20 years ago i made a coopers porter kit that i didnt boil . i think it was just 2 cans of porter dissolved in 1 gallon of boiled water. i brought that up to 6 gallons and rehydrated the coopers yeast and pitched and it turned out better than alot of other batches that i had boiled steeped hopped cooled etc.
so last month i went to my not so local hbs and got 2 cans of coopers stout. i dissolved 1 and 1/2 cans in 1/2 gallon of boiled water and brought that up to 4.5 gallons and rehydrated their yeast and pitched on 12/23/08
today i saw some floaties that i am not used to althoguh i think its hot break or hop protein so i theifed a little.
this batch tastes far far better than i anticipated and it was the simplest in a long time. I cant wait for this one. i bottle tommorrow and am praying that nothing goes wrong. although i cant imagine the taste could worsen after conditioning
my coopers secrets :
1) no sugar of any kind. just LME.
2) reconstitue with bottled spring water not tap
3) replace their yeast with fresh and rehydrate.
4) ferment for 2weeks primary at least
it really is that simple but its more like mixing than brewing.
primary 1 : edworts apfelwein
primary 2 : edworts apfelwein
primary 3 : coopers stout
primary 4 : cream stout
primary 5 : edworts apfelwein
primary 7 : empty
primary 8 : empty
bottled1 : pale ale
bottled2 : XXpale ale
bottled3 : amber cascade ale
on deck : coopers dark ale, ahs porter, sam adams boston ale clone, always more apflewein