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Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-10-2012, 09:18 AM
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Posted By oswiu
I made a peat smoked IIPA last year that I really...

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...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-21-2011, 01:13 AM
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Posted By oswiu
It had actually carbed fine... the issue with the...

It had actually carbed fine... the issue with the bubbles, effervescence etc., was just that it was SO viscous that the ~2 volumes of CO2 it had didn't provide the same "sprightlyness" that they...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-20-2011, 01:52 AM
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Posted By oswiu
Just noticed this thread and thought I'd throw in...

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...
Forum: General Techniques 09-07-2011, 04:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,668
Posted By oswiu
I had a chance to try a couple of these during a...

I had a chance to try a couple of these during a recent trip to San Diego. The Serrano pale ale was good, but the Habanero Scotch ale was probably the beer of the trip for us... A good whack of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 07-08-2011, 02:46 AM
Replies: 9
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Posted By oswiu
If you steep Munich as opposed to mashing (i.e....

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...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 07-06-2011, 12:37 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By oswiu
Sounds pretty good to me. I made a black...

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...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-30-2011, 09:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,035
Posted By oswiu
This recipe was the best in class pale hybrid...

This recipe was the best in class pale hybrid beer at the NZ National Homebrew Competition last year:

20L batch

2kg Pilsner malt
2kg Weyermann Wheat
0.2kg Caramalt
0.1kg Caramunich 2
...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-30-2011, 09:31 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,901
Posted By oswiu
I put in votes for Chinook and Nugget as well. ...

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...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 03-07-2011, 09:30 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By oswiu
I recently made a peat smoked chilli porter as...

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...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-20-2011, 08:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By oswiu
You'll end up at roughly 4.5% ABV. Myself, I...

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. ...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 01-20-2011, 07:36 AM
Replies: 305
Views: 100,991
Posted By oswiu
This one...

This one (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/gap-grocery-produce-beer-experiment-69313/index26.html#post2348959) has turned out pretty well.

It's a pale orange colour.
Was full of unpleasant...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-03-2011, 08:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 483
Posted By oswiu
I'd tend towards no. The yeast will get in...

I'd tend towards no.

The yeast will get in there, multiply and ferment. But it will select for yeast cells that are happier in pure, 100% fermentable sugar solutions, and might not be as...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 10-20-2010, 05:14 AM
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Views: 100,991
Posted By oswiu
This has been one of my favourite threads on...

This has been one of my favourite threads on Homebrewtalk, and at long last I've finally gotten around to brewing my own GaP beer!

I used kumara (New Zealand sweet potato) for converting my...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-03-2010, 11:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 673
Posted By oswiu
When I use fruit in beer, I usually just do...

When I use fruit in beer, I usually just do searches for nutritional information. If you can find the amount of sugar by weight then use that value. If not, then the quantity of carbohydrate is...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 06-03-2010, 11:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,354
Posted By oswiu
I brewed an Earl Grey pale ale a while back. I...

I brewed an Earl Grey pale ale a while back. I brewed up 1L of strong Earl Grey tea (5 bags, steeped for about 5 mins) and added it to a half batch (10L) of pale ale.

At first taste it was very...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-23-2010, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 782
Posted By oswiu
I've never had a genuine Alt. But from what...

I've never had a genuine Alt.

But from what I've read, from my couple of attempts at brewing alts, and from my experience with FWH in other beers, I think they'd work wonderfully in an Altbier. ...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 04-05-2010, 03:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,250
Posted By oswiu
I used to work in an ice cream shop that was...

I used to work in an ice cream shop that was located in my university's engineering students' common room. Every Friday afternoon they sold beer in the same room and the ice cream and beer sales...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 02-11-2010, 10:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,298
Posted By oswiu
They're from down here in NZ, so I imagine not...

They're from down here in NZ, so I imagine not many make it up to you folks :)

I use Pac Jade all the time. Most often as a bittering hop, I've used it in blondes, pale ales and, if I'm...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 01-20-2010, 05:55 AM
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Posted By oswiu
Yep, I'd just pitch on a full cake myself. ...

Yep, I'd just pitch on a full cake myself.

By the time you've made a starter big enough you're practically brewing a full batch anyway, so why not get some beer out of it :)
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-16-2010, 11:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By oswiu
I use exclusively PET bottles myself, and have...

I use exclusively PET bottles myself, and have never had any complaints with them, though I might consider using glass for anything that I planned to age for more than a few months.

I've never...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-16-2010, 11:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 408
Posted By oswiu
Yup, don't bother using base malts for steeping. ...

Yup, don't bother using base malts for steeping. You'll need to mash for them to really do anything.

That said, for a 1 gallon batch, mashing ought to be pretty simple. You could even use...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-07-2009, 04:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 433
Posted By oswiu
I'd suggest boiling the DME up with a bit of...

I'd suggest boiling the DME up with a bit of water and then letting it cool for a bit.
This will ensure it's sterile and it will mix into your fermenting wort better.

Beyond that you should be...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-01-2009, 04:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 765
Posted By oswiu
In theory if everything was going against you...

In theory if everything was going against you (e.g. poorly aerated wort, really strong beer, underpitching, wild temperature swings during fermentation) some autolysis problems might be possible, but...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 12-01-2009, 04:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 684
Posted By oswiu
I reckon that with extract it's probably best to...

I reckon that with extract it's probably best to add it just before bottling, especially if you're looking for lots of flavour and aroma from it. That way there's no danger of aromatics being blown...
Forum: Fermentation & Yeast 11-09-2009, 07:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,556
Posted By oswiu
A very lazy and cheap way of doing this is to get...

A very lazy and cheap way of doing this is to get a big water bath (e.g. 60L plastic storage bin) then plunk your fermenter into it along with an aquarium heater.

Aquarium heaters are cheap and...
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