Coopers’ Authentic IPA recipe
Clicking about on Coopers’ website I found this recipe, not just an IPA but an Authentic IPA. From the various reviews I read, this sounded like something I would like to try. Just a little bit extra work but still just beer from a kit, and still not a full brewing experience.
1.7kg Thomas Coopers IPA
1kg Coopers Light Dry Malt (2x 500g)
500g Coopers Dextrose (or table sugar)
Coopers commercial yeast (or ale yeast of your choice) plus kit yeast
20 litre of water
Even doing as it said on the tin, I was pretty sure I would get something drinkable out of it. This time I sawyed away from the written word and planned to leave the beer in the FV for two weeks and four weeks in the bottle. Instead off one week and then two weeks, living dangerous me :-) And I used light spaymalt instead since the LHBS didn’t have a the Coopers Light Dry Malt.
Started of with an OG at 1050 and ended up with a FG at 1007, so about 6,2% when ready to drink. I truly left it to its own devices, but it did look like it had a boost on fourth day. I’m sure the krausen was about one inch high and falling, but over night it climbed to two inches.
Two weeks in I added about a pint of boiled water with 150g of sugar melted in to the FV, with a gentle stir and a 30min rest. I got 37x500ml bottles out off the FV and it tasted very drinkable already.
I had two clear bottles, just so I could see what is going on. Three days in a dark cupboard the IPA looks very good, clear nearly golden amper.
Now I will leave it the full four weeks that I promised myself…
UPDATE: Two weeks in and I couldn’t wait anymore. Wow by eureka I have brewed beer. Still very young but very tasty ale with a bitter after taste. Which I’m sure will tone down if I managed to leave it longer than four weeks. At nearly three weeks in bottles it really taste like an IPA. I’m well chuffed, I would be happy to part money for a pint of this down the local.