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Old 02-16-2012, 01:03 AM   #1
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My 3rd Batch. I like to tinker with everything, and my beer is no exception. Here is my recipe:Jan.20th

Coopers English Bitter-1(1.6kg)can
Medium Dry Malt Extract-500g
Brown Sugar-500g
High Malt Glucose Liquid-300g
Honey-150g
(23Litres total wort)

OG-1.043
Coopers Yeast-7g(made a starter 2 days before, I know I didn't need too)
pitching temp-23*C
fermented like crazy(had to install a blow off tube after 24hrs.)
Jan.29th SG-1.010
Jan.31st FG-1.010
4.3% ABV

Jan.31st bulk primed with 7/8 cup of dextrose and 1/8 cup of molasses. Carb. temp. was 68*F. Feb.8th well carbonated, but kinda sweet. Didn't really like that.Left in basement at 13*C. Feb.15, taste amazing, not sweet, in fact a bit bitter, but I guess that is what it should taste like. This is good, I will do this recipe again.

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Old 02-16-2012, 08:04 PM   #2
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Looks like a lot of sugars to me. And the Cooper's English bitter is good.but they're more malty than hop bitter. Can't understand why they call a malty ale a "bitter". No dry hop,not much hop flavor traditionally.
But good,especially with pit bbq. Or beef dishes. I used plain light DME in mine,& the color & flavor were good. Pic in my gallery. I'm def gunna make the English bitter again. Nice malty session beer.
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Yes it was alot of sugars, and the reason I did so was the"bitter" scared me. Not trying this beer before, I thought maybe balance out the hoppiness. Didn't realise the bitter came from the malt. like I said after a few days in the bottle it tasted way too sweet. Thank goodness it is more balanced now.

Ill brew it again but next time maybe with 2.2lbs/1kg of light DME.

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I made a nice Coopers English Bitter with 1.5LBS of malt and 1.5LBS of Liquid Malt. Made a little review video of it - beer turned out nice.

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I made a nice Coopers English Bitter with 1.5LBS of malt and 1.5LBS of Liquid Malt. Made a little review video of it - beer turned out nice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jKI-iFOIgc
Was it comparable at all to the Propeller ESB? Love that stuff. I made the Cooper's IPA, but it seems closer to a bitter to me than an IPA. Thinking I might tweak that to come up with a bitter.
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Tom at makebeer.net told me you add 2 Cooper's light DME packages to it with 1oz EKG for a Fuller's ESB clone. That sounded good to me.
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I did one of these by the recommended package and was not very impressed with it. It could simply be the style, which I'm not familiar with. It was alright, but I would definitely modify it somehow if I were to brew it again.

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Hey LT - it doesn't quite turn out like the propeller ESB - but its not totally off. I love the propeller ESB and their Porter. Give er a try even if its not like propeller its a solid kit. Cheers

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I'm thinking when I try the Cooper's Bitter I'll throw in a Willamette hop tea. According to Propeller's site they use Willamette and Warrior in their bitter, so I'm assuming the Warrior is bittering and the Willamette is flavour. Pretty pleased with the result of the IPA I made, and I used a KG of the Munton's Brew Enhancer for my sugar Kilo. Hope to throw this together St. Patricks Day weekend-ish.

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I also found it pretty easy to get a very clear beer out of the Cooper's English bitter can. The Cooper's 15g ale yeast packet would be great with this. Midwest & NB have them,& with US style dating,very fresh too. I gotta order more of the 15g packets at the end of the week. Got a pipeline to fill. Use at least 2lbs of plain light DME with the Cooper's English bitter can. The cooper's light DME box I used is 500g,or a lil over one pound,which is 454g. This gave mine OG 1.030,FG 1.009,so that's 3.3%. I was sure I mixed them well,but this was before I got my fine mesh strainer. So mixing & aerating were harder. So I think the OG should've been more like 1.038 or so. The 2lb of plain DME will fix that. Use the 2lb od light DME in the partial boil for the hop addition you mentioned. 20 minutes will be great for flavor. Traditionally,English bitters don't have much hop flavor,sp take it easy with 1oz max. I think that'll be fine,done that before. Also,no dry hop,as they don't have noticeable hop aroma,just malt mainly.
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