1 Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017 9:45 AM

Hi guys, I figured the new year probably deserved a new thread as with the brew day and in the glass threads.

I'll kick off mine with the same batch that was in there at the end of last year, being the Simcoe pale ale. It was dry hopped on NYE, before the temp controller was dropped to 0C on Monday. Isinglass was added last night, and Polyclar will be added tomorrow some time, before it is kegged on Tuesday.



2 Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017 8:09 PM

FV #1

Currently cold crashing a Pacific Ale in my 10L FV,

Australian Pale Ale (1/2 tin)
500gm LDM
200gm Dextrose
45gm Galaxy

250gm LDM in a 2.5L boil
10gm Galaxy @ 30 min
10gm Galaxy @ 10 min
10gm Galaxy @ 0 min
15gm Galaxy @ cold crash

FV #2

Have had the cider on since 28th December

6L Golden Circle Apple Juice
4L Golden Circle Apple and Raspberry Juice
500gm Brew Enhancer 1
200gm Lactose
Saflager W34/70

FV #3

Leaking tap…..

3 Posted: Wednesday, January 04, 2017 8:33 PM

I thought something looked really odd about this thread - then realised it had been brought into this year !
Nice work Kelsey !

Nothing much to be proud of , however :

FV1 :- barley wine from a tin bought cheap because it was out of date.

FV3 :- Faux Heineken from extract / saaz / nottingham.

FV4 :- Muntons golden Ale bought cheap because it was out of date.

Am I now officially a cheapskate ?

(FV2 has been retired)

4 Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2017 6:47 PM

FV1 Morgans Cortes Mexican Cerveza nearly done
FV2 TPW ready now for stilling
FV3 TPW ready now for stilling
FV4 Empty but will have IPA on the weekend.

5 Posted: Thursday, January 05, 2017 7:32 PM

Fv 1: bewitched amber ale (craft kit the missus got me for Christmas)

Fv 2: galaxy IPA (APA tin, real ale tin, medium crystal grains, dex, us05, galaxy steep and dry hop)

Fv3: improvised dark ale (dark ale tin,300g medium crystal steep,500g dex, 500g brown sugar, re cultured coopers yeast)

6 Posted: Friday, January 06, 2017 11:53 AM

Dry hopped the Chintennial APA last night
55 g each of Chinook and Centennial
15 g of Galaxy
All commando
Will set to CC over the weekend with some polyclar
Really looking forward to getting my mouth around this one

7 Posted: Friday, January 06, 2017 11:54 AM

Not even looked at the Saison for a week …..sure its lonely by now

8 Posted: Friday, January 06, 2017 10:01 PM

This is what's in my fermenter at the moment. What I'm hoping will be a tasty APA. And it will be a special beer either way - it will be my first kegged beer.

Smells and tastes fantastic so far , only brewed it on Monday so still very young but the aroma coming out of my brewbucket is delicious. That first ever beer from the keg will be a momentous occasion methinks.

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
5.70 kg Pale Malt, Traditional Ale (Joe White) (5.0 EBC) Grain 1 90.5 %
0.40 kg Caramalt Malt - 55L (Bairds) (108.3 EBC) Grain 2 6.3 %
0.20 kg Acidulated (Weyermann) (3.5 EBC) Grain 3 3.2 %
7.00 g Calypso - Boil 60.0 min Hop 4 9.5 IBUs
7.00 g Mosaic - Boil 60.0 min Hop 5 9.9 IBUs
0.50 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
17.00 g Calypso - Boil 15.0 min Hop 7 11.9 IBUs
17.00 g Mosaic - Boil 15.0 min Hop 8 12.3 IBUs
25.00 g Calypso - Steep/Whirlpool 30.0 min Hop 9 1.3 IBUs
25.00 g Citra - Steep/Whirlpool 30.0 min Hop 10 1.3 IBUs
25.00 g Mosaic - Steep/Whirlpool 30.0 min Hop 11 1.4 IBUs
1.0 pkg Safale American (DCL/Fermentis #US-05) Yeast
30.00 g Calypso - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs
30.00 g Citra - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 14 0.0 IBUs
30.00 g Mosaic - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 15 0.0 IBUs

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.055 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.011 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.8 %
Bitterness: 47.5 IBUs
Est Color: 16.0 EBC

9 Posted: Saturday, January 07, 2017 10:17 AM


FV1 Morgans Cortes Mexican Cerveza nearly done
FV2 TPW ready now for stilling
FV3 TPW ready now for stilling
FV4 Empty but will have IPA on the weekend.

FV1 Now empty
FV2 Cooper Brew A IPA with 5 grams Mosaic pellets
FV3 TPW ready for stilling
FV4 Coopers Brew A IPA

It will be interesting to see if I can tell the difference (taste and aroma) of the 2 IPA's

10 Posted: Saturday, January 07, 2017 12:21 PM

Just took an SG of my Bright Ale, 1.009. This gives me a ABV of 4.4%. I have now dropped the temperature in the brew fridge to 2 degrees - doubt it will get there - for a cold crash.

Grabbed a healthy sample for the hydro test and now I'm looking at a coffee glass of a 2.6 week old 22 degree Bright Ale. On tasting this has the potential to be my greatest beer ever. if that is so then perhaps it's not a Pirate Life for me

Cheers & Beers
Valley Brew

11 Posted: Saturday, January 07, 2017 1:14 PM

Chilled this one a bit, amaze balls. Can't wait to get some bubbles into it.


12 Posted: Saturday, January 07, 2017 3:38 PM


…On tasting this has the potential to be my greatest beer ever.

The man, the statement…


Sunday, October 28, 2012 10:21 PM

Anyway you shouldn't use your best beer ever as your nickname… especially when its only brew #7. I have done another 30 best ever brews since then.

Thursday, December 06, 2012 10:12 PM

The challenge now is to save a bottle or two from a great brew such as the LCPA clone, Mornington Pale Ale or the next best beer ever that I come up with. Mission Impossible.

Friday, December 14, 2012 6:25 PM

…more than likely in another month or so it will be “my best brew ever”.

Saturday, December 15, 2012 11:16 AM

…As you can see from my links below this was my best brew ever.

Sunday, December 30, 2012 7:38 PM

However this Styx River Pale won't make it past next week the way it's going. Therefore I now proclaim it as my best brew ever

Saturday, June 01, 2013 12:55 PM

…That if my Brew Day!!Whatcha' got? includes a swag of hops then I'm a big chance of producing my best brew eva.

Sunday, October 13, 2013 2:44 PM

…Interesting it was brew #25 and the English Bitter 4.0 became my best brew ever

Thursday, July 17, 2014 6:45 PM

Perhaps I shouldn't have brewed so many “Best Brew Ever” in my early days, I may have set the bar way too high

Saturday, November 01, 2014 5:54 PM

Squire's Bitter now I'm going out on a limb here and claiming this as one of my “best beers ever”.

Tuesday, January 06, 2015 8:22 AM

…my inspiration is to make the best beer ever

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 8:35 PM

When I brewed mine it was bottled at day 10 and after just two weeks in the bottle I thought it was the best beer I had ever tasted.

…ahh the memories.

Worn out “Best beer ever” & moved onto “greatest beer ever”?

Good on ya Scottie!



13 Posted: Saturday, January 07, 2017 10:06 PM

Hey Lusty

Love your work

Now where is that like icon


14 Posted: Saturday, January 07, 2017 10:22 PM


Hey Lusty

Love your work

Now where is that like icon


I've been lamenting the absence of this.
A like button would be great.

15 Posted: Sunday, January 08, 2017 7 PM

Have absolutely massacred my beer reserves over the holiday season and being time poor at the moment have put down two kit brews to catch up. Took advantage of the Big W special on Coopers kits (16 down to 12.80) and picked up 4 tins

#1 - APA kit. 800gm Dry Malt. 200gm Dextrose. 15gm POR Hop Tea for 10 mins and 100gm carapils steep. CCA Yeast 2L Starter @ 18c

#2 - Coopers Blonde Kit. 700gm Dry Malt. 300gm Dextrose. 15gm Cascade Hop Tea for 10 mins and 100gm Carapils steep. US-05 1L Starter @ 18c but being on the bottom of the ferm fridge probably around 20c

While I love my all grain brews Kits still have there place for me when a crisis hits :-)

16 Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 7:25 PM

I just tipped my XXXX Bitter rip off in to the fermenter and pitched the 2042 Danish Lager yeast into it. I managed to get 27.5 litres into the fermenter this time around, with very little cold break in there as well. With an OG of 1.0407, this gave me an overall efficiency of 83.4%, easily my highest ever.

The wort was oxygenated for 2 and a half minutes via the O2 cylinder before the yeast was pitched. It's currently in the brew fridge coming down to the set 12C, from around 22C when it went in. I would have preferred lower but it's better than ambient at this time of year. I'll have a look at it before I go to bed tonight but I am not expecting to see any visible signs of activity until some time tomorrow.



17 Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017 12:24 AM

This stupid thing finally got off its arse and started fermenting earlier this evening, pretty much about 48 hours after pitching the yeast. I expect the extra oxygen in the wort is responsible for these longer lag times as the yeast will use it up first, before getting on with the fermentation side of things.

I'll take a gravity sample on Monday, which will be 4 days of active fermentation (6 days since pitching), and see how it's progressing. I expect it will be ready to be raised up for the D-rest by then.



18 Posted: Friday, January 13, 2017 9:09 PM

Just poured Kelseys Devils Squaw Red Ale into my fermenter and being Friday the 13th was a nice coincidence

19 Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2017 1:37 PM

Just put down 2 IPA. OG 1.050 for both. Experimenting a little with dry hopping. 1st batch added 50 grams mosaic. 2nd batch 100 grams.

So now have 3 IPA going. One nearly done

20 Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2017 2:31 PM

My first brew of the year, and third ever is a bit of an experiment.

I went and made a mix of a few recipes in the craft section as I have the little 10L craft fermenter.

I have falconers flight hops, and a can of LP IPA so I went and modified this recipe, Batman and Robin.

I boiled 250g of briess Pale Ale liquid malt extract, and 500ml of water for 10 minutes with 16g of Falconers Flight, cooled it and added to fermenter, added the can of LP IPA, and then filled to 8.5L with Adelaide tap water put though a puratap, and sprinkled Bry-97 yeast on top. Initial gravity of 1.052

I'm adding another 10g of hops in a few days in a hop bag.

The extract designer spread sheet thought it might be a bit off, but I have previously made this recipe, substituitng the hops with Hallertau hops and “mr beer pale extract” with no issues.

Anyone have thoughts on this recipe?