Originally Posted by edb23
well I just got the regular lager kit, which I guess is actually just like a pale ale. I brewed it but first steeped some rye and crystal 40L, and boiled some tettnag hops for 5 minutes. I plan on aging on bourbon soaked oak as well, maybe it'll turn out good.
Sounds like a really nice tweak you got going on for it! Best of luck. I did the Cooper's Lager as my first beer exactly per their instructions. Of course I'd read on here to let it sit much longer in the fermenter etc but figured it was my first beer so for learning experience I wanted to see what it was like done too young.
The Lager is definitely an unusual tasting beer. It's not bad, but not also not so good. All this while I just pinned it on yeast byproducts left uncleaned up since I bottled it after a week (hydro reading was spot on). But I saw a vid by SteelJan on Youtube and in the comments she says that most Americans probably will find the Cooper's beers off tasting because of their predominate use of Pride of Ringwood hops which taste different than most other hops. What she said seems to be exactly concurrent with the taste I'm getting with the Lager, just a different type of hop tartness to it.
I think your addition of Tettnang will do well to level it out.