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    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Josh R in ATTN. MR BEER STAFF Australian Sparkling Ale   
    I brewed the Cooper's as 6 gal, split into  3 LBKS. using booster instead of dextrose, and adding different Pride of Ringwood Hop treatments after looking at the Coopers AU recipes.  It is a very fruity drink. The 2 different hop treatments were not much different in outcome.
    Original recipe called for HME + 1.5kg LME + 500g DME + 300g Dextrose in 22.5L. Coopers adapts their volumes also in the recipes for different outcomes.
    In 6 gal is it different from the Seasonal though.
     
    So I translated to using DME only and Booster.
    Cooper's Sparkling Ale #1
    Cooper original recipe  - 1/3 can HME + add 566g (20oz) light malt and 100g (4 oz) dextrose ( or 150g (5.3 oz) booster) Cooper's Sparkling Ale #2  - original + 0.5 oz hop aroma 5 min boil Pride of Ringwood leave hops in. Cooper's Sparkling Ale #3  -original +  0.5 oz hop 30 min steep tea  Pride of Ringwood https://www.aussiebrewmakers.com.au/libraries/resources/Pale Ale Recipes/Coopers Sparkling Ale.pdf
     
    find these handy also,  when looking at Cooper's brews:
    https://us.diybeer.com/brewing-info/recipes
    https://community.diybeer.com/
     
    With 3 LBKs, it works out reasonably, although I try to get the Cooper's HMEs on sale making it quite cheap.
     
    However the recipe (23L) online is different from the refill kit that only contains 1.5kG of DME as additional fermentable.
    So you can use what you want I guess. It still works out to < $50 for 3 LBKs if you only buy the Brew can from Coopers.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Josh R in ATTN. MR BEER STAFF Australian Sparkling Ale   
    I brewed the Cooper's as 6 gal, split into  3 LBKS. using booster instead of dextrose, and adding different Pride of Ringwood Hop treatments after looking at the Coopers AU recipes.  It is a very fruity drink. The 2 different hop treatments were not much different in outcome.
    Original recipe called for HME + 1.5kg LME + 500g DME + 300g Dextrose in 22.5L. Coopers adapts their volumes also in the recipes for different outcomes.
    In 6 gal is it different from the Seasonal though.
     
    So I translated to using DME only and Booster.
    Cooper's Sparkling Ale #1
    Cooper original recipe  - 1/3 can HME + add 566g (20oz) light malt and 100g (4 oz) dextrose ( or 150g (5.3 oz) booster) Cooper's Sparkling Ale #2  - original + 0.5 oz hop aroma 5 min boil Pride of Ringwood leave hops in. Cooper's Sparkling Ale #3  -original +  0.5 oz hop 30 min steep tea  Pride of Ringwood https://www.aussiebrewmakers.com.au/libraries/resources/Pale Ale Recipes/Coopers Sparkling Ale.pdf
     
    find these handy also,  when looking at Cooper's brews:
    https://us.diybeer.com/brewing-info/recipes
    https://community.diybeer.com/
     
    With 3 LBKs, it works out reasonably, although I try to get the Cooper's HMEs on sale making it quite cheap.
     
    However the recipe (23L) online is different from the refill kit that only contains 1.5kG of DME as additional fermentable.
    So you can use what you want I guess. It still works out to < $50 for 3 LBKs if you only buy the Brew can from Coopers.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Josh R in ATTN. MR BEER STAFF Australian Sparkling Ale   
    I brewed the Cooper's as 6 gal, split into  3 LBKS. using booster instead of dextrose, and adding different Pride of Ringwood Hop treatments after looking at the Coopers AU recipes.  It is a very fruity drink. The 2 different hop treatments were not much different in outcome.
    Original recipe called for HME + 1.5kg LME + 500g DME + 300g Dextrose in 22.5L. Coopers adapts their volumes also in the recipes for different outcomes.
    In 6 gal is it different from the Seasonal though.
     
    So I translated to using DME only and Booster.
    Cooper's Sparkling Ale #1
    Cooper original recipe  - 1/3 can HME + add 566g (20oz) light malt and 100g (4 oz) dextrose ( or 150g (5.3 oz) booster) Cooper's Sparkling Ale #2  - original + 0.5 oz hop aroma 5 min boil Pride of Ringwood leave hops in. Cooper's Sparkling Ale #3  -original +  0.5 oz hop 30 min steep tea  Pride of Ringwood https://www.aussiebrewmakers.com.au/libraries/resources/Pale Ale Recipes/Coopers Sparkling Ale.pdf
     
    find these handy also,  when looking at Cooper's brews:
    https://us.diybeer.com/brewing-info/recipes
    https://community.diybeer.com/
     
    With 3 LBKs, it works out reasonably, although I try to get the Cooper's HMEs on sale making it quite cheap.
     
    However the recipe (23L) online is different from the refill kit that only contains 1.5kG of DME as additional fermentable.
    So you can use what you want I guess. It still works out to < $50 for 3 LBKs if you only buy the Brew can from Coopers.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in Metallic Grass like taste, need help   
    All true.
     
    Great advice, but letting folks experiment to learn is good. Maybe they will discover something new, or if it turns out bad, reinforce their confidence in the advice
     
    - but some people like to make their own mistakes.
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in Metallic Grass like taste, need help   
    All true.
     
    Great advice, but letting folks experiment to learn is good. Maybe they will discover something new, or if it turns out bad, reinforce their confidence in the advice
     
    - but some people like to make their own mistakes.
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Marius in Apricot Amber Ale   
    I used dried apricots, scaled in boiling water and whizzed in a blender to puree.. 1/2 lb got a good flavor in an LBK. I added after  1 week of fermentation.
    You can figure the equivalent sugar by the sugar content in label so you can adjust other fermentables to suit.  I did get lots of bits in the beer though despite bagging it. But they tasted good. 
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Shrike in Metallic Grass like taste, need help   
    All true.
     
    Great advice, but letting folks experiment to learn is good. Maybe they will discover something new, or if it turns out bad, reinforce their confidence in the advice
     
    - but some people like to make their own mistakes.
     
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    Nickfixit reacted to Fire Rooster in Carbonation   
    Used  1/2 recommended sugar (used turbinado) for St Pat Stout.
    Here are the results, tastes good for a stout, not my cup of tea though.
    Carbonation is right where I would like it, 2 tsp way too much for me.
     
     

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    Nickfixit got a reaction from D Kristof in bread yeast experiment?   
    For burning money - I can help, Just send it to me and trust that I burn it -
     
    Still we have several opinions.
    1 - you can't get a traditional beer taste with bread yeast so it is a waste of time and money to try.
    2. - if you do try don't use Fleischman's
    3. - Some other brand yeast *Mills(maybe HodgsonsMill)  gave an acceptable (to 1 person anyway) result
    4. - Can try it and save $ using a simple extract brew.
    5. - Some brewers are always curious to try new things.
     
    My conclusion -
    Most beer drinkers will not like beer brewed with Fleischman's yeast
    We do not know what beer brewed with HidgsoneMilltaste like
    We do not know that whatever the outcome TimelordJason may find this is his most favorite beer in the whole world.
     
    So I would say give it a try with HodgsonsMill and see. I doubt it will be undrinkable it just may taste  strange. So probably does Kombucha.
    But then.....you can always pretend it is a new kind of beverage.
     
    Or like this
    http://brewingtv.com/episodes/2010/11/17/brewing-tv-episode-24-sahti-throwdown.html
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Jdub in Really odd question   
    LOL, I was taken seriously here, I figured you all would catch on to the idea of  "just drinking another until they taste good"  lol.
    Maybe I could have said it better......
     
     
     
     
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Jdub in Really odd question   
    LOL, I was taken seriously here, I figured you all would catch on to the idea of  "just drinking another until they taste good"  lol.
    Maybe I could have said it better......
     
     
     
     
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Cato in Really odd question   
    The answer is you just use them all, if when you open one, the beer tastes off, chug it quickly and try another.
    Eventually you will find one you consider good enough - then mark the bottle with a marker.
    Silver sharpie is good.
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Josh R in Looking for a Christmas beer recipe   
    I disagree with the idea of not entering MR Beer based brews into competitions if you want to (It will use ingredients anyone can get) - if it was that easy to make best of class brews using Mr. Beer, there might be more of them in the competitions. Mr. Beer makes it  easy to make drinkable beer, sometimes good beer but probably not often competition rating beer. (I am not intending this as a put down of the MR B brews and I intend to continue using them.)
     
    That said, having a beer judge comment on the beer is very useful in assessing the merit of the recipe and process. Also in combating/confirming the assertion that one (or someone  :-D) cannot make really good brews using Mr. Beer ingredients and method.
     
    If one can get the review outside of a competition fine,  but maybe it is not that easy unless you have a beer judge buddy.
     
    Just because someone else has made the HME, does not always mean you will get a good beer out of it. (As mentioned in this forum - lol).  Even Mr Beer recognizes the limitations of beer made from extract, and sells augmenting grains and other ingredients. So to score well in a competition is an achievement to strive for.
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Cato in Really odd question   
    The answer is you just use them all, if when you open one, the beer tastes off, chug it quickly and try another.
    Eventually you will find one you consider good enough - then mark the bottle with a marker.
    Silver sharpie is good.
  15. Like
    Nickfixit got a reaction from Cato in Really odd question   
    The answer is you just use them all, if when you open one, the beer tastes off, chug it quickly and try another.
    Eventually you will find one you consider good enough - then mark the bottle with a marker.
    Silver sharpie is good.
  16. Like
    Nickfixit got a reaction from Cato in Really odd question   
    The answer is you just use them all, if when you open one, the beer tastes off, chug it quickly and try another.
    Eventually you will find one you consider good enough - then mark the bottle with a marker.
    Silver sharpie is good.
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    Nickfixit reacted to DrMJG in how to handle a true lager?   
    Proper way to create a Helles Bier!  Works best in the cool early days of Spring!
     
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from Bonsai & Brew in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    I thought about it but I already have a queue of dark beer HME (ST Pats Stout, Baltic Porter and Cooper's Dark Ale).
    So I went for the lighter BOGO ones which I was out of.
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Josh R in Looking for a Christmas beer recipe   
    I disagree with the idea of not entering MR Beer based brews into competitions if you want to (It will use ingredients anyone can get) - if it was that easy to make best of class brews using Mr. Beer, there might be more of them in the competitions. Mr. Beer makes it  easy to make drinkable beer, sometimes good beer but probably not often competition rating beer. (I am not intending this as a put down of the MR B brews and I intend to continue using them.)
     
    That said, having a beer judge comment on the beer is very useful in assessing the merit of the recipe and process. Also in combating/confirming the assertion that one (or someone  :-D) cannot make really good brews using Mr. Beer ingredients and method.
     
    If one can get the review outside of a competition fine,  but maybe it is not that easy unless you have a beer judge buddy.
     
    Just because someone else has made the HME, does not always mean you will get a good beer out of it. (As mentioned in this forum - lol).  Even Mr Beer recognizes the limitations of beer made from extract, and sells augmenting grains and other ingredients. So to score well in a competition is an achievement to strive for.
     
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    Nickfixit reacted to Bonsai & Brew in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    In the spirit of friendly competition, grab some Churchills Nut Brown Ale refills for $10 and get crafting!  I've always felt a little sorry for this extract because there is only 1 recipe for it.  Maybe we can get some ideas going here and brew something special to keep Calavera Spiced Chile Stout company.  This would be a great time for @AnthonyC to return to the Forum with his "Fat Bottomed Squirrels" Nut Brown Ale recipe, but get crafty, be original, and have fun!      
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    Nickfixit reacted to MRB Josh R in Looking for a Christmas beer recipe   
    It's not just about the recipe, but about technique, sanitation, etc. I'm all for someone entering a recipe they didn't create into competition. They will still get valuable feedback which will help them create their own recipes. @Ironman brew even pointed out how he's going to tweak the recipe for a fuller body, which will pretty much make it his recipe. Many of my AG recipes are inspired by base recipes that other people wrote. There really is no such thing as an original recipe.
     
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    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Josh R in Looking for a Christmas beer recipe   
    I disagree with the idea of not entering MR Beer based brews into competitions if you want to (It will use ingredients anyone can get) - if it was that easy to make best of class brews using Mr. Beer, there might be more of them in the competitions. Mr. Beer makes it  easy to make drinkable beer, sometimes good beer but probably not often competition rating beer. (I am not intending this as a put down of the MR B brews and I intend to continue using them.)
     
    That said, having a beer judge comment on the beer is very useful in assessing the merit of the recipe and process. Also in combating/confirming the assertion that one (or someone  :-D) cannot make really good brews using Mr. Beer ingredients and method.
     
    If one can get the review outside of a competition fine,  but maybe it is not that easy unless you have a beer judge buddy.
     
    Just because someone else has made the HME, does not always mean you will get a good beer out of it. (As mentioned in this forum - lol).  Even Mr Beer recognizes the limitations of beer made from extract, and sells augmenting grains and other ingredients. So to score well in a competition is an achievement to strive for.
     
  23. Like
    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Josh R in Looking for a Christmas beer recipe   
    I disagree with the idea of not entering MR Beer based brews into competitions if you want to (It will use ingredients anyone can get) - if it was that easy to make best of class brews using Mr. Beer, there might be more of them in the competitions. Mr. Beer makes it  easy to make drinkable beer, sometimes good beer but probably not often competition rating beer. (I am not intending this as a put down of the MR B brews and I intend to continue using them.)
     
    That said, having a beer judge comment on the beer is very useful in assessing the merit of the recipe and process. Also in combating/confirming the assertion that one (or someone  :-D) cannot make really good brews using Mr. Beer ingredients and method.
     
    If one can get the review outside of a competition fine,  but maybe it is not that easy unless you have a beer judge buddy.
     
    Just because someone else has made the HME, does not always mean you will get a good beer out of it. (As mentioned in this forum - lol).  Even Mr Beer recognizes the limitations of beer made from extract, and sells augmenting grains and other ingredients. So to score well in a competition is an achievement to strive for.
     
  24. Like
    Nickfixit got a reaction from MRB Josh R in Looking for a Christmas beer recipe   
    I disagree with the idea of not entering MR Beer based brews into competitions if you want to (It will use ingredients anyone can get) - if it was that easy to make best of class brews using Mr. Beer, there might be more of them in the competitions. Mr. Beer makes it  easy to make drinkable beer, sometimes good beer but probably not often competition rating beer. (I am not intending this as a put down of the MR B brews and I intend to continue using them.)
     
    That said, having a beer judge comment on the beer is very useful in assessing the merit of the recipe and process. Also in combating/confirming the assertion that one (or someone  :-D) cannot make really good brews using Mr. Beer ingredients and method.
     
    If one can get the review outside of a competition fine,  but maybe it is not that easy unless you have a beer judge buddy.
     
    Just because someone else has made the HME, does not always mean you will get a good beer out of it. (As mentioned in this forum - lol).  Even Mr Beer recognizes the limitations of beer made from extract, and sells augmenting grains and other ingredients. So to score well in a competition is an achievement to strive for.
     
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    Nickfixit reacted to Ironman brew in Looking for a Christmas beer recipe   
    Yes add this - this one is well worth it and very spicy - I entered this in the Home Brewers contest and recieved 34 on both scores !! Both judges said need more body so already working on that for the second go around.
     

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