Thought I would finally make good on my promised review
Coopers very nicely donated me a sparkling ale can and 1.5kg of dme
The brewing process
I put the beer down on 1 February. Brewed it to 23 litres. I followed the recipe except that I used a 1ltr starter made from recultured coopers commercial ale yeast.
Brewed at 19.4 degrees c in the beer fridge.
Kegged 20 litres on the 14th of February and bottled the rest.
Waited 2 week and cracked the first bottle on the 27th.
Overall I think it's a decent beer. I would recommend anyone looking to emulate a coopers sparkling ale try this kit.
The previous coopers sa kit I always found cloyingly sweet. This one didn't seem to have that (maybe less malt??? Dunno).
Also, as it was only dme + the can, the brewing day seemed a little easier.
I would brew this again when I'm looking for a coopers sparkling to keep as a house beer on tap. Next time though I think I'll brew it a little warmer as (having compared it to a commercial version of the csa) it was lacking the ester profile somewhat.
All in all, good kit and is close to the csa commercial version. Go out a buy it if you like the original and want to brew it at home.