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  1. Graculus

    Toucan - dark ale + stout

    No difference as far as I can tell. If you don't have dextrose don't worry about it.
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    Toucan - dark ale + stout

    Personally I wouldn't use the Euro lager. Purely because I like that one with some Saaz. If you have Dark Ale, Stout and Choc Malt why not make that one instead.
  3. Graculus

    Toucan - dark ale + stout

    I'm going to bottle mine tomorrow. I followed the recipe for this. I put 12 litres of water in the fridge the day before to ensure I got it down to 18C ASAP. It didn't take as much mixing as I'd expected, and with the cold water it was about 19C when I put it in the fridge. I fermented it at 18C for two weeks and it's been cold crashing for 5 days. Not that it needed it, but I couldn't get to bottle it last weekend. The ferment wasn't too bad. I'm not sure if you can make it out in the pic. I took a reading and then left it next to the FV in the fridge. Gravity is down to 1.020 or so now I think. In the past I've done Toucans with the dark ale and stout. Sometimes I add dextrose of varying amounts, but not always. Then I've steeped 250 grams of choc malt @70c, then boiled for ten minutes. It's very nice, and I find it OK to drink after a month. I did put some away to age. I don't like it. It's got a strong coffee flavour and I don't drink coffee. I think the case I have left in the garage is over two years old. I get a bottle out every so often if we have visitors. It certainly raises eyebrows. I thought I'd try the Imperial Russian as a comparison. I think I'd either do the Toucan + Choc Malt or The Imperial Russian. I don't think I'd add Choc Malt to the Russian.
  4. Graculus

    Coopers Mexican Cerveza

    Can't really help, sorry. I would think this is fairly bland. I only picked it up because it was cheap. Previously I've avoided because I thought it would be bland. I don't generally use US05, but for your American style beer I would have thought it would be OK.
  5. Graculus

    Woolies Clearance

    https://www.diybeer.com/au/recipe/ipa.html
  6. Graculus

    Coopers Mexican Cerveza

    Thanks for the replies. The zest I got by using a grater. I used the smallest holes and very carefully to avoid the pith. Yes, I could have checked the sugar content of the juice, but didn't think of that. Working six days a week and too many things to think of! Just checked the empties and it says 9.4g sugar per 100 ml, so I could have worked it out. The zest went in the hop bag with the pulp. And really I had no way of knowing how much sugar was in the pulped grapefruit. It's just that when I've attempted Ciders they don't seem to taste that much. The fermentation process seems to strip the flavour. Taking a hydrometer reading I did wonder if there was too much grapefruit. Time will tell. This one's any experiment. I should have more of an idea for the next one. Another thought as I dropped the hop bag full of pulp into the FV was that I think the Blushing Blonde recipe says to add the fruit after a couple of days fermentation I think. I wonder if that will make a difference? I've just checked and it's fermenting away nicely now.
  7. Regarding what to do with brews that don't turn out that well. I tend to drink one ice cold after mowing the lawn or whatever when I'm really thirsty. Followed by a decent one. I've got a Pilsner that was out of date by a month that I made in February. That's this summers lawn mowing beer.
  8. Graculus

    Coopers Mexican Cerveza

    Well it's in the FV. Coopers Cerveza 5 grapefruits. Zest of all 5, then peeled and pulped in a blender put in hop bag 3 x 1.5 litre bottles of Original Grapefruit Juice LDME 850grams Carapils 200g steeped and then boiled Two kit yeasts, as I wasn't really sure how much sugar would be in the Grapefruit. Made up to 21 litres. In the brew fridge @18C
  9. Graculus

    Woolies Clearance

    He does the same with Coopers too. As do two of his mates. I'm pretty sure I've mentioned this before on here. They think it's great. He was telling me his son in law recently joined their "Club" too and was looking forward to warmer weather to get the beer fermented quicker. He says my beer tasted like that craft shit they're trying to push these days. As I was driving down the road earlier he was just crossing the road on his way to one of his mates. Esky in hand. I had to work today and managed to call in two Woolies on my rounds. One had Real Ale discounted but the other had nothing.
  10. Graculus

    Woolies Clearance

    I tried a couple of Coles ones when I first started brewing as they were discontinued and selling for $4. It wasn't very good at all. One of my neighbours brews the Woolies ones with a kilo of sugar in the height of summer in his back shed! In my opinion it's not worth it. Spend the extra and get Coopers or Morgans.
  11. Graculus

    Woolies Clearance

    My local Woolies has also got rid of a load of stuff. I had a look tonight and there's hardly any Coopers stuff now. Nothing cheap though when I called in for a loaf of bread tonight on the way home though. The health food shop just outside Woolies is excellent though. Probably as good as the nearest HBS. Strange about the Mexican Cerveza. I got two really cheap. When I was out and about I called into to another Woolies and it was full price. My local Woolies then restocked their shelves at the original price.
  12. Graculus

    Noob's First Batch

    I haven't watched all the video, but this may make a bit more sense There's at least one forum member up your way. JackGym I think is up there.
  13. Graculus

    Noob's First Batch

    Yes Mate, you'll need a working fridge, and depending on where you are you might need a heat source too. The fridge and the heat source are plugged into a controller like an inkbird. There is a sensor on the inkbird that is attached to the side of the FV, usually under bubble wrap or something. That still probably sounds confusing.
  14. Graculus

    Coopers Mexican Cerveza

    OK, I'm preparing to put mine on tomorrow, but I'm still tossing up exactly what to do. Coopers Cerveza (obviously) 5 grapefruits. Zest of all 5, then peeled and pulped in a blender (Done and in fridge ready) 3 x 1.5 litre bottles of Original Grapefruit Juice LDME 500grams or 1 kilo? Not sure yet? Carapils 200g steeped and then boiled? I was going to brew it to 18 litres, but with all that grapefruit I think I'll do 21 litres. And the yeast. Should I use kit yeast? 2 kit yeasts? And ferment it at about 18C. Or should I use the the Saflager S-23 that came from a Pilsner I bottled on Monday. Then ferment at 12-13C? Thoughts and comments anyone?
  15. Graculus

    Coopers Mexican Cerveza

    Yes, I believe so. Nothing stopping you using half a box though. Put the rest in an airtight container.
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