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Beervis

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  1. Beervis

    Tap Seal

    Wouldn't filing it down just make it pop out more often? I don't think I'd want to try that either. I've got two, one won't go in to the tap at all, period, and the other one falls out probably 3 times if I'm bottling a 23 litre brew. I've been thinking of super gluing it into one of the tap fittings, but I'm not sure I could get the whole contraption into the spare fridge like that. Generally I think Cooper's gear is great, but this one step is by far the most frustrating aspect of the brewing process. When this batch of gear dies, I'm considering switching to a different FV just to avoid the %^&^^%ing bottle wand!
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    Ten Days on the Bintang

    10 days on the Bintang you poor bastard was my first thought. Still at Bali prices I'd be up for that. When I was in Thailand a couple years back I didn't see Beerlao Dark or any of those others... wish I had! Got used to the Singha tinnies pretty quick though, I thought they were the pick of the cheapo 7/11 beers. At those prices I was in pisswater heaven ? I'm not sure I'd call Oz the lucky country, in terms of beer anyway. That's NZ or the USA. Pulling the campervan into a drive-through drug store near Death Valley and walking out with a carton of Sierra Nevada for $15, it was traumatic walking into the local BWS on my return. That's a lot of my motivation for homebrew at the moment, I can't afford to drink the kind of beer I like in Australia, it's just unjustifiably expensive. Got bills to pay!
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    Caribbean porter

    I'm using a mixed bag of bottles at the moment, some stubbies I bought online from a HBS, worked out quite cheap but they aren't as thick as the Asahis. Trying to get my hands on as many of those as possible but to do that i have to drink them... meh. Starting to accumulate more Coopers longnecks and whatever I can scrounge out of the complex recycling bins. Someone here drinks a lot of Little Creatures. No bottle bombs yet touch wood but I have been trying to be more particular about taking hydro readings.
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    Caribbean porter

    I'm switching to all glass for beers like this from now on, probably keep the PET's for the wheat beers and K+K lager-ish brews that are designed for quaffing after a couple weeks. I know what Coopers say about the PETs being good for 18 months post bottling, but that hasn't been my experience, and maybe it's psychological but damn the glass bottles in the fridge look like real beer, rather than the brown coke bottles. They look like nasty hooch I brewed in a big plastic tub in the garage. Technically true but I don't need to be reminded ? I'm also suspicious about the PETs possibly losing carbonation slowly, but sooner than they are supposed to. To me, the 750mls primed @ 2 carb drops felt like low carbonation, and I'm not normally a fan of traditionally highly carbed beers. I don't drink a lot of commercial lagers, pilsners or wheat beers. Paul
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    Caribbean porter

    Caribbean Porter is now my oldest beer that I've still got stock of, over 8 months I think? Still got about 12 tallies left. Damn fine beer, I'm still really enjoying it. I've had 2 dud bottles - as in, they were flat when I re-organised my brew cupboard last, which I'm putting down to the perils of PET. My only criticism would be that it doesn't retain the head for long, which someone mentioned.. and possibly slightly undercarbed for me @ 2 carb drops per tallie. I know that's supposed to be high for the style, I just find my K+K beers taste more like commercial beer when there's a higher and consistent level of carbonation.
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    Tap Seal

    I just wish someone would come up with a better bottling wand that had a screw or clamp fitting. I find it's a massive PITA always falls out 3 or 4 times in each bottling session. I've switched to bottling my nicer beers in glass stubbies now and it's even worse, makes the whole thing take much longer than it needs to.
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    experiment with enhancer 3

    Hoppo, I think BE1 is designed with producing a lighter, drier, more commercial draught beer style in mind. Light colour and with some head retention from the maltodextrin. This would be in the style of the 'Lawnmower Lager' recipe. I haven't brewed it for a while, but I sometimes do in summer and serve it with ice, Vietnam style. It's just like buying a 6 pack of Chang at 7/11 for $2 or whatever it costs ? It shouldn't have a sour taste though? Like PB2 says that can be caused by infection. But sometimes I find the brews that have a higher percentage of sugar in them benefit from more time in the bottle before you drink. Try leaving it for another few weeks and see if that taste has rounded off.
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    Clear a Mexican Cervaza

    Try putting your Coopers hydrometer in with just room temperature tap water and check if it's reading OK. I did this the other day and discovered mine is way off, it's reading 6 points low, so all my hydro readings from the last few brews are off by that much. Also taste your hydrometer sample, if it tastes like flat beer you are probably OK, if it tastes sour or vinegary you may have an infection.
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    Tap Seal

    I've never had any issues with the tap, although I've got 2 taps so I generally soak one with my utensils in the sod perc and then switch them out before putting the brew down. I I think though that flushing it out with the soak solution then spraying with starsan is totally fine. Maybe every few brews you could take it out in between and soak it in a jar or something. Sometimes I rinse it with hot water and put it back together before refitting the tap. It's pretty unlikely IMO that you would get an infection from the tap if its been flushed out. The olive oil thing is crucial though, I've ruined 1 tap already by not doing that
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    Brew Day!! Watcha' got, eh!? 2018

    Sounds delicious. You are right about that kit, made a saison with it a while back and it came out really nice. Great flavour
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    RDWHAHB - What Are You Drinking in 2018?

    Last night I had another crack at my Bootmaker kit + Chinook steep which has aged a while now.. I've had a love hate relationship with it but it was delicious this time round.. Enjoyed it much more than the 4 Pines ESB I drank straight after. Also working on the 'Bridge the Gap' ROTM which is my first brew bottled in glass stubbies. I think I got something wrong with this one, it's hoppy to the point where it's practically fruit juice, but not in a good way. Maybe it's the hop combo or the fact that I used all the dry hop additions as flameout. At least it's interesting I guess
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    RDWHAHB - What Are You Drinking in 2018?

    I tried that, but all I got was this nasty hangover ?
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    What's in Your Fermenter? 2018

    looks good! Do you find it quite heavy, flavour wise? I taste tested mine again this morning while bottling the latest batch, I'm not up on the correct tasting terminology, but it's sorta quite thick and rich, heavy. More towards the style of a 4 Pines Pale than some of the lighter, hoppier styles. I liked it, but find it hard going to have more than a glass or two. Which wheat yeast did you use, btw?
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    Coopers session ale

    I'm sure you'll enjoy it, I was really impressed. Been waiting for Coopers to come out with something that is a bit inspired by their home brew concoctions. Now all we need is a commercial Robochoc ?
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    What's in Your Fermenter? 2018

    I'm doing a 'get rid of ingredients I don't really want or need' brew today. Toucan Coopers Wheat + Canadian Blonde on a T-58 + Coopers Ac+L yeast cake. I've got 25gms of Hallertau I might add as a hop tea but not really sure if it would suit the style, if this thing has a style ?
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    What's in Your Fermenter? 2018

    I'm interested to see how this turns out. I've decided I don't like this kit but I'm wondering if the 30gm Chinook hop steep I added to it ruined it. Maybe the wheat yeast + Goldings will make a difference!
  17. This batch (Vintner's Lager ROTM) ended up being really nice after a couple days in the fridge. Definitely overcarbed but pouring slowly/leaving the bottles open on the bench for a while did the trick. The pilsner flavour matched with Nelson Sauvin is really decent. Since I've had a few issues with this in the past I'll definitely be following Otto's advice and paying closer attention to my gravity readings rather than just waiting an extra week and bottling. In the process of doing this with my current batch, I've discovered my hydrometer is way out, it's reading 6 points low in room temp water, so I've had to adjust my readings. Current batch is definitely still fermenting post 1 week despite looking finished so glad I'm paying closer attention to it. Christina, I live in the sub-tropics so cellaring the bottles at 20c is never an issue even in winter, generally at least. Storing them cool is more of an issue since 3 fridges in a small townhouse would be pushing my luck with the other half ? I'm moving to all glass bottling soon so I can age beers a bit better, I've had a huge excess stock of experimental brews in plastic and I've found that PETs are unreliable after the 6 month mark. Some batches have been fine, had one batch all go flat bar one bottle, and other batches where 2 or 3 of the bottles are dud after that long. I'm not noticing any marked improvement in flavour either so I figure glass is the go. Cheers, Paul
  18. Hi team, I've finally gotten around to drinking this Vintner's Lager recipe pack I did a while back: 1 x 1.7kg Thomas Coopers 86 Days Pilsner 3 x 500g Coopers Light Dry Malt 1 x 250g Caramel Hell Grains 1 x 25g Nelson Sauvin Hop Pellets 1 x 25g Enigma Hop Pellets 1 x 11.5g Saflager S-23 Dry Yeast + kit yeast 1 x 250g Coopers Carbonation Drops Only alterations I made to the orig recipe was to use half the hops @ 5 mins and the rest at flameout instead of dry hop. I left it in primary around 15 degrees for 2 weeks but didn't CC. Anyhow, the issue is, a bunch of the PETs are rock hard gushers, some so bad that the base of the bottles has blown out to the point where its almost cracking and won't stand up, then a few of them are flat. This isn't the first time I've had issues like this, although the worst previous 2 were with 3 carb drops, and the other with commando dry hop which I thought explained it. I was happy with the SG and fermentation looked to have finished a while before I bottled. I only used 2 carb drops so shouldn't be an issue there. My theories so far: 1) lagering too long at room temps? and 2) maybe old PET bottles? In terms of taste, once I leave it to sit open on the bench for a while it's a really nice drop. I'm wanting to move to all glass bottles soon though and issues like this make me wary of bottle bombs. Paul
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    Coopers session ale

    I bought a 6 pack of the tinnies and really enjoyed it. Someone mentioned that unmistakable hint of Coopers yeast flavour, which I agree separates it from Wild Yak and Swindler. Swindler I actually enjoyed, although the Coopers is definitely better. The Swindler is basically hop forward lemonade IMO, the session ale still tastes like beer. Repspec your session ale clone looks a lot more interesting than the ROTM.. will have to try brewing it sometime. Got me thinking actually, I've enjoyed most of the ROTM's I've brewed but perhaps where they fall down sometimes is in not enough hops for the flavours to really jump out. There's been a few that were really nice, but I could still taste a hint of 'kit' hiding in there
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    Brews all taste the same

    I've had good results with the Coopers recipe packs (ROTM) by forgoing the dry hop completely and adding those additions at flameout instead. I find that I usually have lots of home brew and I don't drink a lot, so the aroma punch from dry hopping is generally gone by the time I drink most of the batch. The ROTM's generally don't use a lot of hops anyway so I've found it's a more economical way to use the hops as well. It's too late for this brew, but for a future one you could try boiling a bit of LDM, adding the hops at flameout instead of dry hopping. It's also a money issue for me, I can't afford to be dry hopping 50-100gms in one batch.
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    Thick foam cap after 6 days

    Agree with all the above points, except I have had a few brews where the krausen never dropped back into the wort even after 2+ weeks, so I'd be more inclined to go off your hydrometer readings than waiting for the krausen to drop. You can shake it like Christina mentioned or whack it with the stirring spoon, personally neither of those have worked for me. Let us know how it turns out, I've only brewed this kit once, and I didn't really like it. Seemed quite heavy and chewy for a pale ale, only without much hop character to balance it out. Although I did a hop tea with 30gms Chinook and I wonder if that ruined it. Other than this kit I've had pretty good results with the Thomas Coopers series kits, for basic kit swill they have good body and flavour profiles.
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    Brew Enhancer 1

    That would be the pudding at Govindas that I always avoid
  23. I've had the same issues there too, with the dry hop, although it doesn't tend to be every bottle just a few really bad ones and most ok. This time it's different they are all overcarbed except for a couple of dud bottles that went flat. I've had the opposite problem too where the whole batch was good at 5 weeks then all of them bar one were flat a month later. It only ever seems to happen with lager yeast.
  24. Thanks for your replies everyone. A few things: Unfortunately I didn't write down my FG. Just remember it being in the suggested range for the recipe. I've had off readings before though so I wouldn't be surprised if that was part of the problem. Also I didn't let the temp rise at the end to finish off the fermentation as I've heard you should do with lagers. It doesn't taste infected so I'm guessing the fermentation was stalled or incomplete. I always leave primary for 2 weeks though regardless of the FG and how the beer looks so I thought I was safe there. Christina, I brewed the batch on 22nd Jan, bottled 5th Feb and tasted a couple tallies on 12th March. The funny thing is they were fine then, it's only today when I went back to them that they're really overcarbed. Just checked my second carton and they are all rock hard. Like you say chucking them under the stairs isn't 'lagering' so I'm wondering if my ambient temps are too high and they should've all gone in the fridge after 5 weeks. Oh for more fridge space! Only 2 of the bottles were flat so I'm putting that down to those two leaking air.
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    Flat Beer

    Another thing to note is unless you've changed up the brew majorly (haven't read all the thread but assuming you're using a kit) it's fine to follow the Coopers instructions. They've done extensive product testing on all these kits and if you follow their instructions for basic brews you can't go wrong. The only thing I do differently is drop the suggested temp back a couple degrees which I can do because I have a brew fridge.
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