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Shamus O'Sean

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  1. Shamus O'Sean

    Has anyone bought from cheapyeast.com.au?

    It feels complicated, but turns out to be the easiest step in the whole brewing process. I put a bit of Starsan in two mason jars. Shake them around while bottle day under way. Leave a bit more brew in the fermenter than what you might like to leave (I like to get the max output from a brew just like anybody, but you need to leave enough to swirl in the yeast cake) Swirl it around in the fermenter for a while then use the FV tap to decant the mixture into the two jars. You now have enough yeast to do two more brews. Store the jars in the fridge (Subject to SWMBO approval). OVB says, and I agree, if your wort temperature is about what you want, pitch your harvested yeast straight from the fridge. Cheers Shamus
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    What's in Your Fermenter? 2018

    Looking at doing a version of the Coopers recent ROTM Pavlova Pale Ale at a 20-23L brew, but using what I have available: 1.7kg Bootmaker Pale Ale: upping from the North West Pale Ale can (similar EBC, but needs more bitterness, IBU) 25g Galaxy, 5 minute boil (to up the IBU closer to the standard recipe) 100g Light Crystal Malt Grains (hot steeped for 30 minutes, to increase EBC) 1.0kg Light Dry Malt; instead of the 250g Pale Malt Liquid Extract 500g Lactose (dry); Doubling the base recipe 2x170g Passionfruit Pulp; Doubling the base recipe 1tspn Vanilla Essence; Doubling the base recipe Safale US-05 yeast (Harvested from a previous brew) Discuss
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    Reusing Coopers Session Ale Yeast

    As predictable, there is some stuff on-line about this. Folks who grow it and malt it into grain for brewing. Google "making beer the hard way". It sounds interesting, but if you thought an all grain brew day was long. . . What I do love about this hobby is it can be as involved as you want: Fresh Work Kit to All-grain and beyond Cheers Shamus
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    Brew Day!! Watcha' got, eh!? 2018

    Looks good to me. A little bit different but still following a similar path.
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    dry hopping dark ale

    Shiner is described as a Black IPA. It uses Galaxy hops. I made it a while ago and liked its hoppy taste and aroma. It is not what I would call a true Dark Ale, but rather an IPA with additives to make it a dark colour. Cheers Shamus
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    When should I be worried about yeast

    Hi BobbyBoy, Just checking the obvious, or not so obvious. Do you have temperature control on the freezer and is it around 18 degrees? Too low a temperature and your US-05 would be slow or maybe not start at all. I do not know what that threshold temperature is though. Hopefully fermentation has started by about now anyway. Cheers Shamus
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    Coopers 86 day pilsner too sweet

    Hi Melman I did this kit about a year ago. Similar to Lab Rat, I did it with a kilo of LDM, lager yeast and Tettnanger hops steeper and dry. Remember it to be pretty nice. Welcome to the interacting side of the Forum Cheers Shamus
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    The Friday Night 6 Pack Session

    Hi Captain Lost my mum just over a year ago. One of my memories with her was buying a couple of different stout stubbies a few years ago and going halvies to decide which was best. Wish I could remember which one we picked. So I don't forget.
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    RDWHAHB - What Are You Drinking in 2018?

    Not too big if you cannot get a whole 750ml in it. Balance might be an issue though.
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    RDWHAHB - What Are You Drinking in 2018?

    Great clarity Guvna Cheers Shamus
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    Depends on your tastes. You can definitely double 50 up to 100. Doubling 150 up to 300 would be a lot. See what advice others give at these amounts.
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    stuff up number 1...

    When the Spicy Brunette is ready to bottle you could bottle up half to three-quarters of it then chuck in a bag or two of the finishing hops for 3-4 more days then bottle it up just to taste the difference. I do not know how it would go. Would the hops obliterate the cinnamon? Would the hops and cinnamon work well together? I doubt it would taste horrible though. I would think that although it says finishing hops, you could still use it at other stages. I think the term "finishing" refers to the convenient tea bag thingy they come in Cheers Shamus
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    Fail Thread (Mistakes You've Made) 2018

    Lucky Jonah was not in the swing seat. He would have learned a new word.
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    Advent Calander

    I am a cheapskate. I got the Aldi one. Did not look up what was in it. You get what you pay for. Opening each day. Virtually: Ooo look, another lager.
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    What is Ctric Acid For ?

    As OVB notes it is used to descale surfaces. It is a main ingredient in descaler used for cleaning coffee machines.
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    flavour improvement

    The Captain suggested Cascade. I note it features in several of the Thomas Coopers Series cans (Bootmaker Pale Ale, Brew A IPA, Family Secret Amber Ale). If you have liked any of those, it could be a good choice.
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    Brew Day!! Watcha' got, eh!? 2018

    I got a smokey flavour from my latest EB too. So that may be contributing to your brew. Not sure if it is meant to have that flavour. The first one I did over a year ago had a banana flavour due to being fermented a bit warm. That didn't harm that one though. Cheers Shamus
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    flavour improvement

    Hi BB Marilyn's Secret is a bit like your idea above. It uses Thomas Coopers Innkeeper's Daughter Sparkling Ale instead of the Coopers Original Lager. These two cans have similar attributes, but the Sparkling is a better brew on its own. Bluebru's Secret might be that you have used the Lager instead of the Sparkling Ale. However, this recipe does use fruity hops, so you might want to leave them out if they are not to your taste. Depending on the replies you get for ideas for non-fruity hops, you might want to try adding in some of them. Cheers Shamus
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    Bottle or not to bottle?

    Hi Leo The SG looks like it would be finished. Has it been stable for a day or two? If so, you could bottle now. Some say leave a brew a few more days after it becomes stable anyway, to finish off and let the yeast clean up after itself. If it has finished, I am not sure that the higher temperatures would be a big issue now. I will also be interested to see the views of more seasoned (experienced, not pickled) brewers. Cheers Shamus
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    wheres the best place to buy ingredients

    Dan Murphy's and Big W, who currently have 20% off most of the Coopers lines. Some of the on-line stores have free delivery offers from time to time too. I wonder what other industries use these ingredients and might be a source for buying them? Cheers Shamus
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    Bottle wash question

    I wash with warm water as I open, hang on bottle tree for a week or two, and sometimes store in boxes in between filling. Bottling day, just sanitise with a vinator. If using a spray bottle you just need to get enough fluid in to coat the inside surface. Enough squirts to get enough liquid in to shake it around to coat the inside surface would do it. Cheers Shamus
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    two can compatability

    This topic has given me some inspiration. Since the Woolworths Sales I have lots of Coopers cans. I wondered what other Coopers cans are compatible in a two can mix. I will have to check out the recipe lists or do some searches on the forum. Does anybody already have a list of combo's that have worked? Quite a few of the recipes use Amber Malt Extract along with one of the Coopers cans. What would happen if I swapped out the Amber Malt Extract for a can of Family Secret Amber Ale. Would the bitterness blow my head off? I loved the Bootmaker Pale Ale and I loved the Family Secret Amber Ale. How would they go together? Cheers Shamus
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    spicy brunette tips

    Hi WW I have a half batch of Spicy Brunette fermenting at the moment. Did it with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Day 5 today. Took a sample yesterday. SG down from 1.043 to 1.013 I could taste a subtle hint of cinnamon in the sample, enough that I thought how nice it will be once it is carbonated. Could it have more? I do not know. Maybe a little. Cheers Shamus
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    Cold Crashing Questions

    I got it wrong. You are well ahead. I have just got the one freezer. Too scared to come home with a second one. I am planting seeds though. Cheers Shamus
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    Coopers Downhill IPA- dry hops?

    Some many recipes and so many options. I feel your pain. I say Go with the recipe as you have to date. Try other options later; or Maybe, once fermentation is complete, you could transfer out half of the brew to a secondary container and dry hop it to see the difference. Cheers Shamus