Mozzie Ale

Wals BitterWillamette HopsChocolate Grain

Fermenting: 26/02/2008 Bottled: 10/05/2008

The first batch of beer I’ve brewed at my new residence, I’m having another crack at making a bitter beer, something I’ve not done since June 2005. This extended gap was partly due to other interests I’ve discovered and the fact that I didn’t seem to like these bitters very much.

Anyway, I’m making up one of the Country Brewer’s seasonal recipes – Mozzie Ale. This beer contains a can of Wal’s bitter, 1 kg of Brew Booster (500g Dextrose / 250g Maltodextron / 250 g Light Malt), 150g of chocolate grain and 12g of Willamette hops.

The mix went okay, but a little too much grain made it through my strainer into the fermenter. It is summer and therefore hot, so the yeast was pitched a little warm at 26°. The wort appears quite dark in colour – very brown on it’s way to black. Should be interesting to see how it comes out in a month or so.

Winning Waratahs

No, not the flowers, the rugby team.

Wycliffe Paul offloading for NSW vs Wellington

NSW got off to a good start in the Super 14 rugby tournament on the weekend, beating the Wellington Hurricanes 20-3. There are new rules this year which are supposed to make the game more entertaining to watch but will need some time to settle in.

A great performance from Timana Tahu when he was able to get involved got Lachlan Turner over the line for a couple of tries. Also Wycliffe Palu and Rocky Elsom had good games, indicating NSW might be up for a brighter season than last year.

While Lote Tuqiri needs to continue working on his kicking, he can run and tackle like very few other wingers playing rugby. It is great to see former league players making waves in rugby. Hopefully the success that almost all converts have (Wendell who?) will point people towards rugby league for it’s higher skill sets, tempo and levels of tribalism, leaving rugby to it’s representative role, which it does rather well.

Waratah flowers from Robertson, NSW.

NSW is now away against the Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton, NZ next week, then over to play the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin, NZ the week after. Their next home game is against the ACT Brumbies at the SFS on March 7.