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Old 03-11-2011, 02:21 PM   #1
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Hey guys by first brew is in the bottles waiting a couple of weeks to open them up and drink them. I have the Coopers kit and got online to try to order more of their pre made mash. To get the mash, bottles, caps, sugar, & carbonation tablets would be over $100 to get it shipped to me! That is what I paid for the whole kit! Do yall know of anywhere here in the states (I live in Texas, near Houston) where I can buy the stuff locally? Am I going to have to make my own mash now or can I use other types of the pre made stuff. I don't think I'm quite to where I want to try different flavor combinations just yet, I just want to brew some beers. Thanks for any help.

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I got my Cooper's micro brew kit from makebeer.net. He's in Iowa. But search for LHBS's in your area. I did it with the ask search on my browser. I found one where I didn't have to drive for 2-3 hours one way.
But makebeer.net has all the Cooper's beer kits & whatnot. So you could order from him if there's no LHBS in your area.
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Thanks very much for the reply but I am very new at this. LHBS??

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Austin home brew store is where I have been buying from. Also, there are several places in H town.

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Good deal I think I am going to buy from that makebeer.net thanks for the link, then next time I'm in Houston I will swing by a store.

Another quick question. On the makebeer.net site you can order the brewing refill kit and get the beer kit, light malt extract, and carbonation drops. When I did my first brew I used brewing sugar (came with original Coopers kit) but do I use the light malt extract the same way I used the brewing sugar? Am I going to have to get another package of the brewing sugar to add?

Thanks for all the help so far guys.

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Thanks very much for the reply but I am very new at this. LHBS??
LHBS = Local Home Brew Store
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Good deal I think I am going to buy from that makebeer.net thanks for the link, then next time I'm in Houston I will swing by a store.

Another quick question. On the makebeer.net site you can order the brewing refill kit and get the beer kit, light malt extract, and carbonation drops. When I did my first brew I used brewing sugar (came with original Coopers kit) but do I use the light malt extract the same way I used the brewing sugar? Am I going to have to get another package of the brewing sugar to add?

Thanks for all the help so far guys.
Yeah,the light malt extract adds a bit more color,body,flavor,etc. It's really un-hopped DME (Dry Malt Extract),& is basically a fermentable. Some still add 250-300g of dextrose for a bit more alcohol than you get with the DME.
The "brewers sugar" is what they gave me as well,it's 80% dextrose (corn sugar),& 20% maltodextrine. The later is supposed to give a better head. You can buy that separately at the LHBS. Others even use the DME with the can kit,& use high malt glucose. It's a thick syrup that is mostly fermentable like the dextrose. But has a lil malt. It's about the same as brewer's sugar,imo.
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If you are buying online, don't waste your time with a coopers kit. You will have much better results with a extract kit made from one of the vendors on the website.

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I'm a new Cooper brewer also. Got my first batch started yesterday.

Look on Amazon for "Coopers Brew kit". You can get the whole brew kit, minus the bottles, for $25-$30 with FREE SHIPPING (yay!) For bottles I've been saving some personally and asking around and have easily been able to gather enough for another batch. I plan to get it started as soon as first batch is out of primary.

The LHBS is also a great idea. I've not been able to visit any myself yet to see what selection/price they may offer.

Have fun!!

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If you are buying online, don't waste your time with a coopers kit. You will have much better results with a extract kit made from one of the vendors on the website.

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I agree! Coopers is pretty much junk. For that much money, you could get several "real" beer kits and make some excellent stuff! I'm not sure what's in Houston but I know Austin Home Brew is awesome and they have flat rate shipping of $7.99 or free shipping over $100 and currently have 20 kits at $20! Check out austinhomebrew.com for info.

The $20 kits look great! Get the dry yeast option for $1.59. The priming sugar for carbonation is included. I like this one: http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...ducts_id=12895 If you can boil water, you can make these kits. Even the bag for the grain is included, and it'll make a great product.
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