Blessed - April 2020 - BeerCo Brewing and Distilling News

Blessed - April 2020 - BeerCo Brewing and Distilling News

Dermott Dowling

Blessed are the Homemakers

Wow! Didn't see that coming...what a crazy month just the world goes into #CoVid-19 #Lockdown Home Brewers and Distillers rise up to become the glue that keeps community alive!  Living local matters and little drops of kindness on neighbours doors from letters to food to beer and good spirit is our new social outing as part of our daily exercise.  Keep healthy, stay positive and do check in on your neighbours and drop off some of your amazing brews and good spirit to keep them smiling in these tough times.

Our collective hearts bleed for Craft Brewers and Distillers right now who are doing it beery tough with Taprooms and Tasting Rooms and the entire on-premise CLOSED.  The amazing ability of everyone to innovate and pivot from distilling spirits to making hand sanitizer or turn a taproom into a drive through Bottlo is truly fantastic to witness.  Be sure if you're not brewing or distilling your own at the moment that you're supporting your local independent craft brewers and distillers so they are there for us all when we get back to our normal busy working and socialising lives.

We are still #ShippingIt happy at throughout #CoVid-19 #Lockdown and please there are #NoLocalPickups for your health and safety and ours.  Please do the right thing, stay at home and let our fantastic logistics partners get your precious brewing and distilling supplies to you safely and swiftly.  Allow a little longer in your brewing and distilling planning as deliveries might be a little slower during the CoVid-19 Lockdown.

There are lot of exciting NEW! products and news to share this month on with the News....

Malt of the Month - Crisp Dark Munich Malt - Hop of the Month - Zappa US Hops - Yeast of the Month - Still Spirits - Rum - Vodka and Gin - Adjunct of the Month - UniGrain Rolled Barley - BeerCo Recipe of the Month - Angela | Dunkel BeerCo All Grain Kit - Equipment of the Month Yalumba Winery - Red Wine Barrels - 225 Litres  - How to Brew like a Pro Video - 4 Ways to Collect and Reuse Your Yeast - and what has been and gone and is coming up on our Brewing and Distilling NEW! Virtual Events Calendar in 2020.

On with the Brewing & Distilling News....Stay Safe and Healthy .... and have a happy Brewing and/or Distilling month of April!

Cheers #HoppyEaster #BrewHappy #DistillHappy always

Dermott Dowling
Managing Director, BeerCo Pty Ltd
A  Unit 1 / 1-3 Disney Avenue, Keilor East, VIC 3033
 +61 490 501 392   +61 400 040 195
We are still Shipping It! No Local Pickups #CoVid-19
Crisp Dark Munich Malt
Crisp Dark Munich Malt
$14.95/5Kg - $59.95/25Kg (SAVE 20%)

Tasting Notes:

  • Rich Malt, Bread Crust, Grainy

Beer Styles:

  • Dunkel, Bock, Doppelbock

Usage Rate:

  • We recommend 15-20%* *Up to 100% (lower DP and extract than light Munich so at 100% less speciality malt can be added).

A magical thing happens when amino acids and reducing sugars combine at critical temperatures; the Maillard reaction. Starting with higher protein spring barley we germinate to higher levels of modification then adjust early kilning conditions to utilise the malt enzymes to hydrolyse protein and convert starch in sugars. Finally, a long drying phase with a higher temperature results in the Maillard reaction taking place to produce pronounced rich malt, freshly baked bread crust and the characteristic Munich bite at the back of the palate.

Pack Sizes:

  • 5 Kg Bag $14.95 on Special Price!
  • 25 Kg Sack $59.95 on Special Price! (SAVE 20% on 5Kg Price)
  • Trade/Wholesale $1.85/Kg or $46.25/25Kg Sack ex GST in mixed minimum orders over 10 x 25Kg of Crisp and Malteurop and UniGrain. Craft Brewers and Distillers and Home Brew Retailers sign up for your trade/wholesale account LINK HERE!

Batch Analysis:

  • SS13124 Best Before 30/06/2020 on Special Price!
  • SS13647 Best Before 31/08/2020
  • SS14962 Best Before 28/02/2021







4.5% max

4.5% max

4.5% max


299 L°/kg




35 - 45 EBC

38 - 50 EBC

14.8-19.3 °L





Other Crisp Highly Kilned Malts you might like to try!

Zappa™ US Hops - NEW!
Zappa™ US Hops - NEW!
$12.95/100g - $453.25/5Kg (SAVE 30% OFF 100g Price)

Named after Frank Zappa, in collaboration with the Zappa family, this hop is as counter culture as the musician himself. Zappa™ is described as having unique spiciness, coupled with full on mango, backed by a sharp citrus, delightful savory and strong deciduous pine characteristics.

Zappa™ is a native, NorthAmerican, Humulus Lupulus var. neomexicanus, recovered from the wild in New Mexico.

Typical Brewing Specification:

  • Harvest: 2019
  • Lot Identification: 1570
  • Alpha Acids: 4.2%
  • Oil content: 1.3%
  • Alpha Acid Range 6-8%
  • Beta Acid Range 8-9%
  • Co-Humulone as % of Alpha 40-45%
  • Total Oil mL/100 g 1.8-2.5%


  • Spicy with strong notes of tropical fruit (mango, passion fruit), citrus, and pine. Additional descriptors include savory, mint, and Fruity Pebbles™

You might also like to try some of these other great Crop 2019 US Hops that have just dropped into the Warehouse!

  • Belma - Orange, Slight Grapefruit, Tropical Pineapple, Strawberry, Melon
  • Meridian - delivers a mix of tropical, berry, and citrus fruitiness with a hint of spearmint.
Rock Up Your Next Brew Happy with Zappa™ US Hops - NEW!
NEW! Distiller's Rum Yeast - Still Spirits
NEW! Distiller's Rum Yeast - Still Spirits
$4.95 / 20g sachet

Distiller’s Yeast Rum is a specialist active dried Rum distiller’s yeast. This strain produces an optimum congener profile for full-flavoured, smooth and rounded rum spirit.

Pack Size and Price:

  • 20g Sachet $4.95 inc GST

Other Still Spirits Distiller's Yeast you might like to try: 

Try NEW! Distiller's Rum Yeast - Yum!
UniGrain Rolled Barley - NEW!
UniGrain Rolled Barley - NEW!
$3.95/1Kg - $59.25/25Kg (SAVE 40% OFF 1Kg Price)

UniGrain Rolled Barley is prepared by rolling barley grains that have been pearled. UniGrain Rolled or Flaked Barley is a natural grain sourced and grown in Australia.

Addition of Flaked Barley will promote head retention and add body to the finished beer. Rolled Barley does not require milling before being added to the mash.

This product is fresh-smelling with no signs of scorching and free from any extraneous material.

Flaked Barley is unmalted, steam, and dried barley that has been rolled into flat flakes. It imparts a rich, grainy flavor to beer and is used in many stouts, particularly Irish stouts, enhancing head formation and foam stability.

Product of Australia. Australian Grown and Milled by UniGrain.

Usage and Benefits

  • 5 to 10% for head retention improvement
  • Enhances foam and adds body
  • Very little soluble nitrogen contribution to wort so good for use as a nitrogen diluent with high TN barley malts
  • Adds a stronger slightly harsher flavour than torrefied wheat
  • Flaked barley has an extract value of 72% on a dry weight basis.

    Pack Sizes:

    • 1 Kg Bag $3.95
    • 5 Kg Bag $15.80 (SAVE 20% on 1Kg Price)
    • 25 Kg Sack $59.25 (SAVE 40% on 1Kg Price)
    • Trade/Wholesale $1.55/Kg or $38.75/25Kg Bag (SAVE 55% on 1Kg Price) in mixed minimum orders over 10 x 25Kg of Crisp and Malteurop and UniGrain. Craft Brewers and Distillers and Home Brew Retailers sign up for your trade/wholesale account LINK HERE!

    Batch Analysis:

    Other UniGrain Rolled Grains you might like to try!
    Use UniGrain Rolled Barley in Your next Brew Happy!
    Angela | Dunkel | All Grain Recipe Kit
    Angela | Dunkel | All Grain Recipe Kit
    A$49.95 - A$54.95

    Based on a 150-year-old recipe from Munich, Germany. BeerCo Angela | Munich Dunkel | Dark Lager is slightly darker and surprisingly easy drinking with a low ABV and crisp finish.  Perfect for a social democrat or any thirsty home brewer in need of refreshment after a long day at work!

    Brew Your Own Munich Dunkel at Home Happy!
    Yalumba Winery - Red Wine Barrels - 225 Litres
    Yalumba Winery - Red Wine Barrels - 225 Litres

    Taking Pre-Orders Until 30 April 2020! Pre-Order NOW!!! Shipment in early May 2020!

    Our Search is Your Satisfaction! We are thrilled to announce a NEW! partnership with a 100% Australian Owned and Run Cooperage who have an outstanding Cooperages in both South Australia and Tasmania.  We have heard our customers cries for some high quality sustainable reusable barrels with a story to tell so please read on...

    About these Yalumba Winery - 225L Red Wine Barrels:

    These 225L red wine barrels are of the highest quality and come from the famous Yalumba Winery in the Barossa Valley. These barrels have held Cabernet Sauvignon for a number of years before being decommissioned.

    While some of the barrels available are from renowned French cooperages, there are a select few that were made by the on-site cooperage at the Yallumba winery itself.  Yalumba are the only winery in Australia to maintain the ancient art of coopering barrels onsite, and this is a rare opportunity to secure one of these barrels.

    Size and Price:

    Australia's oldest family owned winery, making amazing wines since 1849! Five generations and 170 years later Yalumba, Australia’s most historic family owned winery, has grown in size and stature, embodying all that has made the Australian wine success story the envy of winemakers the world over.  The Heart and Soul of the Barossa.  Buy a Barrel of Winemaking History and Make it Your Own!

    Buy a Barrel of Winemaking History and Make it Your Own!
    Brew Like a Pro - 4 Ways to Collect and Re-use Your Yeast! with Andrew!
    Tanks for watching our "Brew Like a Pro - 4 ways to Collect and Re-use your Yeast" video. If you like what we do, head on over to our website or click on the link below to be taken to the shop where you can buy the finest premium quality craft brewing supplies.
    Been and Gone and Upcoming BeerCo Events to put in your Calendar: