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  1. MarkR30

    Coopers Bootmaker Pale Ale

    Most of the active members of AHB have gone over to a newly formed forum site ACB (Australian Craft Brewing). They welcome kit and kilo brewers with open arms, have a high regard for Coopers and enjoy good banter. Plenty of good information.
  2. MarkR30

    Buying Coopers yeast sachets

    Goods recieved GRACULUS and thanks again. Will be used in the continuous pursuit of excellent beer.
  3. MarkR30

    Buying Coopers yeast sachets

    Thanks again, know about Australia Post, many issues with them.
  4. MarkR30

    Buying Coopers yeast sachets

    The normal golden sachets or even the Thomas Cooper ones. Thanks
  5. Coopers kits provide 7gm yeast sachets and I’d like to double that. You can buy Coopers 15gm sachets in USA for $2.99 however postage on a small parcel of 20 sachets will cost $57.80 to SA. Rediculous. Why can’t we buy them here? They (USA) must be getting them from here. Package same as our 7gm ones but state 15gms. In USA it would normally be ounces so further support they are coming from here. And no I don’t want to go down reharvesting, doing yeast starters etc, a 15gm pack would be fine!
  6. MarkR30

    Caribbean porter

    Good move to glass. I have delicious stouts and dark ales in glass 750ml bottles that are over 5yrs old. You can’t do that with PET bottles. Two things though, 1) use strong bottles like the Coopers long necks or if in SA, Pickaxe bottles have an awesome reputation. 2) ensure fermention is complete, most bottle bombs are caused by bottling before this.
  7. MarkR30

    No krausen

    Hi Sam. It's fermenting alright and in general lager' s tend to be slow and appear not overly active. You are fermenting a bit high for at 21 degrees and lager should be a lot lower. Would suggest 16 degrees if your fridge can be set for this.
  8. MarkR30

    What is this custard skin like stuff?

    I'm with you Ben 10
  9. MarkR30

    Can I save my brew?

    I note the fermentation did take off but fg of 1032 is too high to bottle. Have you checked that your hydrometer is reading correctly, could you be reading it wrongly? In the fermenter for 9 days isn't that long, I leave mine for 14. Your brew could still be slowly fermenting. If reading still at 1032 on day 10 then give brew a bit of a " swirl" to try and get the yeast going again. What temp. is fermenter at?
  10. MarkR30

    Fermenting on top of washing machine

    I would think the vibrations would stop the trub from settling and you'd have a cloudy brew. However a good vibrating machine is good for yeast preparation on brew day, place towel on top, jar or bowl with yeast and water and away it goes.
  11. MarkR30

    Racking to Secondary?? Yes or No

    Agree with those that don't rack to secondary. Unless absolutely necessary it is really only extra work and increases the risk of an infection. I mostly run two fermenters a week apart. Ferment each for 14 days then keg and or bottle. By the time they are placed in the fridge, chilled and then ready to drink the yeast has cleared up most issues, trub has settled, brew matured and thus delicious.
  12. MarkR30

    Coopers shipping from Queensland?

    Credit where credit is due. Fastest delivery from QLD to Adelaide yet. Placed order Wednesday morning and advised Aust. Post notified at 1pm. Order delivered today (sat) at 10.30 am from Lonsdale depot SA. Well done Coopers and for once Australia Post. Cheers
  13. MarkR30

    Flip Top bottles

  14. MarkR30

    PET bottle caps

    Better still, I used to use the silicone bottle/jar openers that people with arthritis use. Easily available and cheap. Cheers
  15. MarkR30

    How long does beer last

    Well worth it Loch Brewer. I have several styles of stout in storage ranging from 3 to 5 years (various milk stouts, a chocolate, an oatmeal, various Guinness styles, Irish styles, and a 5 year old RIS - about 200 longnecks in all)) and test a bottle or two of each' each year. Honestly they just keep on improving. The RIS after a year was nearly undrinkable but now you could put in on your ice cream. Cheers