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Old 03-11-2009, 01:19 AM   #11
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i was perusing through my homebrewing for dummies book whilst on the can today and he said he uses two cans of extract per 5 gal batch. anyone do this? i always used one, kinda seems like overkill to me.

Because I live in Burnaby Canada where beer is expensive to buy ($25 for 12 bottles of beer) I usually use 1 can of Coopers (Mexican or Pilsner) 2 cups of DME and 1 cup dextrose. About 3.5% to 4% alc. Ferment colder (under 19C)

For the Coopers Stout I use 2 cups DME, 1 cup dextrose and 1 cup maltodextrin to thicken it up a bit. About 4% alc.

Simple and I make a quality batch for under $20. :-)
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:28 AM   #12
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Coopers kits contain 3.75 lb. malt, but they need more.
...but what should you add? ...and how much?
6 different options:
1. None - Maybe you plan to purchase something special, or you already have something to use.
2. 2.2lb Dextrose - Lowest "finished beer cost." It makes a extra-light-bodied (thin) beer.
3. 2.2lb Brew Enhancer 1 - Blended dextrose and maltodextrine. Makes light-bodied beer.
4. 1.75lb Brew Enhancer 1.5 - Blended Malt Extract and Dextrose. For moderate strength and body.
5. 2.2lb Brew Enhancer 2 - Blended Malt Extract, dextrose, and maltodextrine. Moderately full-bodied.
6. 3.3lb Malt Extract - This makes stronger beer, with the richest flavor and fullest body.
this is a very handy little guide line for a new brewer with nice suggestions & explainations. ++ for your help to this question.
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:40 AM   #13
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this is a very handy little guide line for a new brewer with nice suggestions & explainations. ++ for your help to this question.
The only thing I'd like to add is "go easy on the dextrose". Just thinking of putting 1kg (2.2lbs) of dextrose and nothing else to those Coopers kits makes me cringe. It's like putting too much sugar in your coffee; after a certain amount it doesn't taste like coffee and ruins the taste.
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Old 03-11-2009, 01:59 AM   #14
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hm, thanks for all the input. i see some things i need to buy...

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Old 03-11-2009, 07:16 PM   #15
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Hi ,i Use Coopers Kits,keep In Mind That They Make 6 Gal U.s.,i Just Made An Irish Stout With 1 Lb. Dme And 500g Of Dex, Carbed Out W / 1 Cup Dex Bottled And Its Really Good, For The Draught I Used The Kit And 3.2 Lme Light And It Came Out Real Good, The More Sugar Makes A Little Higher Abv, I Also Leave It In Prime For 3 Weeks

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is there a generic dme or do i just pick one thats similar to the beer im making? at this site i see pale, amber, dark and so on.

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is there a generic dme or do i just pick one thats similar to the beer im making? at this site i see pale, amber, dark and so on.
A lot of people always use the pale and then add specialty grains (crystal, chocolate, etc.). Basically that's what amber and dark are: pale+. If you don't have access to specialty grains, then you can use dark or amber.

If you're using a recipe, just follow it.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:58 AM   #18
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That is a nice guide to follow. I have always used two 3.3 pound cans or one can and one bag of extract. I forget what the conversion is from DME to LME... something like LME is .8 compared to DME because of water weight. there is also another figure that will give you gravity per gallon per pound of extract but I dont remember that either. Hope this "I dont remember" post helps. Cheers to beers!

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1 can will give you around 3.0% - 3.5 abv and 2 should boost you up to at least 4.5% abv. From experience, a 5 gallon batch that uses 1 can is a waste. If the can is 3.3 lbs.

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hey dogboy, could you elaborate a little more on your list? like #5, 2.2 lbs brew enhancer 2, how muvh of each item? thanks for that list too.

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