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Old 25-07-2013, 07:52 PM   #11
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Default Re: Willco's hoppy copper.

Never got round to dry hopping so it ended up as per instruction.
Without doubt it's the least satisfying brew kit I've made.
The Wilko two can kits are very good but overall I'm not a fan of the one can kits.
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i picked one up in the sale but its still sat in my brew box but i did pick up a few hop teas so might throw a few in if its that bad
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i picked one up in the sale but its still sat in my brew box but i did pick up a few hop teas so might throw a few in if its that bad
It's really thin, brew it short...very short!!
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if its that bad i might brew it to 10L with no sugar
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if its that bad i might brew it to 10L with no sugar
I was going to suggest 15 litres with 500-750g DME.
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Old 25-07-2013, 10:12 PM   #16
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Default Re: Willco's hoppy copper.

It's not very interesting, but at that price it's good for playing with.

I brewed it with 500g of spray malt and added extra styrian golding hops and hibiscus for flavour. Of the hops I put about 10g in a hop tea and 10g dry in the secondary (and a little more hibiscus). I think it's still a little bland though - I could have gone for more of either.
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Old 26-07-2013, 01:25 PM   #17
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Default Re: Willco's hoppy copper.

TBH I think if you start with a poor product there not really much you can do to improve it, whats that old adage about pigs ears...
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TBH I think if you start with a poor product there not really much you can do to improve it, whats that old adage about pigs ears...
i'm inclined to agree. it's like those scally bastards who try to modify their vauxhall corsas and make 'em look like mazzerati's. you can't polish a turd.

for this very reason, the quality of the barley in the coopers kits shows through for simple brews. and for what's £4 extra for 40 much better pints...
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Old 26-07-2013, 02:15 PM   #19
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Default Re: Willco's hoppy copper.

Well, at the risk of rocking the boat, I've had this bottled for nearly 3 weeks and I quite like it.

I brewed it short to 20 litres, added a squeezy tub of golden syrup, and 1 kg of muntons bke.

2 weeks in primary, 1 week in sv...maybe time is needed. 85g of priming sugar.

I definitely would agree that it's more of a lager but mine has better mouth feel, I would do this again but with 1 kg medium dme instead of bke and experiment with dry hopping.

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Default Re: Willco's hoppy copper.

After reading the comments on here I decided to brew this to 18 litres. I batched primed/bottled it just over two weeks ago and have just opened a bottle. Well what can I say, fantastic as an after work nice smooth pint loads of flavour, clear, a good head albeit a bit strong at 4.9% it is great.

I will be doing another couple of these very soon (I have a few others on the go and some in stock first) however I will reduce the sugar next time to try and get to 4%-4.2% as this is my preference for a bitter.

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