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  1. Hi there, I havent posted much, life got busy and well now its gone a little bit quiet, enough for me to sit down and start planning my next brew. During spring I picked about 2 kilos of fresh strawberries and I was thinking of making a srawberry American Pale ale, my current recpie is: 1-2 Kg of Crystal medium for a grain steep 1.7 kg can of black rock pale Ale extract 1kg Dextrose 11.5 g US05 yeast 50g Galaxy hops 50g Belma (though due to current shipping contrainsts that is now banjaxed) so 50g cascade 2Kg stawberries. I was plaaning on using the Galaxy and cascade during the boil and then dry hop. the thing is with the stawberries I am going to puuree them and strin them to try and get rid of the seeds as I have heard the seeds can add some interesting flavours. I want the stawberries to be there when you drink it, would you add the stawberries during the boil, or do it just before you pitch the yeast? Any help would be grately appreciated. Kindest regards Peter
  2. I've just started brew no. 134 in my original Coopers 23L tub. Before I started I rinsed it out with boiling water, then with a solution of sodium metabisulphite then a further rinse with cold tap water. This has been my standard pre-brew practice. However for the last year or so the beer, whilst still tasting good, won't keep a head. Some months ago I cleaned out the tub with a stain remover which I purchased from my local home brew shop, as the tub had become stained and I thought that this may have been the cause of the "flat headedness". I don't know what the chemical make-up of the stain remover actually is, as it is sold in a clear plastic bag. At the same time I noticed that my 700ml "PET" plastic bottles also had stains and a bit of a build up of gunk inside even tho' I have always rinsed each bottle out 3 times with clean water immediately after use. That seemed to work OK as it removed quite a lot of gunk and the bottles now look quite clean. I'm sure it's not the glasses that I use as they are always cleaned after every use. Any tips please? Could it be that my tub and bottles have become too old and used?
  3. Croucho

    Sour Beer

    About my last 5-6 batches have a sour taste. The sourness varies in intensity but is this simply dirty bottles? Sometimes I primary ferment for one week in hotter weather and two weeks in cooler temps. Can bottling my brew early or late give it this sourness or is the only variable the assumed “dirtiness” of bottles. Your thoughts are appreciated brewers. Croucho
  4. Croucho

    Sour Beer

    About my last 5-6 batches have a sour taste. The sourness varies in intensity but is this simply dirty bottles? Sometimes I primary ferment for one week in hotter weather and two weeks in cooler temps. Can bottling my brew early or late give it this sourness or is the only variable the assumed “dirtiness” of bottles. Your thoughts are appreciated brewers. Croucho
  5. hi guys n gals of the brewing universe, so the old man used to brew many moons ago using from memory 1 can of coopers bitter, and 1 can of coopers draught or lager wasnt too bad a drop but a little rough round the edges. anyway i thought id make use of the old 60L fermenter so ran into town to grab 2 cans of the sparkling ale but in my haste and excitement ive actually grabbed one sparkling and on ipa (both coopers brand) basically wanting to know if anyone has done this with success or if its going to fail. thanks for any advice on my current issue
  6. I am new to brewing and have only done two batches so far. I want to do an IPA for the summer since I love the grapefruit taste I get from them. Is coopers IPA good left alone or should I add more hopes like citra to get more of that flavour? Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  7. Hi All, I am a newbie to the home brewing hobby, well kind of. I used to do a bit of home brewing about 30 years ago with a Wander Extra Malt fermenter and Coopers beer kits. Back then I used just the can of extract and 1kg of sugar and after fermentation, bottled with 1 teaspoon of sugar for carbonation. Somehow I managed to knock out a concoction that I could swallow and that vaguely looked like beer. I am now an old retired fart and after pottering around in my shed, came across 120 old xxxx 750ml bottles that I used back in the day and decided to have another go at home brewing. I purchased a Coopers DIY home brew kit and got started with the horrendous task of thoroughly cleaning and sterilizing all 120 old bottles. I have now completed 4 brews, 1 x Australian Pale Ale with enhancer 2, 1 x Coppers Lager with enhancer 2 (did not use the enhancer 1 which came with the kit) , 1 x Coopers Draught with enhancer 2 and 1 x Coopers Stout with enhancer 3. I have given each brew (apart from the Stout which I have only just bottled) 35 days in the bottle each before sampling. Taste wise, not too bad, but I am not having much success with head retention. Only the Lager has had a somewhat reasonable frothy head but the other two brews have barely had any head on them at all. I have used 2 Coopers carbonation drops per bottle and all bottles so far have been carbonated ok, just not forming a good head. If any of you kind guys and gals could give me a bit of advice on how I might improve my brews it would be most appreciated. I'm off to sink another couple of tallies, cheers.
  8. Bottle washer/steriliser available from AliExpress for $19.98 Free freight from China. Could be worth a punt at that price. Delivery is slow, takes several weeks.
  9. 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.
  10. I wanted to get this little 5g sachet packet of brigalow brewing yeast from the shops and was wondering if its any good compared to using the coopers kit yeast? Also really wondering what the max abv it can get up to like 15% to 20% perhaps? Thanks
  11. Hi everyone I'm doing my first Coopers lager brew, it's been on for a couple of days with a heat pad so sitting between 20 to 22 degrees and I think it's going okay. The brew has changed from a dark brown to a much lighter brown. Quick question, there is quite a bit of what looks like yeast sitting on top of the white head. I'm due to remove the krausen collar tomorrow. Is it worthwhile giving the brew a stir to mix in the yeast that's sitting on top or just leave it? Thanks
  12. Hi all Just a quick question as this is my first Coopers lager brew. Now on day 6 so I'll begin testing the FG tonight to see if it has stabilised. Brewed at 22 degrees... Most of the foam has disappeared and I've noticed a discolouration over the past few days at the top of the brew. Just checking that it's normal? Many thanks
  13. I've had a brew down for a few days and is fermenting ok but thought I would ask a slight recipe mistake. I boiled 1 kg of light dry malt with hops when I should gave split in half 500 gm with hops and then the other 500 gm of dry light malt with the malt extract after with the boiled liquid in the fermentation vessel. I didn't think this would be an issue but thought I would ask.
  14. Hiya, I've made up a mexican batch and it has turned out the best flavour, I'm thinking that I would love to have a mango flavour to it, but don't know how to do it without screwing up the recipe. Any suggestions/can it be done? Thanks, Graham
  15. Hi guys. Before I say anything, I respect both sides of this equation & question. Given some of the commercial brews released by Coopers in the last 24 months, I was really interested in the links between the commercial entity & the DIY entity in terms of overall development & contact between the two in regard to Coopers beers moving forward. You're both crack teams & I was wondering if there was any interaction &/or rivalry on some level between the two, & was hoping for a little insight into how you both might interact at times if indeed this even happens. Secretly I'm hoping I've opened a conversation where you two proud Coopers areas can have a bit of fun in a friendly slinging match I reckon everyone on the forum would really enjoy reading. I've turned the volume setting to "ON" with the mic, any takers in Coopers land? Cheers, Lusty.
  16. Hi guys - brewing my first brew with Coopers Pale Ale. Followed all the instructions etc. I've only deviated by buying a heat belt half way through and addit it - first five days was 18C then the last has been 24C. It's been 8 days since first brew and for two days the gravity reading is a steady 1.006. I'm sort of a 'follow the instructions' sort of chap but I note that the pale ale instructions don't indicate a final gravity readin to go by. A lot of other recipes do. So...... should I bottle now at FG 1.006 or is this not a good range for it to be in - e.g. have I stuffed it up etc? Happy for comments guys as I couldn't find a thread on this FG reading for pale ale (happy to be pointed in the right direction.) Terry
  17. Hey all, I have searched the forum but can't find an answer to a discussion a mate and I are having. Can someone tell me why we have to add the 1.7kg can to hot water with the mixed sugars etc and then add cool water to get to temp before adding yeast. I could be wrong, often are says the Mrs, but thought why not just add the can to an already stable temp'd fermenter, mix and then add the yeast. Yeast is added at the same temp it will ferment at for the next week or so before bottling. If anyone could shed some light I'd be grateful. As you can tell, absolute newbie.
  18. Did a Coopers English Bitter with two packets of the Coopers kit yeast. When I sprinkled them out, one was noticably more orange looking. Im assuming one was a lot older than the other? Even if it was off, the other yeast will do the trick (had airlock activity within an hour). Just wondering, has anyone else had this with the Coopers yeast?
  19. 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
  20. I have just completed a 23 litre batch of morgans stockman. Its flat in seconds. How can I save it ..
  21. Is there any need to sterilise metal caps straight from a new pack ?
  22. 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.
  23. After 6 years off from making my own beer Ive decided to get back into it. Put down my first batch yesterday bought the Coopers Diy Kit. Ive decided to put the vessel in the garage which in summer is way to hot. I noticed that the last few nights being cold the temp was around 15 to 17 degrees in the morning. Yesterday I bought a heat belt which I was told keeps the beer at around 26 degrees. This morning I checked the beer and it was between 28 and 30 Degrees so I turned off the heat belt. My question as it's already began fermenting will the temp go up due to fermentation naturally? It looks like it could be difficult to regulate the temp with the heat strap.
  24. So just cracked open my first bottle of Jailhouse Juice after three weeks. It's a lot darker than I thought it would be, a lovely aroma and great Hoppy taste, quite bitter, I guess that could be the zest of the grapefruit. Quite happy though at 5.8% roughly. Anyone else had good results with this recipe of the month?
  25. Hi guys, Finally decided to join forum been a long time follower. I brewed kit and kilo about ten years ago and stopped and started again about a year and a half ago. I now BIAB with great results IMO with about 16 batches BIAB under my belt almost literally with my neighbours help. I have found this forum very helpful and just wanted to say thanks to everyone who contributes on here. I have used coopers kits mainly earlier in my brewing career and I am using the coopers schooner malt at the moment with good results. @PB2 seriously though. I mainly enjoy pale ales and IPA but like all really. Kind regards Hox
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