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  1. Beervis

    Craft series

    If you want to try a good craft tub recipe, go the the Red Eye IPA. Even my most critical mates think that one is as good as a commercial IPA!
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    Craft series

    Did you just use the yeast for the tin for that brew? it'll probably be ok but it should be quite strong. if you can, I'd go buy a couple teabags of IPA style hops from the homebrew store to throw in that, they'd be able to recommend something nice. Otherwise I think you might find it's not amazing as is.
  3. Tommy I'd go 2 drops for those swingtops, in terms of a nice level of carbonation, however I've not used them myself so not sure whether you'd get explosions or not, someone else might know about this?
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    Glass bottled beer is better

    thanks for the tips everyone, seems like Asahi might be the way to go for 330ml bottles then. I've seen some home brew stores sell them new online, probably good quality but it seems a bit sad spending $30 for 30 bottles when I could spend a bit more and get to drink them as well :P
  5. Hi Tommy, I've had the same problem with undercarbed beers - a lot of it comes back to personal taste I guess, but for me lagers and wheat beers and so on need to be nice and fizzy. Anyhow I've started using 3 carb drops per longneck for those styles and have been very impressed with the results. If you try that you'd need to use the plastic bottles though because I'm guessing with glass/swingtops you'd get some explosions. Some of the PET bottles had to go in the bin after my last batch because the increased pressure expanded the bottom - almost so much they wouldn't stand up! I'd probably try 2 drops with those swing top bottles, it'll definitely be undercarbed for a lager if you don't.
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    Dark Ale

    Challenger that's a great idea! My fave brown IPA used a dark ale kit base and challenger.
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    The death of Pirate Life

    The first thought I had when I read this was 'oh so that's why PL has started showing up at my local BWS!' says it all I think. If it's easy to find then its bound to be owned by one of the big players. Personally while I prefer to support independents, you can hardly blame them for selling out in the Australian beer climate. Government taxing arrangements are such that I can hardly believe breweries like PL have managed to survive as long as they have without big player support. We've got a system that encourages the worst possible beer (big 30 can block of megaswill midstrength) while actively discouraging innovation and entrepreneurship, and yet people's love for good beer is such that they're still managing to create interest. I don't rate Australian craft beer at all, because to me the massive cost disincentive for the consumer blows it out of the water. Warhog is a decent beer, but at $120 a carton, really? I could make 4 brews for that. If I don't have any home brew these days, I just buy a nice cleanskin Shiraz or some Bitburger. Only time I drink any local beers is if I'm out and its happy hour. I only buy craft beer from the bottle-o if I'm visiting the rellies in NZ. I'd like to say I'm hopeful for change, but I can't see the govt changing tack on the taxing arrangements with the health nazis around.
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    Craft series

    I ranted about this somewhere else recently, but I can't find the link so I'll go for it again, You are supposed to be able to make the craft cans as is just with water and yeast, but trust me, none of them produce a nice beer like that. They're aiming too high for a kit both in terms of flavour and alcohol content. But if you add hops and/or grains then they have produced some of the nicest beers I've made at home. I'd agree with Jda mostly except I think the regular range make better beers than the craft on their own. They certainly aren't great (thin, watery) but they are much more drinkable. A couple of go to brews if you don't want to mess around with additions would be the dark ale kit with a kilo of LDM, the IPA kit with the same, and you can always grab some of the teabag hops they do ok. I did an experiment for a low budget off the shelf woollies brew, can of APA, kilo of LDM and one of those Brigalow Galaxy teabags, cheap as chips and it was quite decent. Bit of a whiff of megaswill about it but much better than any of the straight craft kits I'd made.
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    Dark Ale

    Hi wills, For aroma and flavour I think it's generally a 10 and 5 minute boil, or you could just steep a bunch of fuggles and add to the brew after a week or so of ferment. This is the same feeling I had about my first dark ale, it's tasty but a bit one dimensional, even if you use LDM instead of BE2. I think you'll get a nicer beer and more out of the fuggles if you use LDM instead of BE2 and maybe try a spec grain pack for stouts or dark beers from your home brew shop to give the beer some more body. Depends how stout-ish you like your dark beer I guess. Paul
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    Aging in glass bottles

    Yeah I'd agree with that, I haven't tried in glass, but if you bottled a stout in the PET longknecks and just used 1 drop/half measure it'd be like wine. Hardly any carbonation at all. With lighter styles lately I've switched to 3 carb drops and I'm enjoying them a lot more.
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    Glass bottled beer is better

    I haven't tried glass myself just due to the workload, and risk of explosions, and having to buy more caps all the time.. But a mate of mine swears that poor/low carbonation in non-kegged beer is often due to the PET bottles, so I'm keen to try to see if that improves my brews. Rowbrew, I'm keen to try bottling in stubbies, despite the big work load, just so I have a better idea of how much I'm drinking, but what stubbies do you use? Are they resused commercial ones? I was thinking with the thread for the twisties wouldn't that stop you capping them properly?
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    Craft Range - Brew in 30 litre fermenter?

    mentioned this in the thread on Mr Beer, you can easily use the big tub instead of the small one if you intend to follow the same volumes, however the craft tins won't taste to style if you water them down to 23 litres. You'd likely need more than one tin and additional LDM/dex etc.
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    Mr Beer USA !!

    I've often wondered if it might be a good idea for Coopers to pick up on some of the ideas Mr Beer run with, like some of their partial mash brews would be a great way for experienced beginners to push themselves a bit and produce some better brews in the process. Some of their recipes look great as well!
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    Mr Beer USA !!

    You can, but you'd need to adjust the volumes to get the right style you're after. I've noticed on the Mr Beer site, instead of selling the Coopers 1.8kg tins we get here, they upscale the craft recipes to suit the 30l fermenter. So for example the Diablo IPA needs 3 of the cans for the 30L fermenter plus a bit of extra malt, can't recall how much. They also carry a broader range of beer tins for the small fermenter, including lower alcohol brews like the Coopers Lager we get here. Off the top of my head I'm not sure, but I reckon if you made a Craft tin up to 21 litres with a kilo of LDM you'd probably get a brew around 4 or 5%, probably light for the style but it might taste ok. If you want a really big heavy IPA like you can make in the craft tub Coopers sell here (thinking Red Eye recipe) made up to 22/23 etc litres, you'd be looking at 3 of the tins plus triple the hops I'd say.
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    Coopers Pale Can in the Craft Fermenter

    I didn't like it either, even after 6 weeks it still tasted like bad home brew. Not much of a flavour going on in there at all. What flavour there is was nasty! But as a recipe base it's OK. The school of hops cascade used that kit as a base and it produced a really decent beer. Friends loved it, disappeared really fast. What I've found surprising though is that I don't get the same bad results with K+K in the big fermenter. I've made a bunch of quite basic K+K's in the 23L tub (with temp control and extra yeast) and while they aren't amazing they are very drinkable and no hint of 'that' home brew taste.
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    Coopers Pale Can in the Craft Fermenter

    I haven't tried that particular recipe but I reckon Porschemad's idea with the extra malt and the hops would produce a pretty nice beer. I usually try to save money on hops so I wouldn't use that much but for me, with the craft fermenter, the hops are essential. I'd say this would go especially with the craft kits, I find without a hop boil and/or dry hops those kits are rough and nasty. I think the low dilution volume coupled with the high alcohol content and big flavour profile has something to do with it. Without additions I've found those kits produce beers that are noticeably kittish, marked 'home brew' flavour. Anyone else had that experience? That Ruby Roo ROTM produced a really nasty beer IMO
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    can you drink the non carbonated beer?

    Muddy you've solved my confusion - I borrowed a home brew book from the library and it was this old fart style English one, full of stuff I hadn't seen before and lots of tables and numbers and so on. Couldn't figure out what the hand pumped pressurised cask thing was but I think I get it now.
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    Caribbean porter

    I've been aging this one since the recipe pack came out a few months back, after 5/6 weeks I had a few which I didn't particularly love - everything went fine, more the style. I found it very sour and bitter and after a couple glasses I didn't feel like another one. Last week I did a big reorganisation of my cellar (Harry Potter cupboard under the stairs) and put some of these out in the ready to drink spot ... And damn if it isn't a fine beer! Really nice. Still has that sour flavour but it's aged nicely a bit smoother and chocolatey, really good drop. I'm gonna make another one to have ready for winter!
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    Recipe suggestions?

    Hi Don, Hops to contribute to the bitterness if you boil them for say, half an hour or more. Those tea bag ones hot steeped in a coffee plunger or something just add flavour. They aren't the most economical choice but for a really basic way to make a better beer they do the job!
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    Vintner's lager

    You can rehydrate if you want, personally I don't bother as two packs of yeast will definitely be enough to ferment out this brew. I'm planning to move on to some of those more advanced brewing methods at some point, but 1) I'm worried about infection and 2) if you're brewing all ROTM's, you end up with tonnes of leftover Coopers yeast, so if I'm worried I've got that to use anyway.
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    Vintner's lager

    Hey gringo, I'm not the best person to answer your more technical questions - but in terms of 'following instructions' - I'm almost exclusively brewing ROTM's at the moment, because I have both size fermenters and it's an easy way to get experience with different tastes, hops etc. My advice would be to just follow the instructions, Coopers know what they're doing and the end product is always good. There's probably minor alterations you could make for slightly better overall quality, but I doubt you'd notice the difference in the glass. Also with cold steep, I can't see any reason why it needs to go in the fridge. You're boiling it after anyway, I think it'd be fine on the shelf in the laundry or something. Paul
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    Carbonation Drops

    Resurrecting another old thread, but wondering - anyone have any advice about adding extra carbonation? My brews with 2 carb drops per tallie are fine for me, but the other half likes the fizzy as f&*k Aussie bitter style beers and he thinks they're too flat. Would 3 carb drops do the trick there or would that risk over-sugaring the brew and/or volcanic foam on opening? I don't have a keg setup so can't force carb it. Any ideas would be appreciated! Paul
  23. There's plenty of reasons people don't vote too, everything from I forgot to didn't get a survey form - that happened to my mate's brother and he didn't get around to getting a replacement. It's my understanding that the more 'challenging' aspects of safe schools had been removed from the program. And in any case it hasn't been rolled out in most schools across the country. I've worked in a few LGBT rights organisations, including with uni students/young people - and I can tell you there is a definite need for something at a school level. It doesn't need to be hours of lectures about the ins and outs of brain chemistry and how hormones work, but some sort of bullying program is needed. It's really about normalisation, I think public schools have a responsibility to make sure that everyone feels included in the community. That includes disabled people and people from different religions and so on as well. Anyone who's not well understood by the mainstream of society. If we don't expose kids to difference then they'll become closed minded and tribal and stick to what they know and that's where prejudice comes from. I'm not sure how I feel about religious parents pulling their kids out of those classes. I suppose that's ok, I mean I would want the right to keep my kids out of things I didn't agree with. It's complicated I guess - you can't hide from reality but we also don't want a world where parents have no rights.
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    Recipe suggestions?

    You're probably right about the hops, just use what you've got. I was thinking you might need more to fight the bitterness but if you like stouts and stuff it probably won't matter. They'd be concentrated like everything else so probably still get a flavour hit out of them. I made the hop tea like it says on the pack but I threw the bag in as well. To be honest I don't know if it'll overflow - I'm thinking probably not but couldn't be sure. Can you control your temp? Keep it at the bottom of the suggested temp to brew at. I just had a look at mine - seems like 11 L still leaves a bit of headroom. I got the krausen collar the other day, free shipping cos I was spending over $100, anyhow it doesn't give you much extra space. I'd say 5 cms? So I don't know if it's worth it. If you're worried, you could brew it to 10 but I reckon it'd probably be fine.
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