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Coopers: Coopers Real Ale nzbeerbrewer March 19th 2017

Coopers Real Ale

I have been making Coopers Real Ale for the last 5 year, and every time it just seems to get better. I dont change must from whats in the kit in the way of the malt of brewing sugar but I do add a extra 500gs of liquid 500g glucose. at a starting temp of 25 degs c my SG is 1040 before I pitch my yeast. Ferment time I around 5 days as our house is at a temp of 24 degs all year round FG is at 1.000 giving me a beer of around a 5.2% Al vol. I bottle in 750 mls PET bottles with 2 carbon drops per bottle. Secondery fermentation is done in a dark warm second stage fermantation box for 12 days. After 12 days it is aged on a shelve for 2 to 3 monthslonger if needed. I will test sample 1 bottle once a month to get it to how I like it. With adding the 500g glucoses I have it give my beer a full body and a very smooth hop taste. When chilled to 4 degs and poured at the end of the pour there is a creamy head of around 25mm in the glass. Many of my friends enjoy this beer and there wives also. 

Bulldog Brews: Hammer of Thor bobthebrewer March 18th 2017

Hammer of Thor II

I have just tasted a bottle of Thor brewed by a friend who was a COMPLETE novice before he did this very brew.  For a first ever brew, the beer is not mind blowing but is fairly decent, drinkable if on the sweet side.  For a KIT beer it's about as good as it gets ... I really can't fault Bulldog ... the product allows the complete novice to get onto the first rung of the ladder ... and produce a beer of moderate quality out of a tin ... or two.  And you can actually get drunk on it too, if you want to. Five star again ... for kit of course

WilliamsWarn: Irish Red Ale psa2570 March 10th 2017

A great drop, love this stuff.

I bought this on a whim from our local home brew shop here in Kerikeri, NZ, and the store manager suggested coupling it up with a pouch of liquid malt extract, instead of a bag of dextrose or enhancer.  6 days in the fermenter (had to wait till I had a day off work) and 4 weeks in the bottles, to the day...

Has a dark brick red colour when held up to the light, smells malty, and tastes divine.  Reminds me of Wychwoods Hobgoblin, one of my favourite ales when I lived in England.

I'll definitely buy this one again.

Mangrove Jacks: India Pale Ale - Brewery Pouch psa2570 March 10th 2017

Came free with my fermenter kit

It's alright, nothing particularly special about it.  Found it to be a bit lacking both in body and taste wise, but after a few days in the fridge so that it was cold enough to make my fillings hurt it sufficed after a day at work in 30 degree heat.

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