Coopers European lager kit

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I'm brewing some of the Coopers European lager kit, can someone tell me please how long is the fermentation before you can bottle it? I lost the instructions, put them in the bin:cross:. I remember reading them and not too sure but I think it said 4-6 days.:mug::tank:
 

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The instructions say 6 days, but they are generic instructions for all of their kits. Lagers ferment more slowly, so I don't really trust that number.

I have one going right now, I'm going to rack it tomorrow, at 9 days. I'll check the FG with the hydrometer to make sure it is done, though.
 

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The instructions do say 4-6 days, but use the hydrometer. After 6 days take a reading, take a reading again on day 7, if its the same, give it one more day to be safe and then go ahead and bottle it.

When I make that kit I ferment it in the fridge and let it ferment for 2-3 weeks.

Be patient, a few extra days will only help. Don't rush it.
 

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Here, I had to check the directions myself again-

3. Bottle

After about 6 days at 21c or 4 days at 27c (higher temperatures shorten fermentation time) check with a hydrometer that the brew has reached FG by ensuring the G.G. readings over 2 days are steady.
 

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I did 7 days with mine in the mid 60s. This kit specifically says it needs 12 weeks in bottles though to condition.
 

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I dont remember 12 weeks in the bottles as requirement. I kept mine in primary for almost 3 weeks and in bottles for a few weeks. It was my first batch so I was very anxious to drink it and started drinking it after a 1.5 week in bottles.

I have a Coopers American lager kit which I plan to do when it gets colder but I think 12 weeks in bottle is too much? Wouldnt it be better to keep it in primary / secondary for a long time and for 3-4 weeks in bottles.
 

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It was on the packet with the can. It has a special section for the euro lager. It was my first brew. I was anxious. Mine tastes pretty bad, almost like an economy lager. I will let it condition the 12 weeks and give it to my dad, he likes cheap beer. And don't worry, I did everything WRONG with this beer, so it may turn out for you.
 
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It's hot here in Sydney, in the 30s. That will help the fermentation along, it's been 5 days now. I'll check it and bottle it soon but can't drink it until the end of January
 

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I don't know about the Coopers European Lager but when I got the normal Lager it came with ale yeast. In which case I am not so sure you're going to end up with a real lager.
 

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I don't know about the Coopers European Lager but when I got the normal Lager it came with ale yeast. In which case I am not so sure you're going to end up with a real lager.
Yes you will end up with a real lager that tastes similar to Stella Artois. You have to age it a while because the sulfur smells are strong in the beginning. After about 3 months of aging it is smooth as silk. My keg was drained in no time.
 

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Just finished making my first batch. I ordered the complete kit from Coopers. I thought it would turn out bad because i droped the lid on my spring water in the fermenter when adding water. Couldn't get it with a spoon so had to stick my hand in there to find it. Temp was a little low when I pitched the yeast about 18C. I thought it wasn't going to ferment but late on day 3 it started. I kept it in the primary fermenter for 7 days, then put in a carbouy. Let it ferment another week and racked it. Only one week after racking I had to try one. I must say with just one week in the bottle it already taste pretty good. I am going to let it sit another 2 weeks before I really tear into it. I just followed the instructions minus the mishaps.
 

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Regarding the 12 weeks to condition: Depending on your water it may take longer. Ive had mine in the bottle for about 15 weeks. I had one a month ago, little sour. Had one last Tuesday, much better but still getting there. Enjoy!
 

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My first brew was the Lager that came with the brewing kit and it was GREAT. Five weeks start to finish, but a little low on ABV (3.2). I ordered a European Lager refill kit (arrives today) but did not realize it came with true "Lager" yeast. I don't have time ( patience ) or facilities to keep at Lager temps. Have decided to trip over to the brew store and get an additional 500gm dextros and a Ale Yeast, brew as I did the Lager batch and hope for the best. If it's better than Keystone Ice...I'll be happy. Any recommendation for the Ale Yeast?
 

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Safale S05, or any of the dry ale yeasts. S05 is a fairly clean yeast but should be kept under 70F to prevent a lot of esters.

Or Nottingham. It's quicker but a bit more "flavorful" (not the good way) over 70. But if you can control temps most yeasts will work fine.
 
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