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  • Wellington, NZ
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  • Started brewing with kits in New Zealand in 2006. Got as far as doing full boils with my own hop additions before going back to Canada in July 2007.

    Back in NZ now, I've started on all-grain. I do a modified Brew In A Bag method, where I use a single, small sparge to squeeze as much sugar as I can out of my grain.
    I do mashes and boils in a 32L stainless steel pot on my bbq, with the grills removed and the pot sitting right on the gas elements. It fits very neatly and works great for me.
    Currently I have four HDPE "cube" type vessels in use as fermenters, one 25L and three 20L. I also have a 19L HDPE bucket around that doesn't get a lot of use anymore.

    Currently I bottle everything in PET bottles, mostly 1.5L brown plastic ones scavenged from other people's recycling bins :)
  • An ordinary bitter, more Savvy Llama
  • Apple-Feijoa cider, Beast of Burden (Robust American Porter), Pilly Llama! Bohemian Pilsner
  • Savvy Llama (Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale), Alternallama (Dusseldorf Altbier)
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  • Posted in thread: GlenChennai - Need feedback for peat smoked and oaked IIPA on 04-10-2012 at 09:18 AM
    I made a peat smoked IIPA last year that I really liked.It was the top smoked beer at the NZ
    national homebrew competition . On the basis of that, a couple of comments:1. Yes, peat smoked
    malt goes a ...

  • Posted in thread: Rye Wine on 10-21-2011 at 01:13 AM
    Maybe it just needs more aging. Did you repitch? I always repitch with 1118 when I want to carb
    up a barley wine.It had actually carbed fine... the issue with the bubbles, effervescence etc.,
    was just...

  • Posted in thread: Rye Wine on 10-20-2011 at 01:52 AM
    Just noticed this thread and thought I'd throw in my 2 cents about the Roggenwein I made last
    year:NZ Pilsner Malt (45%)Weyermann Rye Malt (45%)Baird's Dark Caramalt [90EBC] (5%)Baird's
    Dark Crystal [...

  • Posted in thread: Adding a single chile at bottling? on 09-07-2011 at 04:09 AM
    ...Ballast Point did a few batches of their standard beers infused with different peppers and
    had a tasting at their homebrew shop here in San Diego...I had a chance to try a couple of
    these during a ...

  • Posted in thread: steep Munich ?? on 07-08-2011 at 02:46 AM
    If you steep Munich as opposed to mashing (i.e. if you pay no attention to the temperature) you
    may well extract little flavour and pretty much no sugar.You may, however end up with
    unconverted starch...

  • Posted in thread: Chocolate Black Currant Wheat. on 07-06-2011 at 12:37 PM
    Sounds pretty good to me.I made a black currant porter last year that turned out pretty
    tasty.No wheat, and easier on the crystal malts, but not entirely dissimilar to yours.I even
    used fuggles late, ...

  • Posted in thread: Looking for a Hoppy Wheat on 06-30-2011 at 09:57 PM
    This recipe was the best in class pale hybrid beer at the NZ National Homebrew Competition last
    year:20L batch2kg Pilsner malt2kg Weyermann Wheat0.2kg Caramalt0.1kg Caramunich 2Mashed at
    66C60 minute ...

  • Posted in thread: Looking for an IPA recipe with some "dank" on 06-30-2011 at 09:31 AM
    I put in votes for Chinook and Nugget as well.I've made a couple of Chinook-heavy beers that
    have a nice dirty, hoppy flavour and aroma.I've never actually used Nugget, but the Green Flash
    Imperial IP...

  • Posted in thread: Smoke and Chile Advice Needed on 03-07-2011 at 10:30 AM
    I recently made a peat smoked chilli porter as the small beer in a mini partigyle (with a peat
    smoked IIPA as the big beer, and the mash topped off with some black malt.)I used three dried
    cascabel ch...

  • Posted in thread: First Brew, trying to put a recipe together on 01-20-2011 at 09:49 AM
    You'll end up at roughly 4.5% ABV.Myself, I love the idea of using the T-58 and making a
    Belgian-y pale ale.But I reckon given that it's your first brew you're better off starting
    simple. Using US-05 ...

Primary: Beast of Burden hoppy porter/black IPA Secondary: Nothing Bottle Conditioning: Nothing Drinking: Buff Face Imperial Stout, Cria (2.X% ABV hop bomb), Llama Doodle NZ hopped IPA