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  1. Hell Man Hixy

    Pineapple Pale Ale

    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!
  2. ekymetal13

    Dumb things

    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
  3. aussiegoodstuff

    head space in bottles

    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.
  4. 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.
  5. Hi there has anyone got a good recipe that’s as good as Heineken and tricks on how to make it thanks
  6. 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
  7. grader DAVE

    Gushing Bottles

    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
  8. fearnobeer

    Small brew

    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...
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. fearnobeer

    New 2 brew

    Hi brewers.firsttimer here.got a diybrew kit from big w.bottled 6 days ago using pet bottles.it was on a hot day.used the draught ingredients and 2 carbo drops.after several hours,the bottles started venting air.sum of the caps became loose,so i tighten them up,they have settled abit but theres still venting going on..any tips on what i should do would greatly appreciated..cheers.mark,
  12. Hi all, I am 18 hours into the first brewing venture using the Lager that came with the kit. I am brand new to brewing so am unsure with what to expect - all part of the fun I guess... The brew when I first mixed it all together foamed lightly however doesn't appear to be actively foaming anymore and has settled. I struggled to dissolve all the BE1 and can spot small lumps at the surface and am wondering whether it's worth stirring a little? Also, I am wondering whether it is worth adding any hops??? Enlighten me! Cheers.
  13. 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.
  14. gmnicho

    Temperature Control

    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 ?
  15. australian pale ale


    how do I make low alcoholic beer, please help
  16. GianAvur


    HI HOP HEADS Anyone taken on the challenge of a Brut IPA or a Juicy IPA. Not that I like the modern use of IPA to me being old school it is still just Indian Pale Ale, but hey every old stick in the mud must move with the times occasionally? Cheers from the Rabbit Rabbit Home Brew Emporium
  17. 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 ?
  18. 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?
  19. Markosero

    Need an answer please

    Hi people's Im just wanting to know, my mate bought a kit the same time as me ....well anyway my kit was coopers lager came with all and the dex , so followed instructions. ..put dry mix in 1st 2 litres water mix well then add syrup top up to 20 and stir then top to 23 add yeast then close. Was gonna gonhelp my mate set his up ..but when i got there he had alre done it, but i didnt know his was only a small 15ltre i think it is ..anyway his came with an ale but no dex or dry ...so he bought a kilo of dex ... so being a newbie ...i was like mate you have not put the dry in , he was like no i watched the video and it said to just use the can no dry ... Anyway being a newbie i was like mate you have to put the dex in that he bought separate. ..he was like oh so took the lid of and put the dex in and stirred the to mix Is it no good now ? I know probably major mistake but hey we both virgins to brewing ..... Ok waiting for the oh idiots comments lol Cheers
  20. zacinabox

    Dextrose and LDME

    Hello fellow brewers. Just wanting a little of your combined expertise. I am brewing a semi grain “Sierra Nevada” recipe and it calls for 1.0kg Beer Improver (500g Light Dried Malt Extract / 500g Dextrose) 2 x 200g Dextrose -Would you recommend using the Coopers Brew Enhancer, and if so which ones? - or just go with straight up LDME and dextrose...? Thank folks ?
  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. Hi all. I mixed a Coopers Dark Ale with BE3 on Saturday. It's been sitting at 20C and I took the Kreuzen collar out this morning. There seems to be more foam on top than what I've seen in previous brews and a lot of the yeast is sitting on top of the foam still. Is this cause for concern? Or should I just trust my hydrometer readings and bottle when SG readings are stable as per usual?


    Hey you guys, any home brewer's from the South Plympton SA area, I am new to this, starting my first brew on Sunday with my new Coopers DIY Kit.? Cheers CLASSIC
  24. Hi guys. I searched for sometime on the new forum for a suitable thread to add this to but couldn't find one easily, so have had to make this one. I'm a bit strapped for time this weekend but need to get a brew down, so decided earlier in the week to brew the Coopers DIY Sparkling Ale recipe. I've never attempted to brew the beer at home before, but have always wanted to give it a crack as it is a ripping beer & one I find I enjoy more during the colder months of the year due to the alcohol heat & flavour it provides. I prepped the commercial ale yeast through the re-activation process a few days ago, & it is ready to go. The problem I encountered was when double checking the recipe online here on the new site. One, it doesn't read well with the recipe ingredients being listed first & foremost because if you don't bother to scroll down further & continue to read, you'll think all of those ingredients need to be used. The method listing for this recipe doesn't even mention the inclusion of the dextrose addition at all, despite it being a part of the recipe. I'm not 'having a dig', I just want to help highlight & iron out a few of the creases of the new site. I have devised my own recipe using the Sparkling Ale kit to hit the required numbers. Cheers, Lusty.
  25. csavage87

    Tap King PET Bottles

    Hey All! Does anyone have any empty bottles for 'Tap King' that they've used for homebrew, and no longer want? Willing to pay for them if so! Thanks, Savo.