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.