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Old 10-05-2007, 01:48 PM   #21
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Found this article on byo:

Basically it says NOT to boil the kits, just follow the directions (they are designed to be no boil) for good beer.

Since I boiled this one, I think I'm going to get another kit, and not boil it and compare both batches.
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Old 10-06-2007, 05:40 PM   #22
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Yea I never boil my canned kits and the beer turns out great.

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Old 10-07-2007, 02:56 PM   #23
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It actually turns out very good, I did substitute Saflager S23 dry lager yeast for the included packet then fermented at 55F followed by a couple of weeks at 45F, then bottle conditioned at room temperature.

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Old 10-08-2007, 11:55 PM   #24
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assuming the northern countries get the same yeast as us here in the colonies, the yeast for a Coopers Mexican Cervesa kit is a mixture of ale and lager yeasts, so brew this beer cool but not necessarily as a lager. Did some reading on Mexican beer - it is essentially a lighter German style lager. The Coopers Cervesa isn't too bad a brew and is being talked up on local Aussie threads as a good toucan - combine two cans, nothing else and see what happens ! As far as extract recipes, the Aussie threads are talking up using Cascade hops and Glacier hops as they seem to add citrus type flavours. I suggest you research this in your own time for confirmation. You would also want to find a suitable American yeast to lager this brew (I don't know enough about them to offer a suggestion). Finally the only reason I boil a can of hopped extract is to boil off the hop oils in the extract so I can add my own (easier to use a can of unhopped LME which I do more often). No need to boil the Coopers kits.

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Old 10-10-2007, 08:11 PM   #25
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I've heard a lot of people highly recommending dry yeast strains for beer styles that ferment very clean. Has anybody tried a dry yeast for a Cooper's or any other brand of Mexican lager? The reason I ask is that my house is quite on the warm side and I have no beer fridge to lager it in.

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Old 10-10-2007, 09:03 PM   #26
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I made this kit a few weeks ago. Instead of 2 kg package of Cooper's Brewing Sugar thats recommended to add, I used 2 kg of Rice Syrup solids and about 1/2 kg of leftover light DME.

To answer your question about the dry yeast... It just happens that the package of Cooper's yeast I got didn't work for some reason so I tossed in a pack of Nottingham's Ale Yeast to get it going.

It turned out pretty good, but there are other Cooper's kits that I like better so I don't imagine I'll make it again till next summer.

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Old 03-12-2009, 08:25 PM   #27
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Sheffield/ UK
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I'm still trying this kit. I made my worth on saturday. İt started to fermentation on sunday. It was bubbling. But after 24-30 hours it stoped bubling. But İt is still fermenting because there is some steams and drops on the top of the fermenter. My house is generaly 19 - 20*C degrees or more. İt says in booklet " 1 week for primary fermentation" but I m not sure to open this saturday or wait one more week. Please give me an advice?

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Old 03-12-2009, 08:34 PM   #28
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From everything I have read, wait as many weeks as you can. Check the hydrometer and if it doesn't read the same SG for 3 days straight, then leave it for another week and try again.

What I personally do( I have only brewed ales), is I leave it for a month and then check the SG. From everything I have read, the yeast cleans up after itself and it can be beneficial to the beer to leave it longer.

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Old 03-12-2009, 08:36 PM   #29
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Take a couple hydrometer readings a day or two apart to determine if fermentation has stopped.

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Old 03-14-2009, 01:10 AM   #30
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I made this with great results....much better with a bit of fresh lime too.
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Secondary - Hard Cider
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