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Old 09-30-2013, 11:34 AM   #1
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I'm brewing a coopers Canadian blonde atm and it's starting to get slightly colder here in Ireland. I think my temps might stay between 16-18 degrees in my house, which I think is fine seeing as this is lager....however with coopers own instructions it's calling for between 18-26

I was always under the assumption lagers were for brewing in colder temps? Will the colder temps effect the taste of my beer in the end compared to a fermentation on the higher end of scale? Cheer!

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Old 09-30-2013, 12:06 PM   #2
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I have brewed that same brew at 16-18. It turned very good. It may take a little longer to ferment though.
Coopers has their own strain of lager yeast that likes warmer temps than most other lagers but it will handle the 16-18 degrees

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Magic, thanks a million!

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Some of those sort of kits call it a lager, but they include their standard ale yeast. I can imagine it turning out well if kept at 16-18*C (beer temp, not air).

I'm also thinking that those who ferment at the upper range of what those instructions say (26*C is 79*F!) are going to end up with a batch of horrible-tasting, undrinkable swill. Why does Coopers (btw, Mr. Beer does the same) encourage their customers to ruin their beer like that?
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From reading about how important temps are through info on this site, I gathered it might have effected the taste if temps were higher!

My first LME kit, a woodefordes wherry, was done during quite a warm spell at home, really fast fast fermentation, sat at 26 degrees pretty much the whole time. And even though it was also my first time drinking home brew, I did think there was a slight after taste from the ale even though it was still really nice!! I put that down to possible high temp fermentation.

I'll be really pleased if this Canadian blonde stays at around 18 :-)

Has anyone ever brewed any coopers kits and not used the specified yeast? For example, if a coopers lager kit was bought. Used an actual lager yeast?

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From reading about how important temps are through info on this site, I gathered it might have effected the taste if temps were higher!

My first LME kit, a woodefordes wherry, was done during quite a warm spell at home, really fast fast fermentation, sat at 26 degrees pretty much the whole time. And even though it was also my first time drinking home brew, I did think there was a slight after taste from the ale even though it was still really nice!! I put that down to possible high temp fermentation.

I'll be really pleased if this Canadian blonde stays at around 18 :-)

Has anyone ever brewed any coopers kits and not used the specified yeast? For example, if a coopers lager kit was bought. Used an actual lager yeast?
I'm sure it's been done. You would have to, however, pitch and ferment around 9-10*C, followed by a d-rest for a few days at 15-16*C. Then you'll want to lager it for a month or two at 2*C.

Unless you have a fermenter chamber, it's rather tough to do.
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