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Old 12-06-2011, 08:33 PM   #11
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And, when the instructions say to ferment for 7 days then transfer to a secondary for x days ignore that. Ferment for 3-4 weeks in one container, then proceed to priming and bottling. Time=good.

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Old 12-06-2011, 08:34 PM   #12
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Thanks, so grab 3 lbs of dark DME. Subsitute that for the corn sugar? It will taste better that way?
Yes - or even light DME. Beer making is flexible and somewhat forgiving.

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Old 12-06-2011, 08:41 PM   #13
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Whoa, okay bear w/ me because I haven't brewed before. I don't have the recipe (I'm guessing that's on the can?) with me because I'm at work (), but you guys think I should add some dry malt extract to make it better? What exactly will that do? Any suggestions on DME? I'm heading to Northern Brewer on Thursday
Yes I would agree that 3lbs of dark dry malt extract should do it.

It appears that the manufacturer suggests using something called
'brew enhancer 1" Fermentables and Carbon Drops for Coopers Beer Making Kits > Brew Enhancer 1

I have never used this but have been lead to believe there should be a recipe and instructions on the can. Of course it is also possible that I am very wrong!
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You can use the Brew Enhancer but the Cooper kit I did came out better with DME. The Brew Enhancer is mostly corn sugar, the DME will give it more body and flavor.

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You can use the Brew Enhancer but the Cooper kit I did came out better with DME. The Brew Enhancer is mostly corn sugar, the DME will give it more body and flavor.
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:52 PM   #16
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Yep starting gravity of 1.020 with a finished estimated abv of 2% using as a 5 gallon batch. I just plugged the numbers into hopville and using this can and nothing else you would need to reduce the total volume to a 2 gallon batch which would give you a SG of 1.050.
What if I make a 4 gallon batch...or smaller?
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Use the can, add 3# light DME instead of Brew Enhancer, fill to 5.5 gallons (or 21 litres if using a Cooper fermentor) and you'll be good to go.

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What if I make a 4 gallon batch...or smaller?
You could do that, but I think you would be much better off adding some fermentables (1 kg. is probably enough) and brewing the five gallon batch. Using the brew enhancer suggested or dry malt extract should both be fine.
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You could do that, but I think you would be much better off adding some fermentables (1 kg. is probably enough) and brewing the five gallon batch. Using the brew enhancer suggested or dry malt extract should both be fine.
Ok. I will take everyone's advice and get some DME. Substitute it for the sugar.
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Use the can, add 3# light DME instead of Brew Enhancer, fill to 5.5 gallons (or 21 litres if using a Cooper fermentor) and you'll be good to go.
Sorry I'm new to brewing, what does 3# mean? I like the idea of using light DME instead of dark


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