Make great beer on a budget! We'll show you how.

Like the sign says, I'm back bitches.

I graduated University, for the second time, got some more letters to put after my name (something I'll probably never actually do) and even managed to find time to brew a little.

In the time since we last saw each other I brewed an amazing double IPA called Smooth Hoperator that used Mosaic hops and came roaring in at a little over 100 IBU's. I tapped a 2-year old aged Belgian dubbel and brewed a hoppy Imperial Stout that rocks your olfactory senses completely.

I also extended to brewery to include a deck, planted Chinook hops to complement my Goldings and Pride of Ringwood, built an automated HERMS unit, motorised the grain mill and best of all last week the Tassie Beer Doctor was in town so he called by and sampled some beers, exclaiming that he'd willingly pay $20 for a four pack of my Smooth Hoperator. There, I can die a happy man.

Oh, I nearly forgot, the brewery also now houses a new Bose sound system and last weekend Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee rocking the house!

In the not to distant future the Tassie Beer Doctor is going on his annual round the world trip and will be calling in a Danmark, the USA and South Africa after last year going to France and Belgium. He even scored a bottle of Nun's beer while in Belgium. Following our meeting last week he will be posting notes of his travels on the site as they happen.

The N00b is also hard at it. He's now a hot-shot lawyer working in New England and from what I've seen is also managing to squeeze in bigger and better brews. What more do you need other than a beer doctor and a brewing lawyer! I should change the name of the site from The Beer Engineer to Top Beers, since we've got 3 eccentric men behaving dubiously in the name of journalism...

Here's to getting back to things on the site and a whole lot more fun in the brewery. Cheers.

Gone fishing....

I'm not dead but for the next few months I will not be able to post to the site. the N00b and the Tassie Beer Doctor may well keep posting in my absence however.

The reason is simple: I'm entering my final year of a GradDipPsych and need to get really bloody good marks so all distractions are being limited. My Facebook account has been deleted, my brewing has been busy of late so I don't have to worry about planning brews during the academic year, and I've even negotiated time off work to accommodate my studies. This coupled with a young family means, for now at least, something has to give.

 On the other hand, when I do return I've got things to share like a great new yeast harvesting device working amazingly well, a killer chiller build, the source code for my combrewtor written to ver1.0 and my oast box build went without a hitch - so it's ready to dry the masses of East Kent Goldings and Pride of Ringwood hops that are growing outside the brewery right now!

If anyone is interested in taking on the EcoFV conical fermenter project email me and we can come to some arrangements. I have had positive discussions with a plastics molder and have a verbal agreement for national distribution in place that I'm willing to discuss with the right person.

See you after the exams...
I'll be the guy with bags under his eyes and a large cold beer in hand ;-)

The n00b corner: rookie shit

This past weekend, the n00b brewed his sixth batch of beer, this one a honey blonde ale in honor of his daughter's first birthday coming up next month.

Miss Wee n00blette

But despite his modest and growing experience, the n00b retains his uncanny capacity for glorious disasters, as evidenced by his latest experiment.  You may recall the folly of my first bottling attempt, when most of my bottles failed to pressurize.  Finding myself down to the last bottle of my first homebrewed beer, I decided to call a Hail Mary.

Merry Christmas, sucker!

Having received a brand-new SodaStream from n00b Sr., I thought to myself, "Hey, I could totally put the fizz back in this beer!"  I'll let the pictures tell the rest of the story:

...So there you have it, kids.  Always remember to fizz the water first, then add the flavor.

And as always: drink safe, drink well,

-the n00b

Drunk Santa

Merry Christmas from the Beer Engineer!
Remember, drink responsibly & stay safe - not like this old fart from the frozen north..

Automatic Tesla Beer Tap?

So. You're an engineer at Tesla Motors and you design cool cars. You even have Elon Musk championing your corner. What do you do when you have some downtime?

You take an automatic door handle from your workshop and hack it to fit the beer fridge tap... so when you approach with a glass, it pours itself. Now that's beer engineering!

Here you are; the pinacle of beer hacks!

Here's the Model S Tesla in all it's finery.

Happy Holidays everyone!