Category: Home Brewing

Brewing with the Coopers Home Brew DIY kit

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Festival Belgian Pale Ale

Ooops found this one in my notes ” Festival Belgian Pale Ale, Started at 1047 1004″. I can’t remember much, I know I don’t have any bottles left, so it much have been good. Found one picture of it, so you can look at that...

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Festival World US Steam Beer Kit

This one was interesting, the beer was in FV for a week, I didn’t hear it bubble, but a good 2-3″ of krausen happened and fell. FG was near the 1010 and the target is 1009, when I sprinkled in the dry hops, so right...

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Muntons – Smugglers Special Ale

I brewed up the Smugglers Special Ale from Muntons to use up some 500g Caramalt (Thomas Fawcett And Sons Crushed Malt) and about 50g Perle Hops Pellets I had laying about. Turned out to be a nice drop, all be it very sweet, it is...

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Enhanced brewing

Brewed up with a bolster or enhancer kit today. Was clicking about over on Home Brew Online and found the “Bolster Kit – For American Ales”, and thought why the heck not. The American Ales Bolster kit includes Caramalt and Cascade Hops. All you need...

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Presidents Sierra American Pale Ale – Beerworks Craft Brewery Series

I got hold of this one “Presidents Sierra American Pale Ale from Beerworks Craft Brewery Series (aka http://www.lovebrewing.co.uk), because I really enjoy the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and is still looking for a copy/clone. Everything comes in a box, truly just need to add water....

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There’s a hole in the bucket

As I said in my last post, the tap on the Coopers DIY fermenting vessel was looking a bit tired. I have used it for about 16 brews and the seal started to crack. I had a look at it, went it will do another...

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The forgotten home brew

Here I was, happily drinking away and enjoying the Pale Ale (Sierra Nevada Clone) and Blonde Ale (Marilyn’s Secret), thinking it is time to get an order in. A few click later, I had coming the in post over the next few days : 1...

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St Peter’s Golden Ale Kit – Saison Edition

I was reading up about Belle Saison the Belgian-style ale yeast, as you do, and ended up gagging for a Saison beer. So I was thinking what is the easiest way to get to one in home brewing. I had the St Peter’s Golden Ale...

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International “brew” Beer Day

Well look at that, today turned into a double celebration. I had a planned to brew up the Coopers Marilyn’s Secret an American Blonde Ale today without even knowing it was the International Beer Day. It will be the first time I brew up this...

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Sierra Nevada – Pale Ale Clone

I first tried the Pale Ale from Sierra Nevada in the USA and quickly it became one of my favourite and beers I get as a treat, as we don’t see them often here. So therefore, I was thinking if I could make something like...

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Wee Heavy aka Scotch Ale

Scotch Ale – A Wee Heavy “Wee Heavy” is the colloquial term for a higher alcohol variant of the pale ale classification known as Scotch Ale. 1.7kg Thomas Coopers Sparkling Ale 1.5 Amber Malt Extract 500g CSR Brown Sugar Nottingham Yeast I used Light Malt...

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Coopers’ Saison Recipe

It’s a highly carbonated, bottle conditioned ale, which often displays quite funky characters such as fruity, spicy, peppery, cloves, etc. The Saaz hop addition, although not necessary and not the typical type of hop for this style, adds a little bit of extra spiciness to...

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Little Creatures Pale Ale Clone

After some clicking about I found a clone recipe of the very enjoyable Pale Ale from Little Creatures on Tasmania. Sadly I remembered wrong what hob’s I had laying around so I had to use Saaz hobs instead the Cascades hobs the recipe called for....

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Bottling my mistake

Well it was more a panic than a mistake. It was time to restock and I decided I would use what leftovers that was lying about. Popped down to the cheap shop which sells home brew stuff got a Coopers IPA, funny enough it was...

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Peak Home Brew

I have reached peak home brew! No more space for any more full bottles and I’m out of empty bottles. Along with that, the beer that I got brewed I can’t drink, as they need more time to condition fully. I know that there isn’t...

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Coopers’ Marilyn’s Secret recipe

Tried a few Blonde/White IPAs in the States and Down Under, so when I found this one I just had to try it. This recipe is a version of an American Blonde Ale (category 6.B. of the BJCP guidelines) with some extra hop character. Sure,...

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Coopers’ Fresh Draught recipe

Trying to think ahead, so brewed up Coopers Fresh Draught for early summer drinking. Also it could handle a colder temperature while fermenting than an ale can. Coppers Fresh Draught recipe/ingredients: 1.7kg Thomas Coopers Traditional Draught 1.5kg Thomas Coopers Light Malt Extract Used the yeast...

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Coopers’ Authentic IPA (v2)

Since I really liked the Coopers Authentic IPA, I went for it again. I had planned to dry hop it, but a bit of wrong clicking while doing my last orders, I ended up with 500g Hopped Spray Malt. Coopers’ Authentic IPA Recipe/ingredients: 1.7kg Thomas...

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Spring sorted

Well that is spring sorted: Now all I got to do, is to mix it and wait, wait and wait. Should have a batch of Fresh Draught (4.6%), American Blonde Ale (5.6%) and Authentic Ale (6.0%) when done. Since I only got one FV I...

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Coopers’ Julebryg recipe

I found on Coopers’ websites a recipe clone/lookalike (shouldn’t that be tastealinke) for one of my favorit beers – Tuborg’s Julebryg. A, in my mind, fantastic Christmas brew. There is a rather good description of the tradition with it on Coopers’ site. http://coopers.com.au/#/diy-beer/beer-recipes/strong/detail/julebryg/ Though back...