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Old 06-12-2006, 08:45 AM   #1
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Anyone try this? I really love mexican beer in the summer, and thought I might give one a try. Any suggestions or opinions about this particular kit? Thanks!

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Old 06-13-2006, 12:59 AM   #2
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I am not familiar with this kit, but I have used the Dos Equis Amber clone kit from Austin homebrew. It turned out very well. It does use a lager yeast. If you are not able to do lagering they give instructions for fermenting at ale temps.
Here is a link to the kit if you want to check it out.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...4de8982567f9bc

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Old 06-13-2006, 03:37 AM   #3
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How do you think fermenting in higher temps would affect this beer. I am desperatly looking for a good modelo product clone (either corona or modelo especial) that I can make in my 74 degree home.

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Old 06-13-2006, 03:54 AM   #4
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If you're trying to make a beer that closely copies a commercial equivalent to the point that it tastes 'Mexican' instead of 'American' or 'Canadian' or 'European', I'm afraid you'll be disappointed. Most kit beers barely resemble the general style on the label, never mind a particular sub-style.

Light lagers are the most difficult to brew from a kit. They make good beer, don't get me wrong- they just don't hit the bullseye.

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Im talking about partial mash extract brewing here. You cant get close to mexican with extracts?

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Found on a tear-out recipe card in the latest issue of BYO:

Coopers Mexican Cerveza

Description: This beer is light in style, with a clean taste, ideally served ice cold with a wedge of lime or lemon. Recipe by the brewers at Coopers Brewery.


1 can Coopers Mexican Cerveza Beer Kit
1/2 lb. Coopers light dry malt extract
1 lb. Coopers Brewing Sugar
1/2 lb Maltodextrine Powder
1 pkg. Coopers Mexican Cerveza Yeast

Coopers Carbonation Drops

Procedures:

1. Heat 2 liters of water to hot, but not boiling (I would heat to boiling)
2. Mix in Coopers Mexican Cerveza Kit, DME, brewing sugar and maltodextrine
3. Cool wort in pot to room temperature. Transfer into fermenter. Aerate well and then top up to five gallons.
4. Pitch yeast when temperature is < 80 degrees F. Ferment 65-70 degrees F.


For what it's worth...

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Let's see here, it uses a funky combination of ingredients, questionable brewing techniques, and sub par fermentation practices...



...yeah, looks like a good Mexican beer. Make sure you use alot of lime when serving so that you'll have a one on flavor and perhaps sanitize the thing a bit...




Sorry if this seems harsh, but it just seems so wrong to me!

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Actually, it's not as bad as it sounds. That recipe coming from BYO isn't right, at least not what Cooper's is saying now. If you buy the package, it says to use the can of Cooper's Mexican Cerveza mix, beer enhancer 2 (which contains dextrose, maltodextrin and Light Dry Malt) and the yeast that comes with it. Doesn't sound weird to me. It also does not get boiled, as none of the Cooper's cans get/need to be boiled because they are the non-boil kind (already all set in the can). Don't see anything weird here, either. I've tried 3 of the Cooper's kits and they are quite good. Finally found someone on another beer forum who has tried this cerveza kit, and made it just as it directed, and he said it was quite tasty-kinda similiar to Pacifico. Sounds good to me, so I think I'll order it!

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Let us know how close it came to th 'real thing'

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The ingredients and procedure sound fine to me too.

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