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Old 08-03-2009, 04:08 PM   #1
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Default Did I add right stuff to Coopers IPA kit?

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???

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Old 08-03-2009, 04:09 PM   #2
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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
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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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^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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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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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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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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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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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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