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  1. Hi Scott, We bottled the brew 12 days ago. So there is still a few more days of secondary fermenting to go before we test the brew. I will let you know how it goes. We will probably invite some friends around soon to have the first test. We will probably keep a few bottles to be opened up at different time intervels (e.g. 2 weeks, 3 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, etc). Se what works. Ben & Emma
  2. Hi everyone, I have a question about the secondary fermentation process... how do you know if it occuring? The temperature of the bottles appears to be between 20 degrees and 22 degrees (guide says it should be at least 21 degrees). Also when looking at the beer it seems to be flat. Can you tell just by looking at it? They only change I have noticed is a small amount of droplets forming between the top of the beer and the lid. What do you think? Ben & Emma :)
  3. Hi everyone, Just wanted to say a big thankyou to the crew from Coopers for coming up to Sydney last night. We had a great chat with a few of you from the Coopers company. We would especially like to thank the 'Mr Master Homebrewer' whose advise has helped us in our homebrewing (in particular the bottling of our first home brew which we did today). We heard the people next to us getting a free can of heritage concentrate and a receipe for Coopers Guiness... very nice. Thanks for the free Coopers tattoos and stickers and allowing us to pilfer your posters. A few coopers plastic cups may have also found their way into our possession. Maybe next time you should bring more merchandise as it seemed to go pretty quickly. Those women's red v-neck t-shirts looked pretty special (can't see them on the website though). We hope to see you all again soon. Ben & Emma Spemma
  4. Hi everyone. Our brew has been in the fermenter now for 6 days and still has the occasional bubble. We attempted to test the specific gravity of the beer this morning but noticed the airlock water was being sucked towards the beer mixture. As air is the enemy of good beer should we be worried about this, or at this late stage should I just test away? I also see from reading some of the other posts and the latest Coopers newsletter that as long as the specific gravity is stable and at the right level it is ok to bottle the muxture without worrying about exploding beer bottles :) Ben & Emma :)
  5. Hi Everyone, My partner and I started on our first home brew last night and everything seems to be going pretty well, except that the airlock after the first 24 hours doesn't have an even level of water in both compartments. One compartment is empty of water (the water level is half-way between both bulbs) but CO2 bubbles seem to be constantly escaping. Will this make a difference? Does this mean air is getting in? Ben & Emma
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