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Coopers Dark Ale recipe in 2 LBKs

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yup. Gotta do it.

My plan is the full coopers can in a big pot mixed with 1lb dextrose, 100g chocolate split into two kegs with 1 vanilla bean and two cloves.

any other suggestions?

My plan is to split the yeast pack in the two kegs.

Any thoughts on fermentation time and conditioning on this one?

Thinking 3 weeks ferment with 4 weeks conditioning.

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Creative,

If you are using the 3.75lb can of Cooper's HME then you need 2 kilos of sugar or an equivalent amount of booster, Cooper's brew enhancer, LME or DME.

Then split into 2 lbk's and modify each as you plan.

I'm using the 3.75lb Cooper's stout HME tonight to make a sweet stout and a bourbon stout. I'm using booster and brown sugar in my wort.

Good luck with yours.

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thnx mr blase.

Forgot to add the 1lb of dark malt DME I was adding as well. will add more dextrose to make it all add up .

ty very much for the input.

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Hmm now wondering how I would add coffee notes to my ale.

Would I put the coffee beans right in the keg or would I need to boil in the wort.

Same question regarding vanilla bean as well...

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Coffee,
1 use ground in a hop sack. A few oz per LBK. add to wort but not boiled
2. make a small pot or espresso maker few oz, add to wort
3 add brewed coffee to batch prime/bottling
4 cold brew/soak the beans or grounds in water for 24 hrs. add to wort in keg or use at batch prime.

Object is to find the best way for you to extract the coffee flavor without the bitter oils/tannins.

I tend to add the grounds in a hop sack at FO in the hot wort. I normally leave the sack/coffee in the LBK
I also used a French Coffee press with hot, not boiling water. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Pour liquid in wort.

Vanilla- I use extracts only, added at batch prime/bottling - 1 to 2 oz

You can find other recommendation in the forum search

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thnx vma.

So heres my final recipe for The Black Mamba:

Coopers Can Dark Ale 3.75lb
Dextrose 2.2lbs
.22 lbs 90% dark chocolate Lindt Bar crushed.
Nutmeg ground 1 tsp
Vanilla Bean 1
Coffee Esspresso 100ml
2 cloves (one for each lbk)

Think I should be able to mimic the Howe Sound Winter Ale recipe I love so much with this.

Any other suggestions are appreciated.
A note, I cannot purchase specialty yeast in my area. Ty

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Well I got it done last night. Man that was crazy work. But the smell of the wort was fantastic.

My only concern on it was this because I really had no choice:

I did not have a giant bucket for a primary fermenter so...

Had to split my yeast into two lbks.

I am not sure how the progression will be. As yeast cells multiply so quickly, will this really be a major issue? I feel the brew will be sitting in the LBKs for 3 weeks instead of the average two.

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The yeast pack that comes with the coopers kits is good for a 5-6 gallon batch in theory, so splitting the pack across 2 LBKs is effectively the same or even higher pitch rate. You will be fine.

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