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  1. My tastes are broad as I am still exploring but the nicest commercial beer I had recently on tap was this https://holgatebrewhouse.com/featured_item/road-trip-american-ipa/ Of the Coopers recipes I have tried, I have enjoyed the ones which were quite bitter, had most hops aroma, through not necessarily very citrusy. I think I like the hops aroma if it has some floral and spicy character with the grapefruit. I had a commercial one which seemed to be all passionfruit and that was a bit much. That said, I don't mind VB either.
  2. This the only one I have tried like this. I thought it might be useful as a relatively bland base to add a dry hop of a particular hop variety (Hersbrucker) I wanted to try. The beer I got was the least liked by others of all I have done (which is not all that many). I thought it ended up like a thin ginger beer. I found it OK but far from my favourite.
  3. Just used neat, without anything further added? This is what I was suspecting might work quite well.
  4. Thanks. I don't mind bitter. The craft recipes I have tried and liked have had IBU of 60 or so.
  5. Hi, I am wondering what is in the extract tins. The ingredients list says just malt and hops. I am guessing that each tin is just liquid malt extract, the same as the liquid malt extract that Coopers sell in 250g sachets, to which a squirt of hops extract has been added. Depending on the intended style the tin might have more or less of a lighter or darker malt and more or less hops. I am aware that Coopers have published a list of which sorts of hops are in which tins. I have also seen the comment that the Craft tins are all rather more hopped (for their intended final volume) than the standard tins. I also note that the Coopers craft recipes tend to have a Craft sized extract can plus a 250g liquid malt sachet plus some extra hops, obviously chosen for particular tastes or styles. So, if the 1.7kg standard tin is just more liquid malt then it is not much different from a Craft tin plus a sachet. Viscosity seems similar suggesting to me a similar sugar content. Also, if a standard tin would make a less hopped 20 or so litres than a Craft tin would make 8.5L, then perhaps the amount of hops extract in either sized tin is also not much different. So, why not just get standard 1.7kg sized tins and make them up to 8.5 or 10L and perhaps add some dry hops later to get an effect much like the recipes? If the standard tins are supposed to be sufficiently bitter for a 20+L recipe, then I would guess there would be ample bittering when diluted only half as much so one could leave out further bittering and just add hops for aroma later. Has anyone had particular success with any particular standard tin in the craft kit volume? Did you add anything else?
  6. PeterC1525230181

    Seeking hersbrucker hops craft kit recipe

    Thanks for those suggestions. All noted and saved. My fermenter has just been filled with an unrelated recipe (Coopers 'Yellowfin IPA') but I'll try these when it is empty again. Cheers, Peter.
  7. PeterC1525230181

    Seeking hersbrucker hops craft kit recipe

    I could manage that in winter but not in the middle of summer. Thanks. I could try halving the recipe to use in my craft kit fermenter but I have not done that before. Any suggestions for using a craft kit can, or at they all too heavily hopped already to let the Hersbrucker show through?
  8. PeterC1525230181

    Why do the recipes avoid the kit yeast?

    PS. Is the yeast the same with all the cans, especially the 'craft kit' cans?
  9. I have the Coopers craft kit and have tried various of the recipes in the Coopers database. I have noticed that they mostly don't use the kit yeast. I assume that the kit yeast is not bad yeast. Why would Coopers put in a poor ingredient when they could include a good yeast at no more expense? I understand that it might be a wisely chosen robust strain, or maybe a blend of strains, so that it can cope with a wide temperature range and not perform too badly. Is it just that the recipe authors are aiming for particular style and so choose something specific and different? How much difference do different yeasts really make or is it enough to just understand that lager yeast likes cool (8-12) and ale yeast can cope with warmer (18-20 or more)? Even in hot weather and without any active temperature control I can keep things to around 22 degrees - our bathroom stays quite cool. I am happy to just make a enjoyable drink without getting pedantic about whether it matches any particular style.
  10. Hi, My daughter gave me some little hops plants for Xmas. It will be quite a while before I can harvest anything. They are hersbrucker. On-line descriptions of their character are all over the place. I have the Coopers craft kit and have tried a few of their recipes and kits of the month and have downloaded the helpful Excel spreadsheet someone did for these. No recipe seems to use Hersbrucker. I have bought 50g of Hersbrucker pellets to try. Can someone suggest a recipe that would show off their character? I am thinking something simple like adding them to a relatively bland base, perhaps the Bewitched Amber Ale can without doing much else, perhaps boiling half in some water (how long?) to add to the can and water to 8.5L, then use the other half to dry hop later? Just using the kit yeast? Please pile in with any suggestion!
  11. PeterC1525230181

    free shipping!

    I am in Canberra but I just stocked up and don't need to order anything else for a while. If you don't find anyone else and if your order is only a little short of $100, let me know and I could probably find something to include to tip your order over the line.
  12. PeterC1525230181

    Bottle wash question

    At least 3x rinse out with lots of shaking with tap water immediately after pouring. Drain upside down. Store upside down so dust doesn't fall in. Then into a big pot of boiling water for at least 5 minutes just before bottling. I have only bottled two batches with this approach so far, so I can't claim this is infallible.
  13. PeterC1525230181

    Boiling water good enough to sterilise?

    Well doing the experiment now. I am on to my second brew sterilising only with boiling water. Bottles and implements were passed through a large pot of boiling water with 5-10 minutes of residence time. For the fermentation vessel I poured in a kettle full of boiling water, rolled about over all surfaces, the tap was exercised open and closed a few times with the hot water running through and I repeated the whole process a couple of times. The water used for the brew itself was boiled, which also helps to drive off chlorine, and then the lid left on until it was cool and ready to use. So far, so good. I'll report back with my tail between my legs if I get an infected brew. I assume that will be obvious if it happens?
  14. I was diligently sterilising my craft kit with bleach and rinsing it all out with hot tap water etc. Now I am wondering is there is any reason not to do the following, which would be much less work: -Boil about 9L of water in a big saucepan for 5-10 mins to 1) sterilise it and 2) get rid of the chlorine. -Pour some of it boiling into the craft kit vessel, swish it about, open and close the tap a few times to rinse the tap out with near boiling water. Surely this would kill most bugs? -Top up with the nearly boiling water to nearly the full volume required, leaving room for additions. -Put the lid on and set aside to cool. -When cool, add the brew tin contents and whatever other additions and yeast. I suspect this is not the favoured approach with standard brewing volumes of >20L because of weight and the risk of tipping boiling water over oneself. With <9L, the weight and size is manageable and less risky. If everything is pretty clean having been washed out from the previous brew with plenty of hot water and a soft cloth, wouldn't a dousing in boiling water be enough to sterilise well enough?
  15. PeterC1525230181

    Craft brew kit

    I think the simple answer is to stick to instructions and use the smaller tins. However, someone here recommended the Australian Pale Ale tin with nothing else added, brewed to 8.5L. I tried that. It was OK but not the best of my limited experience. So, you can do it and it does not necessarily come out badly. I have tried a few of the 'Recipe of the Month' craft kits and generally preferred those over the straight cans. I think the tins benefit from the extra hops and/or malt of the kits.