Hi Sammo, I also used to do the air-con thing but it really doesnt quite cut it. If ya want to brew some decent beer you'll need to get a temp controlled fridge. I don't profess to be a guru by any means as I've only brewed 3 AG beers so far but they have all turned out great compared to ozbrew k&k's :icon_vomit: I've been doing APA's using NickJD's stovetop method and using US-05 yeast fermenting @ 18*C :drinks: Getting ready to throw my 3rd batch into my new kegs, i just need to get some CO2...Hey Mud Gecko, what yeasts, temperature and styles do you brew up here? I'm from NZ so am not used to brewing at these high temps. I just did an ozbrew kit (last one before grain) and it did come with some higher temp yeast but not sure what it is. Also I've just been closing off a room and setting the AC to 26C for the primary and then I'll condition at room temp (26-28) for a few weeks. Is that kind of on par with how you brew or are there some NT secrets I should know about.
Wrap it in a towel and place some frozen water bottles (1.25l coke bottles are good cause they stand up nice) around it, then aim a small fan at the fermenter. Does the trick in the heat, and I've had success in humid conditions. Far cheaper than running the AC at fermenting temps. You won't get to lager temps, but you should be able to maintain 20ish degrees no worries.Hmm gettting a fridge isn't really an option for me so might do the AC thing and put a wet towel around the fermenter. That should get the temp down a fair bit.
I'm up for a bulk buy if we can get the grain up here for cheap....Evening
I am an AGer out in Jabiru. Greyhound has been my best option so far but I would love to get a whole heap more grain up if had the chance. Freight is a killer!
But everyone knows its not what you know but who, and this is epesscially true of the NT. So I am putting the call out if anyone knows a truckie doing the Brisbane Darwin route and we organise a pallet of the good stuff in a bulk buy??
may be we could get a sign up on a hostel down in Brissy for backpackers to bring up grain on there way in exchange for a hot shower and a meal not consisting of two minute noodles? Tis the season after all... What about the grey nomads (no offence to elderly caravan owners) but there is a fleet of them charging towards Darwin right now. Is there a way of exploiting this convoy? Could we send a message along them via UHF back to the start of the chain to grab a few bags on the way up?
Box and car trailers are massively over priced in Darwin. I would happily buy a car trailer, Shove a pallet of grain on it, unload it in darwin then flog off the trailer for twice as much as I payed for it and pay for some ones petrol if they were heading this way and willing to drag it up. (this is no joke, it's very feasible - infact I could almost pay for the grain also)
Any other crazy ideas that might just work?