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Dark Lager (using Coopers Toucan)

Discussion in 'Kits & Extracts' started by manga, 11/6/19.

 

  1. manga

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    Posted 11/6/19
    For those interested in a dark lager made on the cheap, here is my receipe that I made recently
    with a Coopers Lager kit and a Coopers Dark Ale kit.

    I was experimenting to see if these two beer kits could be combined and was pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
    Somewhat bitter, but goes well to counteract the roasted malts.

    I used a lager yeast and fermented around 18c, and dry hopped.

    1.7kg Coopers Lager kit
    1.7kg Coopers Dark Ale kit
    Dissolved in 15c water until I had 18L volume in the fermenter.
    Gravity was 1.055

    Aerated the wort and then spinkled Fermentis Saflager S-23 yeast and stirred until dissolved.

    Fermented for 16 days around 18c. On the 9th day, dry hopped with 10g Hallertau hops.

    Bottled when gravity was 1.009.

    Result:
    Very dark red-brown colour.
    Very clean flavour profile, bitter with a lingering roast flavour from the dark malt.
    Alcohol is quite high, probably 6%.
    I was, however, expecting more aroma from the dry hopping. Maybe try 20g next time.

    Overall, I give it a 4/5
     
  2. PaulG79

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    Posted 4/7/19
    That looks awesome. I've made a few dark lagers from Cooper's recipe kits, I always find them undercarbed in the bottle unless I use two packets of w34/70. Did you keep it to 18L so you could keg it? I kinda feel like this beer would be better if it was at 20 or 22/23, might cut down that bitterness a little.
     
  3. manga

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    Posted 15/7/19
    Did you keep it to 18L so you could keg it?
    No, I only have bottles. I was aiming for the gravity to be approx. 1.050, as a lot of my other brews were weak in alcohol (around 21L volume). At 18L volume, I got a reading of 1.055 so I stopped adding water.

    I kinda feel like this beer would be better if it was at 20 or 22/23.
    That's volume right ? At that volume I would get a weak alcohol beer. Adding some unhopped malt and extra water would help in cutting the bitterness.
     

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