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Old 12-09-2012, 07:31 PM   #1
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Santa got me my first brew kit a few weeks ago but I have to wait until Christmas to use it, in the mean time I'm reading like crazy and probably taking in too much info and changing my plans several times

I have a kit containing Coopers Lager, yeast and Beer Enhancer 1, since that arrived I also got ambitous by reviewing a bunch of recipes and I bought 1kg (2.2 lbs) of Muntons Light Dry Malt and 1 oz of cascade hops.
Part of me thought "just make the basic Coopers recipe", the other part thought "go ahead and kick it up a bit". I would like to kick it up a notch, but nothing crazy.

So, not sure what to do with the Muntons DME now, I thought I had a recipe all figured out but I think I'm taking in too much info while I sit and wait.
Any guidance on how to work that into a recipe would be great.
I've got the extract brewing processes down and I'm on solid ground thru all the reading and online videos, it's just the recipe side that I'm overwhelmed by.

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Old 12-09-2012, 07:36 PM   #2
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It's a bit much to try & get a good process down & fiddle with figuring out a recipe at the same time. I did that same beer kit as is the first time. Had to learn what needed to be done with brewing,sanitation,etc. I branched out on my second one a little. Then learned & added to it as time went on. I was still working out my process through it all.
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From a fellow newbie who just put his first batch in primary a few days ago...don't get too cute. I also read a lot beforehand and thought following an extract recipe was going to be simple an straightforward. It is for the most part, but there is a lot of details to pay attention to that I didn't consider...wort temperature, aeration, etc.

I'd worry about getting those things down pat first. Just my two cents.

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Brew the first batch as it was intended, put the hops in the fridge, it will keep till your ready for another batch. Save the DME, use it toward another batch or save it to make starters when you are ready to go that far.

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Put the hops in a zip lock freezer bag in the freezer. They'll stay fresher longer. Yeast & LME in the fridge,DME,priming sugars,etc in the pantry in some kinda container.
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Well, I certainly see the logic in keeping it simple the first time, that was the original plan but with so much time until Christmas I suppose I'm just getting too eager.
Sounds like a good plan, I'll just keep the hops adn DME stored for batch #2.

Thanks for the input.

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Stick to the kit...for a new brewer it is enough just to get the mechanics down.......there will plenty of future brews for you to get "fancy" or customize...i.e. all grain, etc.....

BTW....welcome to the obsession!

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Try not to let it all blow your mind by then. After the first brew,it'll all seem a bit clearer. They say hind sight is always 20/20...but lookin back it's still a bit fuzzy...
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This really is a great site, so much info and so many helpful people.

I'm going to pursue this just a bit more because after the first batch I'll be right back where I am now anyways (forgive my newbness, I've tried to get as many answers from reading posts first and asking only if stumped).
So, just wondering if someone can provide some feedback on this plan for batch #2.

- 1 can coopers lager LME
- 2.2 lbs of Muntons Light Dry DME
- 1 kg of Coopers brew enhancer 1
- 1 oz cascade hops
- Bring 2-3 gallons water to boil
- Remove from heat
- Add ½ of the DME
- Return to boil
- Add hops via hop bag
- Low boil for 20 min
- Remove from heat
- Remove hops
- Stir in other ½ of DME, Coopers LME and Brew enhancer
- Cover and let it sit for 20 min then move pot to ice water bath until cool (+- 20 min)
- Add to fermenter
- Ferment and then bottle (skipping detail here as I’m ok on this part, just unsure of the recipe)

I guess the main unknown is how well the Brew Enhancer fits into it all, also if there's enough hops in there.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Unionrdr, much of my recipe building has come from your threads and recepies, you've provided lots of good info pertaining to Coopers kits.

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I have done a lot of them,& plan to do more in the future. With the Cooper's can & 2.2lb of light DME in there,the 500g BE1 should be ok,even though 20% of it is maltodextrin. It gives body & mouthfell. The one ounce of hops is light,but ok for a lager or light pale ale beer. If the Cooper's can is the Original Series lager,it comes with ale yeast. That'll make temps easier to maintain. 66-68F is good for Cooper's ale yeast.
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