Local - May 2020 - BeerCo Brewing & Distilling News...  🍻 📡📻 📺📜

Local - May 2020 - BeerCo Brewing & Distilling News... 🍻 📡📻 📺📜

Dermott DowlingMay 10, '20

Living Local Matters

Hop this finds you healthy and happy and enjoying the rediscovered joys of your local neighbourhood.  We have certainly enjoyed lots of walks and bicycle rides in our neighbourhood and saying g'day (from a social distance) to friendly neighbours we meet out and about!  Times like these remind us never to take what we have on our doorstep for granted and to be grateful for the important things in life like your healthy, family, neighbours and friends.

Speaking of thanks - we are so glad to see the 2020 Victorian Grain Harvest come in strong with exceptionally high quality malting barley available to us soon to be happy brewers and distillers.  Hit this link for an update on the Australian Barley Harvest - Crop Report 2020 from Jack King at Malteurop Australia.

If you are a keen Distiller and interested to learn more hit this link Crisp Malt BeerCo.com.au Australian Distillers Webinar #001.  We plan to run deep dives into topics of interest for Craft Distillers in future webinars with Crisp Malt so please do feedback topics of interest to cover off in more depth.  Drop us a line anytime to Service@BeerCo.com.au with any suggestions and ideas for future topics.

Also, if you are Brewer looking to learn happy during CoVid-19 Lockdown jump online and enjoy some of the fine Crisp Malt Webinars covering everything from CoAs to Milling to Mashing to Boiling to Fermentation to Conditioning to Malting and Specialty Malts and How to Brew the Perfect New England IPA - so much great FREE content to learn happy and brew like a Pro from the fine folks at Crisp Malt. So what are you waiting for??? Learn Happy!

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

Malt of the Month - Crisp Rye Malt - Hop of the Month - HPA-016™ AU Hops - NEW! - Yeast of the Month - DistilaMax® RM - Lallemand Craft Distilling - NEW! - Adjunct of the Month - UniGrain Rolled Oats - BeerCo Recipe of the Month - Grim | RRIPA All Grain Recipe Kit - Equipment of the Month Checktemp® Digital Thermometer - How to Brew like a Pro Video - and what has been and gone and is coming up on our Brewing and Distilling NEW! Virtual Events Calendar in 2020.

On with the BeerCo.com.au Brewing & Distilling News....Living Local Matters! Stay Safe and Healthy .... and have a happy Brewing and/or Distilling month of May!

Cheers #BrewHappy #DistillHappy always

Dermott Dowling
Managing Director, BeerCo Pty Ltd
A  Unit 1 / 1-3 Disney Avenue, Keilor East, VIC 3033
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Crisp Rye Malt
Crisp Rye Malt
$5.45Kg - $81.75/25Kg (SAVE 40%)

Tasting Notes:

  • Earthy, Spicy Aftertaste

Beer Styles:

  • Rye IPAs, Rye Pale Ales, Red Ale, Roggenbier

Usage Rate:

  • Up to 15% (Rye Malt is higher in beta glucans which can cause issues at higher rates. Recommend in combination with Rice Hulls at levels above 15%)

In brewing, when mixed with barley malt, rye malt can improve head retention, improve mouthfeel and introduce flavour changes of a toffee/caramel note at lower inclusion rates and a spicy after-palate at higher inclusion rates. Most notably, rye malt will also impart a reddish hue to beers.

Pack Sizes:

  • 1 Kg Bag $5.45 inc GST
  • 5 Kg Bag $21.80 inc GST (SAVE 20% on 1Kg Price)
  • 25 Kg Bag $81.75 inc GST (SAVE 40% on 1Kg Price)
  • Trade Account Wholesale orders $1.90/Kg exc GST (SAVE 60% on 1Kg Price) please sign up for a Trade Account with us if your a Craft Brewer or Distiller or Home Brew Retailer

Batch Analysis:







4.5% max

4.5% min

4.5% max


327.9 L°/kg




22-32 EBC

24-35 EBC

9.5-14 °L





SNR/KI/ST ratio





45 min IoB

180 min WK

62 min °L

Other Crisp Specialty Malts you might like to try!

  • Crisp Amber Malt - Dry, Biscuit, Bready, Slightly Toasted, No Residual Sweetness - Bitters, Brown Ales, Dark Ales, Mild Ales, Old Ales
  • Crisp Dark Munich Malt - Rich Malt, Bread Crust, Grainy - Bock, Doppelbock, Dunkel
  • Crisp Wheat Malt  - Touch of Acidity, Gentle, Refreshing & Creamy - Hefeweizen, Wheat Beers, Sours, Witbier
Try Crisp Rye in Your next Brew or Distil Happy!
HPA-016™ AU Hops - NEW!
HPA-016™ AU Hops - NEW!
$9.95/100g - $348.25/5Kg (SAVE 30% OFF 100g Price)

Hop Products Australia newest proprietary flavour hop, HPA-016™ AU Hops has a consistent fruit forward character with notes of mandarin, citrus peel and pine.

Brewer Tips for Usage:

Tasting notes from brewing trials to date include characteristics such as mandarin, citrus peel, and pine resin. This hop has been used in limited release beers over a number years and produces a very nice fruit forward character on a consistent basis.


  • Type 90 AU Hop Pellets

Pack Sizes and Prices:

  • 100 g $9.95 inc GST
  • 250 g $21.95 (SAVE 10% on 100g Price)
  • 500 g $41.95 (SAVE 15% on 100g Price)
  • 1 Kg $79.95 (SAVE 20% on 100g Price)
  • 5 Kg $348.25 (SAVE 30% on 100g Price)


HPA-016™ was cultivated in Victoria. It is derived from genotypes of Australian and North American origin.


  • Mandarin
  • Citrus Peel
  • Pine

Analytical Data:

  • Harvest Year: 2020
  • Batch: VV47
  • Alpha: 16.9%
  • Oil Content: 2.2ml/100g

You might also like to try some of these other fresh in Store Crop 2020 Aussie Hops that have just dropped into the Warehouse!

  • Galaxy™ - Intense Passionfruit and Citrus
  • Enigma™ - Pinot Gris, Raspberries, Redcurrant, Rockmelon, Light Tropical Fruit
  • Vic Secret™ - Passionfruit, Pineapple, Herbs, Piney Resin
Try NEW! HPA-016™ AU Hops in Your next Brew Hoppy!
NEW! Lallemand DistilaMax® RM Yeast
NEW! Lallemand DistilaMax® RM Yeast
$79.95 / 500g sachet

DistilaMax® RM active dry yeast is a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae that was selected for use in the production of rum and other cane-based spirits. Isolated in a tropical region from cane molasses, this strain demonstrates high temperature tolerance and provides a desirable congener profile for the production of rum, aguardiente and rhum agricole.

Yeast selected in the Caribbean Isles for use in the production of rum from cane juice and other cane juice-based spirits.

Product features focus:

  • Temp Range 26°C – 36°C
  • Selected on cane juice
  • Complex and intense

Pack Size and Price:

  • $79.95 inc GST for 500g Brick

Other DistilaMax® Lallemand Craft Distilling Yeast and Yeast Nutrients you might like to try: 

Try NEW! DistilaMax® RM in your next Rum Distil Happy
UniGrain - Rolled Oats
UniGrain - Rolled Oats
$3.95/1Kg - $59.25/25Kg (SAVE 40% OFF 1Kg Price)

UniGrain Rolled Oats consist of dehusked oat grains that have been steamed and rolled at high temperature. They will give a smooth, creamy mouthfeel to finished beers.  Oats are an interesting adjunct for brewers. It is well documented that Oats give beer a fuller body and silky mouthfeel, making them a popular addition in dark beers such as stouts. Stouts made with about 10% oats have a sweeter, smoother flavour.

Oats contain starches and gums (beta glucan) which thicken the body of a beer. These remain in the beer after fermentation and can be perceived as an oily slickness in the mouth.

UniGrain Flaked Rolled Oats do not require milling before being added to the mash.

This product is locally grown, fresh-smelling, free from any extraneous material and manufactured from non-GM certified raw materials in a plant that does not process any material that is of GM origin.

Pack Sizes and Prices:

  • 1 Kg Bag $3.95 inc GST 
  • 5 Kg Bag $15.80 inc GST (SAVE 20% on 1Kg Regular Price)
  • 25 Kg Sack 459.25 inc GST (SAVE 40% on 1Kg Regular Price)
  • Trade Account Wholesale orders $1.25/Kg exc GST (SAVE 55% on 1Kg Price) please sign up for a Trade Account with us if your a Craft Brewer or Distiller or Home Brew Retailer

Beer Styles:

  • Hazy Pale Ale
  • Stouts

Usage and benefits:

  • Up to 25% of grist added direct to tun
  • improves mouthfeel and head retention
  • increases body
  • imparts a smoothness to the beer
  • has a pleasant oaty flavour


Other UniGrain Rolled Cereals you might like to try in your next Brew Happy!
  • UniGrain Rolled Red Wheat - American Wheat, Bavarian Weisse, Belgian Lambic and Witbiers and can be used to give body and flavour to IPAs and haze and mouthfeel to New England IPAs.
  • UniGrain Rolled Triticale - a hybrid of wheat and rye.  Use up to 30% as a cereal adjunct in the total grist to create Rye Beers, Belgian Wit Beer, Amber Ales and MultiGrain Beers.
  • UniGrain Rolled Barley - promote head retention and add body to the finished beer.
Use UniGrain Rolled Oats in your next Stout or Hazy!
Grim - RRIPA - BeerCo All Grain Recipe Kit
Grim - RRIPA - BeerCo All Grain Recipe Kit
A$59.95 - A$64.95

There is a wonderful red sunset out tonight - fire red across the sky and the autumn ivy is red as red can be. All around the autumn leaves turn from green to auburn and read, and slowly fall one by one to the cold ground below. You thoughts to things dark and grim as the winter months approach and there is nothing more grim than 'the grim RRIPA'.  You and me and everyone will one day see the man with the scythe who comes to take us away when we least expect it!

But wait, Grim RRIPA, take a seat, draw a breathe, rest your scythe over beside the Kegerator for I have one last drink to share with you before you take me a way. A drink as bold as you are full of layers of malty and spicy Rye and hopped with a classic Centennial and double dry hopped with the NEW! HPA-016.  Would you care for a glass? Cheers #livehappy #GrimRRIPA #oneMoreSir

Come Grim RRIPA! Let's drink Together!
Checktemp® Digital Thermometer - Hanna Instruments - HI98501
Checktemp® Digital Thermometer - Hanna Instruments - HI98501

Checktemp® Digital Thermometer is a great choice for easy operation with clear digits and better accuracy over a wide range.  Measure temperature without fear of breakage or condensation. A compact meter with a direct probe, it is ideal for taking quick-fire temperature measurement in semi-solids and liquids.

  • Easy read digital display - whatever the viewing angle.
  • Simple to use with a direct measurement probe.
  • Great for semi-solid foods, liquids, and laboratory.

The HI 98501 Checktemp® is a digital thermometer with stainless steel penetration probe. It delivers high accuracy temperature measurements over a wide temperature range without worrying about breakage or condensation.

You might like to also check out the following fine products and labware from Hanna Instruments:

Check Your Temperature with Checktemp® Digital Thermometer
Been and Gone and Upcoming BeerCo Events to put in your Calendar: