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  1. GMan10

    First Brew

    Thanks Shamus - really appreciate the tips!
  2. GMan10

    First Brew

    To muzzy and lab at in particular, thanks for the tips, beer bottled after 6 days in fermenter, FG was 1013 or thereabouts. Just squeezed 30 bottles out. Looks good, smelt and tasted ok. Off for supplies for a coopers dark ale next, will use normal yeast first b4 I try reactivating some everything cleaned and air dried in sodium per carb, have starsan for use before bottling. two quick questions. Is it ok just to spray fermenter, taps, lid and spoon with star san solution before fermenting? Any tips for dark ale? I used one carb drop and one sugar tube in first brew, use again for dark ale? thanks again for the support of a newbie. My adventure begins....
  3. thanks to everyone for answers, bottling tomorrow if FG is steady today....
  4. OK. Sat is bottling day. Really appreciate input. I'll let you know how I go.
  5. ok, thanks. I have a blanket, it's in my office and house temp is 20 but it's around 18-19. I'll try to think of a way to increase temp a bit without moving - maybe a sleeping bag to replace wool blanket or maybe get wife to hold on to it for a few hours to warm it up with body heat
  6. Brew Enhancer 1 (thanks for the reply)
  7. Hi Everyone, OK, first brew, coopers lager (although I'm told it's ale). Put in fermenter Sunday (20th Sept). Hydro reading around 38. What it is supposed to be. Removed Kollar Day three, checked Hydro - 14. Checked today 14. From everything i read, 2 days same steady reading and ready to bottle, however doesn't seem right. I thought 6 days in fermenter, then check for 2 days same FG and then bottle. Am I good to bottle now or will FG fall more? Can it wait til weekend. Temp has been steady around 19 rather than 21 coopers suggests. Sorry an absolute newbie!!
  8. GMan10

    First Brew

    I didn't realise the Dark Ale came with yeast. I was reading recipes and it says to provide??
  9. GMan10

    First Brew

    I didn't realise the dark ale tin came with yeast, thought i read recipe and it said supply your own. Yes I'll def do first batch with theirs.
  10. GMan10

    First Brew

    that's a particularly bad dad joke!
  11. GMan10

    First Brew

    Thanks, really appreciated. I'm trying not to be a spanner and ask too much too soon. Yeah I read about the lager / ale thing too - that's ok, I'm not a beer drinker but not a connoisseur. The reactivated yeast thing doesn't sound hard....and I LOVE dark Ale. Should I try a little easier Dark Ale recipe first? Any special tips using reactivated yeast (or traps). Thanks for the heads up, really appreciate any advice.
  12. GMan10

    First Brew

    BTW, Just purchased some Star San and Sodium percorbonate for clean up. First brew said just rinse equipment, I hope that's ok? I think the cleaning has always been my biggest worry going into the home brew venture (and keeping the temp correct), however I'm in now.... I work from home, my precious is behind me, can't wait to taste but a bit off yet.
  13. GMan10

    First Brew

    Thanks Muzzy, I note you are an active participant and I really appreciate the spell check and advice yes it's cloudy, I suspect all fine. It's pretty stupid proof, I just thought there would be a big more bubble and froth. It's fine I'm sure. Yes did take reading and will check when i remove Kollar (that's how they spell it) today. I'm using PET too and I saw your sugar advice and thought I'd ask. I'm easy, think I'll try your way and see. Coopers Dark Ale next - using reactivated Coopers Pale Ale Yeast. Wish me luck.
  14. GMan10

    First Brew

    Hi All, Making my first brew, standard Coopers DIY kit, Coopers Larger Brew Can and Enhancer 1. Been looking around forum and already discovered great tips. warm wort to help with ease of adding, use hot water to mix enhancer and wort. Anyway, getting there. First question. Day 3, remove Krausen Kollar. Brew has been steady temp, closer to 20-21 than intended 21-22. Not very frothy - is it working? Appreciate any feedback PS SHould I really use one glucose tab and one lump of normal white sugar for better result when i first bottle?
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