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Mayhem – May 2018 – BeerCo Brewing News…📡📩🍻

Wow! Where did April go? Have you got your tickets and events lined up for Good Beer Week in MELbrewin? There is so much happening at the moment here at BeerCoAU we don’t know where to start…

We know your valuable brewing time is precious and we don’t want to bore or spam you so we keep our mailouts to monthly and encourage you to find us on your favourite social media channels @BeerCoAU for regular updates.

Much more to announce in months to come but for now let’s just stay focused on the core ingredients to brew amazing Beer and some Bling! to #brewlikeapro! So what are you waiting for?…read…drink…brew…happy…drink…happier…in that order please…and oh, we almost forgot to tell you Crop 2018 AU Hops are here! Check them out here: http://www.beerco.com.au/product-category/hops/au-hops/

Harraways Flaked Wheat

$4.95/1Kg – $64.95/20Kg Incl. GST

Harraways unmalted Flaked Wheat has been steamed and rolled to gelatinize its starches, making them accessible for conversion to sugars. Must be mashed with base malts for conversion to occur. Flaked Wheat is a common ingredient in wheat beers such as Bavarian Weisse, and is essential to Belgian Lambics and Wits. Adds the essential starch haze and high levels of protein required in these beers. Flaked wheat adds more sharp wheat flavour than malted wheat.  Popular in US IPAs both West Coast and East Coast available now in Australia for the first time!

  • 1 Kg Bags at $4.95 / Kg Incl. GST
  • 5 Kg Bags at $19.95 Incl. GST (SAVE 20% ON 1KG PRICE)
  • 20 Kg Bags at $64.95 Incl. GST (SAVE 34% ON 1KG PRICE)
Read More, Recipe Ideas and Buy Now!

Harraways Company Video

Hop of the Month! Mosaic T90 US Hop Pellets

Mosaic® (HBC 369) is an aroma hop variety that offers a unique and complex blend of floral, tropical, fruity, and earthy characteristics that translate very favourably into several beer styles.

Form:

  • Type 90 Hop Pellets | 100g | 250g | 500g | 1Kg Foils

Pedigree

Developed by Hop Breeding Company and released in 2012, Mosaic® Brand HBC 369 contains high alpha content and features a unique and complex aroma profile that translates favorably into a variety of beer styles. It is a daughter of Simcoe® Brand YCR 14 and a Nugget derived male. Mosaic® is named in honor of the artistic assortment of aromas and flavors it is capable of presenting.

Brewing Usage

  • Aroma

Aroma

Specific aroma descriptors include blueberry, tangerine, papaya, rose, blossoms, grass and bubble gum.

Typical Beer Styles

  • IPA

Brewing Values:

ACID/OIL             RANGE        LOW           HIGH

ALPHA ACID            10.5-14%              0                 20         (medium/high)

BETA ACID                  3-4.5%              0                 15           (low)

TOTAL OIL         0.8-3 mL/100g          0                   4           (medium)

General Trade Perception:

  • An excellent aroma variety

Craft Beer Examples:

Pack & Price Options:

Buy Now! What you waiting for? Mosaic up a myriad of flavours!

GigaYeast of the Month: GY029 NorCal Ale #5 GigaYeast

$14.95 Incl. GST

GigaYeast NorCal Ale #5 GY029 is more flocculent and less attenuative than GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1 GY001.  GY029 NorCal Ale #5 ferments more slowly and leaves a clear beer with residual sweetness and a slight fruity nose.  Excellent for full bodied, malt forward beers.

Attenuation Medium Gravity*

  • 69% – 73%

Attenuation High Gravity*

  • 69% – 72% (8.5% – 9.2% ABV)

Temperature Range†:

  • 19˚C – 24˚C (67˚F – 75˚F)

Flocculation:

  • Medium/High

Representative Beer Styles:

  • Amber
  • Brown
  • Pale
  • Porter
  • Stout

Pack & Price Options:

  • Gold Pitches for 21 L / 5 US Gallon Homebrew Size $14.95 Incl. GST
  • GY029 NorCal Ale #5 GigaYeast ProPitch – DHL Express in 5-7 days to your Craft Brewery!

Gigayeast Pro Pitches

Price List 6-May-18 AUD:USD  $           0.75
AUD – excludes GST
Yeast
HL Pitch RRP Shipping Total
1 $136.10 $187.95 $324.05
5 $254.14 $187.95 $442.09
10 $437.32 $187.95 $625.27
15 $558.58 $239.18 $797.76
20 $670.14 $239.18 $909.32
25 $810.13 $246.13 $1,056.26
30 $952.51 $255.39 $1,207.90
35 $1,084.98 $264.66 $1,349.64
40 $1,202.71 $273.92 $1,476.63
45 $1,320.44 $290.91 $1,611.35
50 $1,460.61 $337.21 $1,797.82
55 $1,591.90 $360.37 $1,952.27
60 $1,725.41 $391.24 $2,116.65
70 $1,980.21 $503.30 $2,483.51
80 $2,248.15 $584.16 $2,832.31
Buy Now! GY029 NorCal Ale #5 GigaYeast – Get Your Giga On!

Equipment of the month: Brew-Tek™ BrewFresh™ Fermentation Vessel – 50 Litres

$1,895.00 Incl. GST

Brew-Tek™ Labs innovation team have created the BrewFresh™ 50 Litres Fermentation Vessel for your brews to blossom.  Fabricated using certified 304 stainless steel for all material and components. Inspection and pressure tested.  Unsurpassed tank quality and fantastic value with all valves and fittings included.

Features include:

  • 50 Litres big batch or single keg brewing for the serious homebrewer or pilot batch craftbrewer.  Larger sizes available upon request.
  • Built from the highest quality, certified (304) stainless steel to exacting specifications.
  • Fitted with Stainless Steel valves [1 ” side cone and bottom]
  • Pressure Gauge
  • Adjustable Pressure Relief Valve
  • Gas inert
  • Easy to clean, rinse and sanitise via top manway
  • Rolling structure for easy transport whether full or empty
  • Universal yeast propagation vessel [additional stirring fitting available as an extra]
  • Safety elements include a pressure & vacuum relief safety valve. (30psi/>2bar).
Buy Now! Find out More! Get some Bling! #BrewLikeaPro!


Brew of the Month – Fall Over – IPA – BeerCo Recipe Kit

Who doesn’t love #themule.  That great mate who whenever s/he is flying “across the dutch” to Moo Zealand or “across the Pacific” to God Bless Merica! is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty of mateship and #mule back some superfresh liquid enjoyment.  Our beloved “Mule” aka Gus or G Dog! recently returned from a fleeting visit to Seattle, WA where as you do he just strolled into a local supermarket where all the beers were stored cold in fridges and asked the knowledgeable bearded beer guy for his tips and recommendations on some good local fresh craft beer!

Muling this one bomber and a few other fine gems inside well packed insulated check-in all the way home and straight into the fridge we got to enjoy a glass together with some fine food over the Easter long week.  Here is our crack at brewing your own at home!

Vital Stats:

Batch & Boil

  • Batch Size: 21 Litres
  • Boil Time: 90 mins

Properties

  • OG 1.070
  • FG 1.017
  • IBU 51
  • ABV 7%
  • Colour  9 EBC
  • Balance – 0.726 IBU/SG Bitterness Ratio

Malt:

Grain Bill

%

Kg

German Pilsner Malt 90% 6.0
Harraways Flaked Wheat 10% 0.66
100% 6.66

Hops:

Hops

AA

Gram

Time

IBU

Mosaic 11.8% 20 60 mins 26 IBU
Mosaic 11.8% 40 5 mins 17 IBU
Cascade 7.2% 30 5 mins 8 IBU
Mosaic 11.8% 20 3 days 0
Cascade 7.2% 35 3 days 0
Mosaic 11.8% 20 3 days 0
Cascade 7.2% 20 3 days 0

Yeast

Liquid | GigaYeast

Dry

Water Adjustments:

Method:

  1. Fill clean Kettle with 21 litres of water and pre-boil your water to precipitate our chlorides and chloramines.   Add Mash Salts –  10g or 2 tsp of Calcium Sulphate (Gypsum) and 5g or 1 tsp of Calcium Carbonate
  2. 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 mash temperature of  67 °C (152 °F).
  3. Hold the mash at 67 °C ( 152 °F ) until enzymatic conversion is complete for around 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  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 76 °C (168 °F ) water, collecting wort until the pre-boil kettle volume is around 25 L (6.5 gallons).
  6. The total boil time will be 90 minutes.  Bring to a rapid rolling boil and make first addition of 20g of Mosaic at 60 mins from end of boil.
  7. Deltafloc or Irish Moss is added with any yeast nutrients at 15 mins remaining on the boil.
  8. Make second addition of 40g of Mosaic and 30g of Cascade at 5 mins from end of boil.
  9. At flameout, cool wort to 19°C (67 °F ), decant starter or open Gold Pitch and pitch liquid GigaYeast or 2 x sachets of dry yeast into pre oxygenated wort.
  10. Over the course of the two-week fermentation, ramp the temperature slowly up to 22°C (72 °F ) to ensure full attenuation.
  11. On approximately Day 5-7 of fermentation when primary fermentation appears to be complete and secondary fermentation is appearing hit with your first dry hop of 20g of Mosaic and 35g of Cascade for 72 hours (3 days).
  12. Do a double dry hop of 20g of Mosaic and 35g of Cascade for a further 72 hours (3 days).
  13. After 2nd dry hop of 3 days, Cold crash, rack off into keg or bottling bucket for immediate carbonation or priming.
  14. Carbonate this beer to 2.5 volumes of CO2 and serve it #freshas. cheers!

Sauces of brewspiration:

Buy Now! Bits & Bobs – All Grain Recipe Kit – $59.50 – $64.95 Incl. GST
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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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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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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:

Package Options, Price and Availability:

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

Package Options, Price and Availability:

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

Package Options, Price and Availability:

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!

Brewing Revolution – BeerCo – T-Shirts

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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Hoppy New Beer – January 2017 – BeerCo Brewing News

Hoppy New Beer ? – January 2017 – Brewing News

Hoppy New Beer Brewers

Trust you enjoyed the festive season with family and friends and your stocks are depleted from gifting and celebration and your time and attention is now turning to what to brew in the Hoppy New Year.

There never seems to be enough good beer to go around and there really is no greater reward as a brewer than sharing one of your own with a friend and seeing the smile on their dial as your tasty drop disappears down their thursty throat.

First brew in January 2017 here at BeerCo HQ was on New Years Day no less and was a Brett IPA brewed with Gladfield American Ale, Wheat, Sour Grapes Acidulated and Toffee Malts, Chinook, Centennial, Citra and Motueka Hops and GB156 Brux Blend GigaYeast.  We will keep you posted on progress on that one and share the recipe as always out on our blog

That’s enough from us.  On with the real brewing news…

Malt of Month – Gladfield American Ale Malt

Author: Dermott Dowling | Beerly Managing Director at BeerCo

Gladfield American Ale Malt as the name suggests was purposefully designed for brewing hop forward American Style beers. Whilst, we all love the malty, toasted flavour of Gladfield Ale Malt some hop forward styles call for a cleaner, less toasted flavour and that is why Gladfield Malt developed their highly popular American Ale Malt.

Gladfield American Ale Malt has been made from plump low protein Autumn 2-row barley varieties and subjected to a traditional long cool germination before kilning with a special recipe that imparts a typical Ale colour whilst leaving the malt with a cleaner, less toasted flavour. This malt is vibrant, clean and perfect for producing hop forward beer styles where you want the hops to take the front seat and the malt to take that back seat.

Typical colour analysis for Gladfield American Ale Malt is 5 EBC and usage rates can be as high as 100% of the grist with complimentary malts being Crystal type malts.

Gladfield American Ale Malt is available in the BeerCo Shop in two pack sizes:

  • 5 Kg Bags at $14.95 Incl. GST
  • 25 Kg Sacks at $59.95 Incl. GST (SAVE 20% ON 5 KG PRICE)

Hop of Month – CASCADE

Author: Dermott Dowling | Beerly Managing Director at BeerCo

Cascade is the most widely grown hop in the world and for good reason.  Developed by the USDA breeding program in Oregon and released as a U.S. aroma variety in 1972 Cascade first shot to prominent notoriety in the craft brewing industry with one of the founding beers and breweries of craft – Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Aroma descriptors are medium intense floral, citrus and grapefruit tones and Cascade is a versatile hop from boil to late and dry hopping.  Features prominently in US, AU and new world craft breweries as a great back-up or character building hop reliable and dependable for the modern brewer.

Cascade  has medium lower alpha and beta acids and oil content making it well balanced and is often found with partners like Centennial, Chinook and Citra or Columbus hops in US style hop forward ales.  Used as a late flavour addition it can pair nicely with other US bittering hops like Nugget and Warrior.

Cascade is a classic hop for good reason and will continue to be grown and used in brewing for many decades to come we hop!

Style Guidance:

  • Pale Ales
  • Amber Ales
  • IPA

Pack Sizes Available:

Cascade Hops are available now to buy in the BeerCo Shop in a variety of sizes for small batches to BIG BREWS!

Yeast of the Month – GY001 NOR CAL ALE #1 GIGAYEAST

Author: Amelia McCullough  | Office Manager at GigaYeast
Editor: Dermott Dowling | Beerly Managing Director at BeerCo

GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1 GY001 is a clean fermenting, versatile strain from one of the most famous California pale ales. Excellent for emphasizing hop flavor and aroma. Strong attenuation and good flocculation.

Neutral in flavor profile GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1 GY001 creates a crisp beer and allows hops to shine.

  • Attenuation Medium Gravity* 76% – 80%
  • Attenuation High Gravity* 78% – 80% (10.5% – 11% ABV)
  • Temperature Range†: 18˚C – 25˚C  (64˚F – 77˚F)
  • Flocculation: Medium

Representative Styles:

  • Barley Wine
  • Bitter
  • India Pale Ale
  • Pale Ale
  • Scotch Ale
  • Stout

Medium Gravity is 14˚ – 16˚ Plato.  High Gravity is 23˚- 25˚Plato.

  The working temperature range represents the range at which fermentation for a given strain produces a typical attenuation- not necessarily the ideal temperature for your particular beer style.  As a rule of thumb, start ale yeast fermentation at 68˚ – 72˚F and then lower or raise temp as desired.  Lager Yeast are typically fermented at 45˚ – 58˚F.  If desired, Lager Yeast can be given a “hot start” at 65-68˚F and then lowered to the primary temperature after active fermentation begins (10-20hrs).

Check out the 5* reviews on GigaYeast NorCal Ale #1 GY001

Buy Now $14.95 incl. GST for a Gold Pitch

BeerCo Recipe Kit of the Month – GTP | Pale Ale

GTP | Pale Ale | BeerCo Recipe Kit is a hoppy new world pale ale with a mix of classic old and new world favourites in terms of the Cascade and Galaxy hops and Gladfield American Ale and Wheat malt and Nor Cal Ale #1 GigaYeast or Fermentis Safale US-05 Yeast.  Always a winner with your friends when they drop by at bieroclock – hoppy and in balance it goes down a treat when the sun is setting after another busy day.

Vital Stats:

Batch & Boil

  • Batch Size: 21.0 L US 5 Gallon
  • Boil Time: 90 min

Properties

  • OG 1.051
  • FG 1.007
  • IBU 38
  • ABV 5.8%
  • Colour  2 SRM / 4 EBC
  • Balance – 0.75

Gladfield Malts

Amount

Malt

%

4.50 Kg American Ale 90%
0.50 Kg Wheat 10%
5.00 Kg 100%

Hops

AMOUNT

HOP

TIME

USE

FORM

AA

30 g Galaxy AU 15 min Boil Pellet 14.2%
30 g Cascade 10 min Boil Pellet 7.0%
10 g Galaxy AU 5 min Boil Pellet 15.0%
20 g Cascade 3 days Dry Hop Pellet 7.0%
10 g Galaxy AU 3 days Dry Hop Pellet 14.2%

Yeast

Liquid | GigaYeast

Method:

  1. Mash – the brewer should do normal mash regime, probably mashing at around 67 C for at least 60 mins
  2. Mash off – Infuse mash with near boiling water while stirring or with recirculating mash system raise temp to mash out at 76C
  3. Sparge slowly – once again the brewer should do normal regime at around 77C
  4. Boil – vigorous boil for 75 mins
  5. Yeast & Fermentation – Cool your wort to pitching temp 18-20 C  Oxygenate your wort and pitch your yeast and start your ferment at 18 C letting it rise to 22 C.
  6. Conditioning – Rack the beer off the yeast after primary fermentation and dry hop with remainder of Cascade and Galaxy hops for 3 days at 18 C.
  7. Bottling or Kegging – Carbonate to 2.5 volumes of CO2.
Buy Now $49.50 incl. GST (dry yeast) or $55 incl. GST (GigaYeast)

Equipment of the Month – Mill Master Mini Mill

Author: Dermott Dowling | Beerly Managing Director at BeerCo

Nothing beats brewing on your own time schedule rather than being dictated to by the aging of your pre-cracked grains.  Nothing beats the perfect crush – just right in terms of cracking the grain and not tearing it to pieces.  No more stuck mashes and no more missing your starting gravity when you dial in the mill to the setting that is just right for you and your grain bill.

Mill like a pro with the Mill Master Grain Mill – the only geared roller mill on the market.  Brew when you want to brew with fresh cracked grains using hardened 420 Stainless Steel Fluted Rollers.  Mill Master Geared 2 Roller Grain Mill feature cutting edge design with good old fashioned reliability so you can mill your heart out and brew like a pro with consistent crush with a fully adjustable precision mill.

Mill Master Specifications

  • 130 mm (5″approx.) precision machined rollers
  • 39 mm (1 1/2″) diameter rollers
  • 26 flutes per roller
  • 420 Hardened Stainless Steel Rollers as Standard high corrosion and wear resistance
  • 12.7 mm (1/2″) drive shaft keyed for easy motorization, drill drive or hand crank
  • additional 3 flat triangular shank drive shaft designed to fit a 3/8 th drill chuck for improved torque and centering.
  • oil-impregnated sintered bronze bushings, carry a higher load, need less maintenance, and dampen vibration better than their rolling-bearing counterparts.
  • Strong aluminum frame
  • Built in gear guard
  • Arrives assembled

Fluted Rollers

  • Asymmetrical saw-tooth fluted rollers provide a cutting on cutting crush as used in high end commercial mill rollers
  • Flutes are angled to provide additional strength, durability and wear resistance
  • Cutting on cutting action reduced excess flour production and reduces husk damage to improving lautering.
  • Made from heat treated 420 Stainless Steel for a long service life

Roller Gap Adjustment

  • Set gap marks for ease of adjustment and repeat-ability
  • 0.0 mm to 1.9 mm infinitely adjustable gap setting for precision control and accuracy
  • 304 stainless steel the eccentric adjuster
  • Quick Adjustment side locking pins

Gear Driven Rollers

  • Gear rollers make it possible to do away with course husk ripping and tearing knurls found on other mills.
  • Only geared roller mill on the market that is fully adjustable at both ends.
  • Synchronized rollers for consistent crush which is sensitive to RPMs and differential roller speeds
  • The geared rollers ensure an easy and smooth feed of malt into the grain mill from start to finish.

Mill Master grain mills reflect 10 years of design evolution, experience and learning.

Buy Now $289.95 Incl. GST and Mill Like a Pro!
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Codebreaker Pilsner

It’s getting hot out there so time to either take all our clothes off or put down a Pilsner.  Reality is that should have been done last Winter or Spring in time to lager for a while before the Summer heatwave.  Normally in Jan/Feb in Melbourne its all about the tennis and 40+C heatwaves and the last thing you want to be guzzling in that heat is a triple hopped imperial IPA or an imperial Stout – its all about clean well balanced Pilsner which is hard to find both in good fresh condition made properly by the macros and from the micros because they are busy keeping up with Ale demands and have pressure on their tank space.  On with the recipe and show – with clothes on albeit – flip flops, shorts and a t-shirt 🙂

Gladfield Malt Bill

Want to keep it simple here but leave behind a small residual sweetness with the Vienna for two simple reasons.  1) I don’t have any Munich in the home brewhaus – technical difficulties – yah! and 2) I am using a very high AA new varietal hop from HPA called Enigma – a codebreaker so if its super heavy over the top that Vienna might offer a tincy wincy bit of balance – time will tell.

  1. Gladfield Pilsener Malt 4.25 Kg / 85%
  2. Gladfield Vienna Malt 0.45 Kg / 9 %
  3. Gladfield Gladiator Malt 0.30 Kg / 6%

Hops

Thanks to Owen & Tim @HPA and Peter & family @Bintani for the gift of some wonderful HPA new varietal Engima(r) Hops gifted out in the goodie bags back @ANHC4  – you will be the hero of this beer and lets see if you break the Bohemian Pilsner code in a good way or I stuff it right up!

  1. HPA Enigma 2014 Harvest 15.4% A/A
  2. Saaz (Czech) 2014 Harvest 3.5% A/A

Additions:

  1. 20g Enigma @ 60 mins into a 90 mins boil
  2. 20g Saaz @ 15 mins
  3. 20g Saaz @ 5 mins
  4. 20g Enigma @ 0 mins

Yeast

Mangrove Jacks M-84 Bohemian Pilsner dry yeast – thx team @iMake another goodie in the goodie bag @ANHC4 – cleaning out the contents!  Shame only one sachet as need two to brew for a 21L batch size and I realised that too slow into the mix to make a starter – my fault – doh!

You could easily use any of the following great lager yeasts (dry or liquid) in the shop:

  1. Fermentis Saflager W-34/70 Yeast
  2. Fermentis Saflager S-23 Yeast
  3. GigaYeast German Lager GY045

Mash

  • 16L into the trusty Rubbermaid esky at 80C let to cool to 78C adding Malt Bill dropped to 70C – panick
  • Add ice – pull it down to 65C and finish at 64C – Mash my nightmare hole on the 18 holes of brewing!

Boil

90 mins

Fermentation

  • Pitched Yeast @14C dropped to 10C on temp controller and let it rise for last 3-4 days to finishing temp of 14.5C
  • Racked on 8th Feb and left in a glass carbouy to lager for the month of #FebFast  – what was I thinking? Clearly not!
  • Conditioning has struggled in the trusty throwaway on the verge fridge collected from my friendly Turk neighbours and its hovered around 6-9C when I was hoping to pull it down closer to 0-2C – thems the breaks in home brewing in a hot shed out the back.

Bottling

asap  – have an ale starter at the ready as the lagering has cleared up the beer tremendously 🙂

CODEBREAKER PILS CONDITIONING