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  1. Newbee(r)

    Cascade First Harvest 2012

    I have to say in a bottle, I was pretty underwhelmed. I don't know if I am spoilt by homebrew but it didn't blow my palette with malt or hops. It was nice, but not special.
  2. Newbee(r)

    My Plastic Conical Fermenter

    Yep would definitely be interested in this and will watch this thread with interest. Clever, simple and effective design, I like it.
  3. Newbee(r)

    Free Entire 2 Year Por Old Hop Plant

    Sorry to see it didn't quite work out Tony, it will be a well travelled hop by the time it finds its permanent home!! The other one I bought at the same time as this one I gave to you has been going stupid too, far too many POR hops for me to work with that's for sure. If only it produced...
  4. Newbee(r)

    It's Apple Season

    Around 50kg of apples, each one scrubbed, quartered cored and juiced. 38% pink ladies, 9% granny smith, 3% pears. cup of strong tea for tannin (4 soaked for 20 min teabags) in a large mug, a teaspoon of malic acid, yeast nutrient and 100g lactose. Went with US-05 at the end of the day. 26L...
  5. Newbee(r)

    It's Apple Season

    The following link is a cracker. The brewer basically tests a wide range of yeasts and timings of additions for ciders. Really informative. http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic....f=9&t=64821
  6. Newbee(r)

    Whats In The Glass (commercial)

    Hooking into a case of cascade first harvest 2012. Have to say, was expecting a bit more from this drop. Body is a little thin for special ale for my liking, hops are nice but very balanced with the malts so nothing is stepping up to make it sing. Maybe needs 6 months further ageing? They are...
  7. Newbee(r)

    It's Apple Season

    Just finalising the cider brew for the weekend. I have the Vintner SN9 dry yeast or S-04, ringwood, scottish, irish and german ale yeast on hand. Need to get the starter going tomorrow. I bought the SN9 as a cider yeast, but after some googling it seems like SN9 is a bit of a freight train...
  8. Newbee(r)

    2012 Federal Budget Relief For Microbreweries

    CPI that compounds each year. Excerpt from news.com.au today Beer drinkers won't escape the Budget pain, contributing an estimated $2.183 billion to Federal Government coffers over the next 12 months. The $75 million tax revenue rise comes despite a fall in the number of Aussies enjoying a...
  9. Newbee(r)

    2012 Federal Budget Relief For Microbreweries

    Ummm in other news, the punter is going to be charged 20c a beer more from 1 July. :angry: Swannie didn't put that in lights in his budget speech did he! So the handouts to buy votes is going to be funded to the tune of over $2b in revenue from this increase over the next 12 months. It's...
  10. Newbee(r)

    It's Apple Season

    Great responses thanks. The granny smiths are coming off the trees this week helpfully, so will do 20kg GS to 70kg pinks across two batches, and check ph before a small malic and tannic additions. Re sweetness, I could monitor gravity closely and crash chill the yeast hard before it hits FG...
  11. Newbee(r)

    It's Apple Season

    Just scored 70kg of pink lady apples fresh off the tree (Canberra late harvest) which will go in the ferment on the weekend. Given these are table apples, do I need to do additions malic tannic etc or should it come out fine without them? Looking for a moderately sweet dry cider. Also, it...
  12. Newbee(r)

    Six Hour Cezanne

    You have his colour palette pretty much nailed
  13. Newbee(r)

    Rinsing Yeast (in Pictures)

    Wolfy, Yob, thanks for the advice, most appreciated. If I can get up to 6 months I'll be stoked, I brew once a fortnight on average so this means a few vials to friends and the rest will get used up rather than go to waste. Will definitely have a play with the Mr Malty calculator. Cheers J
  14. Newbee(r)

    Rinsing Yeast (in Pictures)

    Interested in whether people are growing starters and then harvesting and storing rather than post fermentation harvest and rinsing? I have been doing this for a while, just bottled a dozen 75 ml jars with Ringwood. Is there any issues doing it this way I need to be aware of? Also, curious...
  15. Newbee(r)

    Digital Thermometers From Suntek

    Laser thermometers are absolutely awesome - nice price for those - I paid about $50 on ebay about 5 years ago and mine are still going strong. I use mine all the time for most of my brewing processes -starter temps, mash, chilling, etc - also handy if you are working on an engine.
  16. Newbee(r)

    What Are You Brewing III

    Updated percentages to actual grain bill (percentages were a bit off!) 23L O.G 1.078 FG 1.018 IBU 26 Belgian Pilsner 5.6kg Caramunich 900g Special B 320g carafa I 80g Dark belgian candy sugar 800g at 5 minutes to flameout bottle of kriek boon (brew like a monk suggests it gives a great...
  17. Newbee(r)

    What Are You Brewing III

    Basic Amber Ale this weekend: 4.5kg Marris Otter 350g caramunich II 40g carafa II 40g styrian @ 60 35g styrian @ 15 Mash 65 for 90 min Boil 75 min Pride of Ringwood yeast And one I am really looking forward to: Rochefort 8 style trappist brew planned for mid week (on leave!) 23L O.G 1.078 FG...
  18. Newbee(r)

    Yeast Anyone?

    I couldn't help but laugh when I got this in the mail (thanks Ross!). I didn't expect there to be 2 litre overflow beyond the five litres for this flask.... Lucky I have some plus size stir bars on hand. I suspect I will have more yeast stored than I know what to do with shortly! Must...
  19. Newbee(r)

    Whats In The Glass (commercial)

    The SN Northern Hemisphere Harvest Ale, despite being 2011, is damn fine. I was expecting more of a brown ale but its an IPA - a glass of fresh american hops with great fruity aroma, solid but smooth enduring bitterness and a nice malty finish - great head is lacing around the glass as it goes...
  20. Newbee(r)

    Whats In The Glass (commercial)

    Just got back from Plonk at the Fyshwick Markets...
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