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  1. Sparkling Ale ? I have a recipe on file for the 1927 version. Sparkling has changed a bit over the years. 1927 Coopers Sparkling Ale Brewed 6 May 1927 Recipe Specifics Batch Size (L): 23.00 Wort Size (L): 23.00 Total Grain (kg): 3.90 Anticipated OG: 1.054 Plato: 13.41 Anticipated FG: 1.012 Anticipated EBC: ~12 Anticipated IBU: ~42 Alcohol: ~5.5 - 5.9% ABV Grain/Extract/Sugar % Amount Name Origin Potential EBC 72.4 3.47 kg. TF Maris Otter Pale Ale Malt UK 80.07 6 18.7 0.89 kg. White Cane Sugar AU 100.00 0 8.7 0.42 kg. JWM Traditional Ale Malt AU 82.23 7 0.2 10 g. Bairds Black Patent Malt UK 58.43 1350 Water Treatment For Sydney water, Calcium Sulphate 2.5g in the mash and 2.5g in the sparge water. Mash Schedule Mash 69°C (156°F) for 60 minutes, Sparge 79°C (175°F). Boil 70 minutes – Sugar, and Whirlfloc added at 15 minutes from end of boil. Hops Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time 45.0 g. East Kent Goldings Pellet 4.75 26.2 70 min. 28.0 g. East Kent Goldings Pellet 4.75 13.1 35 min. 12.0 g. East Kent Goldings Pellet 4.75 2.5 10 min. Yeast White Labs WLP009 Australian Ale or WLP023 Burton Ale yeast, or try cultivating the yeast from a bottle or two of present day Coopers Sparkling Ale. Fermentation Primary fermentation 17°C (62°F) for 3 days, then let rise to 21°C (70.5°F), cleanse around Day 8 at 20°C (68°F), when the terminal gravity should be ~1.012, by adding isinglass/gelatine. Day 14: rack, prime, and bottle. Condition at ~20°C for 6 weeks. Carbonate the beer at 2.6 volumes If you prime for bottle carbonation, like Coopers does, this will lift the ABV a touch to ~5.9%. I neglected to note the source but I think it came from an Australian Home Brewers convention recently. There was also a recipe for the 1891 and 1975 versions of Sparkling Ale but I just can't lay my hand on them at the minute. If I find them I will post here. There is a good deal of cane sugar in the 1927 but at the convention all three versions of the Sparkling Ale were tasted and the audience strongly favored the 1975 but the panel all came down on the side of the 1927.
  2. The recipe spreadsheet lists two recipes with Crystal malt and roasted barely grain : Trendy Trousers Amber Ale Irish Red Ale
  3. This is it. $15 at Aldi awhile ago now but they'll probably be back because it is a very handy piece of kit. On the back is a 3 pin plug that fits the power point and you plug the appliance in the front. You enter you Kwh cost and way yu go. The top line displays the run time. The middle line scrolls between runtime cost, daily cost and yearly cost. The bottom line scrolls through watts, volts, kw hours, hertz, amps, etc. It is best if you set it up and let it run for some hours to get the most reliable costings. It can be a real eye opener and is very useful for measuring the load on power boards etc.
  4. I picked up a power meter from Aldi a while ago and it is a real eye opener. My power bill dropped by about 30% when I bought a new fridge. The technology has come a long way and it is quiet too, The Heineken kegerator had a Jim's Test and Tag from 2005 so I would reckon its about 20 years old. The power meter says it would cost me $332 a year to run . My fridge/freezer costs me $91 a year to run. No brainer isn't it ? But in pulling the thing apart I came to appreciate what they were doing. This was never intended for domestic use. It was let out for functions and events. Nobody in the marque at the races cares what the beer fridge costs to run or the noise it makes as long as the beer is cold. It was designed for quick and easy keg changing by any kind of idiot. The 'coupler just slid on. The beer line did not need to be cleaned, just replaced and it was very easy to do. The integrated valves on either end of the beer line meant no spillage at all. It had Heineken written all over it, and it only dispensed beer from the Heineken stable in Heineken kegs. Advertising on wheels. It's disappointing that it didn't plug and play but if there is one thing I like as much as a freebie it is a project ! I think I have salvaged all the difficult parts I need to make my own keezer. I just need a freezer to fit - but I am in no hurry. The bits can stay in the shed until I find what I am looking for. I have never intended on giving up bottling altogether. It doesn't annoy me the way it annoys others and 'a bottle of beer' has been my ration for as long as I can remember. It is just that this thing landed in my lap. I actually a little scared of draft beer. I know my weakness and drafting could be dangerous. I lose count after one.
  5. There is no hope. The power meter did not get better. It got worse. The rowdy kegerator was chewing more than 90 cents of power a day based on 6 hours running today. Too much and much too noisy even in the laundry. So I stripped it down, saved the rolling frame it sat in, removed the stainless steel top and drip tray and the font. I don't know a lot about this stuff so I am not sure I can save the font. The disposable beer lines contain the dispensing valve in the nozzle. Once those lines are spent it is all over for the font. There were 3 other new disposable beer lines included with the fridge and I don't see why they wouldn't work off a conventional disconnect if the moulded plastic extraction valve end was cut off. I may as well get what use out of the font as I can - but ultimately it will have to be replaced. The remains of the Heineken fridge will go to hard rubbish. Too loud, too weird. and not big enough for a fermenting fridge. I have been looking at small chest freezers that have a horizontal dimension of around 600 x 550 that are 3 star energy rated. Such a freezer would drop straight into the rolling frame I have salvaged and the stainless steel deck and drip tray would fit nicely over the lid. I would only need cut a hole in the lid for the font and shell out for a temperature controller to be back in business without all the noise and expense of Heineken fridge. So there might be a happy ending yet.
  6. There may be hope yet. I have moved it into the laundry and whacked a power meter on it. I am not thrilled about going to the laundry to pour my beer (must not spill) but it offsets the noisy fan. The fan is oriented upwards on the step that covers the compressor (which isn't level but is vented and pitched about 20º) so I figure it is designed not only to move air about but also to push it up the font. The grille over the fan is held by those rotten security headed screws they use when they don't want you mess with it. The power meter is telling me (after just one hour running from warm) that the kegerator would cost me 72 cents a day but until it has been running for 12 hours or so it wont be a reliable figure. I expect it will come back to something like 50 cents a day. The temperature is at 6º (after an hour cooling) but under the grille I found a dial that I assume adjusts the compressor. I will continue testing and try to disconnect the fan to see what effect it has on the temperature and the operating costs. Thanks for the feedback Otto. It has helped.
  7. Cheers Otto, Disconnecting the fan was where I was at when I wrote the post. I removed the back panel but it seems the fan can only be accessed by removing the stainless grille in side the fridge. I am handy enough to fit a switch. There is no water pump involved. The condensation on the font appears to be caused by chilled air being blown up it by the fan. I might have a crack at accessing the fan before I get rid of it. If I have to get rid of it Gumtree is certainly an option. I also belong to a group called Freecycle where you can advertise unwanted goods for free pick up.
  8. I think it is going out to the nature strip for hard rubbish collection. I have spent the day trying to think of solutions. I could strip it out and fit up it up for corny kegs with conventional ball lock fittings. There might even be a work around for the tap. But that fan ! It might be alright for a sporting club or functions but as a domestic kegerator it is a fail even though it is perfect working order. Oh well. I think it has cured me of kegging envy and saved me a few hundred bucks in the process. I wont be getting rid of the bench capper anytime soon.
  9. I lose. If you have a show of scoring one of these dispensers (and there are a few about) I would suggest you think again. I picked mine up from Woop Woop, handed over a brew in gratitude and took it home. It is complete and it works but I have numerous issues. 1. It is the Dutch David system. While the 20 liter keg and S-type spear are a little exotic in Australia they are common in Europe and I imagine changing to a D-type spear and coupler wouldn't be hard but 2. This system doesn't use a conventional coupler.... ... instead it uses a slide on plastic modular thing that slips over the neck of the keg and connects to an outboard gas bottle 3. The beer line never has to be cleaned because it is disposable. It has a valve at the keg end that fits between the plastic modular thing and the neck of the bottle while the other end threads through the tower and is connected to a black plastic nozzle. Rather than clean the beer line you throw it away and fit a new one... if you can buy them.... 4. And if I haven't talked you out of it already the real killer is that the kegerator has a fan that never stops and it is too noisy for me to live with. You can hear the compressor kick in and out like a regular fridge but the damn fan just doesn't quit. The tower ices up, the kegs chill down well, but it is too noisy and I suspect too expensive to run as a permanent home set up. The home brew economy just cost me the makings of a brew and a tank of petrol. Bummer.
  10. I agree Joolbag. The compost maybe too much of a smorgasbord. Please keep us posted. The Nooski reads like a good idea but there is nothing like a live trial. I raised the idea of deploying a couple of Nooskis in the garden and my volunteers all pull faces at me. Everyone's a Buddhist these days. They are rats for godsake. If worst comes to worst I am going to plant a patch of catnip around the cornfield and see what happens. Mind you cats are barely ahead of rats on my black list but at least they don't eat my corn.
  11. FWIW according to Ian H's spreadsheet : Anarchy IPA brewed to 22 litres A/V: 5.4% (keg) 5.8% (bottle) OG : 1.055 FG : 1.014 IBU : 45.2 EBC : 12.4 Anarchy IPA brewed to 20 litres A/V : 6.0% (keg) 6.4% (bottled) OG : 1.061 FG : 1.015 IBU : 50.6 EBC : 13.5 Anarchy IPA Cooper's Recipe page brewed to 22 litres : A/V : 5.7% (bottled) IBU : 40 EBC : 11 So what Otto said except with a bunch of numbers.
  12. I reckon many people get involved in home brewing to make cheap beer - then discover, to their delight, that they are also making better beer, and it keeps getting better the more they make it.
  13. It is a top shop Muzzy and it is only about 2km from my place - but they don't do over the counter, it is all online - and I hate paying delivery for stuff that I could pick up on my bike (although admittedly carrying a 60 litre fermenter on my bike would be a challenge...) The 60 liter fermenter is a top deal though. And the free Whitelabs yeast offer still applies.
  14. Cheers Hixy. It is thirsty weather alright and a tasty mid strength is just the ticket. I am drinking that Citra Cerveza which is very tasty but at 4.5% to catches up with me. A 3.2% - 3.5% mid-strength is ideal ... if its tasty. I like that you have only added malt. Dextrose tends to thin the Cerveza out especially at full volumes. The Topaz/First Gold combo is attractive and I appreciate a lighter touch when it comes to hops. I am definitely going have a go - and the Citra Cerveza is disappearing fast. I'll let you know how I go
  15. Thanks Popo. The Zapper would do the trick. The only trouble is that its a community garden and we have a limited budget. $75 is a reasonable price for the Zapper but I reckon the Treasurer will go with the cheaper option. Being a public space the Zapper is the sort of thing that is likely to get knocked off. So might the Nooski I suppose but it is cheaper to replace.
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