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Guran

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Just wondered whether anyone knows the approximate IBUs in a tin of Coopers International Series Australian Pale Ale. I'm doing a kits and bits with it and was thinking of using some of the hallertau I've got lying around when I boil the bits (no, not those bits). I don't like a lot of hop bitterness, aiming more for aroma and subtle hop flavour.

Is this a futile pursuit, or worth doing? That's why I want to find out the IBU's, so I have an idea of what I'm fooling around with. I've tried the Coopers customer service line, but all I get is a recorded message from Frank, promising to get back to me.

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jgriffin

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if you dry hop, or add only a couple of minutes before the end of the boil, you will add hardly any bitterness anyway.
 

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Hey man I've used hellertau in some Coopers kits. I put a soup spoon full in the first, boiled for 5 mins. That was the IPA. Can't say I noticed anything. Only bitterness from the hopped kit.

Then I dry hopped into Coopers Nut Brown Ale. Opened the fermenter and poured in a spoonful 2 days before bottling. Didn't notice anything then either.

Next time I boiled 5 mins again, but put in about 3 heaped soup spoonfuls. I tasted after 1 week bottled. Now we're talkin baby. Nice aroma. This is the Thomas Coopers Sparkling Ale. Must have been about 30-35g.

I've got a 40g pkt Cascade pellets for my next brew. ESB 3kg Nut Brown.

I'll be preparing a bit of fence for some hop vines soon.

Sorry haven't investigated the IBU angle yet.
 

Guran

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Rubes, thanks 4 the link - perfect (the answer was 18!). Think I'll just dry hop.

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Jovial_Monk

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The new Coopers IPA has an IBU of 45.

Coopers will tell you the IBU/ECB figures if you email them

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Rubes

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45 seems high. Mind you 18 seems ridiculously low.
 

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The coopers pale ale kit is great for spicing up with whatever hop you desire. 18 IBU is bugger all, and does give a slightly bland stock kit.

I'm drinking a pale ale kit made with a fair whack of cascade at the moment, and its going down quite well.
 
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Jovial_Monk

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The 45 IBU is for the new India Pale Ale kit, not the Australian one

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Due to low stocks I have a kit Sparkling Ale that had 20grams of hallertau flowers thrown in when the brew was racked to a second fermenter. Tasted fine when transfered to a keg (CO2 will be delivered on Friday).
 

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