Originally Posted by Mycoe
The coopers home brew lager kit instructions says to take a Hydrometer reading on day 6 and then to bottle when the reading stays the same for 2 days, I had a reading of 1.016 yesterday and 1.014 today (day 7) what should I be expecting the reading to stabilize at and how long should it take??
I brewed a couple of these kits (Canadian Blonde/Lager). They were done after a week, but I just left it in the fermenter until 10 days or so. I bottled after about 2-3 weeks.
I wasn't impressed with Coopers. I was curious because it was so simple. Even for a new brewer. I did beef up the kit with about 3lbs of DME- no hops (EDIT: 2-3lbs of DME...not the 5lbs. I originally wrote). The yeast in my kits were way out of date so I didn't use them. I used Safale s-04. Actually, I tried using some of the Coopers yeast on a root beer brew and it failed, so the factory coopers yeast was pretty much dead on arrival.
I thought the canadian blonde and the lager were not much different in taste. Maybe this beer works for some, but I didn't like it. My 3 main issues were: 1. There was no body (it felt like beer flavored water) 2. The low ABV. I wasn't able to get over 3.8% after bottling. 3. the taste had too much banana flavor. there was some fermenting temperature shifts that caused this. But it was side by side with a Caribou Slobber batch and the slobber had the hops and body.
If you brew a cooper's, I recommend adding supplements and hopping it up a notch. In my case, my first coopers batches went into the sink. It wasn't for me.