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French Toast – Double Brown Ale with Maple Cinnamon and Vanilla

Wood, Whisky, What is there not to love?  Every brewer loves everything made from malt including Single Malt Whisky of course. So when by luck chance and happenstance we came across the opportunity to join a Bulk Buy! for a couple of 20L Single Malt Whisky casks from a name Craft Whisky Distillery in Tasmania, who shall remain nameless for now…well the offer was simply too good to be true and miss out on an opportunity to get a Whisky Barrel and get our Brewing on!  So we did! cheers #brewhappy #barrelsoffun

French Toast – Double Brown Ale with Maple Cinnamon and Vanilla Beans aged in Wood!

Vital Stats:

  • Type: All Grain  Batch Size: 21.00 l  Boil Size: 23.77 l
  • Boil Time: 60 min
  • Est Original Gravity: 1.081 SG Est Final Gravity: 1.014 SG
  • Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 8.8 %
  • Bitterness: 34.9 IBUs Est Color: 58.1 EBC
  • Mash Name: Single Infusion @67C
  • Date: 14 Feb 2018 Brewer: Dermott Dowling Asst Brewer: Roger Lew
  • Equipment: Robobrew with Pump Efficiency: 72.00 % Est Mash Efficiency: 72.0 %


Amt       Name                                                     Colour          %

5.20 kg Gladfield Ale Malt                                                   (6.0 EBC)            68.4 %
0.60 kg Gladfield Dark Crystal Malt                                 (190.0 EBC)           7.9 %
0.60 kg Gladfield Munich Malt                                          (15.5 EBC)              7.9 %
0.60 kg Harraway’s Rolled Oats                                          (2.8 EBC)              7.9 %
0.20 kg Gladfield Biscuit Malt                                             (60.0 EBC)           2.6 %
0.20 kg Gladfield Brown Malt                                             (178.0 EBC)          2.6 %
0.20 kg Gladfield Light Chocolate Malt                            (900.0 EBC)         2.6 %


25 gm Perle [8.50 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 8 21.4 IBUs
25 gm Willamette [4.70 %] – Boil 30.0 min Hop 9 9.5 IBUs
25 gm Willamette [4.70 %] – Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 4.0 IBUs


  • 2 Vanilla Bean (Boil 5.0 mins) Split beans and scrap out contents and all in the boil @5 mins from flameout
  • 0.11 oz Cinnamon Stick 1 Scroll (Boil 5.0 mins) add a scroll @5 mins from flameout
  • 750ml Maple Syrup (Boil 0.0 mins) add at flameout – save another 250mL for addition into secondary fermentation



  1. Mash In Add 21.82 l of water at 72.3 C 65.6 C 75 min
  2. Sparge: Fly sparge with 10.56 l water at 75.6 C
  3. Ferment at 18-22C letting the beer free rise and ferment out the primary before adding last 250mL of Maple Syrup into secondary Fermentation
  4. Fine, rack into Barrels and let age for 1-3 months tasting using a wine thief nail or other such methods that reduce oxygen entering the beer
  5. Bottle or Keg to your liking using 111 grams of Dextrose (Corn Sugar) to a C02 level of 2.3
  6. Sip, Savour and enjoy! Prost!

Sauces of Brewspiration:

More pics and news coming but you might enjoy this BrewTube with Matt @Boatrocker talking about Wood and Beer and Brewing!

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Febrewery 🍻 – Feb 2018 ☀– BeerCo Brewing News

Hop you had a fantastic festive season with family and friends and made a whopping dent in your beer cellar and enjoyed some quality food and beer and conversation with family and friends.  One of the many stand out styles if you could call it that from 2017 was the “New England” or “North East” or East Coast or Vermont IPA!  The Craze for Haze certainly has crossed the Pacific Ocean from the United States of Craft Beer to Australia and we have seen many excellent local examples of the hazy beer styles in our “fresh, local, craft” scene.

Some cracker local craft examples of the style we enjoyed drinking in 2017 along with a lot of other craft beer drinkers are below:

We are all set to serve you our customers better than ever before in 2018 and we look forward to bringing you more excellent brewing materials and equipment to help you brew like a pro and show off your marvellous creations to great mates.

That’s enough from me…on with the real brewing news…read, listen, watch and most importantly brew and enjoy responsibly with friends and family your better quality beers in 2018! Hoppy New Beer Brewers!

cheers #brewhappy

Dermott Dowling
Managing Director, BeerCo Pty Ltd
A Unit 1 / 1-3 Disney Avenue, Keilor East, VIC 3033
+61 400 040 195  W

Malt of the MonthGladfield Munich Malt

Gladfield Munich is a great addition to the APAs and IPAs that I regularly brew. The 5kg bags are fantastic as they are great value and the perfect size so that I can maintain a good turnover of base malt and specialty malts and brew with fresh premium Gladfield malts”  julian.w.chan October 25, 2017

We wholeheartedly agree with Julian and his 5* review on Gladfield Munich Malt.  Munich is widely considered a malt that can substitute for traditional pale malt. Professional brewers, however, would advise its use in moderation, as its enzymatic power is low (170 vs 210 for Vienna or 250 for Pilsner).  Munich works well for bringing a deep orange color and a malty, grainy flavor to your brew.

Gladfield Munich Malt is produced using higher kilning temperatures. This results in malt that has a higher color rating, increased aromatic quality and rich body enhancers.   Munich is typically the flavour that comes to mind when drinkers think of maltiness.  Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walkeris a huge fan of a small Munich malt addition in virtually all pale ale recipes.

Whilst, there are not hard and fast rules around addition rates for Munich Malt to your grist each brewer will make judgments based on his or her own tastes, I find that 10-15% Munich malt contributes plenty of character to most ales. Lagers, on the other hand, may require much larger percentages, especially if the intent is to brew characterful Bavarian Dunkels or Bocks. Several authors have proposed using Munich malt as the majority of the grist for Bocks and particularly Doppelbocks.

Complementary Malts:


  • Moisture (%) Max 5  Typical Analysis 3
  • Extract (fine dry) min% 79  Typical Analysis  81.0
  • Saccharification time 10
  • Wort Colour (EBC) 14-17  Typical Analysis 14.5
  • Total Nitrogen (%) 1.6-1.8
  • Kolbach Index 37-43  Typical Analysis  40
  • pH 5.6-5.9  Typical Analysis  5.9
  • Diastatic Power (WK) min. 160  Typical Analysis  170
  • FAN (mg/l) min 120  Typical Analysis 125
  • Friability (min) % 85  Typical Analysis  88

Typical Uses & Styles:

  • Bavarian Lager
  • Bavarian Dunkel
  • Doppelbock
  • Marzenbier
  • Pale Ale
  • IPA

Usage Rate Guidance:

  • Up to 100% of the Grist, use your brewers discretion 10-15% in a Pale Ale or IPA is great but you can go as high as 30% in a Marzenbier and higher again in Dunkels and Bocks where the intent is to create more malt character in your beer

Package, Price and Availability Options:

  • 5 Kg Bag for $16.95 incl. GST
  • 25 Kg Sack for $64.94 incl. GST (Save 23% on 5 Kg Price)
  • Or Hop into one of our growing list of valued Retail Partners and ask for Gladfield Munich Malt by name!

BeerCo Brewing Recipe Kits featuring Gladfield Munich Malt:

Sauces of Brewspiration:

  1. Jim Busch (2015) The Magic of Munich Malt 26 August originally published in Brewing Techniques (Volume 4, Number 5)
  2. John Mallett (2014) Malt – A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse, Brewers Publications, Boulder, Colorado, USA
  3. Thomas J. Miller Using Munich & Vienna malts: Tips from the Pros
Buy Your Gladfield Munich Malt Now! From $16.95 incl. GST for 5 Kg

Hops of the Month:


Hopsteiner Experimental Hop #05256 – US Hops

Complex in nature, Eureka!™ is dank and resinous with fruity notes ranging all the way from tropical-citrus to dark stone fruit. Eureka rounds out blends and truly shines as a late hop addition. A variety for the “classic hop head,” Eureka is one you won’t want to miss!


  • Apollo
  • Merkur

Brewing Usage

  • Dual Purpose


  • Blackcurrant
  • Dark fruits
  • Strong herbal notes
  • Pine tree

Typical Beer Styles

  • American Pale Ale
  • English Ales
  • Golden Ale
  • Pale Ale

Typical Brewing Specification


  • Alpha-Acid %  17.0 – 19.9
  • Beta-Acid %  4.6 – 6.0
  • Co-Humulone % rel. 28 – 30


  • Xanthohumol (EBC 7.7)  0.5 – 0.6


  • Total Oils (ml/100g)  2.5 – 4.4
  • Farnesene % of total Oil  0.10 – 0.30
  • Linalool % of total Oil  0.2 – 0.5

General Trade Perception

  • Craft brewers treat Palisade as a good “blending hop,” a character actor that supports other hops in leading roles.

Craft Beer Examples

Pack & Price

  • Eureka!™ T90 US HOP PELLETS 100GM $9.94 Incl. GST
  • Eureka!™ T90 US HOP PELLETS 250GM (SAVE 10% ON 100GM PRICE) $21.95 Incl. GST
  • Eureka!™ T90 US HOP PELLETS 500GM (SAVE 15% ON 100GM PRICE) $41.95 Incl. GST
  • Eureka!™ T90 US HOP PELLETS 1KG (SAVE 20% ON 100GM PRICE) $79.95 Incl. GST

Hops of the Month:

Palisade® – Brand YCR 4 – US Hops

Developed by Select Botanicals Group, Palisade® Brand YCR 4 is known for its high yield and unique aroma profile.  Palisade shows a range of tropical fruit aromatics and is sometimes reminiscent of mango, with notes of apricot and freshly cut grass.  Many American craft brewers treat Palisade as a good “blending hop,” a character actor that supports other hops in leading roles. It blends particularly well with Amarillo and Cascade and has found its way into many American West Coast pale ales and India pale ales.


Palisade® Brand YCR 4 cv. was bred by by Chuck Zimmerman, at Yakima Chief Ranches who recorded it as an open-pollination product of Tettnanger  It was developed as a dual purpose hop with moderate bittering potential and unique aromas.

Brewing Usage

  • An Aroma Hop


  • Earthy
  • Floral
  • Fruity

Aroma & Flavour Characteristics

Specific aroma descriptors include notes of mango, apricot, and freshly cut grass alongside clean floral characteristics.

Possible Substitutions

Complementary Hops:

Typical Beer Styles

  • American Pale Ale
  • English Ales
  • Golden Ale
  • Pale Ale

Typical Brewing Specification

  • Alpha Acid  6.5 – 10%
  • Beta Acid  5.5 – 8%
  • Co-humulone  26 – 28%
  • Total Oil  0.8 – 2 mL/100g
  • B-Pinene  0.6 – 0.8% of total oil
  • Myrcene  45 – 52% of total oil
  • Linalool  0.4 – 0.6% of total oil
  • Caryophyllene  8 – 16% of total oil
  • Farnesene  < 1.0% of total oil
  • Humulene  10 – 20% of total oil
  • Geraniol  0.1 – 0.5% of total oil

General Trade Perception

  • Craft brewers treat Palisade as a good “blending hop,” a character actor that supports other hops in leading roles.

Craft Beer Examples

Pack & Price

  • Palisade® T90 US HOP PELLETS 100GM $9.94 Incl. GST
  • Palisade® T90 US HOP PELLETS 250GM (SAVE 10% ON 100GM PRICE) $21.95 Incl. GST
  • Palisade® T90 US HOP PELLETS 500GM (SAVE 15% ON 100GM PRICE) $41.95
    Incl. GST
  • Palisade® T90 US HOP PELLETS 1KG (SAVE 20% ON 100GM PRICE) $79.95 Incl. GST
Buy Now – Palisade® – Brand YCR 4 – US Hops $9.94 – $79.95 Incl. GST 100g – 1Kg Foils

Yeast of the MonthGY005 Golden Gate Lager GigaYeast

GY005 Golden Gate GigaYeast is a versatile Lager yeast used to create the California Common style. GY005 ferments warm and still retains a lager character.
GY005 ferments unusually high for a lager strain and still retains a lager sensibility (up to 20˚C (68˚F)). GY005 GigaYeast leaves a slightly sweeter beer than our other lager yeast— perfect for creating a subtle, malty undertone against a clean lager background.

Golden Gate Lager GigaYeast GY005 creates a moderate amount of sulfide under some conditions that will dissipate with a short rest.  Fermentations at traditional lager temperatures may be slow.  Recommended fermentation temperature 13˚- 20˚C  (55˚- 68˚F).

Attenuation Medium Gravity*

  • 79% – 83%

Attenuation High Gravity*

  • 57% – 60% (7.5% – 8.1% ABV)

Temperature Range:

  • 13˚C – 21˚C  (55˚F – 70˚F)


  • Medium

Representative Styles:

  • California Common
  • Cream Ale
  • Stout


  • Available in Gold Pitches for 25 L Homebrews RRP $14.95 Incl. GST Special Price $9.95 incl GST save 33%
  • 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


GY005 Golden Gate Lager GigaYeast $14.95 $8.95 Incl. GST

Buy Now – GY005 Golden Gate Lager GigaYeast RRP $14.95 SALE! $8.95 Incl. GST

Equipment of the Month:

Bottle Filler Beer Gun

$74.95 Incl. GST

Do you want to fill a couple of growlers of your favourite brew to take over to a friends house or to a party to impress everyone? Well this is the essential piece of equipment you need in your brewery or bar!

Need to bottle some of your finest homebrew to enter a competition?  Again you need the Bottle Filler Beer Gun!

Bottle Filler Beer Gun fills bottles quickly, easily, without the risk of oxygenation and without complicated counter pressure filling equipment. This easy to use Bottle Filler Beer Gun works with almost any bottle size and shape. All components in contact with beer are made from stainless steel or silicone.  The Bottle Filler Beer Gun includes beer line, 2 stainless clamps and the gun itself.

Don’t forget to stock up on a couple of

Bottle Filler Beer Gun – Replacement Tip

$1.99 Incl. GST

Bottle Filler Beer Gun – Replacement Tip is the replacement silicon tip for the Bottle Filler Beer Gun.

PS – Fermentasaurus Starter Kits are back in stock! Get in quickly as they are flying out the door!

Oxebar – Fermentasaurus – 35 Litre – Uni Tanks

$129.95 Incl. GST

Oxebar Fermentasaurus is the world’s first conical PET fermenter that is pressurisable up to 2.4 Bar working pressure.  This new model of fermenter has only been possible to manufacture using a highly specialized PET grade and a new type of PET injection/blow moulding machine that has been commissioned in Springvale, Victoria, Australia.  Australian made right here in Melbourne, this product will truly change the way home brew is made and greatly simplify brewing at home from fermentation to carbonation.

Buy Now – Bottle Filler Beer Gun $74.95 Incl. GST
Video on what is a Bottle Filler Beer Gun and How to Use one

Recipe of the Month:

Hazy Trucker – NEIPA – BeerCo Recipe Kit

$69.95 – $77.50 Incl. GST | Milled or Unmilled | Dry or Liquid Yeast – you take your pick!

Pull over! Stop the Truck! This Hazy Trucker NEIPA or Double IPA is a velvet sledgehammer. Soft bitterness and tropical Juicy Hops including El Dorado, Equanot and Galaxy fermented down low by GY054 Vermont IPA GigaYeast resting on soft pillow of Gladfield Ale Munich and Wheat Malt and Harraways Rolled Oats…hmmm?  Sounds like a meal in a glass!

Feeling like it’s time to park up the semi-trailer for the night and grab a goblet of Hazy Trucker?  Well, what are you waiting for? Get your brewing on!  cheers #brewhappy #drinkhappier #enjoyresponsibly

Product Description

Driving a semi all night you can start to feel a little Hazy!  Time to pull over, find a truck stop, or a place to rest your head and fill you belly with some grub and maybe wash it down with something that is going to not only taste great but help you sleep like a baby.  Hazy Trucker – NEIPA or Double IPA is here to do just that and won’t let you down.  It has so many tropical hops in it you will think its a fruit bomb and it hides its alcohol oh so well behind a full malty body and a well-balanced soft bitterness.

Feeling like it’s time to park up the semi-trailer and get hit by a Hazy Trucker?  Well, what are you waiting for? Get your brewing on with this bad boy!

Vital Stats:

Batch & Boil

  • Batch Size: 19 Litres
  • Boil Time: 90 mins


  • OG 1.078
  • FG 1.012
  • IBU 80
  • ABV 8.7%
  • Colour  14.4 EBC
  • Balance – 1.032 IBU/SG Bitterness Ratio

Gladfield Malt:

Amt       Name                        Colour                  % Grist

4.25 kg      Gladfield Ale Malt           (6.0 EBC)                      65%
1.00 kg      Gladfield Munich Malt   (15.5 EBC)                     15 %
0.65 kg      Gladfield Wheat Malt     (4.2 EBC)                      10 %
0.65 kg      Harraways Rolled Oats  (2.8 EBC)                      10%
6.55 Kg      TOTAL                           14.4 EBC                       100%


Amt Name   Alpha Acids                   When   Time                   IBU

20 g Topaz             [17.20 %]                             First Wort   20 mins                   27 IBUs

20 g El Dorado      [13.90 %]                 Steep/Whirlpool   20 mins                   10 IBUs

20 g Equanot         [14.70 %]                 Steep/Whirlpool   20 mins                   10 IBUs

20 g Galaxy            [16.10 %]                  Steep/Whirlpool   20 mins                   11 IBUs

10 g El Dorado      [13.90 %]                 Steep/Whirlpool   40 mins                       7 IBUs

10 g Equanot         [14.70 %]                 Steep/Whirlpool   40 mins                       8 IBUs

10 g Galaxy            [16.10 %]                  Steep/Whirlpool   40 mins                       8 IBUs

35 g El Dorado      [13.90 %]                First Dry Hop          5 Days                         0 IBUs

35 g Equanot         [14.70 %]                First Dry Hop          5 Days                          0 IBUs

35 g Galaxy            [16.10 %]                 First Dry Hop          5 Days                          0 IBUs

35 g El Dorado      [13.90 %]                Second Dry Hop     5 Days                          0 IBUs

35 g  Equanot        [14.70 %]                Second Dry Hop      5 Days                          0 IBUs

35 g Galaxy            [16.10 %]                 Second Dry Hop     5 Days                          0 IBUs


Liquid | GigaYeast

Dry | Mangrove Jack’s


  1. Mill the grains and dough-in targeting a mash of around 3 Litres of water to 1 Kg of grain (a liquor-to-grist ratio of about 3:1 by weight) and a temperature of  67 °C (152 °F).
  2. Hold the mash at 67 °C ( 152 °F ) until enzymatic conversion is complete.
  3. Add first wort hop addition.
  4. Infuse the mash with near boiling water while stirring or with a recirculating mash system raise the temperature to mash out at 76 °C (168 °F).  Mash out for 10 minutes.
  5. Fly sparge slowly with 12 Litres of 77 °C (170 °F ) water, collecting wort until the pre-boil kettle volume is around 28.5 L (6.5 gallons).
  6. The total boil time will be 60-90 minutes.  Do not add Deltafloc or Irish Moss.
  7. At flameout, wait until wort cools to 82°C (180 °F ) to avoid volatizing hop oils.  Set time for 40 mins and add first hop stand addition.
  8. After 20 mins add the second hop stand additions.
  9. After the total hop stand of 40 minutes, chill wort to 19°C (67 °F ), decant starter or open Gold Pitch and pitch Yeast and aerate.
  10. Over the course of the two-week fermentation, ramp the temperature up to 23°C (73 °F ) to ensure full attenuation.
  11. On approximately Day 5 of fermentation when attenuation has reached about 80 percent, add the first dry hop addition.
  12. Wait 5 days, then remove the first dry hop addition and add the second addition of dry hops and dry hop for another 5 days.
  13. Chill the wort rapidly to 18 °C (65 °F ), let the break material settle, rack to the fermenter, pitch the yeast and aerate thoroughly.
  14. When finished, carbonate the beer to approximately 2.5 volumes (5 g/L) of CO2 (or add 125g of table sugar or 180g of Light Dried Malt Extract if bottling) and drink fresh. Prost!

Sauces of brewspiration:

Buy Now – Hazy Trucker – NEIPA – BeerCo Recipe Kit $69.95 – $77.50 Incl. GST

Febrewery – February – BeerCo Brewing News 🍻

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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%





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






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
Dry Hop: 45 Mosaic 11.8% 3 days 2g/L
45 Citra 14.0% 3 days 2g/L
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


  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 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.


  • 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)


  • Low

Representative Styles:

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


  • 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.


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
% Kg Gladfield Malt
90% 4.50 German Pilsner
10% 0.50 Wheat or Red Back Wheat
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
Fermentis Safale US-05 2 x 11g packets
Lallemand BRY-97 US West Coast Ale Yeast – 2 x 11g Packets
GigaYeast GY021 Kölsch Bier GigaYeast
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


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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


All available for you to order right here right now online at – 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:

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


  • 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 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.


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


  • Dark amber to reddish-brown color


  • 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





  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.


Commercial Examples:



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Atlantic Pacific – Pale Ale – Recipe – How to Brew

Atlantic Pacific – Pale Ale – Recipe – How to Brew


@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


Gladfield Malts



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






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 🙂

Sources and Inspiration:





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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


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




Liquid | GigaYeast

Dry | Fermentis


  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!