An Aussie Christmas ale

An Aussie Christmas ale

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Christmas in Australia is hot… really hot. I generally don’t feel like a dark, roasty, spicy Christmas Ale at this time of year. What I do feel like is a nice, cold, fresh hefeweizen or a dry IPA. This year, I wanted to brew something that was suitable to the weather but would still have that Christmas feel. So what did I do? Added gingerbread cookies to my mash of course!

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The beer-time continuum

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Time and beer alike can be fleeting, one minute it's there and then the next thing you know it's gone. This unavoidable fact of life creates a perpetual loop of sorts. The less time you have to brew, the less beer you have. The less beer you have, the more you need to brew, but alas, you still have no time... It can become quite a nasty cycle.

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Kettle soured raspberry berliner weisse

Kettle soured raspberry berliner weisse

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Berliner weisse is one of my favourite styles of beer to drink on a hot day. It's super refreshing and the low ABV means that you can drink it all day! With a raging summer already in progress, I decided to bite the bullet and brew my first sour beer.

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Brew day - Robust cherry porter

Brew day - Robust cherry porter

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The last couple of summers I've visited Holgate Brewery on my birthday. They've always got a whole bunch of great beers available, but my favourite at that time of year is their seasonal Summer Black Forest Porter it has a real hit of cherries that are in perfect balance with the roasty flavours of a great porter.

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Brew day: ANHC Nelson IPA

Brew day: ANHC Nelson IPA

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With ANHC Four fast approaching, it's time to start getting brews ready for the conference club night. This will be the first time the Merri Mashers have attended club night, so we wanted to have a strong concept behind the beers we are taking up to Canberra. The idea is that we're going to do a series four of single hop IPA's (each using a hop that begins with the letters A, N, H and C) and then a fifth beer that combines all four. All beers will share a common grain bill and shoot for the same IBU's.

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Brew day: Ian Brown Ale

Brew day: Ian Brown Ale

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I almost like English brown ale as much as I like The Stone Roses. Like the beer, frontman Ian Brown hails from the northern parts and is more than a little nutty.

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