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Old 01-11-2006, 05:41 PM   #11
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What was meant by "half corn sugar, half extract" was that you still use the entire contents of the kit but instead of adding 1kg of sugar, add .5kg sugar and .5 kg of Dry malt extract (DME), wich can be bought seaprately. This will give more body to the brew.
And, I usually add water to get to about, 1.044s.g. I just leave my sterilized hydrometer in the primary while adding water and stop when I get to the desired gravity. Then take the hd. out, pitch the yeast (if temp is between 20-30C) and let nature take over.


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Old 01-12-2006, 03:38 AM   #12
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I don't have any dry malt extract. Should I get some? And if so what kind is recomended? Remember I'm doing the Coopers Pilsner, and Coopers Australian Lager. Do I really need to add a DME? Or can I go without it?


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Old 01-12-2006, 03:48 AM   #13
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Brendon, get some light DMEand use it asa direct substitute fot corn sugar. Makes a better beer.

 
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Old 01-12-2006, 04:41 AM   #14
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I think getting the wort to a decent Starting Grav is more important than using DME or not. Certainly, malt extract adds some nice flavour, and I prefer to brew with it vs sugar, no question. BUT you can make perfectly acceptable homebrew with corn sugar (dextrose) and the canned kits. I do however find that it comes out thin if you brew according to the directions. So, I beef em up with DME, and keep the gravity nice and high (ca 1.050 to start). Throw a handful of pellet hops into your boiling water too!
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I'm not a lager drinker but I like to have some in the house for the holidays so I make up a cooper pilsner kit with Muntons Kit enhancer (its quick and cheap).

Neither ingredients need boiling, and mix well. I never worry about the gravity as the kit enhancer is going to give you far more body than corn sugar anyway so all you loose if you dont quite hit the SG is a small amount of alcohol.

To be honest the kit enhancer is probably just a mixture of Corn sugar and light dme (probably 50/50), its just a convenient way to buy it.

I definately wouldnt dick around with the hop balance by boiling some up, coopers kits seem to get it about right. Steeping them in boiling water wont hurt though to add aroma.

To get the best out of the kit it needs least 2 months to mature but produces a drink that is quite acceptable and worth the wait.

 
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Old 01-12-2006, 05:25 PM   #16
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Thanks again for everyones advice, I'm going to order a DME today sometime.


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