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AG#70 – Ta Moko

Posted on: December 18, 2011

Ta Moko – This is a tweaked re-brew of AG#16 Once Were Warriors The hopping is just about identical but I’ve changed the malts a little and dropped the ABV to 4% for a nice easy drinker.
The original was very tasty with a chalky bitterness, I’m hoping for the same again.
Some may have to forgive my beer naming, Wikipedia tells me there is a more acceptable term for Maori designed Tattoo which is Kirituhi meaning “Drawn Skin”.  I have my own piece of ‘Drawn Skin’ on my thigh which was done in Auckland at

Lager Malt – 80%
Carapils (Weyermann) – 10%
Wheat Malt – 8%
Cara Munich Type III – 2%

Pacific Gem – 14.6 % @ 60 mins – 15g (FWH)
Pacific Gem – 14.6 % @ 15 mins – 10g
Nelson Sauvin – 12.6 % @ 10 mins- 50g
Nelson Sauvin – 12.6 % @ 0 mins – 50g (80°c for 20-30mins)

Final Volume: 23 Litres
Original Gravity: 1.040
Final Gravity: 1.010
Alcohol Content: 3.9% ABV
Total Liquor: 32.4 Litres
Mash Liquor: 9.9 Litres
Mash Efficiency: 75 %
Bitterness: 52 EBU (25% Hop Utilisation)
Colour: 8 EBC
Yeast: Safale US-05
Mash: 67°c for 60mins (I got 85% Mash efficiency)

Weighing out the Calcium Chloride & Magnesium Sulphate:
Malt was at 9°c this morning:
Mash temp 67°c:
Pacific Gem and lots of Nelson Sauvin hops:
Sparge running into copper:
The 10 min Nelson Sauvin addition, hops all sticky and smelling lovely:
Break material forming while cooling with the Copper Immersion Cooler:
OG: 1040 will do me, my neighbour just gave me a longer (hence hopefully more accurate) hydrometer:

All done and in the fermentation fridge at 19.5°c

*Bottled 28th Dec ’11 – with 70g white sugar, tasting good enough to drink from the FV, very clean and bags of Nelson Sauvin Flavour, this will be spot on once its carbonated up 🙂

*1st Jan ’12 – Very very early taster, Cat-Piss, Grapes, Muskiness, little bit of Kiwi maybe, classic Nelson Sauvin.

Thanks again to Rob at Hopzine for another glowing review:

10 Responses to "AG#70 – Ta Moko"

Good looking beer, but put your thighs away! 😉

[…] to FV: Pretty much hit my predicted OG, yeast pitched (still smelling of Nelson Sauvin hops from AG#70, if it wasn’t that I’ve just ruined an entire brew!) Copper is being very slow to run […]

Great blog … have been inspired to build the FV mash tun and temp controlled fridge… Tried it all out last weekend with your TT Landlord clone – fermenting nicely.

Would love to try this recipe next (tried some NZ hop beer recently) – but where do you buy (good quality) Pacific Gem and Nelson Sauvin in the UK? Cheers would be a good bet 🙂
I didn’t like the yeast I used on the TTL, would have been better with Safale s-04 or something.

Thanks for the link – had not see these guys before. Will order now.

Off topic for this post, but what was wrong with the wyeast 1469…? Behaviour or flavour? I have used the same one and it is still fermenting away…. Thanks again

Flavour, don’t ask me what exactly this is some time back now.

Brewed it… fantastic flavours. Mine fermented out a bit low (FG 1007 after 6 days at 19c) but still tastes great though. Thanks for the recipe.

OK – sod GW and his BYOBRA. Which of your other beers should I try next…? Any particular favourites ?

You could always just change the hops and keep the same Malt bill. Glad the beer’s gone down well 🙂

[…] re-brew with minor tweaks for hop Alphas and added 5% Flaked Oats. The last version of this beer is here. If this beer is as good as the last brew it won’t last long and is as good a reason as any […]

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