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  1. Hi just wondering the difference between the beers done in the 23ltr diy beer kit and the 8.5 ltr Craft Brew kit. How different is Craft Beer? Im thinking of getting a kit
  2. Just opened my first bottle of a new brew. I've noticed a few people asking about using a 1.7kg brew kit in the 8.5l Craft Brew FV. This is my second ever brew, and I used the 1.7kg Rapid Creek Pale kit in the 8.5l FV. I didn't add any sugar and filled it to a shade under 9l. Took about 9 days to get a consistent final gravity, and I have opened this bottle after 12 days in the bottle, more to get an idea of how well it works. It's a definite winner. More like an amber, fruitier ale than a pale, but I think it's something I'd try again. Could do with a little more time in bottles, but it looks like the larger brew kits work okay in the smaller FV.
  3. Hi, My daughter gave me some little hops plants for Xmas. It will be quite a while before I can harvest anything. They are hersbrucker. On-line descriptions of their character are all over the place. I have the Coopers craft kit and have tried a few of their recipes and kits of the month and have downloaded the helpful Excel spreadsheet someone did for these. No recipe seems to use Hersbrucker. I have bought 50g of Hersbrucker pellets to try. Can someone suggest a recipe that would show off their character? I am thinking something simple like adding them to a relatively bland base, perhaps the Bewitched Amber Ale can without doing much else, perhaps boiling half in some water (how long?) to add to the can and water to 8.5L, then use the other half to dry hop later? Just using the kit yeast? Please pile in with any suggestion!
  4. I have the Coopers craft kit and have tried various of the recipes in the Coopers database. I have noticed that they mostly don't use the kit yeast. I assume that the kit yeast is not bad yeast. Why would Coopers put in a poor ingredient when they could include a good yeast at no more expense? I understand that it might be a wisely chosen robust strain, or maybe a blend of strains, so that it can cope with a wide temperature range and not perform too badly. Is it just that the recipe authors are aiming for particular style and so choose something specific and different? How much difference do different yeasts really make or is it enough to just understand that lager yeast likes cool (8-12) and ale yeast can cope with warmer (18-20 or more)? Even in hot weather and without any active temperature control I can keep things to around 22 degrees - our bathroom stays quite cool. I am happy to just make a enjoyable drink without getting pedantic about whether it matches any particular style.
  5. Been trying my first brew. Drinkable, but could be better. Can't remember which ale came with my Craft kit - might have been the Bewitched. Anyway brewed it for 7 days. Bit hard to read the scale but seemed stable. Tried it after 16 days. Colour seems very dark, and it is pretty flat. Flavour not too bad. Wondering if the higher temperatures I experienced for a couple of days (up to 28) affected it. Storage temp since then has hovered around that mark too. Flavouer is acceptable, but there is virually no head. Did I bottle it too early? Planning to get a temp. controller for an old fridge. Any clues? Will be trying the long play soon - it has been down for a week now. Will all these beers improve with ageing? Sorry for the basic questions.
  6. About a month ago I came across Cooper's Craft Beer kits heavily discounted at ALDI. At $19.90 for the full kit I thought that I couldn't lose - this is about the price of a 6-pack off the shelf. The kit brew was named as an amber ale which is my normal choice in a beer anyway. I followed the instructions and for help I read a bit more here in the forum. Being Spring in WA temperature control was easy as my inner office stayed within range for the whole 2 weeks of initial brewing. I am now drinking the first bottles. It is excellent!!! No need to make excuses for a home brew. I would happily pay normal price for this amber ale. Don't know the alcohol content but it's got a heavier kick than my normal off the shelf full strength purchases. Certainly couldn't drive after a full 750 ml bottle. Thanks Coopers and the Forum. Now to read more here on what I should do next - e.g. cut down a standard brew to fit the 8.5 litres, buy another craft brew, buy a full size kit etc? With summer almost here I've got to get this done before the WA heat arrives.
  7. I'm new to brewing and I'm going to have a crack at brewing the lookout IPA. I don't have any of the soft pack Mr beer pale LME can I replace this by using a light dry malt instead? Or must I go with the LME as instructed
  8. 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.
  9. Hi all just about to order a craft brew kit & get into brewing. I’m keen to learn the best ways to control the temp of my brew in the 20’ - 22’ range? And then control the temp of the bottled product in that range too? I’m thinking maybe a temp controlled fridge? cheers ?
  10. Has anyone made any adjustments to the hefe wheat at all ? Ive just kegged my first batch it looks and tastes good but only 3.9% . I'd like to get it to around 5.5% while still keeping it tasting like a wheat beer. Any tips or thoughts would be great ?
  11. Hey everyone I have recently got the craft brew kit using the mr beer amber ale. It has been in the fermenter for 8 days now sitting at 21 degrees. The instructional video didn’t say to mix it so I just followed what it said. The yeast has nearly eaten through all of the brew extract. Have checked the brew with the hydrometer and it has been sitting at the same gravity reading for two days now. It’s still extremely cloudy. Is there anything that’s needs to be done to clear it up or do I just need to wait. The couple of videos that I’ve seen on YouTube have had their brews much clearer than mine.
  12. Does the Mr beer kit have enough sugar in it to make a strong enough beer or does it need enhancer or extra sugar
  13. 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.
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