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Old 09-16-2012, 02:46 AM   #9031
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Coopers Dark Ale: I started homebrewing when I lived in Australia. Coopers sells their basic kit and supplies at the regular grocery stores. Very basic extract kits. I've been back in the states for 8 years and am just getting going again. Made a Coopers Pale Ale last month - yummm. I've only done extracts so far. Bought a 6 gallon glass carboy to make apple wine (which turned out great) and decided to try making beer in it. What an mess. Friday night warmed a can of Coopers dark ale. Put the funnel on the carboy and started pouring - no problem until the paper -AHHH, since when did they start printing labels on paper instead of directly on the can? paper tears from being soft after heating up can in warm water. bit of paper dropped in the funnel. panic and get it out. whew. okay, pour water from the boiled kettle into the can to get the rest of the syrup. hot pad gloves and start pouring into the funnel. oh no, no air escape so sure enough it bubbles up and blows the sticky mess all over my table, floor and on anything else within two feet. blah. Thought I'd dump in some light DME. What a mess that was too. any tricks in getting that gloopy gobby mess in the carboy? my funnel was bit wet so I tried rinsing down with hot water from the kettle. Bah, you can imagine the mess that made. (note to self: add dry bits first.....while the funnel is dry. Then thought I'd dump in dextrose. Added 13 oz. (only because that's all I had left - might have gone a full pound if I could) Didn't get it mixed very well at all, ended up a mess at the bottom of the carboy. filled with water, pitched yeast and away she goes. Since it wasn't all dissolved nicely I didn't bother taking a reading. I have no idea how this is going to turn out. Quite a thick layer at the bottom but the yeast seems to be working its way through. Any ideas what % I might end up with? Coopers dark ale + two lbs muttons extra light dry malt and 13 oz of dextrose, Coopers dry yeast, topped up to six gallon mark.

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Old 09-16-2012, 02:46 AM   #9032
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Mashed 5 lbs of rice and 5 lbs of 2 row malt on tuesday at 154 degrees added some hops and boiled the wort for an hour first batch of all grain was using extract before

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Old 09-16-2012, 09:50 AM   #9033
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5lb of rice???
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:59 AM   #9034
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Sake, I would guess.

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Old 09-16-2012, 10:05 AM   #9035
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Just finished my first all grain. An all around american pale ale.
9 lbs 2 row us pale malt
1 lb 40L crystal malt
.5 lb flaked barley

Mashed in for 90 min at 155
Sparged with 4 gal 170 deg water
Collected 4.5 gal, topped off with 1 gal cold water to cool

Used American ale yeast with a starter.

Excited for the results.

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Old 09-16-2012, 10:20 AM   #9036
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:20 PM   #9037
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About to FLAME ON a basic APA (EdWort) to use my 1st year homegrown hops in!

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Old 09-16-2012, 01:22 PM   #9038
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Brewed up a centennial IPA yesterday, this morning I moved the other dogfish clone into the secondary to dry hop. Next weekend i get to bottle the lager

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Old 09-16-2012, 02:14 PM   #9039
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Going to a apple pressing party today. Planning on walking away with 5 gallons of cider to ferment.

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Old 09-16-2012, 03:54 PM   #9040
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I just finished sparging an IPA I've been wanting to brew.

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