Feb 2019 - Brew Time - BeerCo Brewing News...🍻 📡📻 📺

Feb 2019 - Brew Time - BeerCo Brewing News...🍻 📡📻 📺

Dermott DowlingFeb 4, '19

Febrewery is here!

Hop all you home and pro Brewers & Distillers are off to a flying start in 2019!  It has certainly been a HOT start to 2019 in MELbrewin' with temperatures soaring skywards the minute the first fuzzy tennis ball was lobbed up in the air at the Australian Open.  As you are aware from reading the papers, listening to the wireless, watching the nightly news or surfing the web.  Our climate is changing rapidly and 2018/9 Global Malting Barley Harvests have been impacted dramatically.  For the research happy I encourage you to click on a few articles below that highlight the challenges our growers and maltsters face globally to secure you the finest premium quality Malt to brew or distil happy:

  1. AU - Drought bites in the East as ABARES forecasts 12pc cut to grain production
  2. CA - Damaged Barley Crop to Hike Cost of Canada's Craft Beer
  3. EU - France slakes EU brewers' thirst after drought hits barley crop One of the hottest summers on record in west Europe coupled with drought cut malting barley crops in regions including Germany, Poland and Scandinavia. 

So, as you can see, hear and read a combination of drought in Europe and Australia and rain at the wrong time of the barley harvest in Canada has negatively impacted global malting supply and that has impacted all of us from growers to maltsters to brewers and distillers.

Fortunately, the UK experienced a relatively good harvest in 2018 certainly in comparison to most of the EU. Here is a link to our supply partners at Crisp Malt 2019 New Season Technical Guide.  Here is a link to 

We have just received Doug at Gladfield Malt NZ 2018/9 Harvest Report and by all accounts it was another successful harvest "across the ditch" as well.  However, both UK and NZ are large exporters of malt and are both spoilt for choice in terms of where they can send their premium quality malting barley.  Which brings us to the bad news we must share with you.  After 2 quick price rises in 6 months from one supply partner and a substantial price rise from another we must pass on a price rise to you our customers.  Effective immediately you will see the following base prices implemented by us for both Gladfield and Crisp Malt

Base Malt  Gladfield   Crisp 
5 Kg  $         17.95  $  18.95
25 Kg  $         69.95  $  74.95
SAVE OFF 5Kg Price 22% 21%
Speciality  Gladfield   Crisp 
1 Kg  $           5.45  $    5.95
5Kg  $         21.80  $  23.80
SAVE OFF 1Kg Price 20% 20%
25 Kg  $         81.75  $  89.25
SAVE OFF 1Kg Price 40% 40%

We do our beery best at BeerCo.com.au to get you the best quality premium brewing supplies as efficiently and effectively as possible.  Like you we do not like price rises but we need to be true to ourselves and our supply partners and one of our 5 core values of "transparency" and share exactly what we are doing and why so that all players in the supply chain from grower to brewer are being treated fairly and equitably and with the respect they deserve.  Rest assured we will continue to work across all operational areas of our business to remove cost and give you value without compromise on quality as we search for your satisfaction.  We encourage you to BULK up and SAVE when you buy your malt with SAVING there from each jump up in bag size. 

If you are a member of a homebrew club we encourage your club to reach out to us at service@BeerCo.com.au so we can give you the opportunity to do a BULK BUY and SAVE as well.  If you are a craft brewer or distiller we encourage you to BUY NOW! and beat the trade price rise for Crisp Malt and send your orders and inquiries to us at orders@BeerCo.com.au

That is enough of the bad news! On with the good news...

Malt of the Month - Crisp Wheat Malt - Hop of the Month - Chinook - Yeast of the Month - GB122 Berliner Blend GigaYeast - Adjunct of the Month - Crisp Flaked Torrefied Barley Equipment of the Month - Hanna - Halo Wireless Beer pH meter - but wait! there's more...a NEW! Recipe of the Month - Helmut | Berliner and let's not forget another great How to Brew like a Pro! The Perfect Malt Crush from our great mate Andrew at Stass Brewing and phew...that will do it for now...go and brew and/or distil happy!

Oh, yeah! Crop 2018 US and Hops are due to hit our shores any week now so we have some great SPECIALS on to clear out Crop 2017 Hops! Hop on over to the Shop Specials page and Shop Happy and SAVE!

How to Brew like a Pro! The Perfect Grain Crush

Crisp Wheat Malt
Crisp Wheat Malt
$18.95/5Kg - $74.95/25Kg (SAVE 21%) - $1,550/MT + GST (SAVE 55%)

“When looking at replacements for my previous supplier, I had done some test batches with Crisp, and feel in love with it!  It is high quality grain.  We hit our efficiency with it every time.  Plus the easy tear open bags are a nice touch.” – Mike Pallen, Founder & Head Brewer, Mikerphone Brewing, Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA

Crisp Wheat Malt can be used as the base malt at around 55% inclusion for wheat beers and, when mixed with barley malt, wheat malt can improve head retention, improve mouthfeel and introduce flavour changes in other beer types. Wheat malt is low in β-glucan.

Wheat malt is used to enhance body and head retention; it brings a subtle smoothness to beers when used up to 15%. Beyond this percentage, it will start to create hazy Weiss / Wit type beers.

In addition to you might also like to try...

Insist on Crisp Wheat Malt- Buy NOW!
Chinook T90 US Hop Pellets
Chinook T90 US Hop Pellets
AU$6.95/100g - AU$495 / 10 Kg SAVE 30% OFF 100g Price
Russell C.  Verified Buyer 03/10/18 5* Review
Mixing hops: I mix three hops: Chinook ,Cascade and East Kent Golding with a pale ale brew. It gives a very fruity flavor which suits my pallet

Chinook takes its name from a Native American tribe indigenous to the region around Washington. Chinook pedigree is a cross between Petham Golding and a high alpha USDA male. In recent years, Chinook has found favour as a dual purpose hop in the craft brewing community as a result of its spice and pine aroma characteristics.

You might also like to try some other US Classic Hops like:
Take a stroll in the Pine Forest - BUY Chinook NOW!
GB122 Berliner Blend GigaYeast
GB122 Berliner Blend GigaYeast
$14.95 a Gold Pitch

Conan Verified Buyer 15/01/18 5* Customer review
I used other yeast / lacto for my first Berliner and it was nowhere near what I was after. Second time around I used Gigayeast Berliner Blend with a 66/33 Pilsner/Wheat blend and like others have mentioned the fermentation was extremely vigorous, and after 2 months in primary the Berliner was spot on to what I was after with a nice sharp and clean acidity with that bready maltiness that you want in a Berliner.

GB122 Berliner Blend GigaYeast is a blend of neutral ale yeast and lactic acid bacteria. Use GB122 Berliner Blend GigaYeast directly in a primary fermentation to make a crisp, sour beer!

Tasting Notes:

  • Sour with subtle ester character. Creates the classic Berliner Weisse style– sour with a hint of hops and malt.

General Notes & Brewing Guidance:

Lactic Acid Bacteria are inhibited by hops, high gravity and low temperatures. You can adjust sourness by increasing or decreasing these variables. More than 7 IBU, gravity above 1050 or temps below 65 F will increase the time to sour or lead to reduced overall souring. Warmer fermentation temps will typically increase the esters and spicy phenolics of the saison ale yeast in this blend. 
Stay Sour! Fast Sour! with GB122 Berliner Blend GigaYeast - Buy NOW!
Hanna - HALO® Wireless Beer pH Meter - FREE SHIPPING AU Wide
Hanna - HALO® Wireless Beer pH Meter - FREE SHIPPING AU Wide

Easily measure pH in mash, wort, and finished beer with the FC2142 Wireless Beer pH Meter. This HALO is designed for home and craft brewers.

The specialised electrode features a durable titanium body, high temperature glass sensor, and an extendable cloth type junction for renewable electrode life. All readings are transmitted directly to your Apple or Android device or the edge®blu.

  • Take laboratory grade pH and temperature measurements using your smartphone or tablet.
  • HALO's smart system tells you when your electrode needs cleaning or calibration.
  • Great for any brewery, kitchen, or food laboratory.
Measure like a Pro! BUY ONE NOW!
Crisp Flaked Torrefied Barley
Crisp Flaked Torrefied Barley
$5.95/1Kg - $23.80/5Kg (SAVE 20%) - $89.25/25Kg (SAVE 40%) - $2,670/MT (SAVE 55%)

Crisp Flaked Torrefied Barley consists of barley grains that have been cooked at high temperature, resulting in gelatinisation of the starchy endosperm.

Addition of Flaked Torrefied Barley will promote head retention and add body to the finished beer. Flaked Torrefied 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.

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

Insist on Crisp Flaked Torrefied Barley in your next Brew! BUY NOW!
Helmut - Berliner - BeerCo Recipe Kit
Helmut - Berliner - BeerCo Recipe Kit
AU$49.50 - AU$55.00

A regional speciality of Berlin; Berliner Weisse was affectionately referred to by Napoleon's troops in 1809 as “the Champagne of the North” due to its lively and elegant character.  This lightly soured low abv Berliner Weisse is designed to taste great straight or form the base for fruit additions and further sour beer fermentation.  Helmut would approve and Deeter Sprockets says", Prost!

Stay Sour! Fast Sour! Get Your Berliner on Helmut - Buy NOW!

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