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#1 Bribie G

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 02:14 PM

Incredible new book, written by ESB (Sydney) member Peter Symons.

 

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I was alerted to it a couple of weeks ago and my copy arrived today. I held off commenting on the forum as I thought Peter would be posting himself, but mate this book is too good to hide under a bushell, so apologies for stealing any thunder here.

 

Over 350 pages of detailed and gruelling research into the history of Australian brewing (mostly NSW ) and brewing methods, ingredients... and of course masses of recipes. This would have to be an Australian first and fills in a massive blank area in the history of Australian beers and brewing.

 

Ron Pattinson of "Barclay Perkins" fame is raving about it.

 

Can't wait to get into brewing some of the oldies like the original KB, Dinner Ale etc.

 

Works out around $A35 including postage as it's published in the USA (same mob that do Ron's books), took only about a week to arrive.

 

Reading specs on. This stuff is pure gold B)



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Posted 03 February 2016 - 02:50 PM

My copy arrived about 3 days ago. I agree it's a fascinating read so far, but only about 1/4 of the way through.

 

It also gives the reason why White Labs recent special release is called Melbourne No.1. The strain was isolated by Mr Johnson in a lab in Melbourne and widely used throughout Australia. Apparently it had the ability to successfully ferment brews with up to 50% gravity of cane sugar, without the slightest sign of weakness. It also stayed pure after re-sowing for months.

 

Recommend the book. Buy it, it's not expensive. 

 

And the recipes given in the book look really interesting for anyone attempting to brew an historic aussie beer.


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#3 Liam_snorkel

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 02:52 PM

ooh, just ordered. thanks for posting.

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 04:30 PM

Ordered!



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Posted 03 February 2016 - 05:00 PM

Looks interesting, thanks for the heads up.

I'll grab it next payday.



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Posted 03 February 2016 - 05:55 PM

Thanks Bribie, I have a real interest in true Australian beers. Also ordered today.

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Posted 03 February 2016 - 05:59 PM

Big ups Bribie. My google fu failed me when the Melbourne yeast strain was mentioned in a thread a week or so back, couldn't find this book, sounds great!



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Posted 04 February 2016 - 12:16 PM

If you're interested in hearing from the author, he was on this weeks 'Basic Brewing Radio' podcast

 

http://www.basicbrew....php?page=radio

Peter Symons joins us from Sydney to talk about Bronzed Brews, his new book exploring the history of Australian brewing.


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Posted 04 February 2016 - 01:16 PM

Good stuff.

A crate of original recipe Reschs pilsner would be just the sentimental ticket for the old mans birthday. 

He was drinking it back when you needed one of these to access your (steel) can of beer.

 

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Posted 04 February 2016 - 03:27 PM

Just got my copy today.  I live just down the road from the Cascade Brewery and I'm looking forward to brewing the 1887 Stout.  At 8% it certainly is a different beast than today's example!

 

A quick glance at the recipes shows a lot brews with high percentages of sugar.  Curious what they'll taste like....

 



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Posted 04 February 2016 - 03:34 PM

Just got my copy today.  I live just down the road from the Cascade Brewery and I'm looking forward to brewing the 1887 Stout.  At 8% it certainly is a different beast than today's example!

 

A quick glance at the recipes shows a lot brews with high percentages of sugar.  Curious what they'll taste like....

 

According to the podcast linked above you have to over pitch yeast to avoid cidery flavours from the large amount of raw sugar in the wort.



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Posted 04 February 2016 - 10:50 PM

Just ordered mine. $33.81 with PayPal



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Posted 05 February 2016 - 04:02 PM

http://aleofatime.co...a-peter-symons/

Also an article on craftypint

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 04:09 PM

Looks like an interesting read, I'll put it on the list.

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 04:40 PM

do a quick google for lulu.com coupons and you can get a discount and free delivery.



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Posted 05 February 2016 - 04:58 PM

I liked the cut of his jib...

 

then this happened

 

"I would really like to drink an Extra Stout with some Brettanomyces in the finish"

 

...I'm out



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Posted 05 February 2016 - 04:59 PM

do a quick google for lulu.com coupons and you can get a discount and free delivery.

Thanks for the heads up. Success.



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Posted 05 February 2016 - 05:05 PM

Thanks! Saved 25%!

#19 Bribie G

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Posted 05 February 2016 - 06:33 PM

I liked the cut of his jib...

 

then this happened

 

"I would really like to drink an Extra Stout with some Brettanomyces in the finish"

 

...I'm out

Apparently Brett is used in the production of the Guinness "extract" that is exported around the globe to be used in  local manufacture.



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Posted 05 February 2016 - 06:53 PM

Thanks! Saved 25%!

Dam i should have been more patient