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A friend and I bottled 155 bottles of the best beer Ive tasted on Tuesday. It's called Nelson Savin and Billabong Brewery does it as part of their huge range of make it yourself beers. For those who havnt done the micro-brewery thing you book an hour at a kettle (mashtun) and choose a beer to make. Most MBs have popular beer equivalents if you dont feel adventurous. They guide you through the brewing and then it is chilled filtered and kegged. The keg sits in a temp controlled environment for 2 weeks or until you can go to bottle it. You book a day and hour and either take your own bottles or buy theirs and stand at a sink and the cold filtered and carbonated beer is piped straight to the bottling station. An hour and a half later you are on your way. Yeee Ha! Nelson Savin is a very strong hop grown in NZ and it has a strong flavour of apricots/peaches or passionfruit depending on who you talk to. It is a triple hopped beer and just beaut 4.5%

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All that talk of beer, happened to pass the Belair emporium on way home from the Dr  and ;  

Speaking of Pirate Life, in 2015 I had the good fortune of being invited to the brewery to help brew the collaboration beer with the Hilltop Hoods, as I'm in the same circle of friends.    I

Yep I do brewing at home, have just bottled a Centenarillo Ale using Centennial and Amarillo hops, and a Stone and Wood Pacific Ale clone using bucket loads of Galaxy hops. Great fun. I'm moving house next week into a house that has a cellar so I will be able to brew all summer round!! Woohoo!!!

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Bottled 72 beers at U Brew It in Melbourne last week with a couple of mates (72 bottles each not between us) - it was a spreets deal thing, the first and only time i've done one. Quite enjoyed it and the all you can drink beer while you are brewing and bottling.

The beer came out pretty good too - was one of their standard recipes. They do a few gluten free varieties for those that need them.

U brew it are a franchise with places quite widely spread. No connection.

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Dang, that's brilliant & sounds foolproof. I think that the Aussie beer industry must be one of the best in the world. Untold boutique & micro breweries making superb drops & keeping the wine mob on their toes.

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The title of your thread is one of the best to have graced SNA in a long time. May I be included in what is sure to be a legion of your acolytes!

The beer sounds good too!!

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...and perhaps Chimay Blue is proof that God exists

Nice thread, it may inspire me to get back into brewing. Made a nice imitation of Maisels Weisse a while back mmm

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...and perhaps Coopers Sparkling is proof that God exists

Nice thread, it may inspire me to get back into brewing. Made a nice imitation of Maisels Weisse a while back mmm

this version is more to MY tastes..... Tried a LOT of home brew my stepfather has brewed 1000 + batches in the last 15 years and does a pretty bloody good job but I just cant go past a SPARKLING :P

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.. i do like a sparkling..but its strong stuff!

Fez, refer to the quote below :P

...and perhaps Chimay Blue is proof that God exists

Nice thread, it may inspire me to get back into brewing. Made a nice imitation of Maisels Weisse a while back mmm

That be some strong beer

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Yep, 9%. Meant for sipping and savouring. Not unlike drinking fortified wine.

Coopers is my staple, and the aforementioned are special 'treats'

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My brother gave me a 750 ml bottle for my birthday. Drank it with some nice blue cheese while watching the football. Must say, by the time I got to the 4th quater (and the bottom of the bottle) things were a bit blurry.

I no longer have a staple since Dan Murphy moved into my town. There's a beer for every mood and occasion and always something new to try

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..There are so many new beers around, hard to try them all. I remember first going into a pub in Sydney and the choice on tap was Tooheys New, Tooheys Old, Newcastle Brown and Resches. I still like Resches if found on a good tap.. Imported beer back then??? -- you must be kidding mate!!!

Now you can go in a pub and get easily up to 10 different tap beers, and "imports" But you know what -- give me a good clean tap and a publican that knows how to do it right and that's all you need.

And all serious beer lovers must go to -- Germany --Barvaria -- Munich.. :P

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I use the brew barn in hopper crossing as does Pat. My poison is spiderweb lager, 6.1% of goodness. I however got sick of bottling it, I opted for the keg set-up. 10 minutes to go there and change kegs over as opposed to an hour to bottle, money well spent I believe.

Ahhh, cheers gents!

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...aaahhh Budvar

And Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus, Kozel, Bohemia Regent, Staropramen, Eggenberg, Zlaty Bazant (Slovak Republic, but close enough) etc, etc. Still got all the coasters from my pub crawl through the country with family there earlier this year.

Ahhh...

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...ahhhh hefeweizen...

My brother gave me a 750 ml bottle for my birthday. Drank it with some nice blue cheese while watching the football. Must say, by the time I got to the 4th quater (and the bottom of the bottle) things were a bit blurry.

I no longer have a staple since Dan Murphy moved into my town. There's a beer for every mood and occasion and always something new to try

Now now, the 750s are meant to be shared. I hope your brother wasn't too cut up :)

Sniffs goblet while picking another muscatel mmm....

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Drinking a home brew now, a simple Pale Ale kit made to spec, except that I recultured some actual Coopers Pale Ale yeast from a 6 pack I bought. It's average.

My next step is moving to kegging... bottling is a pain in the butt. A new stainless steel kegerator can be bought for around $600 including ditching the crappy Chinese taps and replacing them with decent Aussie fittings.

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I had to give up home brew as it gave me severe bouts of gout, I long for the day when the is a cure for gout as I miss my home brewing.

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Cheers Chaps Im dying to get off the mine and back home. I cant drink while onsite as Im on call 24hrs. Glad to hear Ive stimulated some beer creativity. Id encourage anyone who can find a microbrewery to get themselves and a friend down there and dirty amoungst "the malt and the hops and the beer"

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I am very excited about about the rapidly growing craft beer industry in Australia, I find bottlos are stocking more different beers than ever before. Hopefully we are seeing the permanent decline of megaswill light lager made with isohop, and the rise of proper beer with proper flavour and proper hops.

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I second that. Most commercial 'beer' is brewed with corn as a cheap sub for barley, which is why a lot of it is heavily hopped to disguise the lack of real malt flavour.

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I am very excited about about the rapidly growing craft beer industry in Australia, I find bottlos are stocking more different beers than ever before. Hopefully we are seeing the permanent decline of megaswill light lager made with isohop, and the rise of proper beer with proper flavour and proper hops.

+1 yeah its great to see so many new brews around...

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Isn't it dissapointing when you buy an "import" only to find it's brewed here under licence? Happened to me last weekend, brought home a sixpack of Carlsberg, cracked one and thought "hmmm this tastes familiar" and not really in a good way. Checked the label which said it was brewed here by *hurl* Fosters.

Put that one down to experience.

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Isn't it dissapointing when you buy an "import" only to find it's brewed here under licence? Happened to me last weekend, brought home a sixpack of Carlsberg, cracked one and thought "hmmm this tastes familiar" and not really in a good way. Checked the label which said it was brewed here by *hurl* Fosters.

Put that one down to experience.

Many of your big name imports fall under that category. Still, there are enough incredibly good Aussie (and NZ) beers to keep us all busy for some time.

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Coopers Sparkling is my brew of choice. Have never tried home brewing myself, but a former neighbour used to brew his own Coopers. He had it off to a tee, and I never declined an invitation to share a jug, or two, .... with him. It tasted fantastic, a lot like Sparkling Ale, but somehow much smoother and clean tasting. Bliss!

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I am very excited about about the rapidly growing craft beer industry in Australia, I find bottlos are stocking more different beers than ever before. Hopefully we are seeing the permanent decline of megaswill light lager made with isohop, and the rise of proper beer with proper flavour and proper hops.

I agree wholeheartedly. It has actually become a pleasure to visit a bottle shop these days and see the variety of different beers on offer. Hmm, so many to try. (Lately I've developed a taste for Gage Road Brewery's India Pale Ale.) I sure hope this isn't just a passing fad.

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Isn't it dissapointing when you buy an "import" only to find it's brewed here under licence? Happened to me last weekend, brought home a sixpack of Carlsberg, cracked one and thought "hmmm this tastes familiar" and not really in a good way. Checked the label which said it was brewed here by *hurl* Fosters.

Put that one down to experience.

Can I suggest you pass up on the option to try "genuine" Carlsberg as well? Bland pish, I've drunk a hell of a lot of it and I'd probably drink a tinny of Tennents simply on the grounds that it'd at least have the bite of the tin to give it flavour

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Isn't it dissapointing when you buy an "import" only to find it's brewed here under licence? Happened to me last weekend, brought home a sixpack of Carlsberg, cracked one and thought "hmmm this tastes familiar" and not really in a good way. Checked the label which said it was brewed here by *hurl* Fosters.

Put that one down to experience.

...always ask if what you are buying is the real deal. you can generally tell by the packaging and carton..find a reputable outlet that only sells genuine imports..If you are in Sydney UPPER NORTH SIDE --Jims Cellars at Waitara stocks lots of Australian craft beers and imports. The imports are generally cheaper than the local stuff....Had a few nice ones at the Barvarian recently -- Hofbrau original, Paulaner premium, followed by the Dunkel..

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Indeed, I'll try not to make that mistake again.

Tried a Squires 150 lashes Pale on tap this evening, damn good drop, much fruitier than Coopers. Squires is a very fine brewer.

Paulaner makes a rather nice hefeweizen too. Not the best I've had but still quite good.

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One from "The Old Monastery", bought from Leura cellars after work on friday. $7 half stein.

Altenmunster; very smooth German lager. A bit conservative but really well balanced sweetness, ever so slightly smokey. Nice creamy head, didn't last long. Subtle and easy to drink.

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