Sunday, April 8, 2012

Brewed: Coopers Lager

Ha!  I managed to brew a Cooper's Lager today.  I used 1kg Cooper's Brew Enhancer 1 with it and upgraded the yeast to Saf-Ale US - 05.  Note I'm using an ale yeast because I don't have the equipment for cold fermenting ("lagering") beer.

The Cooper's lager is the beer that came with the DIY kit and it seemed like a good type beer to have ready for warmer weather and sharing.

I'm making this a bit richer than normal as an experiment: I used 5 US gallons plus 1 liter spring water instead of the normal 6 US gallons.  We'll see how it turns out.

UPDATE:

Kegged this one yesterday.

Tasted today.  Even though we force carbonated it yesterday it still needs some time to carbonate.  I'll try some later in the week.

Taste is a little sweet and slight cidery taste, but has a dry finish and no long aftertaste.  I think this is because my malt to sugar ratio is off and I should of had more malt. The dry finish is from the US - 05 yeast.

Notes for next time:

Brew with either Brew Enhancer 2 or 1 lb. DME and half a packet of Brew Enhancer 1. I think my choice of US - 5 was good for an ale yeast. Next time I might try Nottingham.

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