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Old 08-19-2010, 01:54 AM   #1
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But, I've been watching CraigTube lately and I'm getting the overwhelming urge to make one of those no boil Cooper's kits. And I mean like bare-bones no DME added, packet of yeast on top, all-the-way CraigTube style. Maybe the British Bitter or Real Ale kit, with brown sugar in place of the dextrose. Ferment at 70-72, IN THE BOTTLING BUCKET, and just bottle it as soon as it's attenuated.

For those of you who don't know who CraigTube is, watch this:


Looks like fun , eh?

By the way, does anyone know where I can order some of that high malt glucose?
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:07 AM   #2
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I also wanted to make one. Not to mock him, but to see how it comes out. His videos were some of the first I stumbled upon when I was researching homebrewing a year ago, and while I have never brewed a coppers kit like he was promoting, I do feel that he made me look more into the hobby that I now love!
If you follow his channel at all as I must admit I do, and I enjoy it you will see that he is in fact now trying new things as a brewer. He is now doing partial mashes, and has made comments on others channels about making a mash tun or making a chiller.
When it comes down to it, making beer is fun and rewarding, let's keep it that way, no matter how we reach the end product.
By he way, your caramel amber recipe is bubbling along nicely downstairs. I can't wait totry it. Next time I will do it with the homemade candi syrup.

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Old 08-19-2010, 02:25 AM   #3
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Oh yeah, I'm not mocking him at all. I know people have made fun of his low-tech approach, but if it works for him, more power to him. His videos are very entertaining and the no boil technique he uses in most of his beers looks like a very simple and fun way to make beer. It may actually make really good beer, and I can't say otherwise until I've actually tried it.

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Sorry if I made it sound like you were mocking him. That is not what I meant. I feel like he gets beat up by people on YouTube for no reason at all. He himself says in his videos that there are different methods and ways to make a better beer if you want to put in the time and money.
I give him 3-6 more months before he is a full fledged all grain brewer. And if he doesn't move to all grain, that is fine with me too.

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Old 08-19-2010, 02:38 AM   #6
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LOL... I went on a 7 month boycott of LME, but lately I had a friend's hefeweizen that was just 2 cans of LME and some hops... It was actually pretty damn good... I seriously considered trying a "can kit" after that.

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This actually reminded me of a question about the pre-hopped LME. Do the different kits have hop aroma and flavor? Or just bitterness? I'm guessing there's gotta be some kind of hop flavor and aroma since they have IPA kits and stuff. Right?

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I've made them. Not bad once you give them some time...

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My kids gave me a pre-hopped can for Christmas last year and I have been doing all grain for a couple years now. I made it and it was pretty darn good. I have never tried the no boil kind though. Are they expensive? My LHBS have ordered them before for other customers and I have seen them in the store but never asked how much.

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My kids gave me a pre-hopped can for Christmas last year and I have been doing all grain for a couple years now. I made it and it was pretty darn good. I have never tried the no boil kind though. Are they expensive? My LHBS have ordered them before for other customers and I have seen them in the store but never asked how much.
I think any of the hopped-extract kits can be no-boil. Just dump the extract in a bucket, add any sugar or dme or honey or maple syrup or whatever, and top up with water. That's what is so interesting about it. You can make a batch in like 10 minutes.
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