Reviews

Coopers India Pale Ale (IPA) Marcoeloco October 13th 2014

won't make again

This is my 3rd or 4th attempt at Coopers IPA and I have decided that this car wreck of a  kit beer is simply not worth the effort to panel beat into something that is acceptable. In its standard form it is very bitter and has a nasty edge to it. I have added extra Aroma hops, light malt and light crystal in my latest effort and it is now about 6 weeks old and is ok as long as it is not consumed too cold. For the effort I put into this I might as well have made an all extract beer from scratch. All in all a very disappointing kit.

Muntons Irish Style Stout guinness September 21st 2014

Add Super alpha hops to get the guinness bitter finish

I boil 20g of super alpha pellets in muslin (10 mins) and add to the brew along with 1.5kgs dark liquid malt. Nearest thing to the mighty G I've ever had and certainly better than the locally brewed draught version. ABV about 3.5%.

Coopers Original Lager mickster1916 September 21st 2014

Coopers Lager Kit

First homebrew and christ this was terrible. Tasted like badly watered down cheap scotch after 3 weeks in the bottle, but then after about 2 weeks in the fridge tasted ok. Drinkable. I reckon this one might be ok if you can leave it for at least 3 months in a glass bottle.

Muntons Premium Gold Midas Touch jp September 17th 2014

Superb!

Second year of brewing - tried quite a few and so far this was the best.  My brew turned out less strong tasting than the Smugglers which can be a little overpowering, but Midas Touch had a lovely mix of depth and hoppieness (=happyness?).

My first brews were less successful - many had yeasty or other flavours, so I built a fermentation unit that keeps temp dead level and I brew at 18.5 deg C.  Also found that using S04 yeast (not used with this) improves the flavour.  

If the taste is not right or soapy then I expect that something not right with the brewing.

JP

Triple jp September 17th 2014

Good after 8 months!

Took ages to mature, yeasty before, then settled down to a rich tasting beer not too unlike a real triple.  Maybe brewed at too high a temp, shall try again sometime.

JP

Coopers Mexican Cerveza Windowsurfer September 16th 2014

Cervezblah to Cervezaaaah?

First batch, followed kit instructions precisely. Only fair after a week in primary and 2 months in the bottle. Passable served ice-cold with lime. It has that damn cider taste that I dislike. I am optimistic about next batch. (I bought the kit for $8 Cdn, so I could not resist.) I boiled 2 g of fresh, wild East Kent Golding hops (8 min) that I picked locally along with a teaspn or so of lime zest. I then dissolved 500g of pure honey into the hops water and let it cool off. I mixed the wort with some boiling water - per the instructions - then added the hops/honey/H2O, a cup of dextrose and then filled the tub to about 21l (instead of 23).

I was afraid the hops would overpower the cerveza's weak grain flavour and thought the honey would round things out, and add some punch along with the dextrose. It smelled great before I pitched the yeast into it and I plan to leave it two weeks in the primary and keep it coolish, below 20 for sure. 

Rapid Creek Old Ale 1.7kg fred September 2nd 2014

Excellent old style beer

Rapid Creek Old Ale 1.7kg fred September 2nd 2014

Excellent old style beer

Coopers Bitter fred September 2nd 2014

Bottom dollar beer

Muntons Yorkshire Bitter Seth01 August 23rd 2014

Adding this to the roster

Brewed this with 250gm of crystal 60l steeped for 30mins, 1.7kg amber liquid malt, 15gm fuggles hops boiled for 10mins and used the standard brewing yeast that came with the kit. Must say this is a great drop! Tried it after 2weeks of ageing and it was good, now left it for 5 weeks and it's great. Don't think it will last much longer the way it's going down. Will add this to my brew roster when I want to throw down a great brew and don't have the time to do an all grain.

Continental Pilsner elreplica August 19th 2014

Fest Pils redux

I recently lagered and kegged a Festa Continental Pils, augmented with a 12G hit of Saaz hops whilst in between a cook session. It was refreshing a better than I remembered making it a couple years back - both at my bud's U Brew in Ontario and in my basement. I cold crashed it for two months in my spare kegerator and have to say I am really enjoying this one - still got some in the keg and awaiting the swapped out cold crashing Festa Pale and bottle conditioning Imperial Blonde Ale clone cook. It's definitely good enough to keep me out of the government monopolized liquor stores, searching down my way overpriced DAB, Heineken, Stella, Grolsch fixes.

Cerveza elreplica August 19th 2014

Phona Corona

I brewed up one of these back in 2005 using the shitty Coopers ale yeast, and re-bottled them in Corona bottles. After popping the brown generic caps, popping a slice of lime in the neck and feeding my guests many rounds, they couldn't believe I was giving them ersatz Coronas! I did the Festa one as well, and found it good. The Brewhouse one I might try again  - this time lagering with S23 or a decent smack pak - and seeing if they "Won't Get Fooled Again". I will mark it high from memory lol.

Imperial Blonde Ale elreplica August 19th 2014

Liquid goodness

I was given one of these kits by Gail Smith, the local owner of Wine Kitz here in Bridgewater, NS. It consists of two cans extract, specialty grain, US Safale 05 yeast packet, crown caps, grain cheesecloth sock for steeping, and three packets of hops. The instructions are foolproof and well laid out. I followed them to a "t" to get a baseline for my first boil. This kit, although a bit pricey, is an excellent introduction into brewing for a newbie. Its content and process allows one to successfully discover the joys of brewing. I won't say "home brewing"' because the resultant product this kit yields is truly awesome. Moderately strong in alcohol (7.4% ABV) rich in mouthfeel, malty but balanced with the hops, this beer will impress the non-Miller,Fosters,Molson crowd. If their other kits produce beer as good, their line is definitely a winner. This IBA, my first, inspired me to seek a Beersmith to clone the recipe. It's bottled now and awaiting some aging for the Fall cool down here as it's too good to blast out through my kegerator and I'd never be able to hold off keg age this delectable barley soup.

Muntons Gold 3kg Continental Pilsner james.mchugh.319 August 19th 2014

MUNTONS GOLD 3KG CONTINENTAL PILSNER

The  best beer I have done so far did beer as per insturctions did to around 21,1/2 litres, but what made this beer extra special I dry hopped in the Keg for 4 days using 25g Galxy hop pellets in grain bag then filtered into another Keg and left for 2 weeks. and I swear you will have a beer that is similar to james squires Fifty lashes pale ale, but more fruity and crisp try this you will not be dissapointed.

Black Rock Export Pilsener Perks123 August 13th 2014

Loving it!

Binned the kit yeast, added two sachets Mangrove Jacks M84 Bohemian Lager yeast. Adjunct 300g dex, 1kg Brewblend 20. Primary for three weeks, in the middle of winter, temp less than 14oC throughout. Recommendation is to secondary for at least seven weeks. At four-five weeks, I tried one, decent, but a little rough around the edges. At six weeks plus, gave another one a go, and it has come into its own. Colour is nudging EBC 10, which is slightly on the ale side for a lager. The mouthfeel is so gentle and palate-cleansing, like a sorbet after a good dinner. Taste is a nice balance between fruit and hops. The only change I'll make next year is to add some Saaz to finish.

Mangrove Jack's Belgian Ale Perks123 August 13th 2014

A trusty pal

My first kit brew after not brewing for some years. It was also the first time I had tried something other than Cooper's. Adjunct 1kg Brewblend 15 (dex/md mix). Primary took a week, Copper Tun finings added for the last 24h. I've been necking them from around three weeks secondary in glass. Nice coppery EBC 12 colour, spectacular if enjoyed in the setting sun. Nice hit of bitterness, and quite complex underlying flavours. Excellent clarity from the finings. It's not going to win awards, but I love it as an everyday tipple.

Bacchus APA - Fresh Wort Deanco August 5th 2014

Love this APA!

First time i have done this wort kit - i used 60 gams of the suggested dry hops mentioned on the craftbrewers website - i did this on day 5 and kegged it on day 10. Drinks very very well. 

Coopers Mexican Cerveza Microwes August 3rd 2014

One of my favorites

I have only made this kit once but truely is one of my favorite brews so far. I took the advice of many others and brewed this to 21L rather than 23L as per instructions. I used 500g of brewing sugar (dextrose) and 500g of light dried malt extract. I left the fermentation at 22 C for 3 weeks. I then transfered this to a secondary bucket to get rid of sediment and then I directly bottled the beer adding 2 coopers carbonation drops to each bottle (500 mL bottles). It is very much a summery beer with really nice flavours, great with a slice of lemon or lime. This batch wont last very long as its so tasty im sure I will drink it all quite quickly!

Coopers English Bitter bobthebrewer July 6th 2014

Cooper's English Bitter II

An update following my previous review.

After THREE whole months in the barrel, the beer has mellowed and become drinkable.  Considering the price of the kit, and if you are willing to wait, okay, it's an okay pint for the money, but it's not a beer that will keep pulling you back for more, acceptable is about the most flattering adjective that I could throw at it.  I still think that this beer is not true to style, it's beer, but it is not English bitter.  I haven't increased the score because I wouldn't bother buying this kit again, there are better ones out there where you get a decent result and don't have to wait three months.

Coopers European Lager kelod July 3rd 2014

Lager yeast

 

I brewed this kit twice, first with NZ enhancer no 60 that was very good with Mangrove Jack's Munich Lager, second time 2 Coopers Eu Lager kit toped up to 25l.

The second was better, good body that's sure.

Briefly: if you are a budget brewer who try to brew Lagers with kits own yeast, this will be your best brew. Simply because this kit has lager yeast, and other lager kits come with ale yeast (any brand I have seen).

On the other hand I do not think this kit has the potential to make a really good beer.

 

I do appreciate Coopers was brave enough to supply this yeast with this kit. Hope other companies will follow this practice. 

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