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Old 06-27-2012, 10:44 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I have just started with home-brewing and I have started from the very beginning, using kits.

So far I tried two kits, Coopers Autralian Pale Ale and Coopers Wheat Beer. In both I used the yeast from the kit and in both cases I found the beer too light in flavour....so far I think it would have been better to buy comercial beer . I have respected the dates for fermenting (3 weeks in primary+at least 2 weeks of carbonation.....PAle Ale have been 2 months at least) and everything related to temperatures.

It is nice the process of doing it and more exciting and cheaper but after testing the carbonated wheat yesterday I feel again a bit dissapointed, wonderting how I am gonna drink 20 litters of a beer that I dont really like.
I will try to leave it longer in the bottle and see if it gets better.

So now I have in the fermentor a brewferm triple which I hope will bring me a step forward, as I see that brewferm has always good reviews.

Is this caused by the quality of kits? Maybe myself not being patience enough? Any suggestion on kits for beginners?


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Old 06-27-2012, 10:49 AM   #2
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What fermentables did you use when making these kits, Miguel?

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Old 06-27-2012, 10:56 AM   #3
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Hi, with the Pale Ale I used the Coopers Enhancer and with the Wheat I used 1.5 LME (wheat) + 0.5 DME.

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Sounds like you need more malt extract, some hops, and a quality yeast.

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I think your idea to try a different kit maker is a good one. Best wishes!

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If you used an all extract kit try moving up to a kit that has a partial grain mash

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Another way to go is to look on this forum for a good extract recipe for your favorite style of beer and buy the ingredients for it. If you have a favorite beer, you might even be able to find the recipe to clone that beer.

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I made several Cooper's kits in the beginning, and I almost quit brewing because the beer resulting from those kits was sub-par.

I'd suggest trying a different supplier. I'm don't know what you have available in Norway, but I'd suggest something like this: http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?cPath=178_452_43_211&products_id= 1125&osCsid=2e66ac71b4b8015c68afe75a8e4df919

The ingredients are listed on their site: 7 lb Liquid Malt Extract, 10 oz Specialty Grains, hops, and quality yeast. That would make great beer, unlike a Cooper's can with "booster" or "enhancer". Maybe some others who live in your area can tell you what supplier they use, and give you some tips.

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Check out morebeer and northern brewers extract kits..there pretty cheap and the quality is great...I use them as a on hand beer when all my other stuff is tied up for comp beers

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1.5 LME (wheat) + 0.5 DME + 20 litres water = OG 1.017. This is more like beer flavored water. You need lots more extract.

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