Winter Warmers – Aug 2017 – BeerCo Brewing News ?

Winter Warmers – Aug 2017 – BeerCo Brewing News ?

Dermott Dowling
Where you been man???...we hear you say...No June or July Brewing News! How are we supposed to do our great work ridding the world of beer poverty without additional brewing inspiration in our inbox each month...sorry brewing brothers and sisters...we have been busy brewers...bagging...tagging...and shipping out your orders on top of moving warehouses into our own new Unit 1 / 1-3 Disney Ave, Keilor East, VIC 3033 where your and our brewing dreams come true! More news on that front in months to come... Dermott ducked across to RADelaide in July to hang out with our wonderful supply partners and a lot of Aussie craft brewers at ACBC2017 and took the chance to share some of what he knows on how to grow your business outside Australia in a Keynote talk and panel Q and A on Export - Triumphs and Tribulations with some great Aussie Craftbrewers.  Gus has been a busy bee in the back end on the website and with a new baby boy Rafa on board is still keeping our IT platforms in check and our CFO Rog has even bagged and tagged some orders while Dermott was on the road...but that's enough dribble from us on with the real brewing news...PS drop us a line anytime with your views on how we can improve our range and service of awesome brewing materials to keep you #brewinghappy and send us your feedback to

Gladfield Dark Malts of Winter:

Author: Caleb De Frees – Gladfield Malt Editor: Dermott Dowling – BeerCo Brown AlePorter and Stout... Oh, My! As the weather cools our go-to beers at Gladfield Malt in NZ [and BeerCo in AU] quickly change from the crisp bright beers of summer to the more robust, darker – maltier beers of winter.  Instead of comparing the complexity of the hop profile we look for some warmer flavours that are a bit more filling and rich, especially after a chilly day working out in a cold southerly wind. For darker beers, I choose my malts in two distinct ways. 1. Simple. Let one specialty malt be the showcase and provide all the flavour to the finished beer. Stout is my favourite example as I only use a rich roasted barley and base malt. I think of it as a showcase of all the flavours you can get from just one specialty. 2. Complexity and Layering. For different styles of Porter and Boch, I like a more complex approach. In this case, I will choose malts from different colour ranges and blend them to achieve layers of flavour. Roasted Wheat at 600 EBC has a much different flavour contribution to a Dark Chocolate at 1350. Balancing these flavours that come from different roast levels is the challenge of a good dark beer. There is a lot of hype about using a de-husked malt to reduce astringency. The theory being that with the husk intact burning happens during roasting which adds the astringent bitter flavours. But much of that hype is misplaced. As Maltsters, there are many ways we can adjust our roasting process to reduce any burning that could happen in the roasting drum. Using careful water additions we can allow the husk to steam as it darkens, preventing any charring and allowing a very even roasted product. One thing a dehusked version of malt is often missing is the deep flavours of true chocolate malt. For some recipes using the darker Gladfield Malts to keep you warm in the darker depths of winter head on over to our Recipe Library on the Blog and if you have some to share then send to us at and we will post them for the benefit of other brewers out there! Share what we know it's how we grow as brewers.
Buy Your Dark Gladfield Malts Now! From $4.95 incl. GST for 1Kg

Hop of the MonthEnigma™ AU Hops

Enigma™ formal tasting sessions have given interesting terms like ‘Pinot Gris’, ‘raspberries’, and ‘redcurrant’, through to rock melon and light tropical fruit.  Enigma™’s great fun to play with. A bit of a chameleon – different aspects of her enigmatic character shine, depending on how you use her.  Dry hop or add her late in the brew to maximise her flavour and aroma potential.Available in 100g, 250g, 500g, 1Kg and a box of 5Kg!

Analytical Data

  • Alpha acids (%) 13.5 – 16.5
  • Beta acids (%) 4.8 – 6.4
  • Alpha/Beta Ratio 2.4 – 3.5
  • Cohumulone (% of alpha acids) 38 – 40
  • Total Oils (ml/100g) 2.4 – 3.0
  • Oil Concentration (microlitres of oil/g alpha) 147 – 184

Brewers Guidance

As you’d expect from one so cheeky and enchanting, Enigma™’s great fun to play with. A bit of a chameleon – different aspects of her enigmatic character shine, depending on how you use her. Dry hop or add her late in the brew to maximise her flavour and aroma potential. Our newest plays nicely with her sisters, Ella™ Galaxy™ Topaz™ Vic Secret™ Australian Cascade Helga and Super Pride taking the lead or supporting them in many beer styles. Equally Enigma™ stands strong on her own.

Craft Beer Examples

BeerCo Recipes featuring Enigma™ HPA AU Hops

Buy Now - Enigma™ AU Hops $9.96 – $345.00 Incl. GST

Yeast of the MonthGY044 Scotch Ale GigaYeast

GY044 GigaYeast Scotch Ale #1 is one sweet yeast.  Neutral flavors emphasize the malt.  Leaves a slight residual sweetness and body in high gravity beers perfect for malt forward styles like scotch ales, wee heavy, stouts and porters.


  • Available in Gold Pitches for 25 L Homebrews at $14.95 Incl. GST
  • Also available in Pro-Pitches for the Professional Brewer drop shipped from GigaYeast Laboratory to your Brewery Lab to Brewery Door in 6-8 days using DHL Global Express tracked all the way
Buy Now - GY044 Scotch Ale #1 GigaYeast - $14.95 Incl. GST

Equipment of the Month: Malt Mechanics Conical Fermenters

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.Malt Mechanics have designed their fermenters to be flexible enough that home-brewers can add to and adapt them to suit the needs of their own home brewing methods, while having out-of-the-box functionality that lets you just get on and brew. These fermenters come standard with all-stainless hardware. Valves, sanitary fittings, lid, legs, latches and fasteners are all manufactured in 304 stainless steel, and all seals are made from food-grade silicon. The body of the fermenter is manufactured right here in New Zealand in 1/4″ thick high-density polyethylene (HDPE). This is a trusted material in home-brewing which, combined with our inherent design features, provides a sanitary, low oxygen-permeable environment for your fermenting beer. HDPE is also an incredibly strong material, and we have designed the fermenter in a way that (with your own suitable fitting added through the 22mm or 7/8″ lid hole ) brewers are able to use their own CO2 source to gently push beer into their kegs – once again preserving it from the spoils of oxygen.

Malt Mechanics Kickstarter launch video

Buy Now - Malt Mechanics – 30 L / 8 Gal – Conical Fermenter $349.95 Incl. GST
Buy Now - Malt Mechanics – 60 L / 16 Gal – Conical Fermenter - $419.95 Incl. GST

Recipe of the Month - BeerCo Brown Ale

This BeerCo Brown Ale is kept nice and simple and low on the hopping and tight on the malt bill in the aim of making a well balanced easy drinking session-able brown ale more in the style of a Northern English Brown Ale.


  • Light, sweet malt aroma with toffee, nutty and/or caramel notes


  • Dark amber to reddish-brown color


  • Gentle to moderate malt sweetness, with a nutty, lightly caramel character and a medium-dry to dry finish. Malt may also have a toasted, biscuity, or toffee-like character. Medium to medium-low bitterness. Malt-hop balance is nearly even, with hop flavor low to none (UK varieties).

Mouth feel:

  • Medium-light to medium body. Medium to medium-high carbonation.

Vital Stats:

  • 1.050 OG
  • 1.013 FG
  • 25 IBU
  • 4.8% ABV
  • 23 SRM
  • 0.51 IBU/OG

Malt:       Kg Gladfield Malt EBC

Hops:              grams            Variant                Time

Bittering:              30 gm        Magnum              45 mins Aroma:                 30 gm        EK Goldings       15 mins 60 gm





  1. Mash all grains at 150 ºF (66 ºC) for 60 minutes or until full starch conversion has been accomplished.
  2. Sparge – once again the brewer should do normal regime at around 75 °C.
  3. Boil until formation of hot break is seen then add 15 grams Target and boil 45 minutes. Add Irish Moss and 30 grams East Kent Golding and boil 15 minutes.
  4. Yeast & Fermentation – Pitch your favourite American ale-ish type yeast and ferment around 20-22 °C.Sources:

Commercial Examples:


Winter Warmers – Aug 2017 – BeerCo Brewing News ?

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