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  1. Racehunter

    Coopers Irish Stout Review

    @terrym I have a set of measuring spoons and did a '20 teaspoon' calibration test so, feel that I can be pretty accurate, however I might still batch prime. When you bottled, what volume of C02 did you shoot for?
  2. Racehunter

    Coopers Irish Stout Review

    Finally got down to a stable 1.011 FG over 3 days, so bottling tonight. Having looked through this thread as well as the Brewers Friend priming calculator I think I need either 3/4 teaspoon of dextrose per 500ml bottle to achieve a volume of C02 of 2.0 or 1 teaspoon to get 2.3 vols of C02...
  3. Racehunter

    Coopers Irish Stout Review

    Thanks for the reply. I was always going to leave it in the FV for around 2weeks, it was just the sudden stopping of visible activity prompted the hydrometer reading. I did use the kit yeast and had picked up on a previous comment that it seemed to have a slow tail off period, so wasn't too...
  4. Racehunter

    Coopers Irish Stout Review

    So, mine went into the FV last Sunday (22/11)and I followed terrym's additions. SG was 1.046 and it took a good 14 hours before the airlock 'spoke' to me! Anyway, it all seemed to be over by late Wednesday, so I thought a quick hydrometer reading was called for today. This showed 1.014, which...
  5. Racehunter

    Heat belt to bottle condition?

    I use my water bath in the garage to carb up the bottles. Seems to work well and the lid fits.
  6. Racehunter

    Win a Kit of your Choice from LoveBrewing

    Really fancy the Deer Stalkers Black Oaked Ale. 🤞
  7. Racehunter

    Coopers Irish Stout Review

    Thanks for the valuable input once again, terrym. I did notice your recipe and thought it was a good way to go. I don't really drink a lot of stout myself, but a neighbour only drinks Guinness in the UK and Beamish or Murphy's draught when he goes the other side of the Irish sea, so I thought...
  8. Racehunter

    Coopers AuPa as a base for a session beer

    Just thought I would share this. As I got ready for bottling last week, I realised that I was short of space in the house to allow the beer to carb up, so I had to come up with a plan! To enable me to ferment this beer as 2 separate 11L batches, in my garage, I had to find another way to set...
  9. Racehunter

    Coopers Irish Stout Review

    Very good point. I suppose another reason to brew as per instructions and use the taste test from that as a baseline for future modding
  10. Racehunter

    Coopers Irish Stout Review

    Just wondered if anyone has done this kit to only say, 11L with no additional fermentables?
  11. Racehunter

    Coopers AuPa as a base for a session beer

    Hydrometer reading of 1010 @ 12.1°C equates to 1009, so no change. Bottling tonight 👍
  12. Racehunter

    Coopers AuPa as a base for a session beer

    Thanks Terry. It got to 1009 after 8 days and remained at that, 2 days later, which is when I pitched in the hop teas. It then sat at fermenting temps for 3 days, followed by 2 days cool so it was in the FV for 15 days. I will definitely do a reading and adjust for temp tomorrow. Just want to...
  13. Racehunter

    Coopers AuPa as a base for a session beer

    So, after adding the hop tea, leaving in the water bath for 3 days, then chilling to 12°c for a couple of days, I racked each batch into 2 bottling buckets, and fitted the lids. The intention was to bottle tomorrow (Wednesday evening), however I have just noticed that the lids are slightly...
  14. Racehunter

    Coopers AuPa as a base for a session beer

    Time for a quick update. My experiment to steep the crystal malt in a Thermos flask worked well and it's now 7 days from putting the 2 FV's in my water bath, maintaining a steady 21°C. I took gravity readings today and it's now at 1010 (1040 SG), so I will check again tomorrow and if as I...
  15. Racehunter

    Steep in a Thermos flask?

    Indeed. Don't you just love this forum 👍
  16. Racehunter

    Steep in a Thermos flask?

    The 30 minute soak at 75°C ish followed by a sparge of the grain with another litre of hot water was suggested by terrym, who also said that the liquid should be boiled for 15 minutes to sterilise it before cooling and adding to the wort. This is an experiment using Cooper's AuPa as the base...
  17. Racehunter

    Steep in a Thermos flask?

    I have a large 1.8L flask, so expansion shouldn't be a problem. I use a similar method to cook hempseed for fishing and that always produces consistent results. My kettle is temperature adjustable so I would heat 1.5L water to 75°, use a small volume to heat the flask, then in with the crystal...
  18. Racehunter

    Steep in a Thermos flask?

    I am going to steep a small amount (150g) of crystal malt to add to a Cooper's AuPa kit but wondered if I can achieve this in a Thermos flask? My thinking is that it should hold the 75°C temp for 30 mins rather than maintain that over a flame?
  19. Racehunter

    Coopers AuPa as a base for a session beer

    Interesting! Will post how it goes 👍
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