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Home Brew News No.16
17th January 2011
Welcome to Newsletter No.16
Yet another year has passed us by, seemingly quicker than the last and it certainly finished off with a bang at Aussie Brewmakers. December was our busiest month ever and a special thankyou to all our loyal customers from everywhere in Australia. We wish everyone a happy and safe 2011.
This year we will continue to keep you stocked and up to date with the latest and greatest in Home Brewing without fear or favour. We will also continue to offer you the best product and service at the most competitive price.
New Product – Edwards Legends Range
Edwards Essences has just released a satchel range of their most popular spirit essences.
All make 1 litre and are designed for new customers who have not tried this product before.
They are available in Rum, Tennessee Bourbon, Single Malt Whisky, Iceberg Rum, Kentucky Bourbon and Johnnie Jogger Whisky.
Please note: The larger 50ml bottle range makes 3.5 litres and is available in 14 spirit essences.
Out and About
This sign was recently spotted outside a pub in Darwin.
Recent flooding in Eastern Australia has had a devastating impact on just about everyone – including the wildlife. We wish all those affected a speedy recovery and will continue our support.
We get to meet a lot of satisfied customers who are very impressed with their final product and are willing to relate their recipes and experience with us. However, there is a very small minority who experience some problems with their brewing.
This is best summarised as follows:
Question. My first 2 beers were fantastic but everything thereafter has been crap…………
Answer. Making beer at home (like commercial beer brewing), is a very simple process but does involve certain procedures and disciplines. Most of these problems occur when shortcuts are implemented. For example; incorrect sterilisation of all equipment, wrong startup temperature, wrong fermentation temperature, bottling too early, incorrect ingredients, incorrect sugar used for secondary fermentation, or using a supermarket beer kit (Most of the yeasts supplied with these kits are cheap and nasty and don’t do the job).
Question. My quanity and yield from my still is steadily heading south…………
Answer. Once again follow the basic procedures and don’t deviate from the basic rules. The really important stuff is sterilisation of all equipment, ingredients, startup temperature, fermentation temperature, and distilling temperature. Also, the packing in the condenser must be thoroughly cleaned and if it is the brass or stainless steel wool type, it must be replaced regularly.
Product Change – Essencia 27 Litre Boiler
Essencia has recently upgraded its 27 litre boiler from a single 2000 watt element to twin 1500 watt elements (Total 3000w).
This new setup takes 45 minutes to come up to temperature and then 90 minutes to complete the job.
Processing time is slashed to around 2.25 hours from switch on.
Please note that each element must be supplied from a separate power outlet. A double wall outlet individually switched is fine. Do not use a double adaptor, power board or anything similar.
Product of the Month - Morgans Sanitize
Morgans Sanitize is January’s product of the month as it is a no rinse sterilizer.
It eliminates the tedious job of sanitising and rinsing associated with powdered and granulated products.
Directions: All brewing equipment should be thoroughly cleaned prior to sanitising. Dilute Sanitize at a rate of 30ml to 1 litre of water. An atomiser pump spray is ideal for spraying all surfaces to be sanitised. Bottles are prepared by pouring from bottle to bottle, shaking and inverting each time. When completed there is no need to rinse.
Taste Test – Tennessee Bourbon and Canadian Club Whisky
Last month we had a lot of visitors and most were keen to find the best of these products. The results were unanimous:
Best Tennessee Bourbon – Samuel Willards Premium Tennessee Bourbon
Best Canadian Club Whisky – Top Shelf Rye Whisky
Happy Home Brewing
Regards Aussie Brewmakers