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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. I have just completed a 23 litre batch of morgans stockman. Its flat in seconds. How can I save it ..
  5. Is there any need to sterilise metal caps straight from a new pack ?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. Hi everyone, I would like to put down a Aussie pale ale and the thing is I’m going away next Friday for Easter weekend. I am reading and hearing fermentation on this is about 8-10 days my question is can it be left long without doing harm. Other wise I might wait a few more days then put it down. I have a temp controlled fridge That it will fit into. thanks guys
  11. Hey Legends, Just joined the home craft brewing game and wanting to make a nice and refreshing Mexican Cerveza. I’ve got the tin from big w. Hoping around 4-4.5% mark with light hops and bitterness. Ideally a basic crisp beer to begin. Can anyone give me an easy and basic recipe to start with that they have tried? Cheers!
  12. Hi guys as a newbie I recently made up a batch of Aztec Gold. I believe I followed the recipe fairly faithfully and bottled the brew using Corona stubbies, (355ml) The brew finishes clear in the bottle after a couple of weeks secondary fermentation. My issue is there is a fairly substantial deposit of sediment on the bottom of each bottle. It remains fairly stable and most of the brew can be drunk straight from the stubby without any apparent taste for feel of sediment but there is some residue and you know you've gotta wash that bottle. I have used Cooper's ingredients right through including the sugar drops. Do I just wear it as a feature of home brew or is there something I can/should do to eliminate the sediment. Grateful for your thoughts Tony O'Neill
  13. Hi there Been brewing now for two years and I’m loving it. It has been and still is a steep learning curve, it is however becoming slightly easier. I have concentrated my efforts mainly on Woodford’s selection. I have recently brewed up some cider and an American IPA, Evil Dog. It is a lovely beer great taste but watch out, its very pokey. This is my first post on any beer forum, so bear with me. I started with Wilco’s barrels and though they are cheap, they are hard work from the lifting point, no handles. I also had a lot of trouble with the lid seal and had to use lots of sealing gel on it. I then tried out the King Keg and found it a much more user friendly experience. The valve leaked so i bought a stainless steel replacement with the option of using the 8g capsules or flipping the spike over and using the super 30 cylinder. I have, since then, bought two more King Kegs, both of which leaked!!! I am having to leave my gas cylinder in one the S30 valves and a 8g capsule in the other one to keep the pressure in, very frustrating. What’s is even more annoying is that the stainless steel S30 has now started leaking too. I am an ex gas engineer so I know its the valve that’s leaking. I Bought all the King Kegs etc from the Homebrew Shop in Farnborough. Has anyone else had any problems with the S30 valves or it’s just me???? Still loving it
  14. Hey guys Looking for ideas on improving/experimenting with the coopers Australian Pale Ale kit. I currently have: 1x Australian Pale Ale 1.7kg 1x Brew enhancer 2 1kg I also have on hand Simcoe, Centennial and Riwaka hops. Just wondering what hop schedule I could do for the above hops or if could add any specialty grains to pimp the standard kit out a bit Any ideas or input would be great!
  15. Hi guys. I"ve just made a Pale Ale from a fresh wort which I've done many times with great success. This time however I've kegged it then chilled it and gave it 24 hours of gas as usual. BUT, this time I pour it and it's super syrupy in texture. It's not sweet at all and the final gravity was 1012 or so. It tastes ok - quite bitter but sort of normal but it's very very syrupy with seemingly some bits floating around in it. IT was a fresh wort and I put 50 or so grams of galaxy hop pellets in on day 4 or so. JUst wondering if anyone thinks this is worth holding on to or might it be a gonner!
  16. Hey legends how ya going!?? Wanna do a pineapple pale ale, using extract base only! But want to use fresh pineapple, gonna juice it first, so question I have is do I need to heat it up to kill the nasties or can I bang it straight in!!? Was planning to put it in with some extra hops on day 3 or 4 as a kinda secondary fermentation!!?? Legends!! Thanks!
  17. I know this topic has come up before but I have not found an acceptable answer to date. I have been making HB for an awful long time, Joined the Coopers Club back in the days when you had to pay and the Internet being a success was still up for debate (Coopers membership number 24154) I have been kegging for only about 2 years with great success until my last 2 brews. Last 2 kegs have poured nothing but head. I am at a loss as I have changed nothing and the preceding 100+ keg poured perfectly. Both brews were in different kegs, lines and taps but in the same keezer, same proven method,temps etc. Any idea would be appreciated, Cheers Billy
  18. 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.
  19. Hope everyone has had a great start to the new year. Well I’ve had a brew going for 6 days now. I dry hopped today, and thought I’d take hydrometer reading. Poured enough for a reading and sitting on top was some some pieces of green mould. My reaction was ffs what have I done ? The only thing different I did was put a small black rubber cap over the tap on the fermenter. I thought this would keep nastiness out. Im a dumb ass ! Mould formed from heat and a small amount of beer left in the tap from my OG reading. ive removed the cap now and sprayed no rinse steriliser up the tap and around it. im fairly sure I’ll be ok I might just chuck a 100 ml first before I bottle. Just can not believe how dumb I was ! Cheers Ek
  20. Hi - this novice brewer (until 3 months ago, it was 50 years since my last brew) has appreciated the help supplied via this forum. A couple more questions if I may. I am switching to 500ml Grolsch-type bottles, as I don't always feel like a tallie of IPA in the evenings. Is the best way still to use 1 and 1/2 sugar drops in the bottles (the ants love the mess this makes) Secondly, what space should I leave at the top of the 500ml bottles to handle the in-bottle fermentation to produce a good head?? Thanks in anticipation, as I am not always sure I can get back on the discussion. Regards.
  21. Hi there has anyone got a good recipe that’s as good as Heineken and tricks on how to make it thanks
  22. Good day I purchased someone the beer DIY can as a gift. I thought it contained everything needed. What can I use as an alternative to the dry ingredients mentioned in the video?. I'd like to get this at a normal store if possible. Thank you
  23. Could anybody tell me why after secondery fermentation when opening some bottles they foam up to much and how can i stop it ( SG 1001-1010) vat left to stand for a week
  24. Hi brewers,have been thinking about experimenting on something new but i didn't really want to make a 2o something litre brew in case i didn't like it. Thinking maybe a 8 or so litre brew to see how it goes.the question being can i use my 34 litre fermenter or do i need something smaller. Cheers...
  25. 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
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