Grog Blog – The Author

Hi. I’m Tyrone.

I am a founder and the current President of the Grog Cobras.

I thought I would run a small blog series on this site. Partly to generate some content and partly to provide a creative outlet via writing which has sat dormant for way too long.

I have been home brewing for quite a few years. I started making kit beers in the kitchen with my dad in my late teens and eventually moved on to acquiring my own equipment and setting out on my own.
It took me a while to step out from the safety of kit brewing but once I did I never looked back.

Since stepping up my brewing game I have managed to move into brewing professionally, which has been an incredibly rewarding decision.

I tend to spend way more time than necessary refining recipes and tinkering with the never ending home brewery build slowly taking up my entire workshop.

That being said, in the coming posts I hope to share with you some of the activity going on when I’m brewing out back.

Oktoberfest wrap up

The final major event for the year is done & dusted.

The weather was fantastic as was the crowd, food & beer.

We had 8 beers along for tasting ranging from a Strawberry & Lemon Stout to a Lime & Papya IPA, but the crowd favourite by far was the Cranberry & Blueberry Wheat which saw Joel S & Joel R take the (joint) crown as the latest club champions.

Oktoberfest update

The third annual Grog Cobras Oktoberfest is this weekend.

There is also a last minute location change. Chris M is no longer able to host so we will be moving a few blocks over to Tyrone M’s home. Other than that, all is the same.

Oktoberfest incoming

Winter is coming gone, Oktoberfest 2017 is nearly here.

The Grog Cobras are gearing up to bring you the third annual Oktoberfest celebration.
It’s nearly time to join our Germanic brethren, don some stylish leather shorts and enjoy some hand crafted beers and delicious smoked pig.

On October 28th Chris M’s home will once again transform into the hub for food, friends and frothy beverages.
For just $15 you can purchase a perfect pulled pork poboy and there may just be a home brew or two to wash it down.

Taco Fest wrap up

The food

Chris M put on a (yet another) tasty spread of food.
The pulled pork wraps (with crackling) were only enhanced by his new range of home made chilli sauces. The crowd in attendance was routinely heading back to the kitchen for seconds (and even thirds).

The beers

We saw possibly our strongest display of competition beers for the <3.5% ABV theme.

In the end Chris T’s Chocolate Mocha Porter beat out Jimbo G’s prickly pear cider, making Chris T our new club champion.

Taco Festa 2017

Taco Festa is back!


Chris M has stepped up to the plate for a second time after hosting last year’s inaugural fund raiser. The food will be flowing from his garden and kitchen to feed the hungry masses.


The Grog Cobras will also be hosting the next round of their competition series on the night and the event attendees get to be the judges. The club will have entries for the under 3.5% ABV competition ready for tasting on the night.


Great Australian Beer Festival home brew competition standings

Final winners

Champion home brewer

Grant Smith


Champion Lager

Dominic Tyley-Miller (126)

Champion Wheat Beer

John Fraser (121)

Champion Pale Ale

Timothy Ivan Ward (102)

Champion IPA

Grant Smith (127)

Champion Dark Beer

Timothy Ivan Ward (112.5)

Champion Specialty Beer

Deon Smit (107)


Final runners-ups


2nd          Jordan Elwell (96)
3rd           John Fraser (93)

Wheat Beer

2nd          Dominic Tyley-Miller (111)
2nd          Adrian de Leiros (111)

Pale Ale

2nd          Sam Harvey (97)
3rd           Dominic Tyley Miller (84)


2nd          Scott Hunt (123)
3rd           Adam C North
4th           Aaron Whitehand

Dark Beer

2nd          James Rimmer (112)
3rd           John Fraser (73)

Specialty Beer

2nd          Dominic Tyley-Miller (98)
3rd           Roddy Nash (96)


Non-finalist placings


Wheat Beer

4th           Sam Harvey (119)
5th           Timothy Ivan Ward (100.5)
6th           Gerald Gierer (96)
7th           James Rimmer (73.5)

Pale Ale

4th           Dean Pierce (95.25)
5th           Robert Green (92.5)
6th           Grant Smith (91.5)
7th           Aaron Whitehand (90.75)
8th           Damien Mark Carroll (87.75)
9th           Grant Cadwallander (78)
10th         John Fraser (75.75)
11th         Sean Keneally (53.25)


5th           Damien Mark Carroll (115)
6th           Sam Harvey (107)
7th           Dan Koorey (105)
8th           Dominic Tyley-Miller (100)
9th           Adrian de Leiros (91)
10th         Deon Smit (85.5)
11th         John Fraser (70)
12th         Sean Keneally (31)

Dark Beer

4th           Aaron Whitehand (100.5)
5th           Clayton Morrison (99)


Specialty Beer

4th            Sean Keneally (126)
5th            Grant Smith (117)
6th            James Rimmer (115.5)
7th            Damien Mark Carroll (110.25)
8th            Clayton Morrison (107.25)
9th            Grant Cadwallander (96.75)
10th          Leon Douglass (94.5)
11th          Adrian de Leiros (82.5)
12th          John Fraser (78)

Please note that the beers were judged in two rounds. In the first round the beers were judged and the top three beers in each category were selected to proceed to the final round.

In the final round the beers were judged to a stricter criteria by a panel of three brewery professionals. The scores reported for the finalists are for the second round of judging. This may have resulted in a finalist having a lower score than a non-finalist. All finalists have placed higher than non-finalists regardless of score.

GABF home brewing competition winners

Hi everyone.

Full results will be up tomorrow.

For now, the winners address are…

Best Lager:
Dominic Tyley-Miller

Best Wheat:
John Fraser

Best Pale Ale:
Timothy Ivan Ward

Best IPA:
Grant Smith

Best Dark:
Timothy Ivan Ward

Best Specialty:
Deon Smit

Champion Home Brewer:
Grant Smith

Congratulations guys. Well deserved.

Lunch at Little Creatures

This Sunday from 12:30 the Grog Cobras will be down at Little Creatures – Geelong.

All are welcome to come buy and meet the crew while enjoying a good meal and some tasty beers. We have members from all skill levels from the occasional kit brewer to full blown professional. No need to be shy, just look for the group in the black polos with the Grog Cobras logo on the front.

If you want any further information just shoot me an email here.

Something Red competition results

At the June meeting we had the judging of the Something Red competition.

For those of you playing at home, the competition required brewers to brew a batch that had some connection to the colour red. It didn’t matter how tenuous the link was, as long as the brewer could justify it to the rest of the club, everything was above board.

This competition saw the largest amount of entries we have ever received. Nearly every member brought along a brew and several even brought two.

After tasting all that was to offer it came down to two front runners. In the end Joel was beaten by one vote by Jimbo’s Russian Imperial Stout.

Jimbo is now our new club champion and gets to nominate the next club competition.