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  1. I just wanted to make a comment about the Thomas Coopers Bootmaker's Pale Ale kit. When the new range was released I eagerly looked at this kit as the first I wished to brew, & have subsequently brewed a number of the Thomas Coopers range. This was the only one I was disappointed in of the kits I've tried so far. I'm only disappointed because of the extra price tag above the other ranges. For the style it appears to be aimed at I feel it falls short as a base kit. I would much prefer to see something like a Centennial/Simcoe mix other than the current Cascade/Styrian Golding combo that makes up the current hop mix. This particular range of kits should be fully loaded at their current price point where no extra hops/grains should be required & still produce a high quality beer in the styles they are aimed at. This kit is not quite up to the mark IMHO. I wish it was. I don't mean any offence. Just my 2 cents. Cheers, Lusty.
  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. Bradchad

    Real fruit

    Hey guys. Just wondering if any one has used real fruit in brew to flavour. Open to all suggestions as im thinkin bout it.
  4. 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
  5. Floss the destroyer

    Ale or lager?

    So when I just make a straightforward home brew with a Coopers kit, is that a lager or ale yeast under the lid? Am I making an ale or a lager? When it's fermenting, I don't know if the action is happening on the top or the bottom of the vat.
  6. 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!!!
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. fearnobeer

    New 2 brew

    Hi brewers..just another l plate question..what is coopers commercial yeast , do i need it or is there other alternatives..thankx guys
  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. Hi, for my next brew I would like to brew a beer (in the coopers home brew tins) that has low to very low bitterness for a change. Does anyone have any suggestions?
  13. Hi Guys! I just received the coopers lager brew kits for my birthday. Sunday just gone I started my brew. Mixed all the ingredients and couldn’t quite get the brew under 27degrees Celsius. I added the yeast, clipped the lid down and let it sit, it then dropped to around 24degrees celcius not long after that. The initial hydrometer reading Immediately after mixing the ingredients was 10:36 its Now Tuesday afternoon and it’s been at a stable temperature for the last 2 days. I did another reading on the hydrometer and it read 10:12. There are no tell tail Signs of fermentation such as foaming or a ring of filth around the top of the brew. Does this sound right? How long should it take before it’s ready to bottle? How often should I register a reading in the hydrometer?
  14. Hello from Italy, my name is Giacomo. Last Sunday i prepared my second homemade beer with my kit and a brewing extract, i used the european lager one. I was wondering how many days I'll have to wait before bottling, i read some instructions on the net about this type of beer but i didn't read anything about this part. The temperature is about 19°C-->62/63 F 24hour a-day. I guess I'll leave it for something like 6/7 days as I made the first time but i wanted to read if you had something to tell me about! I also read that is necessary to wait at least 12 weeks in the bottle before consuming ? If you have some tips to give me about european lager brewing I really would like you to join the thread!
  15. anthony E

    Carbonation

    Is anyone having trouble with the carbonation drops, my last two brews are flat & its the first time i've used them?
  16. Usin can syrup ....whats the best way to add 500gm of malt ? Do you go half 500gm dex and 500gm malt ? Probably sounds stupid , but just getting started and learning .... Thanks for any info Cheers
  17. Tomo1525229062

    Of witt

    can any one out there please help me , I need the coopers oc Witt recipe using coopers heff wheat can of concentrate . Cheers guys in advance ?
  18. 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).
  19. Ebin Twine

    Yeast

    I am busy with a IPA , my yeast was active till the sevenths day , I added hops and it seems there is no action at all! It’s properly sealed and if some one give me a hint what to do please, when I added the hops it smelled good and nothing seemed wrong?
  20. CLASSIC

    CLASSIC

    Hey Guys, Did my first Coopers Stout, this is day 3, seems to holding at 22 - I pitched at 24. It seems a bit heady, so I suppose this is a good sign. I had to de-gas a bit to see the reading. I am hoping this will be drinkable. Cheers Phil
  21. 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
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
  25. 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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