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Old 03-15-2012, 11:22 PM   #1
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Hello,

Need help here. I have a mr.beer kit sitting at home and I refuse to buy their malt extract to make a 10 liter/2.64 US gallons batch. Instead I was hoping to get a can of coopers malt extract and use the whole can instead. I know this will make a really strong and high gravity beer but how about if I just add the whole can and skip the 1kg of sugar or dextrose will that help in balancing it out? The only reason Iím toying with this idea is because Iíve seen on youtube where some brewers use two cans of coopers as oppose to 1 and not add in sugar.

 
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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What style of beer are you brewing?
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:27 AM   #3
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Coopers English Bitters...

 
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:49 AM   #4
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Those cans CLAIM to be for 5 gallons, but if you use one can for a 5 gallon batch you aren't going to have much of a beer. Also that extra sugar gives you alcohol and nothing else, I would skip it regardless. One can for a half sized batch is perfect IMO
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:26 AM   #5
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Those cans CLAIM to be for 5 gallons, but if you use one can for a 5 gallon batch you aren't going to have much of a beer. Also that extra sugar gives you alcohol and nothing else, I would skip it regardless. One can for a half sized batch is perfect IMO
I have to agree and i think I've seen somewhere on their official website stating that if you plan to brew an english bitter, the water volumne should be 18L/4.72G and additional LME or DME together with it.

So now back to the question, is it recommended to use 1 can for half the amout of water?

 
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Old 03-16-2012, 02:40 AM   #6
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So now back to the question, is it recommended to use 1 can for half the amout of water?
Yes... when I was doing those kinds of beers, I would always use 2 cans for 5 gallon batches, so one can for around 2.5 would be fine
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Old 03-16-2012, 03:01 AM   #7
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Thanks guys. at least now i know what my mr.beer will be good for

 
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