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  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. These are first year plants, was not expecting this much growth. 3 together are pride of Ringwood and single one is cascade. The cascade has bloody spider mite just noticed ! Is this growth expected with first year plants? My first growing effort. And they are only in pots, nice sheltered and warm position. The last pic was about a month ago ! Cheers Ek
  4. John Morrison

    Citrus flavors in my beer

    Probably a stupid question. Can I add orange zest or juice to add that zesty taste to my beer? I know it is mostly hops that do that but interested to know if there are other options. Cheers.
  5. ekymetal13

    Dry hopping

    Hi all I’m really interested in how much you all dry hop. And how long you leave them in the fermenter. Currently I am using about 4 grams a litre, sometimes more if I want a hop hit. How much are you using, I know it varies with the brew. Also do you all just throw the hops in the one bag, or a bag for each hop? Is dry hopping mainly for aroma or will it add flavour as well? Cheers Scott
  6. ianh9

    Brewing with Honey

    Its the time of year again when beekeepers start to extract large amounts of honey which is generally sold cheap on sites like gumtree for somewhere between $12 to $15/kg. As a beekeeper living in Perth I generally have way more than I can eat or sell, so I use it in brewing. Using honey sourced from a local beekeeper has many advantages. It is actually genuine honey that's been foraged for and created by a bee, instead of the flavourless, amorphous sugar solution imported from China that many supermarkets sell as honey. Its honey sourced locally from various flowers throughout the Spring and Summer with flavours that change as the year progresses. And its supporting dedicate, local hobbyists who are passionate about producing a quality product that way exceeds honey bought from shops and boutiques. Once you've eaten local honey you'll never buy it from the supermarket again. My two favourite brews are simply to substitute the sugar for honey in Cooper's Pale Ale and Stout kits. They are so simple, except for one cautionary point. 1) Take Coopers tin, open it, put it into brew bin. 2) Take 1.5kg of honey, mix with 1 litre of water, and heat slowly to 70 - 80°C and hold for 5 minutes. This (cautionary point) is important to kill most of the natural yeast in the honey that will ferment instead of the yeast you pitch. Honey doesn't normally ferment because the high sugar content prevents the yeast from multiplying. It lies dormant until the water content of the honey exceeds 20%. Supermarket honey doesn't do this because its all been pasturised, allowing supermarket honey to have high water content without fermenting. It really is just sugary water or maybe more appropriately watery sugar. 3) Add the honey solution to your brew bin, make up to 22 or 23 litres, pitch the yeast and ferment as normal. Brewing can stop temporarily for half a day for some reason, and then restart. Stirring 3 or 4 times during each brew helps keep things going. 4) Prime the bottles as usual, cap and leave to rest for a month. The final product is excellent. The Pale Ale forms the base to a drink very similar to Bees Knees but with more complex flavours and variety between batches, while the Stout becomes smoother and heavier with emboldenedflowery flavours sitting behind the stronger stout taste. 1.5kg of honey probably results in 6% ABV. I give my best customers a free mixed 6-pack here and there to keep them loyal. And with that, its time for me to order my Summer brewing kits while Coopers is having its free delivery offer.
  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. https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/how-to-get-that-great-hoppy-beer-taste-without-the-exploding-bottles/ Interesting read. I always went with the nucleation point theory with hop matter in bottles. May not be the case.
  10. Beergoodness

    Cheap brewing supplies

    I recently tried to get back in to brewing after the arrival of my twins. Sadly I just don't have the time time or energy to get back to it just yet. So now I have a small amount of supplies I would like to move on to someone that can use them. Have about 800g Mosaic and 800g cascade hops along with 3kg of Coopers LDME. A can of Coopers ESB and Bootmaker pale ale. All ingredients purchased within the last 3 months and hops kept in the freezer. If anyone is interested I live in the western suburbs of melbourne. Willing to let go for around $50
  11. BlackSands


    From the album: Black Sands Beers

    © Ian Rushton

  12. BlackSands


    From the album: Black Sands Beers

    © Ian Rushton

  13. BlackSands


    From the album: Black Sands Beers

    © Ian Rushton

  14. BlackSands


    From the album: Black Sands Beers

    © Ian Rushton

  15. LyndsayT

    carb drops

    only put 1 carb drop in my brew when it should be 2 what can I do. only just bottled it
  16. The tightwad in me needs to ask this: Has anyone used the Brigalow 5g yeast available at BigW for $2 ? Would there be negative impacts combining it with Coopers 7g yeast that comes with each kit?
  17. therealthing691

    Does anyone use this product

    I came across this product and thought I would give it a go .It is 5.2 ph. stabilizer does anyone use it for there ph. I am going to give it go
  18. Hey folks. I purchased the Island toasted coconut porter Coopers Recipe of the month. I want to experiment a little/a lot and was thinking of adding chocolate and/or raspberry. Anyone have any experience with adding either of these ingredients to an extract/grain recipe? i found an all grain recipe that said to throw in a can of raspberry in the fermenter among with the toasted coconut and let it sit for a month. What about using Lindt raspberry dark chocolate? How would I go about adding chocolate to the mix? Cheers ?
  19. 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 ?
  20. Titan

    Ideas required

    Guys, i have a Coopers English bitter can which was my goto kit when i didn't have time to do an AG. I want to use it up with 1k dme i also have laying around. Rather than just the kit and kilo i want to add some grain to this. Any ideas on what i should use. Current grain inventory includes. Maris otter Vienna Victory Roast Barley Choc malt Ashburne Carapils My thinking is 300g maris otter 200g ashburne 100g carapils 50g choc malt. Thinking is it would put me in brown ale territory.
  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. I want to use black rice and a Coopers extract to brew an ale that's like some Japanese beers I had recently (e.g. Konishi Garnet Rouge, HItachino Nest Red Rice Ale). As I'm using an extract, I believe I need something to convert the starch in the rice into sugar. The Asian grocer only had yeast balls which will convert the starch to sugar but I think it will also start the fermentation, which I don't think I want to start before I add the rice liquid to the brew. I know I could use dry enzyme but I've heard this can negatively impact the taste of the beer. Has anyone tried adding rice to an extract like this? if so; What did you use to convert the rice starch into sugar? Did you cook the rice or just soak it? How much rice would I use instead of Coopers brewing sugar to get a similar ABV? I'm happy to use some brewing sugar or LDM to get the brew up to 4.0 to 4.5% and use the rice to get it up to 5.0% or more. Any other advice would be appreciated.
  23. Titan


    Hey guys thought it might be interesting to list current inventory. Not being specific about how much as this changes with time. Anyhow this is my list as it currently stands. Grain Marris Otter Ashburne Carapills Vienna Victory Roast Barley Chocolate Malt Yeast S-04 U5-05 M84 Lager Hops Styrian Golding Fuggles Cascade Citra Calypso
  24. wills15

    Hop Sensation

    Hi Guys, I am curious to find out if anyone has tried a product called hop sensation, which is supposed to be 100% hop extract, it comes in a liquid form, and you add a little at a time after fermentation has finished and just before you bottle,you keep adding until you get the flavour that you are after, my lhbs has started stocking it and I am wondering if anyone has tried it and is it any good . Wills.
  25. Hi all, Not sure if this has been discussed before so forgive me if it has. I've purchase the Coopers English Bitter. The first and second time I used Beer Enhancer 3. On the second attempt I measured the OG at 1.042. And my brews generally finish at 1.012. So that calculates to just on 4% alcohol. Is this the designed alcohol content or should it be higher? Am I using the wrong enhancer? I'm only using Kits and sugars. I'm not attempting mixed recipes with extra hops or malt at the moment. I am also only making a 20 litre brew because I am kegging into 18 litre kegs. Any advice will be gratefully received. ? Thanks in advanced.