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Old 10-12-2009, 03:35 AM   #1
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I want to make a strong pale ale. I was thinking about using 2 of the Coopers Lager kits and 2kg of dextrose, or should I use 3 cans of extract and 1kg of dextrose? What kind of yeast should I use?

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Old 10-14-2009, 05:56 PM   #2
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Using more dextrose is going to lighten the body, thus making it an easy drinker. I would double up on the kits but use the amount of water for one kit.

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I want around 8% ABV and I don't want a really heavy body, that's why I was thinking of using 2X 1.7kg kits and then using 2kg of dextrose.

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For lighter body go with the dextrose. You'll have the makings of a panty-droppin' brew; high abv, light body

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I have 'aled' the Cooper's Lager Kit once before. For a Belgian it is too hoppy (IMHO). So I'd use 1 can of the pre-hopped Lager and go heavy on the DME (3.5kg or more) and 2 pks of T-58 or S-33 yeast in a 1 ltr starter. It ought to come out like a strong ale.

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I have 'aled' the Cooper's Lager Kit once before. For a Belgian it is too hoppy (IMHO). So I'd use 1 can of the pre-hopped Lager and go heavy on the DME (3.5kg or more) and 2 pks of T-58 or S-33 yeast in a 1 ltr starter. It ought to come out like a strong ale.
If I used that much DME, I'm worried that it might be too heavy bodied for my liking. I want the FG to be below 1.020.
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Light DME, 2 pks yeast in a starter the night before ought to be good to get it down around to mid teens. That's been my experience.

Belgians are tricky to brew high ABV with a light body. I've done this with 3 lbs Light LME, 7lbs Light DME. Substituting a lb or 2 of rock candy sugar will lighten it more.

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Old 10-15-2009, 07:40 AM   #8
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Have you got any good recipes for a pale beer around the 8-10% ABV range that involvesdry yeast? I only use extracts and I don't do a boil. Something reasonably light bodied.

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sounds like you're try to make a lot of alcohol for real cheap. that's not real beer come on.

unless you are trying to.... D I S T I L L

then I don't even wanna go there,

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I don't have the equipment to do a full boil, so I like to keep things simple.

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