Californication - Oct 2018 - BeerCo Brewing News 📡📩🍻

Californication - Oct 2018 - BeerCo Brewing News 📡📩🍻

Dermott Dowling

Californication - Oct 2018 - BeerCo Brewing News...

Destruction leads to a very rough road but it also breeds creation
And earthquakes are to a girl's guitar, they're just another good vibration
And tidal waves couldn't save the world from Californication

Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers

We made it and Hollywood could not have written a better script for October or should we call it Rocktober with all the fun events coming our way and the fantastic NEW! products that have landed

First and foremost Crisp Malt is here!  This is exciting news for Brewers - Home and Pro as we bring the UK's largest independent malting company finest UK and Euro Malts to AU Brewers and Distillers. Read all about Crisp Malt and if your a Craft Brewer or Distiller or Brew Shop owner and would like to reach out for samples and wholesale pricing on full pallets and order forms please do not hesitate to drop us a line at

Our Search is Your Satisfaction and our Mission is to rid the World of Beer Poverty one good brew at a time. To do that we need to Search the Globe and bring to Brewers the best possible brewing materials and equipment and we will continue to do this until Brewer (Home and Pro) has access to the best brewing materials delivered to your brewery door!

This Oct 18 monthly is another bumper issue - Malt of the Month - Crisp Europils Malt - Adjunct of the Month - Dextrose Hop of the Month - Hallertau Blanc - Yeast of the Month - GY005 Golden Gate Lager Gigayeast Equipment of the Month - Malt Mechanics 30L Conical Fermenter - BeerCo Recipe Kit of the Month - Californication | EuroCal Lager and that will do for now...oh no it won't!

Andrew @StassBrewing brings us his second installment of his excellent "How to Brew like a Pro!" BrewTube videos on Malt where he does a very interesting deep dive using the Briess Hot Steep method of comparison into Base Ale Malt using Gladfield Ale and Crisp Maris Otter Malt and Gladfield American Ale and Crisp Best Ale Malt.

We SlideShare a talk last week to Inner Sydney Brewers on Why? Crisp Malt  - 3 different SMaSH Beers (recipes included in the SlideShare) and Fast Souring Techniques with Dr Jim at GigaYeast.  Read on for the SlideShare from a fun engaging and entertaining night with Inner Sydney Brewers in Syncity!

Last but not least, please do not forget to put these upcoming meetup dates into your brewing calendar

  1. BeerCo Bottle Share meetup - Wed 24 Oct - 4-7 PM at BeerCo HQ find us here: a short 10 mins from MELbrewin' Airport. Drop in and say g'day on your way to anhc
  2. anhc 6 - 26-8 Oct 2018 in MELbrewin' - have you got your Tickets and accomodation sorted?

Crisp Europils Malt

Globally, pilsen or lager-style beers are the dominant beer category. These beer types demand a lower modified malt to complement the temperature programmed or decoction mashing regimes employed.

Crisp Malting Group Europils Malt perfectly fits this requirement, being typically made from 2-row spring barley which is malted to give the required level of modification whilst maintaining a high level of homogeneity. Careful control of kilning ensures the required low colour is achieved.

Europils malt has a higher protein content which ensures ample enzymatic capability which, combined with the high levels of free amino nitrogen present, assure excellent brewing performance even when unmalted adjuncts form part of the grist composition.

Batch Certificate of Analysis







3.5% max

3.5% min

3.5% max


308.0 L°/kg




5.0-7.0 EBC

5.5-7.5 EBC

2.5-3.5 °L





SNR/KI/ST ratio





45 min IoB

140 min WK

50 min °L


  • 5 Kg Bag $16.95 inc GST
  • 25 Kg Sack $64.95 inc GST
  • 1 MT $1,550 excl GST send your wholesale orders to and pre-orders allow 6-8 weeks ship time for large container size shipments.  All wholesale bulk Crisp Malt is warehouse in MELbrewin' and ships out 950Kg (36 x 40 Bags to the pallet) on Hunter Express or your preferred 3PL transport company.
Buy Now! Crisp Europils Malt!
Tanks to Andrew at Stass Brewing for this little gemstone - "How to Brew Like a Pro"

Adjunct of the Month:  Dextrose

Dextrose brewing sugar, often referred to as "corn sugar" or "glucose" can be used in place of white sugar "sucrose" in either your fermentation or for priming your beer when bottling or kegging. Dextrose is faster to dissolve than white sugar and 100% fermentable. Dextrose often referred to as Corn Sugar: Probably the most common of the sugars discussed in brewing, Dextrose or corn sugar is made up almost entirely of glucose/dextrose. It will ferment completely, contributing more alcohol content than a similar amount of malt extract, and will lighten the body and flavor of the brew. Corn sugar will also ferment very rapidly, and will thus shorten the time your beer will need to spend fermenting. The most common use of corn sugar is as a priming sugar during the bottling process.

Common Uses in Brewing:

As dextrose is highly fermentable, it facilitates the brewing of very dry high gravity beers. Often used in lighter body US style IPAs.  Dextrose is also commonly used as priming sugar for bottle-conditioning.

Pack Size and Prices:

  • 1 Kg bag $3/Kg incl. GST
  • 5 Kg bag $12.70 inc GST (SAVE 15% on 1Kg Bag Price)
  • 25 Kg Sack $49.95 inc GST (SAVE 33% on 1Kg Bag Price)
Buy some Dextrose Brewing Sugar NOW!

Hop of the Month! Hallertau Blanc GR Type 90 Hop Pellets

Hallertau Blanc is a daughter of the cultivar Cascade with a fruity-floral white wine bouquet.   Hallertau Blanc flavor profile is said to be fruity, with wine-like qualities of gooseberry and grass, similar to that of Sauvignon Blanc. It also features a complex aroma profile with notes of cassis and elderflower in addition to grapes, grapefruit and lemongrass. Other notes detected in trials have been passionfruit, pineapple and gooseberry.


  • Type 90 Hop Pellets | 100g | 250g | 500g | 1Kg Foils


Bred at the Hop Research Institute in Huell and released in 2012.
  • Crop: 2017
  • Type: Aroma
  • Growing Area Germany
  • Lineage: Daughter of Cascade
  • α-acids* 8.9 %
  • β-acids 4.5 - 5.5 %
  • Total Polyphenols No data
  • Total oils app. 1.05 mL/100g
  • Myrcene app. 70.5 % of total
  • Linalool app. 0.4 % of total

Brewers Guidance:

Aroma, particularly whirlpool and dry hopping to take full advantage of the very high myrcene fraction. With its pronounced tropical profile, Hallertau Blanc has strong affinity for many of the same styles as southern hemisphere hops: IPA, Belgian ales, wheat beer, and Brett fermentations.

SMaSH Beer Recipe Using Hallertau Blanc Hops

Pack & Price Options:

  • 100g $8.95 incl GST RRP 
  • 250g $19.95 incl GST RRP SAVE 10% OFF 100g RRP
  • 500g $39.95 incl GST RRP SAVE 15% OFF 100g RRP
  • 1 Kg $69.95 incl GST RRP SAVE 20% OFF 100g RRP
Brew a Euro-Californicator SMaSH Now! Buy Hallertau Blanc Hops!

Yeast of the Month: GY005 Golden Gate Lager GigaYeast

Pack and Prices:

  • Gold Pitch - 200 billion cells per pitch $14.95 BUY NOW!!!
  • Pro-Pitches - from 10hL to 100hL Batches drop-shipped DHL Global Express in 5-7 days to your brewery please email us at for a full price list.

GY005 Golden Gate GigaYeast is a versatile Lager yeast used to create the California Common style. GY005 ferments warm and still retains a lager character. GY005 ferments unusually high for a lager strain and still retains a lager sensibility (up to 20˚C (68˚F)).
GY005 GigaYeast leaves a slightly sweeter beer than our other lager yeast— perfect for creating a subtle, malty undertone against a clean lager background.  GY005 creates a moderate amount of sulfide under some conditions that will dissipate with a short rest.
Fermentations at traditional lager temperatures may be slow. Recommended fermentation temperature 13˚- 20˚C (55˚- 68˚F).

Attenuation Medium Gravity*

  • 79% – 83%

Attenuation High Gravity*

  • 57% – 60% (7.5% – 8.1% ABV)

Temperature Range:

  • 13˚C - 21˚C (55˚F – 70˚F)


  • Medium

Representative Styles:

  • California Common
  • Cream Ale
  • Stout
Time for some Cal Lager - Get your Giga on! Buy GY005

Equipment of the Month:  Malt Mechanics - 30 L / 8 Gal Conical Fermenter - FREE SHIPPING AU WIDE!

$349.95 incl. GST

Malt Mechanics fermenters are the only plastic home-brewing conical which come fully featured with tri-clamp fittings and stainless steel valves in 1/2" for the take-off, and 1" for the yeast-dump. The fermenters are suitable for transferring beer under pressure and come with everything you need to get your beer fermenting right out of the box. 

Feature summary:

  • 1" BSP dump valve for yeast harvesting
  • 1/2" BSP takeoff valve for sampling and transfer
  • Sanitary fittings - tri-clamp industry standard with seals
  • Stainless legs
  • HDPE body from rotational molded food-grade plastic
  • Stainless lid and adjustable latches, low pressure rated for keg transfers
  • Blow-off tube included
Excellent for Brewing like a Pro! at home or for Probrewers Prototyping your next core beer release with reliable consistency!
Brew like a Pro! Buy Malt Mechanics 30 L / 8 Gal Conical Fermenter

Recipe Kit of the Month:  Californication EuroCal Lager

$49.95 incl. GST (Milled or Unmilled - Dry Yeast)
$54.95 incl. GST (Milled or Unmilled - Liquid GigaYeast)

We all enjoy some Eurotrash and Californication so we thought it would be cool to mash up the best Europils Crisp Malt with Hallertau Blanc GR Hops and GY005 Golden Gate Lager GigaYeast for a fast and furious yet soft and subtle EuroCal Lager.  Just in time for Spring Break or Summer Pool or Porch Sessions.  This mild mannered mid level ABV EuroCal Lager will have you reaching for the Kegerator Taps or Fridge all Spring and Summer long and leave you wishing you brewed a Bigger Batch!

Cheers! #brewhappy #drinkhappier #enjoyresponsibly #EuroCal #Lager

Vital Stats:

Batch & Boil

  • Batch Size: 21 Litres / 5.25 US Gallons
  • Boil Time: 90 mins


  • OG 1.054
  • FG 1.008
  • IBU 38
  • ABV 4.7%
  • Colour 7 EBC


Amt    Name                           Colour       % Grist

5.00 Kg  Crisp Europils Malt             3.5 EBC       95%

0.25 Kg  Crisp Dextrin Malt               3.0 EBC         5%  

5.25 Kg  TOTAL                                 7   EBC      100%


  1. 30 gm Hallertau Blanc GR Pellets - Alpha: 8.9% – 60 minutes boil addition
  2. 30 gm Hallertau Blanc GR Pellets - Alpha: 8.9 % – 5 minutes from end of boil
  3. 20 gm Hallertau Blanc GR Pellets - Alpha: 8.9% – dry hop end of primary fermentation
  4. 20 gm Hallertau Blanc GR Pellets - Alpha: 8.9% – dry hop end of secondary fermentation / during diacetyl rest for 3 days


Liquid | GigaYeast

Dry | Mangrove Jack's

Water Adjustments (Optional):


  1. Mill the grains and dough-in targeting a mash of around 3 Litres of water to 1 Kg of grain (a liquor-to-grist ratio of about 3:1 by weight).
  2. Step mash option A - Do a 5-minute rest at 56 °C, a 15-minute rest at 60 °C, a 30-minute rest at 68 °C and a 5-minute rest at 76 °C. Recirculate wort for about 20 minutes (or until clear), then collect wort until final runnings drop to SG 1.010.
  3. Single Infusion mash option B - Do a single infusion mash at 67°C until enzymatic conversion is complete.
  4. Infuse the mash with near boiling water while stirring or with a recirculating mash system raise the temperature to mash out at 76 °C.
  5. Sparge slowly with 77 °C water (est. 17L), collecting wort until the pre-boil kettle volume is around 25 L.
  6. Boil: 90 minutes. 1st Hop addition of 30g at 60 min and 2nd Hop addition of another 30g at 5 mins from end of boil or flameout.  Add your Yeast Nutrient at the same time.
  7. Cool wort and transfer to the primary fermenter oxygenating wort and pitching Liquid GigaYeast GY005 or M54 Mangrove Jack's Dry Yeast at 11° C and let free rise to 13 °C.
  8. Maintain at 13 °C for 14 days. Raise temperature to 17 °C for 7 day maturation rest. GY005 does not throw much diacetyl, so this step is to knock the subtle acetaldehyde down and expedite sulfur scrubbing by CO2.
  9. If filtering, transfer to Corny keg and crash cool for 2–4 days and filter using your normal method. If not, crash cool and lager for 10–14 days until desired clarity is reached and sulfur aroma/flavor from yeast in suspension is not detectable.

  10. Target a carbonation level of 2.2 to 2.7 volumes.

  11. Drink Fresh or Lager (store cold) for a few weeks. Prost!

  12. Food pairing - Spring Rolls, Steamed Mussels, BBQ Pork, Fried Fish Tacos, Delicately Herbed Chicken, Calamari, Oysters and Crab, White Cheeses, Salmon and Hot Dogs.

BeerCo Recipe Kit Contents:

  • Malt - 5.25Kg (Milled or Unmilled - You Choose)
  • Hops - 100g Hallertau Blanc Type GR Hop Pellets
  • Yeast - 1 x Liquid Gold Pitch of GY005 Golden Gate GigaYeast or 2 x 10g Dry Yeast Sachets of M54 Mangrove Jack's California Lager Yeast.

Credits & Sauces of Brewspiration & Further Reading on the Style:

Californication | EuroCal Lager - All Grain BeerCo Recipe Kit is here! Buy NOW!

Inner Sydney Brewers

Club Talk and SMaSH Challenge

We recently got the Hopportunity to catch up with great friends at Inner Sydney Brewers and discuss
3 Key topics:
1) Crisp Malt - Why?
2) SMaSH Beers - 3 great beers from 3 great brewers each one evaluating a different Crisp malt, hop and GigaYeast
3) Fast Souring Techniques with Dr Jim @GigaYeast
Another entertaining and engaging evening with Inner Sydney Brewers club at Atlassian.
Special thanks to the committee for the invitation and Roman, Conan and Luke for brewing the SMaSH beers and our supply partners Crisp Malt and Hop Products Australia and GigaYeast for information and support with our sponsorship!
Love what we do, and want us to come and talk to your home brew club drop us a line at

See below for the SlideShare from the night!

We are hosting our inaugural BeerCo bottle share meetup for supply and retail partners and customers - home and probrewers of
Price of entry is two bottles of your finest brew to swap with new friends you meet on the day.
We will have a few kegs on and some eats to keep the meetup on track and help kick off an exciting anhc conference weekend with a fun friendly welcome event.
Beers we have brewed to share with you include:
- BeerCo Hazy Trucker NEIPA
- Rogers Coffee Porter
- Belma Pale Ale
- Session Amber Ale
- Fury and Son Brewing Company / BeerCo Collab - Idaho Muffins - Cal Lage

Please register/RSVP so we know how many to cater for here:



Wed. 24 October 2018

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm AEDT

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