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  1. Budgery Brew Bird

    Help me make my next brew better!

    Hi guys! Might I say what a great community you have going here! I'm a noob who's diving headlong into the world of home-brewed happiness and would love a couple of suggestions on how I could make my next (*cough* second) brew more interesting and beneficial to my personal beer-velopment. Being as green as a Boags tinny I'm not looking for anything super complex, in fact maybe just a simple addition of another extract or supplementary sugar (honey/golden syrup etc) that from your experience might improve my plan. Using the old classic coopers home brew kit and hoping to make a dark(ish) drop using the following ingredients: - Coopers Dark Ale can - 500g Light DME - 1kg Dextrose Aaaand that's it so far. Straight out of blocks does anyone think this will make a really shitty beer if I just used these on their own (I should state that my expectations are optimistically low)? What would you add to spice it up? Bonus question: can I exclusively use stellarsan to get that OG lager can scuzz off my shiny new brew kit without creating a highschool science experiment in my fermenter? Hop on legends! Cheers, Brew Budgie xo
  2. I love Coopers Pale Ale. Always have and always will. Must be the South Aussie in me. So my wife bought me a Coopers homebrew kit for xmas and today I finally had the chance to crack it open and pretend i'm Thomas Cooper. I jumped on this site to get an idea on what I was doing and I reckon I watched the starter video 9 times before I was confident enough to have a go. So how did I go? First and foremost- Darwin water, even after running it for 10 minutes, comes out of the tap at about 38-40c. I did not take this into account..... On my "wet run" i thought i had the temperature right but completely failed to take into account the 2lt of hot water you add at the start to mix the enhancer. Rookie error. So by the time i had mixed everything i was running hot. Real hot! I added 3lt of fridge cold water, up to the 23lt mark, but the lowest i got in those first few crucial hours was 30c. I panicked and quickly started running a bath to sit the tub in and try and lower the temperature. It took a while but i managed to get it down slightly. Not as low as i wanted but it's not in the low 30's anymore. About 26c at the moment. OG was 1050 when I tested it Tips for young players (meaning me)- Have about 10lt of fridge cold water next time. And have it at 18-21c before I add the yeast. I honestly don't know what to expect from this batch. I hope it's going to be ok but i won't be surprised if it can remove my wifes nail polish.
  3. dtadams91

    FIRST HOME BREW

    So, I've finally moved into a new place that will allow be to brew to my heart's content and I've collected enough Cooper's longneck bottles for two batches. The only thing holding me back now is whether to start a brew now just before we head into summer (Melbourne) or wait until cooler months? I'm limited on space and funds so I can't get a small fridge to keep the temp low. Has anyone had good brew during summer with the fermenter in a cool place? ( ie; laundry ) Is the ice bottles in the laundry tub the best way to hold the temp? Also, is there a brew kit that's "easier" to start with for a newbie? Cheers Guys
  4. paconlacellars

    30+ years of Cooper's!

    As I completed entering the log of my latest batch of Cooper Dark Ale I noticed that this was batch #131. I flipped back to my first Cooper's entry: October 30, 1987. Wow, over 31 years of brewing Cooper"s!! I have brewed many different kit brands (including mashing my own) but have always returned to the best; over half of my recorded batches have been Cooper's - and with the exception of a few 'gift' kits, exclusively since 2003!!!
  5. Leo53

    Yeast

    Recently purchased a pale ale tin on the 14 Nov 18, yeast had a julien date of 28917. The yeast did not appear to activate and I threw out brew after 7 days. Could the old yeast have been the issue. I did every thing as per instructions, although the wort temp was 27/28 when I pitched. Kept receipt, from an SA food chain. Should I ask for refund?
  6. ianh9

    Brewing with Honey

    Its the time of year again when beekeepers start to extract large amounts of honey which is generally sold cheap on sites like gumtree for somewhere between $12 to $15/kg. As a beekeeper living in Perth I generally have way more than I can eat or sell, so I use it in brewing. Using honey sourced from a local beekeeper has many advantages. It is actually genuine honey that's been foraged for and created by a bee, instead of the flavourless, amorphous sugar solution imported from China that many supermarkets sell as honey. Its honey sourced locally from various flowers throughout the Spring and Summer with flavours that change as the year progresses. And its supporting dedicate, local hobbyists who are passionate about producing a quality product that way exceeds honey bought from shops and boutiques. Once you've eaten local honey you'll never buy it from the supermarket again. My two favourite brews are simply to substitute the sugar for honey in Cooper's Pale Ale and Stout kits. They are so simple, except for one cautionary point. 1) Take Coopers tin, open it, put it into brew bin. 2) Take 1.5kg of honey, mix with 1 litre of water, and heat slowly to 70 - 80°C and hold for 5 minutes. This (cautionary point) is important to kill most of the natural yeast in the honey that will ferment instead of the yeast you pitch. Honey doesn't normally ferment because the high sugar content prevents the yeast from multiplying. It lies dormant until the water content of the honey exceeds 20%. Supermarket honey doesn't do this because its all been pasturised, allowing supermarket honey to have high water content without fermenting. It really is just sugary water or maybe more appropriately watery sugar. 3) Add the honey solution to your brew bin, make up to 22 or 23 litres, pitch the yeast and ferment as normal. Brewing can stop temporarily for half a day for some reason, and then restart. Stirring 3 or 4 times during each brew helps keep things going. 4) Prime the bottles as usual, cap and leave to rest for a month. The final product is excellent. The Pale Ale forms the base to a drink very similar to Bees Knees but with more complex flavours and variety between batches, while the Stout becomes smoother and heavier with emboldenedflowery flavours sitting behind the stronger stout taste. 1.5kg of honey probably results in 6% ABV. I give my best customers a free mixed 6-pack here and there to keep them loyal. And with that, its time for me to order my Summer brewing kits while Coopers is having its free delivery offer.
  7. Hello everyone. I am very new to brewing..My 2nd kit is a coopers real ale tin. I used 1kg dextrose and 200gr Brown sugar as a friends suggestion to bump up the abv. 21 litre water level and used the provided yeast...OG was 39. Steadily at 23 degrees. First day showed good foam and after 4 days foam stopped and I checked gravity which was just under 1000....from what ive read this is not right and my first coopers beer was 14 at four days and finished at 12 FG (coopers lager). This brew is clear for and inch and quite cloudy under that... I probably should not have messed with sugar and or water level so new to the game but does anyone have any suggestions. And how I can remedy or if I have anything to worry about. I've heard giving it a stir may help? Or adding new yeast? Any help would be muchly appreciated. Jimmy newbie
  8. fearnobeer

    New 2 brew

    Hi brewers.firsttimer here.got a diybrew kit from big w.bottled 6 days ago using pet bottles.it was on a hot day.used the draught ingredients and 2 carbo drops.after several hours,the bottles started venting air.sum of the caps became loose,so i tighten them up,they have settled abit but theres still venting going on..any tips on what i should do would greatly appreciated..cheers.mark,
  9. Hi all, I am 18 hours into the first brewing venture using the Lager that came with the kit. I am brand new to brewing so am unsure with what to expect - all part of the fun I guess... The brew when I first mixed it all together foamed lightly however doesn't appear to be actively foaming anymore and has settled. I struggled to dissolve all the BE1 and can spot small lumps at the surface and am wondering whether it's worth stirring a little? Also, I am wondering whether it is worth adding any hops??? Enlighten me! Cheers.
  10. I am yet to try this but logic dictates the following: There appears 2 ways to make beer for DIY Craft beer smaller tanks. 1. If using Coopers Craft 1.3 kg recipes – don’t add extra sugar in tank as sugar already mixed into the recipe. Costs approx Aus $1 per 740 ml bottle 2. If using other 1.7 – 1.8 kg recipes - then split into exactly 2 halves & store one half in air tight sterilised container in fridge for future batch. Use other half to make brew. Use stored half as soon as first half is bottled. When ready to brew recipe, mix in tank and add 500 g sugar. Will need to obtain & add yeast to second half of recipe as recipes only come with one serving of yeast. Use brewing yeast only. Costs approx Aus $0.50c per 740 ml bottle. Hope this helps. Would love to hear the results from anyone who tries this halving recipe.
  11. G'day all I work fly in fly out on a 7 days on 7 days off roster and I'm planning on starting my brew the day before I fly out. This could mean the brew maybe ready for bottling while I'm away I'm wondering if leaving it possibly a day later than recommended if it will spoil my brew cheers in advance for any help
  12. BernardP

    MR Bernie Parker

    I have been using your brew kits for about 6 years & they are yum yum yum ? your new 23 lt kegs are good But the tap is to high and the tap it self produces all nasty stuf coming out of leaver have taken apart & really really cleaned but by the next brew same yuk.Have gone back to old kegs no probs.
  13. So, I have a question, what heating options is there for the coopers brew kit. I bought a heat belt that is rated to be 100w and I don't know if I can trust wrapping it around my fermentation tank and does anyone know what the little metal tabs are used for on either side of it? (see picture).
  14. Seadog18$

    Sparkling Ale Question

    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?
  15. hi first time brewer...all was going good untill.....day 3 was taking off krausen collar and dropped a wooden thermometer into fermenter..took out with sanitised tongs...worried about infection....is it worth continuing or start again...thanks in advance
  16. Sladlow

    Coopers kit litres

    Hi, got some cooped kits and they don’t have the instructions that I recall they always had. Question is, how many litres of water are required? eg - lager kit page - Recommended to be brewed with (23L): 1kg Coopers Brew Enhancer 2 Coopers Carbonation Drops Document on Cooper site mentions to add 22l of water. Does this mean add 22l of water and the kit makes up a total of 23l, or add 23l of water? Thanks
  17. I want to use black rice and a Coopers extract to brew an ale that's like some Japanese beers I had recently (e.g. Konishi Garnet Rouge, HItachino Nest Red Rice Ale). As I'm using an extract, I believe I need something to convert the starch in the rice into sugar. The Asian grocer only had yeast balls which will convert the starch to sugar but I think it will also start the fermentation, which I don't think I want to start before I add the rice liquid to the brew. I know I could use dry enzyme but I've heard this can negatively impact the taste of the beer. Has anyone tried adding rice to an extract like this? if so; What did you use to convert the rice starch into sugar? Did you cook the rice or just soak it? How much rice would I use instead of Coopers brewing sugar to get a similar ABV? I'm happy to use some brewing sugar or LDM to get the brew up to 4.0 to 4.5% and use the rice to get it up to 5.0% or more. Any other advice would be appreciated.
  18. Hello, first time brewer here. I've been fementing my brew for about four days now and have just attempted to take my second gravity sample but almost half of it is froth. Do I need to degas my brew or is this a normal part of the process? If I do need too how do I go about degassing it?
  19. Zane

    Lumps in my brew?

    Hello folks, I purchased a Cooper's DIY Brewing Kit today and have just emptied the ingredients into the container and have let it sit for a few hours. I have noticed that there are quite a few lumps floating on the surface of the brew and on the bottom is a layer of a substance that looks like grease. Is this normal or have I ruined my first brew? I tested the gravity of the brew and it ranged around the 35 mark and had the original temperature at about 28, a little higher than the recommended temp but could not help it. I'm a first time brewer and the box didn't come with any instructions and could not find any information in here as of yet.
  20. Hi All, First time brewer looking for some advice. i have the standard Coopers brewing kit with 'lager'. On day 7 I had a reading of 1016 Day 8 I had a reading of 1014 (so assumed I needed another 1014 to bottle) Day 9 I'm getting 1010 In one of the DIY videos it says 1012-1016 should be the FG. Should I bottle or wait for another 1010? I'm worried it's past the point of bottling. Note- beer has been kept at 17-20c
  21. Hi all, Not sure if this has been discussed before so forgive me if it has. I've purchase the Coopers English Bitter. The first and second time I used Beer Enhancer 3. On the second attempt I measured the OG at 1.042. And my brews generally finish at 1.012. So that calculates to just on 4% alcohol. Is this the designed alcohol content or should it be higher? Am I using the wrong enhancer? I'm only using Kits and sugars. I'm not attempting mixed recipes with extra hops or malt at the moment. I am also only making a 20 litre brew because I am kegging into 18 litre kegs. Any advice will be gratefully received. ? Thanks in advanced.
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