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Hi all,

I have two things I'm wondering about -

1. Is there any plan to have meetups or joint brews or other events this year? I didn't manage to make any of them last year, as my wife seems to have developed an uncanny ability to organise large family events on these days. I can't understand how she does it as she's not a forum member (that I know of) - perhaps 2015 will be better.

2. Bulk buys - one of the things that kills me is the amount of freight/postage required to do all-grain brewing - are there ever any bulk buys organised for the Central Coast?

Something I've been considering is approaching the Six String Brewery to see if they'd on-sell bags of base malts e.g. Maris Otter for close to what they're paying - would anybody else be interested in this?

Cheers,

Rob
 

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> Is there any plan to have meetups or joint brews or other events this year?

I guess not ;)

Have you talked to Country Brewer Toukley about buying grain by the bag ?

I don't have a mill, so I'm not in position to buy (let alone store) a metric ass-load of malt - which is probably 2 sacks (how many sacks can you load an ass with anyway? [1])

Anyone been tasting the club barleywines ?

I've just been too busy to brew anything lately. And all those 1/2 dozen bottles left over from keg-fills have accumulated to the point where I can no longer get to stuff in my cupboard - so I've been slowly drinking & giving away the remanents pile rather than making more.

On the plus side, the 1874 original-recipe IPA I made with > 300 grams of hops (~20 litre batch) is now quite quite OK. But I can't help thinking I should have let it age outside of the fridge, at least for a few weeks. Probably in the back of the car, so it gets agitated a bit to simulate being on a ship to India.

[1] Google says ~ 160kg. That's some ass.
ref: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=how+much+weight+can+a+donkey+carry
 

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Good idea re: Country Brewer Toukley - I've just emailed Duane asking him if they can help, and I'll report back.

I don't have a mill either - its purchase is entirely dependent on the availability of the malts :D

Cheers!
 

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Hi

I'd be up for a casual get together in the park at Long Jetty some time, maybe pick a day in Feb and whoever can make it, great.

Cheers
Dick
 

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gone brewing said:
Hi

I'd be up for a casual get together in the park at Long Jetty some time, maybe pick a day in Feb and whoever can make it, great.

Cheers
Dick
Count me in.

How about the 7th or 8th of Feb? (might as well start the date conversation).
 

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endisnigh said:
Count me in.

How about the 7th or 8th of Feb? (might as well start the date conversation).
im in... pending other commitments.
 

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Past meetings have been sundays so let's make it the 8th at 3pm. If no objections I will send an email out to everyone who is on the email list.
 

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gone brewing said:
Past meetings have been sundays so let's make it the 8th at 3pm. If no objections I will send an email out to everyone who is on the email list.
No objections here - go for it!
 

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Duane from Country Brewer - Toukley just got back to me with news that means I have to go and buy a grain mill :)

[SIZE=11pt]Hi Rob,[/SIZE]
[SIZE=11pt]Thanks for the email.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]Yes I can supply 25kg bags, Marris Otter would be $80[/SIZE]
[SIZE=11pt]We have a variety of Base malt, mainly Joe White and Barrett Burston, but also Weyermann, Bairds and Thomas Fawcett[/SIZE]
[SIZE=11pt]Good idea to call the shop or email to see if its in stock. We tend to go through a fair amount.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]We do bulk buys for our local brew club, but if you can get more than 20 bags I can do one for you.[/SIZE]
[SIZE=11pt]Basically looking at the same price as Ross, Craftbrewer.[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]Cheers mate,[/SIZE]

[SIZE=11pt]Duane Wright[/SIZE]
[SIZE=11pt]Country Brewer-Toukley[/SIZE]
[SIZE=11pt]356b Main Rd[/SIZE]
[SIZE=11pt]Toukley, NSW, 2263[/SIZE]
[SIZE=11pt](02) 43 966 887[/SIZE]
[SIZE=11pt]toukley@countrybrewer.com.aumailto:toukley@countrybrewer.com.au[/SIZE]
 

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gone brewing said:
Past meetings have been sundays so let's make it the 8th at 3pm. If no objections I will send an email out to everyone who is on the email list.
I didn't get a mail - am I on the list? :)
 

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Pulled my finger out and sent the email. Did you get it? Also started another topic for the meeting.
 

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we can bring it up at the event,
but I think a winter group brew would be good

there are also a couple of notable beer events on this year including a sydney GABS that we could all travel to.
Things like a six strings catchup, or a bitter and twisted / warners at the bay festival catchup are other events to consider
 

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gone brewing said:
Pulled my finger out and sent the email. Did you get it? Also started another topic for the meeting.
Nope - I didn't get it - can you add me to the list? rob.n.hill@gmail.com

Cheers!
 

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endisnigh said:
Nope - I didn't get it - can you add me to the list? rob.n.hill@gmail.com

Cheers!
instructions sent to your email
 

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Hi All, any plan for a group brew? keen to get in on one
 

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Let's make a plan.

How does this work? I've never done a group brew :D Are we all brewing the same single beer, or multiple brews simultaneously or what?
 

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me neither....

I think last time they made a barleywine at country brewer (?) and each took a cube home.


I guess if its only us 2, we could do it on my rig.
I have never tried to do a batch above ~50L tho.
 

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I'm happy to do either.

On my equipment I can do double batches of standard OG beer, but my mash tun capacity is too low (40L) to do a barleywine double batch - but we can pool our resources.

Let's give the others some time to see the post and go from there.
 

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Ive just got a 1V BIAB 80L pot.
Worst case, i pour water through the grain while its hangin' round

But it would be good to see a big system at work.
 

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