FlameBeard:Johnk: I too will be watching this thread. I have a brewkit sitting at home ready to go.
Just haven't got round to putting down my first brew yet, but this thread may be the kick starter I needed to get into action and try my hands at brewing.
Any westies (auck) have any good brewing shops to visit to get the ingredients for a first batch ?
I'm also right out west close to Halensville so that would be good to know of any close by
Hauraki Home Brew (http://www.haurakihomebrew.co.nz) are a great place to visit. They have everything from kits to raw ingredients. If you want they will also sell you distilling gear for spirits and have kits for wine too.
It does mean you have to venture out to Albany but they also do on line ordering if you prefer.