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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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...
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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...
  15. Hi everyone I'm new to this. What is the best app to record your brew info on.
  16. 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?)
  17. 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?
  18. 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...
  19. Brewers! First off, I wish to wish everyone a merry and safe Christmas! So, I want to know the best way about about doubling/tripling a craft kit recipe for the standard 30l fermenter! Would it be as simple as using a larger tin and tripling the rest of ingredients? For instance I’ve done a few of the craft recipes and they are amazing and I want to do more volume! Ie jitter juice and lime milkshake ipa Any help would be gladly appreciated!
  20. Hi just about to do my very first diy brew. I have been trying to read up on the best place to keep the brew, and what is the best way to keep it and the right temp. I live in brisbane and the temp goes up to about 25c and down low as 13c. Any help would be great.
  21. Hello, I have tried to search the forums but haven't quite got a clear answer. I am brand new to brewing with the coopers diy 23lt kit fermenter. I decided to splurge a little and bought a temp controller and brand new bar fridge for fermentation. Due to the fridge size a cannot fit the fermenter in with the Krausen collar inserted. As I don't intend on brewing many of the high fermentation foam producing beers (pardon the ignorance in terminology) I didn't see this as an issue. I want to confirm whether or not I need the lid clips when not using the KC? The clips without the collar don't really fit the same as when you do use the collar and I am wondering if this is by design to allow c02 to escape and also allow foam to bubble out if it really had to. Thanks for any advice you can give. Cheers
  22. Hi, brand new to brewing but have listened to a few brewers across the years. I bought a kit and extras 2nd hand from a FB Buy/Swap member. In the stuff I got were several immersion heaters, 2 with temp control - I checked they worked before hand and sterilised one. I cut a hole in the top of the bucket (lid) and a hole in a silicon bung to feed the power lead through and dangled the heater in the bucket. I cleaned and sanitized and started with a Real Ale Coopers can and No3 Enhancer. I gave it a couple of hours and realised I'd forgotten to get OG so I did that and it looked to be ~1035. I also checked the look & saw the heater had no LED glow. It was late so I got an old electric blanket and wrapped the bucket so it wouldn't chill overnight. Unfortunately it was a double blanket and the side I set to 1 wasn't the side I plugged in so I woke to find the brew showing 36°. I unwrapped to let it cool. Took HOURS but eventually came down to 24° by that evening so I wrapped it (with no heating) and went to bed. All yesterday and today it's been sitting at 22°. I'd guess it was above 26° for about 12 hours with an unknown number of those overnight until I got up and found the temp so high. It was late when I turned on the blanket - maybe 11 PM. Inspections: During the warm period when the temp was about 26° I could see where the top frothiness (can't recall what that is called) had reached but the surface was bubble covered with small patches showing liquid. Slight bubbling was happening across the surface. At 22° the surface looked still. I wondered if I killed the yeast - I did the SG and it's now about 1010. I started late Wed arvo, it's now Sat arvo. The sample for SG smelled like beer, bit cloudy, had slight fizziness. I plan to SG tomorrow because I am wondering if the heat may have forced a fast brew. Have I spoiled my first batch? Could it have completed brewing in such a short time? From reading up a bit, I am hopeful the early heat may have been countered by the yeast being able to break down the unwanted products.
  23. First brew is settling for a couple of days prior to bottling so I thought I'd plan for what goes in the next brew. I have: 2 x Coopers Draught cans (old BBD Sep 10 for 1 and Oct 19 for other)) 1 x Coopers Dark Ale can (new) 1 x Brew Enhancer #3 bag of sugar (think it's just table sugar but it's very fine) Brown sugar I'd like to make a stronger than normal drinkable beer. I figure I will need new yeast for the Draught cans and plan to get LDM 500gm Currently I am thinking... Plan 1: 2 x Draught, BE3, 250 gm brown sugar, 250 gm normal sugar - hopefully counter the bitterness mentioned from combining 2 cans? Plan 2: 1 x Dark Ale, BE3, LDM - unsure about brown sugar for this - it SOUNDS like it would add a nice flavour, but...? Thoughts please?
  24. Hi Everyone, I am new to this forum and I am hoping you can give me some advice or comments. I ordered a Coopers Real Ale brew kit and started the brew this weekend. The brew kit makes a 23L batch and along with the beer kit and water, I added 1 kilogram of genuine brewing sugar. Everything mixed well and I got my temperature right on the spot at the 21 degree Celsius mark, and i added the yeast straight after (this yeast was provided by Coopers). My original gravity was at 1036 as they said it should be. After 3 days of fermenting, I took my first sample reading. I discarded the first liquids that came from the tap of the FV and then took a reading. It was now standing at 1005, could this be correct? Did it possibly spoil? It smelled fine and even tasted fine so i do not think the batch is off. My product is fermenting at 20-21 degrees Celsius and out of sunlight if that helps. What does this also mean for my alcohol %? There are so many different ways to calculate the alcohol % and every calculation gives me a different answer. Does anyone have a trusted one I can use? If my brew is in fact nearing the point of being ready, how long can you leave it in the FV before it goes off? I just want to make sure that there is no harm if I leave it for a day extra. The first sample I discarded before taking my reading, had a little yeast build up at the bottom once I let it set for a while. Along with the home brew equipment I ordered, I received a plastic bottler with a sediment trap. Would this help to keep that sediment out of my bottles, or should I discard the first liter at the bottom of my FV? Sorry for the long post, I just want to make sure that I start off right. I would appreciate all the comments and advice you can give. Thank you in Advance - Gerhard
  25. Hi, this is my first brew. Is it ok to use stubbies I have been saving, for bottling. ? I know bottling will be fiddly with small bottles, but will they be safe and not explode? Cheers
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