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perfect beer  We aim to have fun  We will freely Experiment  We are fiercely independent from the big boys  We share our beer and experiences

Despite the best attempts of tropical depression Wilma to dampen spirits, Auckland is certainly enjoying a great summer. G’n’T have complemented that superb weather with more than the odd beer. Last month we did a stock take of our brewed beer and wine and found to our surprise that we had accumulated over 800 bottles. Armed with this information, we decided that we could take a break from brewing beer for a few months.

 We encourage everyone to brew their own beer

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We certainly haven’t abandoned brewing and have been making plans for future brews, including some kits and combinations that we have never tried before.

On page 2 of this newsletter we say that we have proved that bottle-conditioned home brew matures wonderfully. You see, some of those 800 odd beers

can’t do with commercial beer — it will go off way before then.

Pilsner in a Mack glass, the most northerly brewery in the World

Don’t be put off by some of the odd-tasting fruit-based concoctions you might have tasted in the past. These are nice tasting wines. OK, they are never going to win an award but they are nevertheless the most perfect accompaniment to a barmy summers night.

were brewed two years ago and taste much better now than when we first bottled them. That is simply something you

Immediately below we introduce our new range of Cantina five day wine kits. Not only is it fun to make your own wine, but it also tastes nice and its really economical. Using your own screw top wine bottles, the dearest kit works out at $3.00 per bottle, and the cheapest, a little over $2.30.

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Cantina Five Day Wine Kits We have referred to our home made wine a number of times in previous newsletters. The Cantina five day wine kits have impressed us greatly. Cantina wine kits are made from grape juice, just like commercial wines. The wine yeast is especially developed to retain all the qualities of the grape, whilst fermenting faster than standard wine yeast. Cantina use high-quality grapes

sourced from the western regions of Italy. The result is a high-quality Italian-style wine, ready to drink in only five days. Initially, we are stocking Cabernet Sauvignon, Traditional Red Wine, Rose and Chardonnay. We can also assist by supplying wine-making equipment. The kits include all the ingredients needed, including comprehensive instructions.


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More Beer… Batches We have taken a bit of a break from brewing over the holidays with only one beer brewed in the past two months: Batch Kit Name

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500g Coopers Brewing Sugar, 500g Light Dry Malt, 10ml ISO Hop Liquid

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While we have proven that bottle-conditioned home brewed beers mature wonderfully in the bottle, most commercial beer, however, is best drunk young. So buy beers with plenty of time left before the “best before” date. It is good practice to check this as beer retailers might overlook the expiry dates of slow-moving or imported beer.

of beers packaged in clear or green bottles that are far less efficient than brown bottles in protecting beer from light. We brew using our green glass bottles but simply take added precautions to keep the beer out of sunlight. We take this a step further by covering the fermenter with a thick towel when fermenting beer to protect it from light, while not raising the temperature too greatly.

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2. Keep beer in a dark place

3. Keep beer cool

Light is an enemy of beer. If a beer is exposed to bright lights (sunlight or neon), a chemical reaction can take place that leads to unpleasant flavours and “skunky” aromas. For this reason, also be wary

As with all food stuffs, low (but not freezing) temperatures help preserve beer. When it comes to serving the beer, check for any temperature advice on the label. A cool dark basement or garage

Thomas Coopers Selection IPA

“If a beer is exposed to light (sunlight or neon), a chemical reaction can take

flavours and “skunky” aromas.”

1. Always buy fresh stock

is perfect. But if that is not possible then a cupboard or wardrobe is a good substitute. 3. Keep beer upright This is not important with filtered beer but any beer that contains a sediment, such as home brew, should be kept upright, or at least returned to the vertical well in advance of serving, to ensure the sediment remains at the bottom. For beers designed to be poured cloudy, such as some wheat beers, this is not such an issue either. Also beers with a corked bottles need to be stored horizontal (to keep the cork tight and moist), but then returned to the upright well before serving.

Currently Drinking One advantage of us taking a break from brewing is that within the same newsletter we can both describe a brew we have put down and also tell you about our first tasting experience of the same brew. This is the first time that we have brewed the Thomas Coopers Selection IPA so we were eager to taste it. It is one of the best ales that we

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have brewed with a nice reddish-brown colour, good malty flavour and had good head retention. Our only criticism is that we expect an IPA to be hoppier and slightly more bitter. After all, IPAs were brewed strong in order to survive a long sea voyage from England to its far-flung colonies, such as India. Next time we brew

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it we will increase the ISO hop liquid to 20ml and use a whole Brigalow hop tablet. It has proved to be a popular seller, and as a result, we are sadly currently out-of-stock. We have also continued to enjoy our home made Cabernet Sauvignon and Traditional Red Wine. Both are nice but opinion is divided among us as to which is best.


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History of Beer: The Rise of the Dominant Two Beer being delivered by tanker in 1964, a reflection of the scale of brewing By 1984 there were just two brewers in New Zealand — Lion and DB who totally dominated the local beer market. Three factors influenced this outcome. Firstly, the temperance movement that successfully lobbied for restrictions on the sale of alcohol. Secondly, the efficiency that resulted from large-scale production tech-

niques that paid little attention to quality of the brewed beer. Thirdly, the introduction of Nordmeyer’s Black Budget of 1957 that made the sale of imported beer impossibly expensive. This last factor is currently the focus of a television advertising campaign for DB Export. As a result of it becoming impossible to sell brands such as Heineken and Carlsberg, the brewers, who happened to be importing and marketing these brands, were forced to develop their own bottled lager beers. Lion responded with Steinlager and DB with DB Export. While some might point to Speights, Tui and Monteith’s as examples of breweries that survived through this period, the

truth is that they are nothing more than branding and marketing ploys by the two dominant brewers who have owned the brands for decades. So for most of the 20th Century, there was virtually no commercial craft brewing occurring in New Zealand. The dominant two had a duopoly of brewing. Thankfully an interest in real beer arose in New Zealand in the 1990’s. Sales of strong and specialist beers is very buoyant and craft brewing has taken off, gaining an international reputation in the process. And what of the dominant two? They are now divisions of serious international brewers in the Netherlands (Heineken owns DB) and Japan (Kirin owns Lion).

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“Finings are used to speed

…beer finings (gelatin) sold in a convenient 125g pottle.

spoon and refit lid with bubbler. Leave for 48 hours before bottling.

Finings are used to speed up the clearing of beer, which helps to produce crystal-clear beer.

Unnecessary exposure of the wort (beer) to air should be avoided as it can introduce contaminates into the brew. Adding two teaspoons of sugar will cause the production of some additional CO2 displacing the air from the fermenter.

When fermentation is complete, dissolve 1.5 teaspoons of finings and 2 teaspoons of sugar in a cup of warm water. Slowly pour the solution into the fermenter. Gently stir the top of the beer with the

This quantity is sufficient to treat approximately 18 batches of beer.

World’s Largest Six-Pack If you visit the town of La Crosse, Wisconsin in America, you will find the World’s largest six-pack. It is actually six external holding tanks that have been painted to resemble a six-pack. The tanks hold just over 2.5 million litres of beer, enough beer to fill 7,340,796 cans. The tanks currently bear the livery of La Crosse Lager, but for years reproduced the colours of Heileman’s Old Style Lager until the brewery closed in 2001 and the

tanks were painted over. Since then , the brewery was reopened by a group of investors/entrepreneurs and renamed the “City Brewing Company.” Sleeves painted to look like the label of City Brewing Company’s La Crosse Lager beer were placed on four of the tanks. So with painted sleeves in place, not only does this attraction hold the distinction as the World’s largest six-pack but also the World’s largest beer coolers.

up the clearing of beer, which helps to produce crystal-clear beer.”


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We aim for the perfect beer

We aim to have fun

We will freely experiment

We are fiercely independent from the big boys

We share our beer and experiences

We encourage everyone to brew their own beer

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Selected Price List Starter Kits and Bottles Coopers Micro-Brew Starter Kit including 30 bottles — all you need to brew crystal-clear beer … … … … … … . $143.10 72 330ml Green Glass Bottles and 100 Crown Caps … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … $34.00

Coopers Beer Kit Range Lager … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … . $16.00 Real Ale … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … .. $18.00

Coopers International Series Beer Kit Range Mexican Cerveza (Corona-like) … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … . $21.00 European Lager … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … .. $21.00 Canadian Blonde … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … $32.00 Thomas Cooper Selection Wheat Beer … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … . $27.00 Pilsener … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … .. $27.00 Brigalow Kit Range Ginger Beer … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … .. $21.00 Cider … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … . $21.00

Sugars (Brewing, Enhancers & Carbonation) 1kg Dextrose … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … .. $4.00 Coopers 60 Carbonation Drops … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … . $7.00 Cantina Five Day Wine Kits Chardonnay … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … . $78.00 Rose … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … . $65.00 Traditional Red Wine … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … $73.00 Cabernet Sauvignon … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … … . $84.00 NB: Prices subject to change, see G’n’T Supplies store on Sella for our full range of product and current pricing


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