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  1. Beervis


    I've got a few months left to go then - popped the rest of the 6 pack in the cupboard after that aborted attempt at drinking them. We'll see what it's like over winter. I'll probably love it and then kick myself for not buying more! The ESVA's are an interesting beast. I try and get my hands on them every year, but there aren't many I've enjoyed as much as the Celebration Ale. Personal taste I guess. As far as kit recipes go, you'd be hard pressed to find anything better at this effort level though.
  2. Beervis


    This might explain it, I've never had an amber ale I liked... apart from I think it was a Sierra Nevada that was so full of hops it may as well have been an IPA.
  3. Beervis


    I did a side by side when I brewed the 2018 ROTM, both very nice beers, although I couldn't help but notice that even after significant ageing, I felt like the real ale/apa combo was a fraction too bitter compared with the original. Maybe it would benefit from extra steeping grains, although from memory it did have a few hundred grams.
  4. Beervis

    International series yeast strain

    Good luck with it! I reckon, don't overthink experiments, especially with kits n bits. If it seems like it might be OK, just do it and hope for the best. I've had some good results with that method! After all, if it doesn't get infected the worst it can be is a bit ordinary. And these days you pay $60 for a carton of ordinary so if it cost me $20/$30 for 2 and a bit cartons then I'm not complaining.
  5. Beervis


    I tried the commercial version of the 18 ESVA after I'd already bought the ROTM (haven't brewed it yet) and I'd have to say... I intensely disliked it! I don't know why, I'm normally open minded about beer. I just found it so heavy and rich and in all the wrong ways. The previous year's ROTM was excellent though. Even in PET's after 8 months of aging it kept getting better and better.
  6. Beervis

    International series yeast strain

    Wow. I'm really surprised that worked out so well. I would've thought there wouldn't be enough lager yeast in the mix for some of those high OG's, plus I would've assumed 12-15d would be too cold for the ale part. Did you make a starter? And with the re-pitching, is that washing the yeast first or a more she'll be right method? For a long time I didn't use that yeast at all, because when I first started brewing the wisdom seemed to be that Coopers yeast would produce inferior flavours/kit taste. I still wouldn't use it exclusively with more interesting brews, but I find it works great for keg filler type beers. If it can handle that mead, I was obviously wrong about it!
  7. Just tasting the first of my second attempt at this kit and I'm not a fan either. Partly it's because I'm generally not a fan of pale ales, I prefer them to be a bit lighter, lower in alcohol and fruity like some of the NZ pales, or heavier in hops and alcohol like the US ones that by Aussie standards are pretty much IPA's. I find a lot of Aussie pale ales sit uncomfortably in the middle, too much malt flavour and not enough alcohol. First attempt at this kit was like that. I used 1.5kg LDM and a 30gm Chinook hop tea. My partner liked it, but it didn't suit my tastes. This batch I've tried to make it lighter and easier to drink, so I went with BE3 and the 30gm Chinook again. It's quite nice and easy to drink but a bit thin and kittish. That should smooth off with ageing, but I swear this kit just tastes like a slightly nicer real ale or something. If it wasn't for the Chinook I added I don't think it would have much of any flavour at all.
  8. Beervis

    Tap Seal

    I looked at this at Big W the other day, was wondering how it would go. I assumed you'd need a different tap head to get it to work with the Coopers FV. I've been thinking of upgrading to stainless steel FV's with a threaded tap and just using food grade tubing, but it'll be a pricey upgrade for just kits n shits which is all I'm brewing currently. I'll give the Brigalow one a try on my next brew! Cheers for the tip.
  9. Beervis

    Mr beer kit

    There was a great ROTM using that kit - 'Mudlust Brown Ale' - loved it. Was like drinking a boozy chocolate cake with a bit of coffee style bitterness thrown in. I'll have to grab a couple of those cans. I wonder why they're discontinuing it? I thought it produced better results than the dark beer tin.
  10. Beervis


    This might explain some of the issues I've been having... brews that were fine at 4 weeks but start to overcarb after a few months. I've been told it's the yeast breaking down residual and harder to ferment sugars, but it has only happened with brews that have more ingredients - like you say, an extra .5 of LDM or LDM plus a can of LME + spec grains, etc
  11. Beervis


    That must be it. I experimented with the same thing with a six pack of Cooper's Blue last night, noticed an improvement with it as well. It's annoying because stubbies are so convenient and easy to keep cold. Depends how much you value the contents I guess. I've been making a lot of light, cheap, pissy beers lately and those go well drinking out of the bottle.
  12. Beervis

    International series yeast strain

    I frequently throw those in together on kits n bits leftover brews, but I wouldn't brew them that cold. The lager strain is the lesser amount in the mix (if I remember correctly) so I never go much below 20 degrees which Coopers often lists as the temp to brew in their recipes. Obviously this only works with ales, but for a simple brew I find this yeast quite good. I've never noticed any lager character in these brews, but they ferment out quickly and nicely. Lawnmower lager recipe is good swilling beer, just add some extra Hallertau hops.
  13. Beervis


    Oh and with the PET's, I use them until they're too filthy to clean or they've got visible damage. Or if it's an older brew and it's gone flat, I chuck those as well
  14. Beervis


    Asahi's are my faves only issue is I have to drink what's in them before I can use them for my brews Squires work good, stone and wood, anything with a pop top. I'm not brewing highly carbed beers though. Tried that a couple times with the PET's and although it worked, they were way overcarbed and ruined the flavour. PET's are fine but from much experimentation, 3/4's of the beers were no good after about 6-8 months. Flat, DOA, some of them were overcarbed. I would only recommend using PET's for simple beers you are gonna swill as soon as they hit 4 weeks in the bottle. One thing I'm finding with stubbies is they tend to distort the flavour if you drink them out of the glass? Some brews I've done have been hard work, until I poured them and then bang, great. I wonder if they need to 'air' like red wine.
  15. Beervis

    New Recipe Section

    Legendary effort, will definitely help with my cupboard and freezer full of random ingredients from long forgotten ROTM's. Have had to go back to kit brewing cos of shift work and low motivation so this will be really helpful.