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Dave D

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Hi All,

New here so I thought I would say "Hi". Equipment: Cooper, with the removable collar (no air lock). No real reason why I purchased this. I guess it was all wrapped up at Dan Murphys for $120 and I wanted it immediately and not wait 1 day to talk to a brew expert and get the traditional equip. Anyway as I am new I will bore you with my personal brew log history of 3 batches.
Batch 1 (Coopers kit Lager OG 1.036 FG 1.011) - Followed the rules but upon testing the batch before bottling it definitely threw off some banana flavours and generally unpleasant. I thought secondary fermentation (bottling) will sort it out but I came to the conclusion that my primary fermentation temp was too high (approx. 25-27 deg. consistently). I know the coopers team tell you that this is within range but I am not sold.
Batch 2 (Coopers Pale ale OG 1.037 FG 1.009 because i threw in a little more dextrose) - Followed the instructions perfectly but this time Brissie was in a coolish snap (15 deg night - 22 deg day) and upon testing after primary fermentation it seemed much closer to being drinkable. It has been sitting in bottles for a 8 days now and already tested again and its wonderful already! Color, flavours. Its all happening. Looking forward to another week or two.
Batch 3 (Ginger beer experiment - 7L batch). I love Ginger beer and there is not a huge amount of recipes out there so I took bits and pieces and made my own. Consisted of 420gms ginger, 1 lemon zest, 1 cinnamon stick, spoon of peppercorns, 450ml coopers brew kit, 300gm raw sugar, 300 gm dextrose. No sure what to expect but its still cooling as I write so before I throw it into a fermenter I will check the gravity and adjust accordingly. Be good to get any feedback from you guys if you are reading. Cheers Dave
 
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Hi Dave, you have fairly quickly realised that temperature control is an important aspect of brewing, second only to sanitation. Good luck and welcome.
 
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