University of Otago Brewers Association president Jaz
Morris checks the progress of his latest brew - an India
Pale Ale. Photo by Dan Hutchinson.
The pressure is on for Dunedin's home brewing fraternity
with bragging rights and reputations on the line during the
city's beer festival season.
Dunedin has two beer festivals coming up - the first being
the Dunedin Craft Beer Expo and associated home brew contest
on September 20 followed by the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food
Festival on October 4.
Both have home brew contests.
Craft Beer Expo founder Matthew Black said the home brew
sector was growing fast thanks to craft breweries such as
Tuatara and Emerson's.
More choice of flavours and styles meant there were more home
brewers attempting to perfect their own recipes, rather than
simply working with mass-produced beer kits.
There was now lots of information available for budding
brewers and there were a growing number of clubs and
societies dedicated to making beer, Mr Black said.
One of those is the University of Otago Brewers Association
that started up two years ago and now has 35 members.
Association president Jaz Morris said they had access to
excellent facilities in the form of the Otago University
Students' Association kitchen.
Some members had tried brewing at home but quickly
transferred to the more convenient and hygienic kitchen on
''We have had members learn lessons on sterilising ...
essentially you are making huge numbers of micro-organisms,''
Mr Morris said.
Vice-president of the club, Hannah Scott said being able to
understand the beer-making process was also useful for people
who liked to drink good beer as well as providing the brewer
with affordable refreshments.
Mr Morris was already well into making his entry to the Expo
- an 11% India Pale Ale - that was now maturing nicely.