24 Jul 2017

2017 Sparks Repitition FB v3.00

Brewing great beer is rarely a case of happy accidents. Like any culinary discipline the more you do something, the better. This new series of beers is a result of our relentless quest for balance.

Repetition can itself be a form of change, each release will be a different style but all with the same premise; balanced and low strength beer thats highly drinkable. The first release is what we consider a classic session ale. Its 4% ABV is held up with a biscuity malt base, a high mash temperature ensures enough dextrine's are left behind to hold the beer together. An english yeast adds a subtle complexity to the Vienna and crystal malts and a very delicate dose of Mosaic and Citra lend a light citrusy finish. Its a quenching and balanced ale who’s complexity lies in the space created by subtlety.

 Have two, or three and enjoy the benefits of still being able to work your phone!

 A nationwide release will be underway on the 4th of August so head down to your local craft beer corner and grab a glass

Repetition - Classic Session Ale

O.G. 1.051

ABV 4.0%


80% Gladfield American Ale 
10% Gladfield Vienna
10% Gladfield Light Crystal

Mash at 70deg C

3.6 IBU Mosaic at 60 minutes

Yeast nutrients and Koppafloc at 10 minutes

13.4 IBU Mosaic at whirlpool
13.7 IBU Citra at whirlpool

Ferment with S-04 (or any other English strain). 

At about 1.025 add the dry hops
1g/L Mosaic Dry Hop 7 days
1g/L Citra Dry Hop 7 days

Force carbonate at 15PSI for 7 days. 

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11 Apr 2016

New World recently held their annual Beer and Cider Awards. Outlander picked up a gold medal and Prospector picked up a gold and a best in class for European-style Ale. With two golds judged by our peers, and with Prospector out-competing La Trappe (which is brewed by real monks in a monastery in Belgium!!) I feel a great sense of pride and gratitude to everyone thats helped us achieve this feat of hardcore skill! A massive thanks to Scotts Brewing Co for your continued work with our beer, these are your awards too!

Pick up a bottle next time you are shopping at New World as there is a nationwide promotion happening right now!


30 Nov 2015

There is just as much room for complexity in a small beer as you'll find in a barrel aged stout if you can balance your flavors just right! And the more time I spend making beer, the more Ive come to appreciate subtlety and balance. This beer is about bringing together two different styles, a session beer and a lightly lactic (sour) ale. The idea behind it is to try and make a refreshing low alcohol sour beer that has a focus on the malt and retains some richness to the body.

I really enjoy the added layer of complexity that sourness can bring to a low alcohol beer like this. Combined with a good dose of late hops and a heavy hand of dry hops, the resulting character has notes of fresh grapefruit. You see real fruit has sweetness, tannin's, bitterness and sourness all in one bite and its this very sensation that I'm trying to replicate with Forbearance.

Ive added a lot of Gladfield Munich and Gladiator malt to give the beer heaps of body and hold back the sourness a little. Soured the beer to a PH of 3.6 in the kettle using a culture that Ive been propagating for the last year. And finally hopped the sucker generously with a vibrant mix of New Zealand heavyweights. The result is a lightly tart, quenching ale with loads of complexity and a good measure of alcoholic restraint!

For more details on my souring technique you can see this blog entry. I haven't changed anything other than the temperature, which I now hold at 45 degrees C. Build the starter up from 1L, then on to 6L then 50L. I then send this keg down to Scott's Brewing facility and we pitch it into 250L of wort. This gives us enough cells for a very rapid sour over night. I pull some of the starter before adding it to the kettle so I can use it again later. Unfortunately this time round I pitched the starter onto some freshly made and hopped wort (after I had filled and sent the keg to Scott's thankfully) at home and the hop oils effectively killed off the bacteria so now my starter is no more. On top of this, Scott's failed to keep some of the starter as well, so this batch of beer is the end of the road for this little colony of microbes, making Forbearance a special one off release for our brewery!

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Forbearance - Dry Hopped Session Sour

O.G. 1.038
ABV 3.6 %


60% Gladfield Ale Malt
20% Gladfield Munich
20% Gladfield Gladiator

Yeast nutrients and Koppafloc at 10 minutes

1.8 IBU Wai-iti - Whirlpool 30 min
3.3 IBU Cascade - Whirlpool 30 min

Ferment at 18C with US-05

Once terminal, drop the beer to 15C to clear yeast then dry hop

2g/L Cascade
2g/L Wai-Iti
1g/L Motueka
0.5g/L Nelson Sauvin
0.5g/L Waimea

Force carbonate to 2.6 volumes of cO2

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