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  1. Cheers Lab Cat, happy NY brewing I’ll try the LDM + BE2 with my next Coopers Pale Ale brew to see if I prefer this recipe to the basic recipe
  2. Happy NY brew lovers. I’m drinking my second brew, Coopers Pale Ale using with the DIY 23 litre brew kit, I followed the simple recipe with the BE2, & 2 carb drops per bottle, very happy with my brew, great taste and excellent head retention and carbonation. I left in the PET bottles for 5 weeks. I did a blind tasting with the commercial Coopers Ale and was pleased that it tasted and felt very similar. Photos of my brew attached. Has anyone added a Coopers LDM pack to the Coopers Pale Ale liquid extract instead of the BE2? If so what was the result? Or maybe I should use both the BE1 and the LDM 500 g pack? Any suggestions would be welcome. Happy to use the original simple recipe again if best rather than experimenting with the LDM additives . Cheers
  3. Might test again tomorrow to get a final FG, just tested again with a reading of 1011
  4. Thanks Muzzy just did a second test for the FG I did draw off a small amount before filling the testing tube again, the reading was 1011 approx, I might test again tomorrow will be my NY’s brew My last brew was the Coopers Pale ale with BE2 tasted great after 5 weeks in the bottles, I did a blind taste with the commercial Coopers Pale, tasted very similar so was happy with the result
  5. Hi Everyone Happy New Year to all my brewing friends I have just put down my third ever brew, enjoying the journey but still learning. I have put down the Coopers lager extract with BE1 & LDM packs to try a malt lager with full flavours. My OG reading was 1042 on 25/12. I have taken another reading today 31/12, strange thing my hydrometer read 1012, but after leaving it in the wort for a few minutes the hydrometer kept rising in the testing tube to rest at 1042? I am assuming it is too early to bottle, but I’m surprised at the high reading? I am assuming it is because I have used the BE1 & LDM packs together with the Lager liquid extract kit? I am using the 23 litre Coopers DIY home brew kit . Do most of you who use the LDM packs leave the BE out when brewing or do you use both for making more maltier brews? Cheers
  6. I have a newbie question. If I add one of the Coopers light dry malt extract packs to the Coopers lager liquid extract kit, should I also add one if the brew enhancers? I saw a Coopers lager recipe which used the above to make their premium lager, but it not mention the BE.
  7. Thanks Stickers ill try that with the Coopers Pale Ale I now have in the FV. Thanks for the advice.
  8. Thanks Lab Cat ill take your advice and leave for another week before opening another bottle I’ll do some research on bulk priming as I have no idea what that is
  9. Thanks Jamiek86 I bottled on Saturday 31/10 so it’s been nearly 3 weeks in the bottle. Actually takes a lot like the commercial Coopers Australian Pale Ale
  10. Hi fellow brewers I’ve just started drinking my first ever brew, Coopers Lager with the BE2, popped 2 Coopers carb drops into each of my 750 ml PET Coopers bottles . I used the Coopers DIY starter brew kit. Photos attached below. The beer has nice lager smell, clear colour with OK head once poured. The taste was pretty good except it isn’t very fizzy, for want of a better term. There is much mouth feel. I’ve read that it could be because of the Coopers carb drops are Dextrose sugar? Should I replace with white sugar or another sugar? The PET bottles are all firm before opened so I was expecting there to more carbonation/fizz Any suggestions? I have the Coopers Pale Ale kit in the FV now so will be bottling this Pale on Sunday so would like to make sure it has better carbonation than this lager. cheers
  11. I’m new to brewing, I’ve just bought a heat belt to use at night with my Coopers DIY home brewing kit. My question is where do I position the heat belt around the Coopers plastic FV to heat the wort evenly? I’m a bit nervous about the heat belt which gets quite hot whether it might affect the yeast or cause a local hot spot. Would like to hear from brewers who use heat belts around the Coopers FV
  12. Hi, I've put all the PET bottles in a cardboard box from the Copers DIY kit covered with a towel. At night I use my heating belt over the top of the towel and partially close the top of the box, to keep the brew warm, but not to over heat, seems to be a cheap temperature control cupboard.
  13. Hi, I've put all the PET bottles in a cardboard box from the Copers DIY kit covered with a towel. At night I use my heating belt over the top of the towel and partially close the top of the box, to keep the brew warm, but not to over heat, seems to be a cheap temperature control cupboard.
  14. Hi, I've put all the PET bottles in a cardboard box from the Copers DIY kit covered with a towel. At night I use my heating belt over the top of the towel and partially close the top of the box, to keep the brew warm, but not to over heat, seems to be a cheap temperature control cupboard.
  15. Thanks for the heads up for my first home brew
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