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Old 02-06-2008, 07:44 PM   #1
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i just came back from 6 months in South Africa, and WOW! do they have some great beer! Castle, windhoek, black label...

Does anybody know of any Kits or recipes for South african beers?

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Old 02-07-2008, 05:24 AM   #2
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Where in S.A?

I was near Cape Town for 12 months.

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Old 02-07-2008, 05:47 PM   #3
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i was in Kruger Nat park and mapungubwe park

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Nice.

I only tried Castle.
I also drank it in Kenya. It's okay if there is nothing else but I don't think I'd try to recreate it. There are plenty of pils/lager recipes that will give similar results.
I don't brew either so can't help, sorry.

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Old 02-08-2008, 12:15 AM   #5
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oh well thanks anyways, i was intrigued because they use maize in their beer...

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Plenty of pilsners and lagers use corn (Maize) in beers. Try some of them and see if there's a domestic similiar to what you liked in S.A. Then maybe we can fiddle with a recipe from a clone of one of them...

If you're really into making one, google the beer you want to make, and see if they have a website for their brewery, there might be some info as to what maize to grain ratio and what types hops they use. There might even be an email addy and you could maybe send an email to their brewmaster...If you tell him how much you digged his product, he may even help you gobble together a 5 gallon recipe you can make...

good luck.

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Old 02-08-2008, 01:37 AM   #7
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BLACK LABEL! my best friend was born in SA. they sold Black Label next to where i went to college, it was pretty good for the price, he was always wanting to buy black label when we were there.

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Not to be picky here, but Windhoek is from Namibia. It's brewed in the capitol, Windhoek, and Namibia was a former German colony, hence the good beer! When I was in ZA in '06, that was my favorite.

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i live in South Africa but because we only have 3 local beers (Carling Black Label, Castle Lager, Hansa Pilsener) i never knew if they were any good (compared to other beers.) sure we get windoek, heineken, kilkenny, guinnies, amstel and more (since i started brewing i discover new (to me) beer every week and sample some) but it's SOOOO expensive that i really can't drink them on a regular basis.
one 4pack of kilkenny cost almost as much as 2 6packs Black Label!

i always *think* that windhoek tastes better that black label or castle, but i'm not actually sure if i'm just being placebo'd by the whole "imported", "german tradition", "reinheitsgebodt" thing??

but yeah, me and my friends usually drink Black Label in the end.

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Old 04-07-2008, 03:10 PM   #10
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There is a recipe for Castle in the Clone Brews book.
http://www.amazon.com/Clone-Brews-Ho...7580961&sr=1-1

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