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Coopers: Family Secret Amber Ale Westy April 24th 2017

Strong Tasting Amber

Brewed with Kit and 1kg LDM. 

Great dark amber colour, and nice sweet malt taste balanced by moderate bitterness, but beware this kit has a distinctly stronger malt flavour and bitterness than most commerical amber ales, which I really enjoy. These flavours may mellow with age, as it is still a very young beer.

I will dry hop with galaxy or cascade next time to add hop aroma, as the aroma is very malt dominated with caramel and toasted grain.

Interested to see how the flavours develop. Defintely recommend giving this one a go, with the addition of aroma hops.

Coopers: Coopers Mexican Cerveza Westy April 24th 2017

Easy drinking beer

Brewed this according to kit instructions, except I added 250g of Honey to give some extra flavour complexity. Could do with the addition of a few hops for my taste, but the kit is a great base to play around with.

Tasted fairly cidery for the first month or so, but has become progessively tastier with age. A nice refreshing, easy drinking beer for those sunny afternoons, a great one to share with friends. The honey certainly added to the aroma and flavour. Lacks the citrus notes of Corona, but the addition of lime gets it tasting pretty similar. Will brew again, but will add some citra or galaxy hops next time to make the flavour more interesting. 

Coopers: Coopers Original Lager Danny87 April 17th 2017

Awful to start with but gets better

I brewed as the instructions told 1kg of brew sugar and the malts extract. Left it for 3 weeks in 1st fermentation then bottled. Left it for another 3 weeks in bottles then put it in fridge left it over night then opened. God it was very bitter for a lager. Left a few bottles in for another 2 weeks and my god it was delightful. Not must head but plenty of life

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. 

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