The DA for cellar door sales has been approved. Still more officialdom to come. Need to apply for changes to the retail hours on the liquor licence. And still need to have Council come and inspect the “work” for the DA and issue and Occupation Certificate. Getting there.
The set up features a single or twin tap Andale deluxe chiller plate esky (just add ice), these units have a bigger capacity and thicker walls so the beer will pour colder and better. Gas, regulator and keg coupler are of course included.
Standard hire is four days/96 hours for $135. If you also buy a keg the hire is discounted to $100 for the four days. There is a $350 deposit on the equipment.
Kegs and equipment can be booked here.
In the next month or so I hope to have regular retail hours for cellar door sales. Looking at Thursday and Friday evenings, Saturday afternoons, and Sunday days. Currently wading through officialdom to get it done.
Will be able to do growlers and keg refills while you wait as well as bottle sales.
Now able to offer filling of growlers, corny and mini kegs. All fills are done under counter-pressure.
For the time being, you will have to order your fill online and either
i) drop your container off at Absolute Homebrew (map) and pick it up the following day, or
ii) arrange a time to come to the brewery and have your container filled while you wait.
You can order here: Growler, corny and mini keg refills
From mid-July 50 litre kegs of Lounge and Titfer will be available for retail sale from the website. Great if you have a kegerator. Will also have complete set ups for for party hire: beer, jockey box/magic box, gas, regulator, keg coupler.
New branded kegs should be arriving this week.
I am planning a Red Ale as the first of the special beers. It has a twist, which I will be coy about. I’ve done two trial brews. The first was a few weeks ago. I got the twist right but not the colour. Usually the colour is obtained by using a fair amount of crystal/caramel malt – 12 to 15% of the grain bill, and reddening it up with a small amount of roast barley or roast malt, say 1%.
This was the first attempt. It’s not particularly red. A lot of red ales are, well, not so red: orangey/amber with a chocolatey tinge. At home we had a bit of session on Red Ales.
The Red Trolley (nice beer) is on the left, and my amber beer, Titfer, is on the right of the photo. Not a huge difference. Of the beers we drank, Two Birds Sunset Ale was the reddest.
I brewed the second trial yesterday using the same malts as the first brew but in different proportions. This time it was a much better colour.
It still needs a tweak or two, but I will wait till it’s fermented. The colour will change over the course of fermentation. Both of these trial brews will be up for tasting on the open day on Sunday September 3rd.
This Saturday, July 29, we’ll be at Hawkesbury Racecourse for the Travelling Food Fest. Will have Lounge and Titfer on tap. Look for the white marquee with the wombat.
This coming Friday, Dec 2nd, I’ll be taking the beer to the Easy Lane Sunset Festival at Windsor RSL. Runs from 5 pm to 10 pm, free admission. There will be food stalls, cider and at least one other beer stall.