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  1. The Captain!!

    Water questions 2019

    Thought I’d start this bad boy up too. Im going to have plenty to ask about in the next coming weeks. Getting my water tested at a lab. I’ve got some of the results back and will get the rest by the end of the week.
  2. Told coopers a month ago that their Zephyr L:ight receipe was wrong. They agreed and said will fix. Is not fixed yet, Receipe says 1 kg of dextrose . Luckily I checked mine and it came out at 4.6% not 2.9 as advertised. Coopers admitted it should read 100grms not 1 kg. BEWARE or they will not let you out of the booze bus. marty
  3. Carlito

    Brew A IPA

    Hi! Does anybody have experience making Brew A IPA. I made the first batch following directions on the can. It calls for 1.5 KG of Light Dry Malt (3 Boxes). In the primary it was VERY cloudy after 1 week so we went 2 weeks. Still a little cloudy at bottling time. End result is a clear amber, nice tasting IPA. However I have a lot of loose sediment in the bottom. Anyone have info that might help with the next batch?
  4. 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!
  5. Ally1525230277

    Bavarian pearl

    Hi, im looking to make the coopers recipe Bavarian pearl. I have sourced the yeast and hops for this. can anyone advise me on an alternative to the mr beer 850g Bavarian weissbier, I cannot get this. Also, the recipe uses mr beer unhopped malt extract-golden. I can get this. Or is any brand of the same suitable. My understanding of the Bavarian weissbier is that it is a hopped malt extract also? thanks for any advice.
  6. Patrick O'Neill

    Aztec gold sediment

    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
  7. Titan

    Rolled Oats

    Hey guys, first time using rolled oats. Did an english bitter partial mash last week Saturday or Sunday. Was expecting this to be done but my sg is at 1.020. Thought it had stalled but would have been the first time a notty has stalled on me. Anyhow i pitched the kit yeast yesterday morning but still no further action. Now im beginning to think that the viscosity that oats bring to the table is pushing up the sg. All my equipment says its done. Plaato, Tilt and hydrometer thats been sitting in a sample for 2 days and hasnt moved. Even the taste is dry. Any thoughts?
  8. Titan

    Dry hopping

    Was interested to read this. https://patspints.com/2019/01/16/the-surprising-science-of-dry-hopping-lessons-from-tom-shellhammer/?fbclid=IwAR21mhWNL2_kQ_-6-o99q1rSEQGKAvgGClsklo3JY4Mes5dz3IL9SvzdMOA
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. LyndsayT

    carb drops

    only put 1 carb drop in my brew when it should be 2 what can I do. only just bottled it
  21. 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?
  22. 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
  23. 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 ?
  24. 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 ?
  25. 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.