Coldbreak Brewing Giveaway - Winners Drawn!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > Coopers kits are ****!!!
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-25-2013, 02:09 PM   #11
Darwin18
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Darwin18's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Garner, NC
Posts: 4,895
Liked 835 Times on 594 Posts
Likes Given: 490

Default

I don't think they are rubbish, but I don't think they're anything special either. You can certainly make acceptable beer with a Coopers kit if you follow basic sanitation and temperature control. Honestly, I made one Coopers kit and moved on to all-grain. I'm glad that the Coopers beer kit that my wife bought me years ago got me into homebrewing (and a sweet primary as well), but if you're really interested in the hobby you might be better off trying other kits.


__________________
BJCP #F0684 - Certified
Darwin18 is offline
JohanMk1 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2013, 02:13 PM   #12
dstranger99
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Charlottesville, Va
Posts: 1,050
Liked 107 Times on 86 Posts
Likes Given: 25

Default

I've never tried coopers, but I've done other extract kits, you really have to tweak them, especially if you want to rid of that extract twang....I hate that !


__________________
__________________________

Primary: Caribou Slobber

Kegged: Stout

Bottled: Cent Blonde, Jakes Brown, Stout

I love Yooper........
dstranger99 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2013, 06:47 PM   #13
felthamy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 7
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Ive got a coopers real ale kit in a king keg at the moment. Its been there for about a week. I have tasted it and although its not bad there is a slight after taste thats not that good. Anyway u guys r talking about tweaking these kits what would u recommend doing and at what stage in the brewing process.
felthamy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2013, 07:11 PM   #14
lovebrewin
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 115
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by dstranger99
I've never tried coopers, but I've done other extract kits, you really have to tweak them, especially if you want to rid of that extract twang....I hate that !
I think that's what I'm tasting from my first 2 batches! The second of the 2 being not so bad. But they have that twang and I think with this 3rd batch I have possibly drowned out the twang with malt and hops! Here's hoping that I have anyway c",)

Actually come to think of it. In the second batch I used Nottingham yeast and fermented at about 13c-14c. It produced such a clear clean crisp beer but still with the "twang" taste..
lovebrewin is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-25-2013, 07:16 PM   #15
Shooter
Almaigan Brewing Co.
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Shooter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Dublin (No, not that Dublin)
Posts: 4,511
Liked 249 Times on 194 Posts
Likes Given: 38

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by felthamy View Post
Ive got a coopers real ale kit in a king keg at the moment. Its been there for about a week. I have tasted it and although its not bad there is a slight after taste thats not that good. Anyway u guys r talking about tweaking these kits what would u recommend doing and at what stage in the brewing process.
I usually swap out for a different yeast, fermented at a reasonable temperature, use more DME and would use less, to no, dextrose, depending on the kit. I also add a small amount of steeping grain and do some late hop additions.

However, after doing all that, your Coopers kit isn't quite as cost effective as it once was. The main reason I have my one Coopers kit/recipe on hand is that it allows me to have an incredibly quick brew day, ending up with a decent beer and still feeling like I had some hand in the creative process.
__________________
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. - C. S. Lewis, English essayist & juvenile novelist (1898 - 1963)
Shooter is offline
JohanMk1 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2013, 02:45 PM   #16
unionrdr
struggling author
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 34,653
Liked 2921 Times on 2525 Posts
Likes Given: 2059

Default

You can look at my recipes under my avatar for how I use Cooper's cans. It can produce a better beer. I'm using the cans in PM brews now,but I'm still in the tweaking stage before listing them.
__________________
My sci-fi & home brewing books on amazon-kindle now! New additions coming!
NEW, REVISED EDITION of book one of Time Lords 2034 series now on Amazon Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
My homebrewing book "Tippy Tippy Tappy" on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
unionrdr is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2013, 02:57 PM   #17
vera
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 105
Liked 3 Times on 2 Posts
Likes Given: 3

Default

I like the fact that the kits give a lot of people the courage to start brewing.
vera is offline
2
People Like This 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2013, 03:53 PM   #18
unionrdr
struggling author
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
unionrdr's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Sheffield, Ohio
Posts: 34,653
Liked 2921 Times on 2525 Posts
Likes Given: 2059

Default

True,they are simple enough for folks to concentrate on getting a good process down in the begining.
__________________
My sci-fi & home brewing books on amazon-kindle now! New additions coming!
NEW, REVISED EDITION of book one of Time Lords 2034 series now on Amazon Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NTA0L6G
My homebrewing book "Tippy Tippy Tappy" on Kindle! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00PBAP6JO
unionrdr is offline
JohanMk1 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2013, 04:26 PM   #19
Darwin18
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Darwin18's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Garner, NC
Posts: 4,895
Liked 835 Times on 594 Posts
Likes Given: 490

Default

Yup, and you get sweet primary out of it as well.
__________________
BJCP #F0684 - Certified
Darwin18 is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-26-2013, 04:56 PM   #20
HomeBeers
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 8
Default

I wouldn't call them ****, they won't create a spectacular beer but they're not the worst I've tried


HomeBeers is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Coopers Kits ? RiversC174 Extract Brewing 11 04-29-2012 07:40 PM
Coopers kits SMOKEU Extract Brewing 74 02-14-2012 08:58 PM
New here. Hello! Coopers kits... brewNdrink Extract Brewing 16 03-06-2008 01:45 PM
Coopers Kits Steve99 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 11-21-2006 09:31 PM
Coopers Kits RiversC174 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 5 03-07-2006 04:29 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS