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  1. Nottingham can do the same thing. I did a fake lager with it at 15C, just because it could. It was ordinary.
  2. 18C or above for a couple of weeks. Same for all beer styles.
  3. I thought it an odd brewing schedule. I think the US beer sites still have a lot of secondary evangelists, maybe it's from one of those.
  4. I'd agree. I think you treat the barley as a steep - as you would any grains the Coopers recipes often use. I guess a mini mash is another term for the same thing? I've just done a 'brown' ale with the Dark as the base, Amber malt, the resulting beer is much nearer a Porter than a Brown, quite dark and roasty. I think the barley would put the Dark into Stout territory if you're worried about bitterness.
  5. What recipe? Dry hopping is adding hops after the main ferment is finished. It's done for 2-4 days, tops.
  6. I brew with LDM most of the time, it won't ferment out as much as Dex, so your FG will be a bit higher and ABVs will be a bit lower. Only using 500g or any fermentable will always produce a mid strength beer. A kit and kilo of LDM will be around the 4.2% mark (after you add 0.5% for the bottling sugar.) If you want 5% then add another 500, or Dex - if you you just want ABV and not extra body. Dex will ferment out more than LDM, and go a bit higher for ABV.
  7. I'm afraid you're the only one confused, despite many posts clarifying it. Coopers temp range is based on the yeasts they put in the cans. There's a mix of strains in some of these - some are mixes of lager and ale yeast. They've maximized their kit yeast for ease of use without temp control. You just have to keep the FV in that range. Is it "Ideal" for a given beer style, as people post on here? Probably not. But it makes a half decent beer. That's the whole point of their instructions. I've used Coopers yeast and brewed at the appropriate temp for the kit and style, and that works too. That's "ideal", but few beginner brewers are set up to do it.
  8. I used raw Molasses in a bitter. Never again. Beer had a metallic iron taste that time won't fix. I have used Demerara, which has some molasses in it, but not enough to compare with the real thing. Both those sugar are unrefined and contain molasses, so best taste them and see if that's what you want in your beer, some of that flavour will get into it. A little molasses can give a toffee or treacly flavour. Too much is ... way too much.
  9. But that's Aussiekraut's point. They're marketing to and making it easy for Joe Average. Before I had temp control, I brewed beers at 21 and 27, and everything in between. They all came out fine, and for some brewers, that's all they want. Yes, temp control will get consistent results if you brew the same beer a lot, but a few brewers I know just want to make beer with as little fuss or gear as possible. They're Coopers main market, I reckon.
  10. Depends on what you're wanting from the hops. A short 5-10m boil extracts flavour and add some bitterness. Longer boils add more bitterness. Turning off the heat lets it steep flavour. If you cool it right down, you'll stop the process. Different hops lend themselves better to boil or steeping, and personal preference also dictates this. This is where you'll need to experiment, as we all do, to get the ideal profile we want. Dry hopping is throwing some hops in after 4-5 days ferment, to add some flavour and aroma. Both methods are worthwhile with kits, as many can be a little bland without them, and we're all used to hoppier beers than mass produced tap beer these day.
  11. No, that is a hop boil, prior to fermentation. Cold crashing is cooling the wort to 1C, after fermentation has finished.
  12. I have the same issue this time of year, the garage is too cold. I smuggle a carton or 2 into a warm spot inside. Can you get them warm for a week? That should be enough, the yeast is only dormant.
  13. Reminds me of when Barry Marshall drank Helicobacter to prove that ulcers were caused by bacteria, and not stress. The medical profession had laughed at him right up til he got the Nobel prize. However, in this case, science and humanity is not advanced one iota.
  14. Get a new can. Why waste time making potentially awful beer, when you can make a good one, for less than a tenner more?
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