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Old 02-05-2011, 02:01 PM   #1
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I made my first batch of IPA (and first ever batch of brew), did 6 days in primary, 3 weeks in secondary, and has been bottled for 2 week now. Tried my first one last night, sorry couldn't wait 3 weeks. Anyway, it had good bitter, but was lacking what my wife and I both thought was body, sort of seemed "watery". Will leaving it bottled for more time help it to develop "body". I'm ready to start my next batch, which will probably be a Pale Ale, maybe Summer Ale, but want to know what went wrong with the first. THanks in advance.


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Old 02-05-2011, 02:04 PM   #2
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I made my first batch of IPA (and first ever batch of brew), did 6 days in primary, 3 weeks in secondary, and has been bottled for 2 week now. Tried my first one last night, sorry couldn't wait 3 weeks. Anyway, it had good bitter, but was lacking what my wife and I both thought was body, sort of seemed "watery". Will leaving it bottled for more time help it to develop "body". I'm ready to start my next batch, which will probably be a Pale Ale, maybe Summer Ale, but want to know what went wrong with the first. THanks in advance.
Could just need more time. What was the recipe?


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Recipe:
3.75 lbs Cooper s IPS malt extract
2 lbs unhopped extract
1 tsp water salts
1 oz hops 3/4 cup corn sugar
1 pkg yeast
1 pkg bru vigor
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Old 02-05-2011, 02:34 PM   #4
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How large a volume is the recipe? if 23 to 25 litres, it could be a bit too much H20; also seems to be missing a bit of crystal malt which would have given some body and mouth feel.

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3.75 lbs Cooper s IPS malt extract
2 lbs unhopped extract
1 tsp water salts
1 oz hops 3/4 cup corn sugar
1 pkg yeast
1 pkg bru vigor
Next time, try a different recipe. Coopers kits just aren't as good for making a brew similar to a craft beer. They will be drinkable, but not as good.

Maybe try a kit from Austinhomebrew.com if you want to stick to kits, or even a Brewer's Best kit (not as good, but readily available). Quality kits have some specialty grains and hops to add at different times, along with fresher (not canned) extract.

I like the looks of this one: http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...d11696a7c061ed
You can do an extract batch, and they have great instructions!
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Old 02-05-2011, 03:12 PM   #6
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Birvine: I used 2 gals water, it still only produced 48 bottles, so I guess it was lake of crystal malt?

Yooper: that is great info on Coopers, and I have been looking @ all the kits on Austin Brew's site, spent about 4 hrs @ work the other day lokking @ all their kits. A friend and I will be ordering about 4 kits next week to save on shipping. Where are u wintering


Wow, what a great web site ya'll have here, makes a newbie feel more confidant knowing experts are just an email away. And sorry it takes me so long to reply, the wife confiscated the computer so doing this from my phone.
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That wass lack of crystal malt, not lake of
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The first thing that came to my mind was your water. Are you using Reverse Osmosis water, Filtered Water or Tap water? IPA's need minerals. But adding some crystal malt will defiately help as well. Happy brewing and congrats on making your first batch
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Tap water, is that the better option?
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I just started a batch of Munton's IPA this morning before reading this thread. My recipe is pretty much the same so it will be interesting to see how they compare. BTW, BBQnBrew, are you buying your kits in Houston?


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