Melbourne APA Wetpak

We’ve been at our new house for 4 months now, most of that with a very empty beer cupboard, but I’ve been loathe to put a brew on as the quality of the water is so shocking. Apparently the problem is galvanised steel pipes which are clogged up. The water that comes out is discoloured, tastes bad and is at a very low pressure. We asked the landlord to fix it but apparently the cost of replacing all the pipes in the house is more than he is willing to spend, so we just have to cop it.

But the lack of cheap, tasty beer has been getting to me, so I’ve bitten the bullet and put a batch on. Before I left Sydney in 2008, I made sure I had a kit of my favourite homebrew with me — the American Pale Ale wetpak from The Country Brewer. Looking at the history of this site it appears I have not made this kit for 4 years!

Previous brews recorded here:

TCB Wetpak

Fermenting: 02/08/2010 Bottled: 06/11/2010

Ingredients: 3kg can containing light malt extract and hops, 150g of crystal malt, 20g of cascade hops and 10g of Safale s-04 yeast

Add the hopped malt to 3L water, simmer for 1 hour. Steep & sparge grain, then add to pot. Add hops and wait 10 mins.

Pour the hot wort into your fermenting vessel, then top up with water to 22L and add the yeast. Leave it alone to ferment for a week or so, then bottle.

HTC Desire

Due to a combination of circumstances (Priscilla’s phone turning off 50% of the time when someone calls her) and myself wanting to only carry one phone, we’ve both gotten new mobiles. Work was willing to reimburse me for mine (rather than pay for a company phone) but preferred I go with Telstra for their better coverage so we could afford to pay a little more for Priscilla’s than we would otherwise have been able to convince ourselves to.

HTC Desire

As a result, we’ve both now got new HTC Desires running Android 2.1 on Telstra. An excellent phone and certainly rarer than the seemlingly ubiquitous iPhone. Priscilla is loving being connected to her email, messenger & facebook wherever she is, which is a big help given her reduced mobility at present. She’s also taking up the challenge of combining her phone and email contacts and getting them up to date, complete with photos.

As for me, exchange support means email, calendar and contacts all come from work simply (the secret to making it work – add your webmail address rather than your actual server address) and the gmail sync is excellent for all my personal stuff.

We are very happy, now just looking forwards to Android 2.2 coming available on the Telstra Desires, and hopefully keeping up to date over the next 2 years as Google update and improve Android.