to get away for a couple of days to High Country Hops in NE Victoria and enjoy some wonderful fresh hop beers and rediscovered Super Pride of Ringwood in a whole wet hop cone way thanks for sharing that beer Bright Brewery.  Got a brew down on the trusty 2V using homegrown 3 year old East Kent Golding (recipe coming to the blog soon…) and Gus took the easy way out brewing a Pliney Maximus on his Pico Pico in under 3 hours…review coming to the blog soon…

That’s enough about us let’s talk to you about what is old and new and good to get your brewing on this April – cause you ain’t no April fool and there is no fooling a brewer what is good to go and get brewing so on with the real news….

Malt of the Month – Gladfield Gladiator® Malt

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

Gladiator Malt is one of the most functional malts that can be added to a brew. With just a 5 to 10% addition Gladfield Gladiator malt can boost foam stability and increase a beers final gravity with little impact on colour or flavour.

This is made possible by Gladfield Malting own custom process which involves starting the malt at a moderate level of modification, a careful stewing to form dextrins and a Maillard reaction followed by a final kilning to lock all these functional components into the malt.

These dextrins are short chained carbohydrates than will not be broken down by alpha and beta Amylase in the mash or fermented by the yeast.  Leaving these carbohydrates in the beer increases the body and fullness of your beer. Foam stability is enhanced due to many foam positive proteins that occur due to the lower level of modification and stewing process.

Overall Gladfield Gladiator malt is a fantastic malt to add to almost any beer style which can benefit from added foam stability and body.  At BeerCo we tend to cut 5% Gladfield Gladiator Malt into most of our recipes – find them in the Recipe Library – especially in a Pale Ale, IPA or Pilsner

Gladfield Gladiator Malt

Developed to provide extra foaming stability, mouth feel and body to the beer with out adding too much colour.

Specification

  • Moisture (%) Max 5
  • Extract – Fine Dry 82%
  • Wort Colour Range (EBC) 5 – 10
  • Typical Wort Colour (EBC) 8

Usage Rate Guidance:

  • Up to 15% of the Grist

Commonly Used in Place of the following Malts:

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Hop of the Month – Summer™ HPA Flavour AU Hop

 

Hop Products Australia or HPA for short, seedless Summer™ hop brings a promise of subtle, light apricot and melon fruit flavours in a number of beer styles, which is more apparent when dry hopping.

Summer ™ features balanced citrus and stone fruit flavors.  What you are about to hear next is what you do not want to hear every year! Summer ™ is almost gone!  2017 Harvest will be the last for this unique and rather special HPA AU Hop.

Bred in 1997 at Tasmanian Bushy Park Breeding Garden, Summer™ is the result of open pollination of a tetraploid Czech Saaz.  We love this hop as it sits in an Alpha Acid range that is very versatile for delicate well brewed Pilsner and can add some beautiful subtle character as a late addition to an Australian or International Pale Ale.  Hell you can even use it in an IPA and some local Australian craft brewers have like Bridge Road Brewers – Single Hop Summer IPA

We all sadden a little when we think summer is almost gone…we love the sunshine and while we love Autumn and its Amber hues we all relish the thought of Summer coming again…well do not delay…get your hands on some summer and get your brewing on with this beautiful hop before its too late and make something great!

Brewing Values:

certificates-of-analysis-hpa-sep-2016

  • Alpha Acid  5.6 – 6.4%
  • Beta Acid  4.8 – 6.1%
  • Co-humulone  20 – 25%
  • Total Oil  1.4 – 2 mL/100g
  • Myrcene  29 – 38% of total oil
  • Linalool  0.2 – 0.6% of total oil
  • Caryophyllene  8 – 11% of total oil
  • Farnesene  < 1.0% of total oil
  • Humulene  28 – 50% of total oil
  • Geraniol  0 – 0% of total oil

Style Guidance

  • Ale
  • Witbier / Wheat
  • Belgian Ale
  • American Ale
  • India Pale Ale

Craft Beer Examples

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Yeast of the Month – GY031 British Ale #2 GigaYeast

GY031 British Ale #2 GigaYeast is from a traditional British brewery from one of the oldest and best-known English cask ales.  Very flocculent — GY031 produces clear beer.

GY031 British Ale #2 leaves a slightly sweet malty flavor.   Flavor profile is nearly neutral at lower fermentation temps.  Slight banana/fruit notes appear at higher temps.

Perfect for English style pale ales, stouts, porters, bitters browns etc.

GY031 British Ale #2 has strong attenuation and excellent flocculation with slightly more fruity ester production than GY011 British Ale #1 GigaYeast

  • Attenuation Medium Gravity* 80% – 82%
  • Attenuation High Gravity* 72% – 75% (9.3% – 10.0% ABV)
  • Temperature Range†: 18˚C – 24˚C  (65˚F – 75˚F)
  • Flocculation: High

Representative Styles:

  • British Ales
  • Pale/Amber Ale
  • Barley Wine
  • Scotch Ale
  • Bitter
  • Stout
  • India Pale Ale

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Equipment of the Month – Oxebar – Fermentasaurus – 35 Litre – Uni Tanks

Wow! Where do we start? World First! Designed and Made in Melbourne, Australia.  Ferment, Clarify, Dry Hop, Carbonate and potentially even dispense straight from the Fermentasaurus   This is a significant step forward in the brewing revolution at home.  We are seeing more and more amazing equipment hit the market nowadays that is making brewing your own beer at home equally as easy and to the same premium high quality standard of commercial craft brewers.  There is simply no excuses for not brewing amazing beer at home with the abundance of premium quality brewing ingredients and equipment in the market today.  The Fermentasaurus has been over 4 years in the design and build phase and a short video here from one of the lead designers and creators Kee will illustrate very quickly how much thought has gone into making this next leap forward in the brewing revolution at home – cheers Kee – we love this innovation – keep them coming!

Oxebar – Fermentasaurus – 35 Litre – Uni Tanks

Package Options, Price and Availability:

Please note that due to the thought care and design and build of these amazing new Fermentasaurus there has been a run on international and domestic orders.  As such we have 1 x Fermentasaurus in stock and more due to land end of April available on back-order. Do not delay – order or pre-order yours today.   You might also like to buy the Oxebar – Fermentasaurus Pressure Kit for $39.95 Incl. GST while you are in the shop so you can keg and or ferment under pressure in the Fermentasaurus

Oxebar – Fermentasaurus Pressure Kit

Merchandise – Join the Brewing Revolution – BeerCo Tees

You love brewing, you love sharing your wonderful beers with friends and family.  Well the ultimate gift to you the brewer or to your mate(s) has arrived!  The BeerCo Brewing Revolution Tee.  Made from 100% Cotton, 200gm heavy duty and double stitched these Tees are built to last and you will be as comfortable in them running around the brewery as you are out and about.  Priced to sell and help you and us get the word out there to more brewers and drinkers jump online and get yours today!

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BeerCo – Brewing Recipe Kit of the Month – Kunekune | Manuka Smoked Porter 

Who doesn’t love tasty smokey bacon and warming your toes by the fire in the depth of winter with a smoked porter?.  Here we have put together the ultimate warming Kunekune | Manuka Smoked Porter | BeerCo Recipe Kit named after the little Kunekune pig introduced to NZ from the UK and a hit with the Maori and Pakeha alike cooked in a traditional hāngi on hot rocks beneath the earth or on a spit this little piggy is one to be relished with delight and should be accompanied by a subtly smoked Porter to bring out the best of Kunekune.  Manuka is a native tea tree to NZ and interestingly found in AU as well.  More famous in Honey, Gladfield Malt have taken the unique smoke of the Manuka tree and made a delightfully subtle and complex smoked malt that will bring across even the smoke beer haters.

We suggest you put this one down in Autumn and give it time to age and develop complexity. If you are into smoking your own bacon or curing meat then grab your finest smokey little piggy and invite all your friends over for some slow and low smokey delights!  Cheers #brewhappy and as always #drinkhappier and #responsibly and give this brew a review for the benefit of our customers – old and new.

Kunekune- Manuka Smoked Porter – BeerCo Recipe Kit

That’s enough from us – we know you ain’t no April fool and there is no fooling you over great beer from so so beer so what are you waiting for? Get out of here! Jump online get to the BeerCo Shop and let us do the bagging and tagging and delivery of the best damn brewing ingredients and equipment in the world so you can brew the best darn beer in the world your brewing revolutionary – aclamaciones!
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