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Old 30-07-2016, 06:00 PM   #1
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I have just started a Thomas Coopers Brew A IPA.
http://store.coopers.com.au/thomas-c...ipa-1-7kg.html
This is a one can kit as normal from Coopers, but new to their range, and now available in the UK along with a few other new ones.
The weather will be slightly cooler here in the south of England for the next few days and my stock needs boosting so I decided to brew although the current temperature is about 22*C and more than my preferred 19*C.
I hadn't the time to boost/pimp the kit so just used
- 1.7kg kit can
- 500g Medium DME
- 500g Dextrose
- 7g kit yeast hydrated in 27*C boiled water before pitching.
Brewed short to just under 21 litres, OG 1.043ish.
It didn't exactly come over with 'tropical, citrusy, grapefruit notes' as Coopers blurb but I intend to dry hop later with 25g Cascade and 25g Centennial so that should go some way to putting that right.
I will report back later.
Anyone else done this?
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Update....
It's been a steady nine days to get to the end of the primary, at about 20*C ish. This is unusual for Coopers yeast, they are normally done withing five days in my experience. The yeast was certainly only a few months old according to the date stamp on the packet. My conclusion is that the yeast supplied is a different type to 'normal'.
Anyway, I have now racked off and added the dry hops, which will rest with it for a further six days.
I did have a small taster. It was quite malty even on the nose, but otherwise a bit uninspiring. However it's early days yet and the dry hop should hopefully give it a big lift.
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Apparently this kit is now available from Wilko at £12.
http://www.wilko.com/cider+beer-brew...a/invt/0435885
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Apparently this kit is now available from Wilko at �£12.
http://www.wilko.com/cider+beer-brew...a/invt/0435885
do you feel its worth 12 quid as a 1 can kit ?
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do you feel its worth 12 quid as a 1 can kit ?
Not got to properly try it out yet i.e .
As 1.7kg kits go it's not a bad price. You will certainly pay more elsewhere, like I did.
Coopers kits usually come good if sometimes a bit uninspiring, and provide a good base for a boost or simply a dry hop as I have done this time.
I would rather buy this kit at 1.7kg rather than a 1.5kg kit.
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Not got to properly try it out yet i.e .
As 1.7kg kits go it's not a bad price. You will certainly pay more elsewhere, like I did.
Coopers kits usually come good if sometimes a bit uninspiring, and provide a good base for a boost or simply a dry hop as I have done this time.
I would rather buy this kit at 1.7kg rather than a 1.5kg kit.
i may give this a go without tweaking with hops or anything as i haven't the knowledge on it yet
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i may give this a go without tweaking with hops or anything as i haven't the knowledge on it yet
Dry hopping is simple to do, and will really enhance a one can beer kit. What's more you get satisfaction from personalising your brew.
Have a look at this
http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/sh...ad.php?t=61045
For a guide on which hops to use try this
http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/sh...777#post483777
And if you don't have a LHBS near you Balliihoo (online supplier) only charge £2.50ish for P&P for packs less than 2kg so you can buy a few different hops to try.
https://www.balliihoo.co.uk/#index.php
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Dry hopping is simple to do, and will really enhance a one can beer kit. What's more you get satisfaction from personalising your brew.
Have a look at this
http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/sh...ad.php?t=61045
For a guide on which hops to use try this
http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/sh...777#post483777
And if you don't have a LHBS near you Balliihoo (online supplier) only charge �£2.50ish for P&P for packs less than 2kg so you can buy a few different hops to try.
https://www.balliihoo.co.uk/#index.php
I like the Balihoo site Terry, my next hop shop will be from there I think.
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Dry hopping is simple to do, and will really enhance a one can beer kit. What's more you get satisfaction from personalising your brew.
Have a look at this
http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/sh...ad.php?t=61045
For a guide on which hops to use try this
http://www.thehomebrewforum.co.uk/sh...777#post483777
And if you don't have a LHBS near you Balliihoo (online supplier) only charge �£2.50ish for P&P for packs less than 2kg so you can buy a few different hops to try.
https://www.balliihoo.co.uk/#index.php
thank you for the info sources, i will have a look at them when i get a few mins free + i think i will try doing a 1 can kit without hopping it . yes i will add yeast nutrient and extra sugar but i want to see what its like without the hopping and then do it again with the hops
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Bottled mine today after 9 days in the FV to finish the primary, followed by racking then a further six days dry hop.
FG 1.008 from OG 1.043.
Looks an amber colour, rather than a light AIPA colour.
Taster not overly citrussy.
Give it two weeks carbing and then some more I'll give the first one a try.
I have to say I am not too optimistic about this one. Hope I'm proved wrong.
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