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    Starter for 15l kolch @ 1.060 (actually it's a bock)

    I have a 15l St Peters fresh wort kit of their Kolch which I was planning on brewing undiluted - I won't know the OG until open it, but if it's like their other FWKs then I expect it to be 1.060 out of the cube, which seems to be within the acceptable range for this style. I've never made a...
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    Smell my starter

    Reculturing coopers yeast from fresh pale ale stubbies. Cracking the pet bottle it smells of apple, but not in a vinegary way. Tastes okay, a bit sweet from the malt extract with a ting from the CO2, but not vinegar. Is this an expected characteristic from coopers yeast? Last time it was all...
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    Free Bottles - Sydney

    The foot has been put down, I need to get rid of my precious antique bottle collection! Four types of bottles, from left to right in the first pic: English pint crown seals x 20, English steam beer swingtops x 17, German swingtops x 91, mixed Grolsch / Altenmunster swingtops, x 21. The Grolsh...
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    Slow Or Stuffed?

    Last night I pitched a pack of Craftbrewer's US05 onto 15l undiluted St Peters FWK (Norwest pale ale). I re-hydrated the yeast as per usual in about 120ml of cooled boiled water, covered and left to sit for about an hour. It appeared to have proved as there was a small raft of bubbles on top...
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    Southern Cross / Wai-iti In An Ale

    I'd like to use Southern Cross and Wai-iti in an ale at around 30 ibu. I'm keen to make Wai-iti the main flavour & aroma, but I've not used either hop before so any suggestions from those with experience would be appreciated. My main concern is whether these two hops will work well together or...
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    Yeast Starter Questions

    For my next extract brew I plant to re-culture Coopers bottle yeast and step it up to make a 1l starter using 100g of dry extract. Do I count this 100g of dry extract as part of the total bill? My recipe calls for 800g of dry extract, so do I reduce this to 700g? Sorry if I'm missing the...
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    How Much In A 15l Pot?

    Yesterday I did my first real partial, I used 2kg of base malt plus 250g of spec grains and mashed it in a 15l pot then added this plus some extract to make 25l in the fermenter. It all went well and the numbers all added up in the end, many thanks to Goomba for patiently helping via pm :) I...
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    Are These Bottles Safe To Use?

    Before they go into the recycling bin, are these bottles safe to use? They are a mix of Pickaxe brand & XXXX longnecks that were given to me by a mate, so no skin of my nose if they get chucked. The chips are only on the flat top, not on the edges. My concern (other than potentially being...
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    Steeping Por To Add To A Kit Lager

    Using up the last few kit cans I have, one is a coopers Heritage Lager. I've decided to keep this one quick & easy so I don't want to do a hop boil, however I still want to lift it up with some POR flowers I have. Instead of dry hopping, I was thinking of steeping the flowers in a French press...
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    Kiwi Hop Ale

    I am planning on putting this down as my next full extract brew. I am after an APA-style with lots of flavour but not too bitter. 25l 2 x 1.5kg coopers light malt extract 500g dry wheat malt extract for the boil. 500g Victory malt steeped (EBC 50 - 60) US-05, 18C Pacific Gem (16.9%) - 10g @ 45...
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    Improving The Coopers Stout / Dark Toucan

    I know there are quite a number of stout threads active atm and I have been through them all plus many old ones, not to mention the various AG recipes in the database, but in sifting through so many of them I think I have just managed to confuse myself even more. I have tried a few of the basic...
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    Motueka Pale Ale Toucan

    I am planning on putting this down next, it uses up a bunch of ingredients I want to go through. 2 x 1.7kg Coopers Pale Ale 500g Dry Wheat Extract in a 5.8l boil (1.040) 60g Motueka pellets: 20g @ 10, 20g @ 0, 20g dry hopped 250g Special B steeped Brewmaster Premium Ale (S-04) 25l ferment @...
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    Belgian Ale

    I put down a Belgian Ale of sorts today, first time I have steeped grains and done a bittering boil. Type: Extract Batch Size: 23.00 L Boil Size: 3.00 L Boil Time: 60 min Ingredients Amount Item Type % or IBU 0.30 kg Wheat Dry Extract (8.0 SRM) Dry Extract 6.7 % 1.70 kg Wheat Liquid...
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    Hops For A Pale Ale Toucan

    Planning my next kit brew, I want to use up two cans of Coopers Pale Ale. I have a packet of Brewcellar premium ale yeast which I gather is S-04, so I thought I would aim for a UK Ale leaning towards IPA style. I'll rely on the kits for bittering but would like to add hops for flavour and...
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    Warm Start For A Wheat

    Put down my fourth kit brew today, a slight mishap resulted in the wort ending up a 32C prior to pitching the yeast, however I was able to cool it down over a few hours. 1 x Coopers Wheat Beer 1.7kg 1 x Morgans Wheat Malt Extract 1.5kg WB-06 Yeast was re-hydrated in half a cup of warm water...
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    Extra Sugars Etc For A Toucan?

    For my third brew I am planning to make a toucan of the Coopers original series Lager. What effect should I expect if I add 500g of BE1 (60% dextrose / 40% maltodextrin)? I was also considering adding 500g of honey, either in place of the 500g of be1, or in addition to it. Would this be...
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