Originally Posted by Yooper
I thought they used a kilo of sugar usually (2.2 pounds) and that's way too much. If you used 3.3 pounds of sugar, that would explain the poor result. I think it's only about 3.3 pounds of malt extract in those kits (which are poor kits to being with), so that's 50% malt and 50% sugar- pretty gross.
Using malt extract instead of sugar will be a huge improvement, even though the prehopped coopers extract and their yeast is still poor quality. If you want to continue to make beer, I'd suggest using better quality kits and keeping them under 65 degrees during fermentation. There can be excellent beers made from good quality kits.
I agree, I've found that the brewers best kits make a damn decent beer! You can make little changes and add things to them and they turn out quite nice... Hey look I'm drinking an IPA from a BB kit right now!