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    Bottled Coopers Lager

    Good work I think you'll find for the price, you can make some very drinkable beer that clocks in at something like 50cents a pint To get the best out of that beer, I'd recommend that you try to pretend it doesn't exist for at least 4 weeks and then chill it for a couple days before drinking, one of the first things I learned on this forum was the benefit of leaving it to condition even for just an extra week or two, makes a huge difference. That Coopers lager kit isn't gonna win any awards but it tastes OK and since it's so cheap, I don't feel guilty about loading it up with ice on a hot day, Vietnam style.
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    Moving from Kits to Extract Brewing

    Forum is definitely a great place to start as the Captain commands, and if you look around you'll find good extract recipes everywhere. Maybe this one from the Coopers recipe section would be a good place to start - it's pretty simple and I reckon it would produce a delicious beer: http://store.coopers.com.au/recipes/index/view/id/59/ Also all those ingredients are easy to get and the recipe is straightforward and pretty simple. I find 'Brew Your Own' magazine to be great for recipes, but they've recently started firewalling it which sucks. Word of caution though, I find with American extract recipes they often use extracts that either aren't available here or are in odd sizes that also aren't available. You'd be able to convert them for sure but I'm not experienced enough to do that with any confidence.
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    504 Gateway Time-out

    I think this is a case of every company thinking they need an app because every other company has one. I just write mine down in a pad, I guess it's not backed up somewhere and I could lose it, but for all the stuffing about with the app I figured it wasn't worth the time. Seems I was right. Is the app different from the web version? Hopefully they get it fixed soon :)
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    Why no more instructions?

    That's an issue with kit brewing. It's so easy I keep getting paranoid that I've missed a step and will end up with horribly infected vinegar or something. You spend far more time cleaning than you do on the actual process.
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    Toucan - dark ale + stout

    I have a rule of thumb, whenever you think it's time to bottle, leave it for another couple days. I missed that with my second last brew and it's overcarbed in the extreme! Glad I used PET bottles for that one. Shame because it's such a nice beer, the Zesty Blond recipe.
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    Craft series

    Good luck! I've heard that is the best of the craft kits so fingers crossed you'll get a nice (and strong!) beer. I've just put down the Bridge the Gap ROTM, looks like a really good drop. It's my first shot at the Long Play IPA as well. I forgot to mention, the Mr Beer winter dark ale is a nice kit on its own, I'd forgotten about that one. Also the Churchill beer isn't bad too but you need to add some steeping grains or hops for that one to get best results.
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    galaxy with a APA can

    I've done this same recipe just with the teabag Galaxy, it's not gonna win any awards, but was pleasantly surprised by how it turned out!
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    Swing top bottles

    I'd say they would be, the alcohol content isn't so important as compared with how much you prime the beer (how much sugar/carb drops you put in the bottles) Most home brew stores sell the swing tops and they're very popular, haven't heard many stories of explosions. With a stout if you're wanting to age it for a while, like months, you can use less sugar/carb drops, for me, I usually just stick to 2 per tallie, ppl say that's overcarbed for a stout but I haven't noticed. Also I haven't tried aging any for that long anyhow.
  9. +1 about the Japanese lagers, for a replacement for megaswill couldn't think of anything better. And they're more consistent than the European ones. I've bought a few random (cheap) German lagers and every so often I'll find one that's just nasty and undrinkable. I'm looking at switching from my brew to Asahi for a while to build up some stubbies for bottling, looking forward to that! Need to get some swingtops too. Unfortunately ALDI doesn't sell alcohol in Queensland. Maybe online but not in store. Swingtops are available new from heaps of home brew stores as well.
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    Glass bottled beer is better

    I'd definitely agree, there are real pros and cons with glass vs PET. At the moment the major difference for me is that I live across the street from a Big W and it's just so easy to run over there at the last minute and grab a box. I don't even bother rinsing them first time, never noticed any difference. On more than one occasion where I couldn't be bothered cleaning my bottles before an overdue bottling, I've just gone and bought enough for the whole batch. Also I can imagine capping would be a PITA and the ongoing cost of the caps. Still, that's probably balanced by the longer life of the glass bottles. I'm always chucking dud PET's. I've broken stubbies in the past just opening the bottles and ended up with a fistful of glass and one time, I didn't see it and cut my lip open on the busted neck. So I'm thinking wouldn't it be pretty easy to go too hard with the bench capper and smash the bottle? Questions questions. At this stage I'm wanting to move to glass so I can bottle in stubbies, but otherwise I'd probably stick with plastic.
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    BE3 or LDM for Duece Lager

    I think you probably could - from my experience a kilo of be3 or LDM doesn't change the flavour a lot - especially in the case of this beer because the hops will cover that up. I haven't put the brew on yet, it's on the list, but wondering why they chose BE3 instead of LDM. Guessing they are looking for a light, crisp flavour. Other thing I wonder about this ROTM is why the 2 packs of yeast? Surely one would be more than enough to ferment this. I'm thinking of saving the other one for a second batch.
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    Zesty Blonde - fermentation time

    Turns out I had an issue with this brew as well in terms of fermentation, Fermented it temp control for about 12 days, that's a bit short of how long I normally do but I had to bottle it before going away for the weekend. Seemed like fermentation had finished and SG was about right. However, I was restocking my kitchen brew spot this morning and discovered the second box of ZB - something wrong. It's really overcarbed, so much so that the PET bottles almost can't stand up properly! I only used 2 carb drops per 750 ml and it doesn't taste infected. bit kombucha-ish but I put that down to the excessive Co2. Anyone have experience with K-97? The first 15 bottles were great and disappeared quickly. The only variable I'm not familiar with is this yeast but I can't see anything online about it needing extra fermentation time. I've put the whole box in the fridge to stop it getting any worse. Any ideas?
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    Glass bottled beer is better

    I'm also thinking, wouldn't it be great to be able to wash the bottles in the dishwasher instead of soaking.. I know the detergent probably isn't the best but I figure I'll run it a second time with no detergent on a short cycle to get rid of any residue.
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    Craft series

    Yeah you can just throw one of those teabags in anything that holds 500mls, steep it for 15-20 mins and throw the whole lot in the fermenter. Even just a couple days before bottling as Jda says. All home brew stores and plenty of online shops sell them, makes a MASSIVE difference to the end product.
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    The death of Pirate Life

    I had exactly the same reaction to Little Creatures a while back - definitely on the not buy list. I've made plenty of kits and bits beers that I liked just as much or more. Can't tell if the recipe changed or just my tastes? A while back I had a schooner of 150 lashes at the local, had been a while and I wanted to see if it tasted like real beer. Anyhow it was awful, much worse than I remembered. Tasted like XXXX with a teabag of finishing hops. Terrible! But it's still a really popular beer. I think that's what the big players are going for, they don't care about craft beer per se, they just want to hold onto their market share, and the best way to do that is to create megaswill versions of craft beer like Lashes and Fat Yak. In a way it makes sense, not many people are gonna be forking out $100 for a carton of novelty cherry and coconut brown ale, but they do want something a step up from the dodgy Aussies beers of old.
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    Brewdog Coming to Brisbane

    It'll be at the old Navy yards near Apollo Rd, I'm betting. That whole huge block is slated for hipsterific redevelopment, lots of fancy apartments and so on. I suppose it's a bit out of the way in terms of Brisbane's go to spots, but it's enough of an attraction to lure people I'm sure. Should be able to get there on the ferry too. Trying to get home on the ferry might be a bit harder :P