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  1. If you want fruity, like others said, S-04 will get you there.
  2. I did a cream ale with Amarillo. Was not pleasant at three weeks in the bottle. At six weeks it was really nice and got better as time went on. Planning on making it again. I used 14 grams in an 11.25 liter batch at 25 minutes left in the boil. Added another 14 grams at flameout and let them steep 15 minutes.
  3. That's good to know. I do think you guys make a great product. The Real Ale I did a month or so ago really exceeded my expectations especially after thirty years of all-grain brewing. When time gets tight I will be making a Coopers kit to keep the pipeline full!
  4. I work in sales. Nothing wrong with charging what the market will bear. May simply be the lack of competition in the U.S. England seems to be flooded with canned kits so you have to be competitive.
  5. I work in sales. Nothing wrong with charging what the market will bear. May simply be the lack of competition in the U.S. England seems to be flooded with canned kits so you have to be competitive.
  6. Some day I'm going to have to have someone give me a couple beers, one with homebrew "twang" and one without and drink them side by side. Been doing all-grain a long time so I may not know what I'm tasting. I'm not finding any off flavor in this Real Ale. It's quite pleasant. Very enjoyable.
  7. Maybe so. Can't imagine shipping is the the big cost either. Shipping from Austraila to the U.S. can't be more than shipping to the U.K. Is it possible Coopers sub-contracts their kit manufacturing to another company in the U.K.? I've heard a lot of locally available kits in the U.K. are made by Munton's. You're not going to find a domestically produced Brew Can type kit in the U.S. At least I'm not aware of any. Best you're going to do is a 19 liter brew kit from a homebrew store with malt extract, steeping grains, yeast, and hops. This will start at about $28 USD but includes everything. No additional kilo of fermentables required. Similar kit with grain instead of extract starts about $22 USD.
  8. Interesting thing about the internet, it's easy to get a global perspective on things. Coopers Dark Ale brew can in the U.S. is $23 USD, from us.diybeer.com. This is about what you pay at a regular homebrew shop. That translates to about $31.50 AUD. In England same kit goes for about £16 British pounds, about $13 USD. Really no wonder kits don't sell better here in the states. Add in a kilo of ldme at $7.00 USD for $30 total. I can make 63 liters of all - grain for the same money. Now, kit is fast and easy and makes a pretty good beer for the time involved. Is that time worth the extra expense?
  9. Today makes five weeks in the bottle. It's improved quite a bit the past two weeks. I'm really very pleased with this. I have enough it will be aging for some time. This is a good thing!
  10. Hardest thing the brewer has to overcome, the need to keep messing with it. It's fine. Leave the lid on and let it go for at least ten days then check the gravity. Two days later check it again. If it hasn't changed it's ready to bottle. Letting it sit a few extra days won't hurt it. It will be fine.
  11. ALL of mine smell like beer. Just the way PET is. I usually let mine sit full of "One-Step" for half an hour the day before bottling. Doesn't even touch it. Never had an off flavor problem from it. On a side note, I noticed today the boxes my Coopers bottles came in say "Made in America" on the side. You guys getting the same thing?
  12. Update from last post. After threes weeks this is pretty enjoyable! If I got this in a bar for $3 USD I'd be satisfied. Looking forward to trying this at six weeks. May be more Coopers kits in my future.
  13. What did your friend have in them?
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