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Old 03-01-2009, 02:09 AM   #1
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Default Pre-hopped kit tweaks.

Has anyone every tweaked pre-hopped coopers and muntons kits? Looking to try some small tweaks for starters before moving on to more advanced stuff.

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Old 03-01-2009, 02:12 AM   #2
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This is a great multipart article on improving kit beer's like coopers.

Improving Your Kit

It's from the Craftbrewer Radio site...the article is a companion to.

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April#2,2007

The guys get “Down and Dirty” for the Kit and Kilo brewer with the simplist yet method of making a kit beer that tastes great. They also taste the underpitched beer experiment, and follow up on a brewers problem with under-atttenuation. Our beer superhero tries to save the love of his life - and Wonder-Mole, while we look into a beer belly experiment. More on how to say beer words, drink driving, beer laws and a quiz question will fill out the program, with a typical Aussie beer tale sung at the end.

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Old 03-01-2009, 03:14 AM   #3
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I've added honey, coffee, vanilla, and dry hopped all of my extract kits. The SWMBO is getting pissy because I cant just leave my kits "how they come".

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Old 03-01-2009, 08:13 AM   #4
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Very good advice on the above link. Just a moderate amount of steeping grains and subbing DME for sugar will make a difference.

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Cool. I was going to add coffee to my stout kit.

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Old 03-03-2009, 09:32 PM   #6
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How much coffee should I add to my coopers stout kit roughly?

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Old 03-03-2009, 09:37 PM   #7
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Another question...how could I turn this into an oatmeal stout?

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Old 03-04-2009, 11:33 PM   #8
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Anybody have comments? Wanted to make it tonight.

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Forget that noise... just get unhopped extracts and add your own hops. Much more fun and versatile that way. I wouldn't call that a snobby opinion...its a fact. To be fair, Can tasty beer be created from a prehopped kit? Yes.

My opinion? Take a 5 gallon prehopped starter kit and make it into 3 gallons of beer. Voila! Imperial starter kit! Now you're on your way to awesome.

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Old 03-05-2009, 01:12 AM   #10
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So anyway...any recommendations on the oatmeal?

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