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Old 03-25-2013, 02:09 PM   #11
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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.
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Old 03-25-2013, 02:13 PM   #12
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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 !
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Old 03-25-2013, 06:47 PM   #13
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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.

 
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:11 PM   #14
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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..

 
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:16 PM   #15
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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.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:45 PM   #16
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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.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:57 PM   #17
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I like the fact that the kits give a lot of people the courage to start brewing.

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Old 03-26-2013, 03:53 PM   #18
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True,they are simple enough for folks to concentrate on getting a good process down in the begining.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:26 PM   #19
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Yup, and you get sweet primary out of it as well.
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Old 03-26-2013, 04:56 PM   #20
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I wouldn't call them ****, they won't create a spectacular beer but they're not the worst I've tried

 
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