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  1. 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?
  2. G'day Fellow brewers Just wanted to ask a couple of questions, thanks in advance for passing on your knowledge. Firstly, I was thinking about how diligent I am with sanitizing (i have been using Sodium Metabisulphite) and i was wondering why nothing is ever said about the tap. What i mean by that is, there is beer left in there when I take samples to check the gravity readings, so whats the chances of it infecting my brews when I'm bottling? What does everyone think of the Coopers PET bottles? or are glass better? Cheers Bateo
  3. Hey Guys. I start brewing the lager from the home brew kit. The temperature started at 20 but slowing dropped down to 16 and it's been like that past 2days, is that okay?. Or should I keep it few days more to get the temperature Up to 20' +
  4. Heya all... Im looking at brewing my first batch as got the kit for fathers day. Plan on starting off easy with just making the plain lager thats supplied. It says everything required is in the box but just cant get my head around it. Do I just add the can with the enhancer 1?? Instructions dont say anything about using the supplied carbonation drops but does refer to using yeast which isnt supplied. Nothing worse than a brew virgin I know but any help is appreciated. Cheers
  5. Sparkling Tonic Amber Ale - September 2020 Recipe Of The Month in pdf file for those outside of Australia to be able to see the recipe in perpetuity. Sparkling Tonic Amber Ale.pdf
  6. Hey guys, been away for a while but just wanted to share my journey! Going from my first Coopers Stout extract that I brewed back in May I ended up moving onto BIAB using a Costco 22L stove pot. This weekend it will be time to finally kick off a Sierra Pale Ale Clone (Brewfather) with my Brewzilla! Cannot wait! Just wanted to say thanks to everyone that has been awesome on these forums!
  7. Lamington Stout - July 2020 Recipe of the Month in pdf file for those outside of Australia to be able to see the recipe. Lamington Stout.pdf
  8. Hi All, First of all, I am kida new to brewing, and dont have much experience in brewing. I have done a cooper pale ale and amber ale previously and they turned out ok. I am thinking of doing a cooper stout next and what I got is. 1.) Stout kit 2.) Coopers 1kg BE#2 3.) Coopers 1kg BE#3 4.) Cooper 500g light dry malt My question is this. Do I use BE#2 with 500g LDM? Do I use the BE#3 alone? Do I use BE#3 +500g LDM? Which combination will make a better stout? Also, do I add 1 carbonation drop per 750ml for stout or should I continue using 2 per 750ml. Rgds, T
  9. I'm wanting to make a dark porter style ale. I made the Bilby Chocolate ROTM a while back and loved it. Looking for something similar BUT wanting to use what I have in stock. I would love some suggestions. Here's what I've got: Dark Ale kit Family Secret Amber Ale kit Bootmaker Pale Ale kit Dark Malt extract can Amber Malt extract can 300gm Chocolate malt grain Plenty of LDME, Dextrose, Maltodextrin brown sugar and golden syrup Saf US-O5: US-04 and W-34/70 yeast plus plenty of still viable kit yeast as above and Real Ale and Pale Ale Hops include: Cascade, Citra, Centenial, Galaxy, Mosaic, Nelson Sauv. You can probably guess that some of these items are getting a bit long in the tooth; still well within 'date'. But I'd like to use some rather than but new stuff. Many thanks in advance. I'll post updates on progress of the recipe I follow.
  10. I moved to the UK from Sydney in 2005 and packed my Coopers screw-lid brewing kit. I have recently found it again in the cellar and done a few brews in the last few months (after cleaning and sanitising everything thoroughly) and they have turned out great! AND... I also found some ingredients... I have: 1 can International Coopers APA: Best Before 12/Aug/06 1kg of BE2: Best Before 16/Sep/06 (this has hardened) 1kg of CSR Brewing Sugar 75% Cane Sugar and 25% Maltodextrin: PKD (packed date?) 13/Jan/04. I called my LHBS (well, not so much 'L' as online) and the Beer Yoda told me that the kit would be fine and that my choice of Safale US-05 yeast to replace the (probably very dead) kit yeast was good. I've done some reading and it seems the BE2 should be OK if dissolved in a few litres of boiling water and the CSR sugar should also be OK. Both of these are essentially just sugar so should be fine - there's nothing to die, right? Anyway - I figured I'd document my efforts in case anyone else is daft enough to want to try it with an old kit they've found! I'm just waiting for the temperatire to drop here a bit (mini heat wave in the UK right now) and then I'll crack on. Before I get going, I thought some folk might be kind enough to chip in with some advice/warnings? Am I right about the sugars? Should I add any more sugars? How much of these sugars should I add? I have some new 'in date' hops (Amarillo, Cascade and Citra) and plenty of new and 'in date' Coopers Light Dry Malt Extract I could add (but the 'in date' thing sort of defeats the purpose of this experiement, so I'd prefer not to.) Cheers! AA
  11. Hi folks! Any ideas as to why this would be? Fermenter bin is sealed and there is still pressure in the airlock. Some bubbles occasionally. SG is 1.014 after starting at 1.055 Temperature has been between 21 and 24C Thanks in advance for any ideas/help! AA
  12. Hi Folks, First time brewer and I need help. Today I bought the Coopers starter kit and a can of Dark Ale. The instructions are a little vague (Coopers take note!) and i didnt buy their enhancer #3... I've made up 23L using only the canned Dark Ale...and I live a distance from the shops. What can I use in its place? I have a Kilo of brown sugar. Help! Ken
  13. I am fairly new to this. I am only on my second brew and i decided to go for an IPA. However i have Cooper DIY Brew kit that has a Krausen collar. Now Coopers tell you to remove the Krausen Kollar after the foam subsides from the yeast. I am wondering if that should still be the case when dry hopping, or if i should leave it there till the end of the brew? I started the brew this afternoon and should hopefully be dry hopping around Day 6 or 7 but typically speaking the Krausen Kollar would need to come off around Day 3 or 4. Does anyone have some advice for me around this? Cheers
  14. Hi all, first time brewing anything, was doing really well until the bottling stage where I realised I had only put 1 carbonation drop in the 750ml PET instead of 2 :( Beer is the Coopers Real Ale, and used Coopers Carb drops. Whats kind of effects will this have on my beer?, I only bottled yesterday so is it possible to open the beer and drop another carb drop in? Sorry for the amateur questions but if there's anything i can do to help the beer carb better, I'm all in . Thanks
  15. Hey guys, So this has probably been asked a thousand times. But I am looking to start brewing my own beer, so just looking for some advice on where to start. What's a good kit to get to start brewing? What type of beer is better for beginners? Pretty much anything to help would be great. I've read a little bit on using kegs instead of bottles as well, which I think would be a better idea for me instead of bottling. Cheers
  16. Hi people. Bored over lockdown so bought a Cooper’s diy beer kit. Did first brew with the ingredients that came with it and it has been in bottles for two weeks. I cant say I’m impressed with the final product so far. The beer finished fermenting and gave me an ABV of about 3% (Do I need to add anything to this for bottle ageing? Does the ABV increase in the bottle?). It stayed around 18c for the week it was in the FV. No temperature control yet though. The bottles give a decent fizz when opened but it’s not great beer. Drinkable, yes...something I would love going back for, no. It tastes a little weak and has some bitter notes I wouldn’t expect from a lager style beer, almost like you might get from a pale ale. Unsure about the yeast that is used as it’s just called “brewing” yeast. Do I write this off as brew/experiment number one or could I have done something to cause this? I wasn’t expecting great things from try number one but thought I’d check in for some opinions. Thanks everyone, Scott
  17. I’ve had a coopers larger bottled for two weeks in my kitchen cupboard and the weather here in SA has been around 14 degrees. I’ve checked a bottle today and the bottles are hardened slightly but there doesn’t seem much carbonation going on. I know the temp should be about 17 degrees however could I leave the larger in the bottles for longer, say 3-5 weeks, would it bring up carbonation at 14 degrees? Cheers.
  18. Hi folks, Free to a good home for someone just starting out. 1. 30 unused PET bottles from the starter kit not required by myself, 2. A pack of beer enhancer 1 I am located in Banksia 2216 pick up only. First in best dressed. Cheers Royce
  19. Happy days, Finally received my brew kit after a very long three weeks thanks to COVID-19 . My First Brew - BootMakers Pale Ale I’ve sterilised absolutely everything, put my ingredients in , OG @ 36, temp @ 24/25 degrees initial temp and now in the Lag Phase. Only concern I had was a consistent temperature as I’ve got my kit stored in my garage, I’ve bought a heat belt and have my brew sitting after a very cold night still at 22 degrees just checked out my old fridge and have enough room to crash after fermentation to force Flocculation, hopefully that’s the right process before bottling. Now Time to patiently wait...
  20. I think I have wrecked my brew? And wondering if it can be saved. Making a coopers Golden Crown used 2lts of hot water to mix the extract then added 500g of light dry malt enhancer which immediately turned to hard lumps which were very hard to break up. Then added 6 liters of 20degree water and 14 liters of filtered tap water along with another 500g of light dry malt enhancer which was still lumpy, but temperature was still 32 degrees. Put it in the fridge set at 13.4 degrees to cool. 4hours later it was at 29.2 degrees and bed time so I tried adding the yeast but spilt half of the packet, panicked and added a full sachet of Coopers English Bitter yeast ( then thought oh oh thats a Ale yeast) Next morning the temp is down to 13.9 and the trap is burping. SG is down from 1039 to 1038. Is there any way to save it? Or just wait and hope? Dumb Brewer.
  21. Anyone had any luck with adding hop tea along with bulk priming to increase hoppiness? I have a pale ale cold crashing with plenty of bitterness but minimal hop flavor. I also have 100g each of Chinook, cascade and simcoe lying around...
  22. Hi everyone I'm new to this. What is the best app to record your brew info on.
  23. Has anyone used the kit supplied yeast (code ‘H’) with the Coopers Preachers Hefe and can advise whether the resulting style is that of a German Hefeweizen (as the name suggests) or a Belgian Wit (which the recommended replacement yeast WB-06 suggests?)
  24. First question: I'm about to put down Innkeeper's Daughter's Sparkling Ale & notice Coopers recommend using 1.5kg of Light Dry malt but do not suggest increasing the amount of yeast needed.Do I need more or is the yeast supplied with brew can sufficient? Second Question: I have been using 1kg of LDM when brewing Australian Pale Ale with great success but find it goes a bit lumpy when added to the wort & get a bit tired of having to stir for ages to get most of the lumps to dissolve.My brew shop owner suggested I use a 1.5kg can of coopers' LME instead of 1.5kg of LDM & am going to use this to make life easier.Will this still give me the same ABV as LDM as I figure 1.5kg of liquid will not contain 1.5kg of malt?
  25. I'm very basic in my beer making, I make mostly a toucan Coopers, IPA Brew A. No tricks or boiling, Open the cans add water and yeast and in a couple of weeks I have a beer that is very drinkable. So looking to step up my game ever so slightly without having to work too hard at it. How and what is my best option for adding hops to this recipe. I'm hoping to add a bit more hop flavour and it's ok if it ends up a little cloudy. Any recommendations? Keep it simple...
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