Originally Posted by Canrinus
Alright that is all very good to know, I'm definitely going to be using my washed us-05, unfortunately DME is about $8 a pound here and I'm not putting that much more into this cheap coopers kit. How is brown sugar in comparison to dextrose and table sugar what kind of flavor profiles does it leave?
I hear you on the price of malt extract. Locally I have 3 options (all prices Canadian):
1.5kg can of Black Rock LME - $20.55
0.5kg bag of Munton's DME - $9.20
1kg bag of Munton's Beer Kit Enhancer (50%DME, 50% dextrose) - $9.20
The last time I did a Cooper's stout I added a bag of Beer Kit enhancer and a bag of DME. It turned out pretty good and while I don't remember what the ABV was I'm pretty sure it was above 5% (this was a 23 litre batch).
My current batch is a mini-mash (my first) that uses a Cooper's stout kit for the LME and bittering. I mashed 5lbs of 2 row and some specialty grain BIAB style and then did a 60 minute boil without any hop additions. In the last 10 minutes I added the (pre-bittered) stout kit. I'm a week away from bottling and a month away from sampling but I really hope this works out. It was more time consuming and involved but it was fun and saved me a few bucks eventhough I think I used more grain than I needed to make up for the amount of malt extract I would have been willing to buy.