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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
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    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
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    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.
  10. 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.
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    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
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    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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. Sounds delicious. You are right about that kit, made a saison with it a while back and it came out really nice. Great flavour
  24. 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
  25. I tried that, but all I got was this nasty hangover ?
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