Black Rock Beer Kits
Situated in the Heart of the South Pacific, New Zealand boasts an unsurpassed climate and environment for the production of high quality grain and seed crops. In fact, the island whilst only about the size of Great Britain, spans nearly 12 degrees of latitude, providing a rich range of micro-climates, from which springs a wealth of clean, healthy produce. This climate, a pollution-free environment, responsive young soils and a comparative freedom from pests and disease, offers superb conditions for the production of high quality two row malting barley and hops - the ingredients which make up Black Rock.
Black Rock homebrew kits are made by the Black Rock Brewing Company of Auckland, New Zealand. The Company believes that there is no artificial way to produce malt or malt extract, and uses traditional methods to manufacture its high quality range of homebrew concentrates. It also believes that the only way to produce a superlative homebrew concentrate is by setting out to produce a superlative beer. At Black Rock the chief arbiter of quality is therefore a skilled brewmaster.
This combination of traditional methods, brewing expertise and the use of only the very best New Zealand ingredients - two row malting barley, hops and some of the purest water in the world - ensures a premium product which delivers superb quality and taste. Intimate control of the entire process - from the growing of the barley to the concentration of the wort- guarantees the consistency and high standard of every can of Black Rock on the shelf. balanced to brew superb beers, modelled on the finest tradition of brewers art.
Two row Malting Barley: All malting barley is sourced from New Zealand's rich, fertile Canterbury plains - acknowledged as the home of some of the finest malting barley in the world. All barley is carefully checked before submission to see that it complies with Black Rock's exacting malting barley specification.
Nelson Hops: Nelson provides ideal growing conditions for hops. Long hours of sunshine interspersed with regular rainfall and relatively wind free conditions, produce high alpha acid hop varieties with essential oil profiles ideal for the production of great beers. Hop varieties used are Superalpha, Sticklebract and New Zealand Hallertau for aroma.
Water: New Zealand has some of the purest water in the world, due to its location down under, and strong community awareness of the environment.
Yeast: The yeast supplied with Black Rock Homebrew beer kits has been selected aHer two years of exhaustive testing of yeast cultures from all over the world. Black Rock continues its yeast development and testing work, endeavouring always to improve the taste of the beer.
The process includes:
Steeping: Cleaned barley is covered in water then drained at precise intervals until germ ination is triggered. Oxygen is supplied during the steeping or wetting process so the barley starts to breathe. This takes 1 to 2 days.
Germination: The steeped barley is then taken to a large room where the temperature and humidity are carefully controlled to provide ideal germination conditions. Here rootlets sprout from the grain and enzymes are released inside. These enzymes break down the starchy body (or endosperm) of the grain and create the sugars and proteins needed for fermentation. This process continues until the maximum amount of sugars and proteins can be extracted from the malt about 5 days.
Kilning: After germination, the malt is 'kilned' to create the flavour and stabilise the malt. The malt is first slowly dried to lower the moisture level and stop germination, then cured. This toasts the malt to produce its character istic flavour and colour.
Malt Extraction: The extract facility uses only traditional brewing methods to produce a brewing wort of the highest possible quality before concentration begins. Whole hops are boiled with the wort rather than the use of hop extracts. Every facet of the process is monitored to the brewmaster's exacting standards.
How We See It
We set high standards for the beer kits we stock. We've carried many beer kits over the years and only a few brands have survived our culling in the quest to provide you with the best quality beer kits available. Black Rock New Zealand beer kits have met our standards. They produce an excellent beer with a good hop profile and lots of flavour.