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Old 09-27-2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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Default Help on a Cooper's Stout Augmentation

Hey fellas, back at it now that work is slowing down and weather is cooling down. I'm going to throw a Cooper's Stout kit together on the weekend. I have 1.3KG's of Dark LME as my fermentable and some EKG and Willamette, with Notty for the yeast. Was thinking I'd do a boil with the LME to get some bitterness out of one of the hops to compliment the bitterness in the Cooper's pre-hopped.

I made this kit before using light LME as the extra fermentable, but thought it was too malty.That being said, the stout I am really used to drinking is Guinness, so the Cooper's Stout probably isn't trying to emulate that dry Irish stout style.

This was my first crack at it:
1.7KG Cooper's Original Stout
1.3KG light LME
2*7g packets of Cooper's ale yeast, pitched at 70*-72*.
topped up to 16L in a 5 gallon bucket

Any advice? Hoping to brew it Sunday.


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Old 09-28-2012, 12:55 AM   #2
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I just did this kit on sunday, I used 1.1lb dark dme, 1.1 lb dextrose, steeped 8 oz of chocolate malt and flaked wheat. It smelt incredible and fermented like a bat out of hell, I did 23L and my og was 1.05. Seriously though that coopers yeast is a demon sometimes, caught it just before the lid blew. So maybe 1 pack will do. Just my 2, cheers.

Edit: I actually used 1.1lb dark brown sugar, not dextrose.


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Old 09-30-2012, 03:33 PM   #3
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Looks like I'm going with this:

Cooper's OS Stout Kit 1.7KG
Dark LME 1.3KG
Dextrose .25KG
Bitter up the LME with .5 Oz Willamette
Top up to 20 Litres and off we go on some Notty.

Brewing this evening.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:57 AM   #4
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Sounds good to me, nothing like some fresh hops to give those kits the kick they need.
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:47 AM   #5
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Got home from work at about the 20 hour mark of fermentation and the Notty was rocketing along, doing it's thing. Temp seems to be holding fast on 68*. Excited to get a sip of this one, my first batch with added hops.
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Old 10-02-2012, 10:55 AM   #6
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The coopers kits are great and you know what, the brew enhancer 2 is a good cheap way to get your fermentables up. I wouldn't hold back on adding some DME at all to boost the ABV if your looking for a bit extra and steeping grains is going to give you that lovely fresh beer taste.

Your hops are looking good but where are you going to put it in the boil?

A recipe I recently did was the Dark Ale kit, BE2, Fuggles and EKG along with some chocolate malt for steeping. Seriously, the best home brew beer I have made yet using just the coopers yeast too.

Looking forward to hearing how your stout tasted.
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Hops went in the boil for 30 mins, with about half the LME. Wasn't boiling temp stayed about 165-70 or so.
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I just pulled a sample of mine last night, after a week I seem to be stuck at 1.018 but time will tell. I think I could drink this beer flat now really tasty.
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Should turn out nice -- the Coopers Stout ferment REALLY HARD usually. Cheers.
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Should turn out nice -- the Coopers Stout ferment REALLY HARD usually. Cheers.
Yeah man, it's going crazy as we speak. Temp has dropped to 66 too, which is nice.


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