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Old 06-27-2012, 10:44 AM   #1
Mar 2012
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Hello all,

I have just started with home-brewing and I have started from the very beginning, using kits.

So far I tried two kits, Coopers Autralian Pale Ale and Coopers Wheat Beer. In both I used the yeast from the kit and in both cases I found the beer too light in far I think it would have been better to buy comercial beer . I have respected the dates for fermenting (3 weeks in primary+at least 2 weeks of carbonation.....PAle Ale have been 2 months at least) and everything related to temperatures.

It is nice the process of doing it and more exciting and cheaper but after testing the carbonated wheat yesterday I feel again a bit dissapointed, wonderting how I am gonna drink 20 litters of a beer that I dont really like.
I will try to leave it longer in the bottle and see if it gets better.

So now I have in the fermentor a brewferm triple which I hope will bring me a step forward, as I see that brewferm has always good reviews.

Is this caused by the quality of kits? Maybe myself not being patience enough? Any suggestion on kits for beginners?


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Old 06-27-2012, 10:49 AM   #2
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What fermentables did you use when making these kits, Miguel?
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:56 AM   #3
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Hi, with the Pale Ale I used the Coopers Enhancer and with the Wheat I used 1.5 LME (wheat) + 0.5 DME.

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Old 06-27-2012, 11:00 AM   #4
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Sounds like you need more malt extract, some hops, and a quality yeast.

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Old 06-27-2012, 11:06 AM   #6

If you used an all extract kit try moving up to a kit that has a partial grain mash
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:49 AM   #7
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Another way to go is to look on this forum for a good extract recipe for your favorite style of beer and buy the ingredients for it. If you have a favorite beer, you might even be able to find the recipe to clone that beer.

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Old 06-27-2012, 11:55 AM   #8
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I made several Cooper's kits in the beginning, and I almost quit brewing because the beer resulting from those kits was sub-par.

I'd suggest trying a different supplier. I'm don't know what you have available in Norway, but I'd suggest something like this:

The ingredients are listed on their site: 7 lb Liquid Malt Extract, 10 oz Specialty Grains, hops, and quality yeast. That would make great beer, unlike a Cooper's can with "booster" or "enhancer". Maybe some others who live in your area can tell you what supplier they use, and give you some tips.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:25 PM   #9
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Check out morebeer and northern brewers extract kits..there pretty cheap and the quality is great...I use them as a on hand beer when all my other stuff is tied up for comp beers

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Old 06-27-2012, 12:42 PM   #10
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1.5 LME (wheat) + 0.5 DME + 20 litres water = OG 1.017. This is more like beer flavored water. You need lots more extract.

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