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Old 03-12-2017, 06:57 PM   #1
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Hi it’s my first attempt on brewing I’ve bought coopers lager mix and I have all the kit do I stick to the instruction on the tin as I’ve been told this is just an estimate any advise would do and how do I sterilise the hydrometer every time I use it can I just mix a solution in a spray bottle thanks in advance
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Old 03-12-2017, 07:05 PM   #2
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Hi it’s my first attempt on brewing I’ve bought coopers lager mix and I have all the kit do I stick to the instruction on the tin as I’ve been told this is just an estimate any advise would do and how do I sterilise the hydrometer every time I use it can I just mix a solution in a spray bottle thanks in advance
Hiya.
Oh dear,first rung on the slippery ladder
I only did a handful of kits before moving on to extract and b.i.a.b.First time i would stick to the instructions on the can,however give the beer at least 14 days brewing.Subsequent brews can be tinkered with as you gain confidence. You should have a trial jar! with your hydrometer.Buy a turkey baster,peanuts to buy and use thet to collect the wort for testing and filling the trial jar,you won't need to sterelise the hydrometer BUT you will need to sterelise the baster.
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Wilko is a good place to get a trial jar - £2.50 http://www.wilko.com/homebrew-access...r/invt/0022576
After taking a reading, empty the contents of trial jar down the drain (or your throat) but do not return it to the fermentation vessel.
Kit instruction always understate the time required - as @chub1 says, two weeks fermentation is the norm.
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Wilko is a good place to get a trial jar - �£2.50 http://www.wilko.com/homebrew-access...r/invt/0022576
After taking a reading, empty the contents of trial jar down the drain (or your throat) but do not return it to the fermentation vessel.
Kit instruction always understate the time required - as @chub1 says, two weeks fermentation is the norm.
Down the throat. ALWAYS down the throat. Taste early, taste often, taste all. Drinking experience is more that just a swish of the tongue.
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Hi it’s my first attempt on brewing I’ve bought coopers lager mix and I have all the kit do I stick to the instruction on the tin as I’ve been told this is just an estimate any advise would do and how do I sterilise the hydrometer every time I use it can I just mix a solution in a spray bottle thanks in advance
once you get an airlock displacement or krausen ring forming you know its on its way so leave for 14 days before you lift the lid again.
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Thank you for all your advice
You might find this useful as well
Basic beginners guide to brewing your own beer from a kit - The HomeBrew Forum
I suggest you also read the kit reviews about your lager to see what other have done, its located in here
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Right folks my beer is brewing it’s in garage with a warm belt round got to keep temperature at 18-20 oC so I now don’t touch it for about 14 days is this right
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Correct! Resist ALL temptation to peek inside. Even when the initial fermentation seems to be over the yeast is cleaning up after itself, chowing down on all it's own by-products to make lovely beer.
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Be sure to rinse every thing propperly after sterilisation!! I had my first batch had a little chemical taste to it and thats all i can put it down too.. im also new to this 😂
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