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Old 18-02-2014, 11:12 PM   #11
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Can you tell me any differences between the Rajas IPA and the Coopers ? Apart from the cost !
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Can you tell me any differences between the Rajas IPA and the Coopers ? Apart from the cost !
Not done it, but looking at the info Rajas is a 2-can kit with hop pellets whereas the Coopers is a 1-can kit without any additional hops. Generally the 2-can kits are better

Although you can add your own hops and extra fermentables to 1-can kits, as listed above, so the price difference doesn't turn out to be too much i.e.
- Rajas Reward 2-can kit = £25
- Coopers IPA 1-can kit = £12 + Enhancer (£5) + 2 x hops (£6) = £23
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Old 19-02-2014, 09:13 AM   #13
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In no particular order:
- Wilko's Delicate Pilsner dry hopped with Saaz typically brewed with .75kg brew enhancer and .5kg brewing sugar - an aley lager, goes down well.
- Brewmaker's Northumberland Brown Ale
- Wilko Golden Ale - lovely Summer pint
- Woodfordes Wherry - echoing other's comments above - very dependable and have done as is and also dry hopped with Goldings & with 250g beer enhancer
- Ultimate Brewery Classic Czech Pils - very distinctive hop aroma

Will be watching this list as it grows with interest!

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Old 19-02-2014, 10:21 AM   #14
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Can you tell me any differences between the Rajas IPA and the Coopers ? Apart from the cost !
The Rajas reward as previously mentioned is a two can malt extract kit and is a bit fuller bodied. The hops provided give it a nice little hit of aroma too. The coopers is a 1 can kit and requires additional fermentables which can mean it may not be as full on the mouth feel. I get round this by adding 500g dme as it doesn't fully ferment and gives the beer a bit of body and 700g dextrose just to keep the alcohol level up. I also like trying the coopers with different hop pairings. So far my favourite is a hop tea 1/2 oz cascade at 15 mins, 1/2 oz northern brewer at 10 mins,1/2 oz cascade at 5 mins and dry hopped with 3/4 oz cascade. Lovely pint after 10 days or so in the bottle! In conclusion try both IPAs and you won't be disappointed!
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Old 19-02-2014, 10:26 AM   #15
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Just to add that The Malt Miller who advertise in this forum(see top of homepage) are very competitive in price with their hops. I have yet to buy from them as i only browsed on their site yesterday but unless their postage is pricey and drives the final cost up they appear to be great value.
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My top 5 would be

Wilko Golden Ale + beer enhancer
Festival Razorback IPA
Milestone Black Pearl Irish Stout
Brewferm Tarwebier + Cascade
Bulldog Rajas Reward IPA

I wouldn't say they were in order of preference, as they are all very good kits but the favourites of the 12 kits i have done to date.
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Is the wilko good enough on its own without adding any hops ?
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Is the wilko good enough on its own without adding any hops ?
I would say so but there again i haven't tried it with any added hops!
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Grand Cru x 2 mmmmmm how did you brew it ?
Any fermentables ? 1 packet of yeast or 2 ? And how many litres ?
Brewferm are great apart from the conditioning time. If I had the patience
I would use their kits all the time.
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Just taken delivery of an American Amber Ale,looks delicious and just brewed a Brewferm Framboise/Framboos ??? Raspberry beer, smells great , now the long wait
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