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ESB with Lyles black treacle?

23 May 2017 - 02:46 PM

As a variation to my latest ESB which turned out reasonably ok, I thought to try subbing the 4% of CaraAroma I used in the same recipe for a tin or so of Lyles.
Does this sound silly?
Should I go 50/50 on this and the Cara?
Does my head look big in this hat?

21L batch
4.5kg Maris Otter
0.5kg Munich
0.2kg CaraAroma
0.05 Chocolate malt

30g EKG @60min
25g Fuggles @60min

Wyeast London ESB 1968

Burnt Barrel - Outback BrewBQ

22 May 2017 - 03:18 PM

Yesterday's lazy day effort with the family. Unfortunately it was pissing down for the most part, so I need to go back on a warmer day or evening to reassess and taste test.  Not very far out of town less than half an hour drive (some big city dwellers drive double that to work each day).  This place specialises in smoked and BBQd meats along with a small selection of brews and their own baked breads and pies, what a great combo! :icon_drool2:


Plenty of open and shaded outdoor space with a nice beer garden vibe, but limited indoor seating and space. Considering the rain it wasn't exactly full inside and many people seemed to opt for outside anyway.  I guess it is the kind of place that lures you outside if it was a sunny day with such a nice view of the nearby vineyards and rolling hills. Friendly crew working and serving, and the food came laid out on a large metal tray with optional plates, and a whole roll of paper towel on the table instead of the usual stingy couple of serviettes, nice touch!


**Before going any further I'd like to point out that I'm very limited when it comes to beer appreciation ;) . I drink, taste, and this process is repeated if I like it.

There were four selections on tap (maybe five, I'm hazy on that). 

First up was 'Ned's Ginger Beerd', light colour, smooth, with a gentle twang of ginger left on the tongue.

I tried the 'Smokey Dark Ale', which had a very nice lingering smokey after taste, and I tried it again just to make sure I was right.

Next up was the 'Drunken Swine IPA', nicely hopped without going overboard... ah that's like saying balanced eh!? Had to have another of those too just to confirm my first thoughts.

There was also a Kolsch on the board which I didn't get to try, and I can't recall if it was their own or the one brewed down South (possibly by The Colonial?). 


Oh yeah, the food was tops too!


Not many places like this around my way, so big thumbs up.  I'm glad to see someone doing this here.

If anything I'd suggest they might make a bit more focus on the brewing side of things and work toward building that up.  ATM I reckon it's a smallish set up and they'd have their hands full enough with all the other aspects of the business.  The bearded bloke at the bar said they do 50L all-grain batches, and I see they must also contract out the occasional one for variety or specialties.  Maybe a brew day promotional tour with tickets including some snacks? :drinks:


Monteith Pale Ale.

15 May 2017 - 03:04 PM

Went to a local food and drinks expo last weekend and came across this pale ale being served up by a mobile setup. Nice drop with plenty of aroma, but when I asked the guy what hops they used for it he got a bit defensive and explained they couldn't say. All a bit secret squirrel. I didn't realise I was out of line by asking the question (not the first time, I was mildly pissed and probably had the wrong tone). He picked me straight away as a home brewer and chatted for a bit, but still wouldn't offer any extra info.
Still though, nice drop.

Wanted - fluted MillMaster.

06 May 2017 - 05:00 PM

If anyone has a second hand one of these in reasonable shape, I'd love to buy it.

The new price is a little disconcerting, but I can see my $119 Ebay special isn't going to go the miles I need it to.

Maybe someone on here has upgraded to something better, or has one sitting and yearning to be used.


Wanting this model possibly



Happy to pay postage fees if the price and condition is reasonable.


Otherwise if someone can recommend a similar quality of product that doesn't cost my left nut, arm, and kidney, I'd love to hear about it.



Poorly made Erlenmeyer flask - Will it fall off?

04 May 2017 - 11:25 PM

I bought my very first erlenmeyer flask this week from Fleabay, yes I can hear the laughter already, but I don't have many places to buy something like this where I am so I went ahead and took the risk.

What I got was a 2L one, and while I thought the glass thickness would be thin for the price, the real problem is that the base is very uneven, and when you sit it on a flat level surface it rocks noticeably.

I've got a digital stir plate coming and wanted to use this flask on it. Having never used a stir plate I'm worried the flask will have enough movement to fall off.

Is this a problem, or will it be stable enough?

Advice and humorous comments welcome.