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Monash BrewLab August 2022 Newsletter

Welcome back to the Monash BrewLab newsletter!



~ Bunny Kheang

On Sunday 7th August, we had the opportunity to talk to some of Monash's potential future students at the Monash Open Day. We were able to showcase some of our equipment and chat about our team in Monash Makerspace, amongst the other amazing Engineering Teams.

Our BrewTeam demonstrated the process for making kombucha, a fermented tea beverage with sweet and fruity flavour, whilst answering questions about BrewLab and Monash Engineering. If you're not familiar with the kombucha process, you first brew tea with lots of sugar. This is then cooled and bacteria and yeast are added in the form of a SCOBY which digests the sugars producing organic acids. Kombucha is a source of probiotics and can help in digestion, getting rid of toxin and also boosting energy. For those who love sweet-sour and a healthy drink, Kombucha is highly recommended.



On Friday the 29th, we brewed Eubert's brand new recipe: "Gutu Pilsner"

Gutu pilsner recipe was formulated using the distinctive and classic aroma engulfed Czech Saaz hops and designed with the assistance of Brewfather software. It is an all-grain lager with an ABV of 4.6%, IBU of 22 and final gravity of 1.014 produced using step mashing (protein rest, beta rest and alpha rest) to give a superior quality wort.

The recipe was developed by Eubert (R&D), who named it after the district of Gutu in Zimbabwe, emulating how the first pilsner was named. Eubert’s hometown is Mpandawana which is the largest service centre in Gutu. The first pilsner was originally brewed in the town of Pilsen (Plzeň) in what is now the Czech Republic. It was the world's first pale lager (now known as Pilsner Urquell) and was produced in 1842 by Pilsner Urquell Brewery. The world's first golden pilsner has been a source of inspiration for all pilsner beers since then and it is estimated that over 70% of all beer drunk today is in the pilsner style.

Why Pilsner ?

“After having tried a couple of

locally produced lagers, I settled for the light, unique and great tasting

Golden Pilsener which is brewed by Zimbabwe’s Delta Corporation Limited. Hence the first recipe which came to my mind was a pilsener.”

This was my first recipe and I want to thank Aaron and Brigitte for their contributions to optimize the recipe design and everyone who was involved in brewing Gutu Pilsner. I am happy that on the brew day, the energy was just unmatched without any brew process glitches.

~ Eubert Mahofa



We're excited to welcome 6 new recruits joining us in our Social Media, Events, Microbiology and R&D teams. These new members will be bringing new skills, experiences and ideas to our team, and we're very excited to see what they can contribute to our growing team.



Keg King is proud to be a supporting sponsor of Monash BrewLab.

Members are always welcome our store Located 48 Smith Road, Springvale.

This month we are proud to offer two new varieties of Voyager Malt – Organic Planet

Pilsener and Organic Planet Chit Malt.

Want to ferment your own beverages but don’t have a lot of space?

Check out our compact 20L Junior Pressure Fermenters and NEW Spundy Compact Spunding Valve.

Brew on and let the good times flow!



Tinnies Pale Ale is a amazing beer for beer drinkers that love a simple but bold flavour. Some Pale Ales (especially out of a can) can taste extremely fruity and complex which is a flavour that can become a turn off after having a few.

Tinnies Pale Ale on the other hand has a bold and slightly bitter flavour. The bitterness is bitter enough to make the beer taste like a beer but it's not overly bitter where the beer can begin to taste dirty.

~ Zachary Busch


we are so excited for new comers and every brew member are looking forward to meet them in the next greeting event.

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