Reviews

Muntons Bock Beer gezginrocker June 23rd 2017

Excellent

This is one of the first kits I've made and I love it. It seems to me like a cross between Stout and Lager. 

Woodfordes Wherry Bitter gezginrocker June 23rd 2017

All time favorite

This kit is my all time favorite, simply can't get get enough of it. But it is better to make it as 21 litres to get more body.

Muntons Pilsner gezginrocker June 23rd 2017

Decent Pilsneer

This was the first kit I've made and it's a very decent pilsner. But it's better to use DME for more body and a yeast like US-05 for betetr results.

Muntons Irish Style Stout MustardMan June 15th 2017

One of the best!

Yes Please!

I've made this twice.

First time added dextrose to an OG of 1.045. Turned out great.

Second time added 500g dark spray malt and enough dextrose to get to 1.o45.  Even better.

Overall a great base.  I highly recommend it and will continue to experiment with this as a starter.

If you like irish stout, it doesn't get much better than this.

Black Rock Miners Stout MustardMan June 15th 2017

Stout Lover approved!

I tried this for the first time.  

My first approach (with any stout) has evolved to:

1 can of brew

500 g of dark spray malt

23l total

dextrose to reach 1.045

primary 4-5 days   21 degrees

secondary 7-10      21 degrees

primed with dextrose  2/3 cup slurried in 2 cups water

Minimum 3 weeks in bottles at 21 degrees

Results awsome.  

Woodfordes Wherry Bitter ki_brew June 3rd 2017

First kit for newbie

Easy to follow instructions, but would have liked a bit more detail. 

 

The beer has now been bottled 3 weeks and very drinkable.

 

For my first ever brew I am very impressed.

Coopers Original Lager Bull8860 May 26th 2017

Coopers Draught Brew Kit

Got a Coopers Draught Kit some years ago.

It was so bad I ditched it for many years.

Just recently I dug out the fermenter from the shed, cleaned it, replaced the orings in the fermenter.

I bought a fresh wort kit from a local beer shop and got a keg etc, etc.

Wow what a difference a proper wort makes, it is as good if not better than any of the commercial beers out there.

I have made several brews, including American Lager, Aussie Pale Ale, Hef using saison yeast, all were exceptional taste and for a lay out of $45.00 to make 20ltrs of beer it is worth every cent.

I keep the original yeast from each style of beer and use it on the next brew, the yeast improves brew after brew.

I can fully ferment most of my brews in 7 days, cold crash for 5, carbonate in the keg for 48 hours, there you have it a great tasting beer in 2 weeks.

To be fair I am going to do a Coopers Can brew in my fermenter and keg it, I'll see if it improves or not.

 

Wakatu Pilsner Thump@ May 22nd 2017

New Favourite

This is now one of my staples and I always have a keg of it on tap. Brewed at 15C for 4 weeks and dry hopped for the last 4 days with a blend of Nelson Sauvin, Riwaka & Motueka hops.

Black Rock Whispering Wheat Billd75 May 17th 2017

Even drinking this green is pretty good! Lol. 10 days in bottles and it is starting to taste pretty good.

So, I decided to try my first Black Rock kit and I liked the sound of Whispering Wheat. Fruity overtones etc. etc. sounded like a nice beer to kick off the summer. Well, despite the fact that it came with an underwhelming amount of yeast (who puts 5 grams for a 1.7 kg kit?, even Coopers puts 7grams.) I am pretty impressed with this brew. I added some extra Cooper's ale yeast I had to this to bring it up to about 10 grams of yeast and the result is a fairly smooth, very fizzy and quenching brew, but not overpowering either. Better than some other weak kits I have brewed in the "summer" category. I started with some Mr. Beer kits and was not overly impressed with them. The American Light Ale it comes with is a joke. Weak and metallic and just not really great. The second I brewed was the Aztec Mexican Cerveza from Mr. Beer and it was decent (as good as Corona) but still fairly weak. Then I found out that most of these lighter beers in cans are not that great sometimes. So I have since graduated to bigger brewing amounts, but I still employ the Mr. Beer Fermenter cause I like it and I still am liking the can kits (haven't graduated to brewing from scratch, yet) The next was a Cooper's IPA, which is a great brew and then I decided to try something non Cooper's and went with Black Rock Whispering Wheat and started using spray malt sugar instead of white (cane) table sugar. I used the "proper" malt for this, a medium wheat spray malt and I am rather impressed with the results. It has bite, but not too much and even though it is still a bit green, it is starting to get really smooth and has a "fairly" pleasant taste. Certainly not offensive in any way. One might even say it's bland, as some have said, but I think differently. It's not bland, but it does lack something. The only extra thing I added, was about a quarter to a third cup of real 100% Canadian, grade A Maple Syrup. I am kind of liking this beer actually as far as smoothness, light flavour and heavy head and carbonation. Very thirst quenching. It has enough kick for a lighter and more "summery" type beer, but maintains that nice light flavour. Is it bland on the wheat flavour? Yes, but it is still rather pleasent. Is it a bad beer? No. I've brewed MUCH worse beers, like that Mr Beer American Light Ale. Lol. 

Coopers India Pale Ale (IPA) Billd75 May 17th 2017

One of Coopers best selling kits, according to the local brew place and it is a great IPA really.

This was the fourth kit I brewed and still one of the best in my opinion. I had some o.k. ones before it, but weak and some good ones after, but this was one of the kits I liked most so far. I never used a spray malt DME with it (just straight white table sugar) and it still turned out good. It's powerful if you over sugar it, lol. I got pretty wasted on only a few of them and that was before I got a hydrometer, so I suspect I brewed a very strong beer cause I was a bit over generous with the sugar and I bought an extra yeast packet to add a few extra grams of Cooper's ale yeast to it. The result was a nice tasting beer, with a serious kick in the teeth for ABV. I was not expecting that. Overall, it was a nice kit and I would definitely brew it again, "properly", just to see what it is like when you don't spaz on it. Hehehe. This is a great beginner brew, because it is kind of hard to screw up. I thought for sure it was going to be horrible, with what I did to it, (a bit extreme) but it still turned out good. Cooper's yeast is very hardy (I pitched it a bit too warm) and it ate up all the sugar and turned out a strong regardless, but not an offensive tasting brew that sat well in the stomach, surprisingly, even when drunk, lol. Even a friend really liked it too, so it can't be that bad. Certainly, a very drinkable brew, even if you think you screwed it up. Like they say, as long as you sanitise and not pitch yeast at a really improper temp. it is hard to screw up beer really. Especially kits. 

Family Secret Amber Ale Westy April 24th 2017

A good base

Brewed with Kit and 1kg LDM. 

Great dark amber colour, and nice sweet malt taste balanced with moderate bitterness. Not a bad beer in it's own right, but less malt driven than the amber ales I enjoy, and a lack of aroma which can be expected without the addition of hops. Also found the bitterness a bit overpowering over the malt flavours. 

I will add specialty grains, perhaps crystal and chocoalate malt next time, as well as dry hop with galaxy to add more malt flavour and hop aroma.

Interested to see how the flavours develop as the beer ages. Defintely recommend this as a good base to play with.

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 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 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. 

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

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.

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.

Corriander & Orange Witbier Thump@ March 5th 2017

Orange & Corriander

Very strong on the Orange flavour -  as the names suggests I suppose.  The issue for me is that this was sold to me as a much closer clone to Hoegaarden than the whispering wheat and its a million miles away, nothing in this suggests Hoegaarden at all.  

But if you like a strong orange flavour in your beer this could be for you ?

Black Rock Whispering Wheat Thump@ February 15th 2017

Good Summer Brew

Looks like a wheat beer, tastes like a wheat beer and an ideal brew to put down over those hot summer days when the temp gets too high for other yeasts.  I've made it a few times and added different things and it has always turned out well.  I like to add some wheat spray malt and have always used Mangrove Jacks Bavarian Wheat yeast.

Wakatu Pilsner Thump@ February 15th 2017

Lots of Aroma Hop

So I have made it again with the Safelager at the lower temp and it is quite a different brew.  The longer ferment time has brought out alot more of the dry hop flavour. I think I prefer it brewed shorter at the higher temp but it is still delicious. 

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