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Old 08-03-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
ManyBrews
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Hi everyone!! I made my first batch yesterday with a Cooper's IPA Beer Kit Package from learntobrew. The kit came with the can of hopped malt extract and also 1.5# of DME and I used the dry IPA yeast that came with the kit. I went down to basement this morning and the air lock was percolating less than 20 hours later!!!

My worry (I know) is that other instructions I have seen online call for dextrose and some other fermentables. I'm just learning about different fermentables. Does this sound like proper ingredients for and IPA...coopers can and DME only???

Thank you for the help.

 
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:09 PM   #2
ManyBrews
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...maybe I should add that coopers can came w/ real generic instructions only saying to add fermentables....so that's why I'm asking here.

 
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:10 PM   #3
ManyBrews
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my og was 1.03 (I think ;>)

 
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:11 PM   #4
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Hops? That's the key to IPA's..

 
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:14 PM   #5
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^malt extract is hopped. my first brew, so i wanted a real easy one and just want to make sure i used proper recipe.

 
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:14 PM   #6
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1.03 sounds extremely low for an IPA. I'm assuming you added water to bring your volume up to somewhere around 5 gallons (assuming this was a 5 gallon recipe). Did you thoroughly mix the water with the rest of the mixture (wort) before you took your og?

 
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:15 PM   #7
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1.03 is definitely not high enough for an IPA.

IPA Style Guidelines

His extract was pre-hopped, so no hops to add, I'm assuming?

Sounds to me like something was left out of the kit...
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:19 PM   #8
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uh oh.

learntobrew might have made recipe for 5 gallons, but coopers kits generally make 6 which i followed (could fit about 5.5 in fermentor), so that could contribute to low og; definately mixed wort well enough as i boiled about 2 gallons and mixed that in pot then added to fermenter w/ 3.5 gallons and stirred vigorously.

nothing left to do but wait i guess

 
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:20 PM   #9
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So you're saying you made a 5 gallon recipe into a 6 gallon recipe without increasing the ingredients?

That would certainly give you a low OG.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:24 PM   #10
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Yeah, you may very well just have to roll with this one and get what you get. For future brews I would suggest an extract kit from somewhere like brewmaster's warehouse or Austin Homebrew. A little more work involved than what you did with your IPA, but they should produce very good beer.

 
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