Whats happened in the brew house so far, or should we say since the last post?
Christmas and a brew. Thats about as exciting as its been here at ManawaBrew. Sadly where we work in our real jobs has got rather busy, gotta love peaks seasons right, so there really hasn’t been much in the way of brewing.
The Triple Sea IIPA is….well, we’re not happy with it. The bittering IBU was just about tripled to give it a BIG smack, but it has failed to deliver. Its carbonated, but really low – nothing has changed in our bottling line, so maybe we didn’t give the Mangrove Jacks M44 yeast a chance to work it magic. Its a nice beer. Massive tropical nose, floral hit, nice long lasting passion fruit, peach and mango flavour. Needs something more though. We’re not sure if its the carbonation, or the bitterness, or both. Its very quaffable, you don’t really know you’re drinking a 8% beer, thats for sure. This will definitely be rebrewed to hone the recipe. For the record, NZ Cascade, US Centennial and Citra work REALLY well.
The two pilsners are all but gone. Definitely the best of the two is the WakaPils, bittered with Motueka and flavoured with Riwaka. Have been thinking this will become one of 2 house beers, without a doubt. Good drinker, good lawn mower beer, good after work beer. Just really good. Hard to explain, I say just brew one yourself!
The Styrian Pale Ale is gone, officially nothing remains of it. The last bottle had a trip to Auckland to visit Allan from Shadow Beast Brewery. Check out the action on his Home Brew Wednesday video below. Needless to say our brewhouse has gone through a complete was, soak and sanitize since then.
The Belgian proved to be a hit over the holiday period. Everyone that tried loves it. There are 5 bottles in the cellar (re brewery/garage) and the remaining bottles are in the fridge cold conditioning. The taste of this beer is amazing. We’re amazed at how the beer has changed so much over the months its been sitting. Normally a beer would loose flavour over time, this has gained so much more flavour. Cannot wait to see what its like in a year. The Belgian yeast really has done well here. Nice spicy hit, the alcohol doesn’t burn anymore (11%abv) and the fruitiness is still there. Really happy, really impressed. Seasonal. For sure.
Wellington Anniversary, a grey day, an earthquake and we brewed our Pale Ale. Cascade Motueka mash up. Brew day went well, the only thing that went wrong was a small crack in the immersion chiller. We’ll get onto fixing it, but this brew was a no chill beer. We got it into the fermenter and into the fermentation fridge to cool to 18 degrees as quickly as we could, still took all night. Hit the yeast up with some of the last runnings then threw that in the wort with a helping hand from the magic wand out the kitchen. Within 4 hours we had bubbbbbbbbbling! Its still in the fermentation fridge bubbling away. First dry hop after high krausen, then ANOTHER dry hop for a couple of days…..
Yep. We’ve got kegs. Well, they’re yet to get here, but Santa was the man and got us a keg setup for Xmas. To be completed, but we are on the way to kegging. Pretty stoked!!! Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter, when they’re here, EVERYONE will know!
Coming up, Irish Red Ale, Stout and a couple of brews for Mrs ManawaBrew (gotta keep her happy right?)
Cheers and happy brewing!