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  1. Greg B

    Random carbonation

    So neither the flat or fizzy ones taste particularly sweet. The bottles are only on their second use so I'd be surprised if the seals have perished. I'll see how I go on the rest of the bottles but maybe it's time to try a teaspoon and a funnel for next time.
  2. Greg B

    Random carbonation

    2 weeks. Opened 6 bottles. 4 fizzy, 2 flat.
  3. Greg B

    Random carbonation

    Hi Steve Yep, boiled it with a small amount of water. It had all dissolved before I put it in the bin and added the brew. Cheers
  4. Greg B

    Random carbonation

    Hello all I've just cracked open some of my most recent brew. 40 pints of Coopers kit with DME which I primed with 170g of table sugar. Some bottles are opening like champers and have a great fizz. Others are flat. What's going on? I primed in a bin and mixed well before bottling and have...
  5. Greg B

    Table sugar equivalent of Coopers carb drops

    Thanks for the advice 👍
  6. Greg B

    Table sugar equivalent of Coopers carb drops

    Thanks. So what is wrong with my theory as I had no issues with 2 drops in a 500ml bottle. Is it that the drops are not sucrose and in fact a glucose/sucrose mix?
  7. Greg B

    Table sugar equivalent of Coopers carb drops

    Thanks. No sadly not, they just specify the number of drops
  8. Greg B

    Table sugar equivalent of Coopers carb drops

    Hello all I can't seem to find a straight answer to this one so thought I'd come and ask the experts. 🙂 For my first ever brew I used a Coopers Canadian Blonde kit and primed with Coopers carb drops. I used a mixture of 1.5 drops and 2 drops per 500ml flip top bottle. I much preferred the...
  9. Greg B

    Low OG. What's wrong?

    Yeah, I've got one of those. It worked great when mixing the wort. I just need to remember to use it when mixing in the top up ☺
  10. Greg B

    Low OG. What's wrong?

    Brill. Thanks all for your help guys. Onwards and upwards! 😎
  11. Greg B

    Low OG. What's wrong?

    Or should I give it a quick mix now? Its been going for 24 hours
  12. Greg B

    Low OG. What's wrong?

    OK guys, that's for the pointers. But as you say, it shouldn't matter too much in the end in terms of ABV?
  13. Greg B

    Low OG. What's wrong?

    I didn't add sugar as such. I used the single can from the kit, plus 1kg of extra light DME (instead of the kit recommended Brew Enhancer from the kit supplier, as per recommendations on here). I mixed the wort very thoroughly. I topped up with water from a hose and whilst the splash from the...
  14. Greg B

    Low OG. What's wrong?

    Thrashed the living daylights out of it. It was smooth and quite thick by the end before I topped up.
  15. Greg B

    Low OG. What's wrong?

    OK, so some people use sugar and DME. Should I be doing this? My brother's brewed exactly the same kit with 1kg of light DME (rather than extra light) and he's got an OG of 1038. That's quite a difference, and also nearer what Coopers beliew the OG should be.
  16. Greg B

    Low OG. What's wrong?

    Hello All 🙂 I've just kicked off my 2nd brew and have a rather low OG. It's a puzzling me. So, for my first ever effort I used a Coopers kit (Canadian Blonde), 1kg of extra light DME and the kit yeast. I screwed up and mixed everything in 2 litres of cold water, some of the DME clumped and my...
  17. Greg B

    Lager-like ale

    Hi guys, thought I'd give an update.... Basically, I think the brew turned out awesome. Firstly, it didn't spoil. Secondly, no bottle bombs. Thirdly, it tastes great. Result. I experimented with 1, 1.5 and 2 drops per bottle. Definitely preferred the 2 drops, but that's just personal...
  18. Greg B

    Lager-like ale

    No, it was cold water 😭😭😭 I'd read about boiling v's not boiling and most instructed to follow the kit instructions first so you know what the default is, then tweak afterwards if you use the same kit again. So, I followed the Cooper's instructions which simply states.... "Mix can contents...
  19. Greg B

    Lager-like ale

    Cheers Banbeer I got some Amber Swing Top Bottles in Brown Glass from thehomebrewcompany
  20. Greg B

    Lager-like ale

    Hi All Thanks for the comments. I took an SG reading last night at day 10 and it was 1.008. The OG was 1.031. I'll check again in a day or so but even if it drops a little still, ABV calcs put it at around 3% which is not as strong as I was expecting? I used 1kg of extra light DME and am...
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