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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. 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.
  3. Just wondering if anyone has any idea about how much this signed coopers Vintage Magnum is worth, i won it in a raffle and dont know if i should keep it or sell it
  4. Hey team, has anyone worked out the calories left in a coopers homebrew pale ale using brew kit two with a 23 liter brew? thanks in advance
  5. Hi Guys, Im relatively new to this brewing thing. I have done 3 batches, and all of them have had the same weird (the only way I can describe it is) Pongy taste to it. is this just a standard thing that everyone encounters of should I be doing something to make sure this dent happen? Brewed a lager , Pale ale and stout from the brewing extract. Also any tips to make a great beer would be very appreciated. I've just bought a heating belt and fridge, next is a temp controller. Thanks!
  6. gday folks. Apologies if this has already been discussed but Im new to home brewing and to this forum. I bought the coopers kit a couple of weeks ago but Im wanting to know how long can I get away with leaving it in the fermenter before bottling. Its already been in there for 2 weeks but ive just got word that I have to fly out for work for 3 weeks and Im not going to get a chance to bottle it before I leave. Will it be ok until I get back? Is there anything I should do to keep it in a good state while Im gone or do I just leave it? Thanks for any guidance here.
  7. Howdy legends, I've only been brewing since December last year, and while I have been doing lots of experimenting with flavours, techniques, adjuncts and yeasts, I have also done some brews exact to the recipes on this excellent site. Suffice it to say, for shits and giggles, I entered my Smooth Bockenator into the ACT Amateur Brewing Champs, mainly to get some feedback on where I am at, and surprise, surprise, the weizenbock came 3rd!!! I have no idea on the scoring system, but my entry was only 2 points behind first place, and I can almost guarantee that the people ahead of me were all grain brewers. So my point is, these recipes can stand up with the best of them, some being true enough to style to be worthy of being entered into the Nationals! They are also a great base for mucking around - I highly recommend split batches to investimigate the effect of different yeasts and adjuncts. Yay Cooper's team!
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  9. Hi all, so in my excitement to get started brewing I used a past best before brew tin. Two years past to be specific. I'm on day 7 now and everything seems to be coming along nicely, nice colour, good head, BUT my brew has a very strong taste and odor of molasses. Can I hope this will mellow after its bottled? Should I leave it to ferment longer in the keg? Or should I just dump the whole thing and start fresh? Thanks in advance for any advice.
  10. 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
  11. New to all this just wondering what the go is just put on a new batch (coopers draught) with 750 Ldm and 250 dex 3 day ago and My air lock is not bubbling like it normally does with other batches isThere some thing wrong?
  12. Going to put this in fermenter in a couple of days. 1.7 kg aus pale can 1 kg dextrose 500g LDME 150G Cracked wheat grain. 40g galaxy hops 20g cascade hops. My question is should I dry hop all hops or maybe do short boil with grain and 20g galaxy. Then dry hop the rest on day 4. Any input would be much appreciated.
  13. I'm doing a Mexican cervaza brew ( third brew ) Its day 4 and I've been doing a hydrometer test everyday ( I was suspicious it might get infected and wanted to be safe) Day one sp. Gravity was 1038 Day 2 gravity was 1030 Day 3 was 1013 And now day 4 is 1012 Maybe I should just wait. Thoughts?
  14. Just wondering how long the hydrometer should be left in tube to get a reading
  15. Put down a toucan stout today. 1 can coopers stout, 1 can coopers dark ale, 1kg brown sugar, 400ml expresso coffee from ground coffee beans and 25g East Kent golding hops steeped for 30 mins. Can't wait to taste it. OG 1060.
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Nine days ago put down a Coopers Irish stout with a 1kg of ldm, 200g lactose sugar, 100g of coconut sugar, 20ml coconut essence, along with 150gram mix of dark crystal and chocolate crystal cracked Infusion. I used safale Nottingham yeast. Well nine days later it’s in the bottle. The sample was awesome not too sweet and yes the coconut came through on the palate very subtle. I’ll get back to you all in two weeks!
  19. Hello everyone, I want to brew up a Kolsch when it gets warmer. Can I have some suggestions as to what beer extract kit to use as a starting point. Thanks for your time
  20. So I went into mad Brewer mode after my initial purchase of the Cooper's DIY kit anyways moving forward my first recipe maybe already done by someone but I haven't seen it so im calling this my zocasrillo draught . Made from my mistake of being unable to get the amber ale kit . Lets go : 1 xcoopers extract draught can. 150g glucose ( gluten free). 1 X be2 coopers box 1kg 25g x2 cascade hop pellets. 25g Amarillo hop pellets. 1x usa 05 yeast 1x coopers carbanation drops method Boil 5lt water and reduce to simmer in pot /wort and add glucose, ( stir till disloved) Flame off add in the Cooper's draught extract (stir 3min approx) . In fv add 2 lts of cold water and then add 2 lts of boiled water along with the be2 box.(stir till disloved). bring wort/pot back to rolling simmer add 25 g cascade hops 15 mins . add 25g amarillo hops to rolling simmer at 14 min mark ( 1min ) flame off (steep for 10 mins ) strain ,wort / pot contents to fv . add water to required level 21lt or 23lts (cold water if cooling required). pitch yeast USA 05 around 21c fermentation at 20c approx dry hop 25g cascade hops at day 5 of fermentation, bottled after 2 equal hydrometer Readings. 2 X coopers carbanation drops per 750ml OG = 1040 FG = 1002 /4.99% approx. results : good taste hop drivin draught mild bitter like beer ,good head retention and carbanation at or after day 12 onwards maturity will be highly considered. There you go anyhow knock it once you brew it cheers.
  21. Hi all. I am thinking of trying the Irish stout in the recipe section which is pretty basic ingredients. 1 Irish stout tin and 1 kg BE3. Any suggestions on anything else I could add to get a more flavour?
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Just started my diy brew journey have done Coopers pale ale kit , everything seemed ok, now on day 3 froth and foam doesn't seem as active much as last day or so does this froth normally slow/ disapear like this at this stage did a hydrometer test probably early but it's gassy and about 1018 am I still on track temps regulated at about 20/21c
  25. Hi All, I am thinking of doing a coopers APA next week, dry hopping Centennial Super Cascade. At what stage do I need to add the hops? How much do I add? Would it be ok to open the FV after a couple of days to add the hop bag? I usually leave the wort in the FV for 2 weeks before transferring to keg.
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