Coopers - Original Stout

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Re: Coopers - Original Stout

Postby Bertie » Wed Nov 12, 2014 08:56

This is, without a doubt, the best kit I've made to date. I made it up with 500g DME and a tin of treacle - so it came out a little low on the ABV - and brewed to 21ltrs. It's delicious and tastes like proper stout. It is a bit thin to be honest; next time (and there will definitely be a next time) I'll use a whole kilo of DME and probably still the whole tin of treacle. I've tried this after less than a week in the PB and it's already excellent. Thankfully I'm now going away for a month so I can leave it well alone (I don't think I would have been able to otherwise).
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Re: Coopers - Original Stout

Postby Zod » Wed Nov 12, 2014 09:22

reading these reviews has made me ask this question
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maybe some of you could advise?

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Re: Coopers - Original Stout

Postby Wee_Dave » Wed May 13, 2015 19:30

Thinking about this for Christmas 2015
· 1.7kg Coopers Stout
· 11g English Ale Yeast – possibly Wilko/Gervin or Mangrove Jack’s English Ale Yeast
· 1kg Munton’s Beer Enhancer
· 300g Light Muscovado (LM) Sugar
· 40g Nescafe instant coffee
· 25g Cocoa powder
· 20l Asda Smart Price bottled still water

· Brewed short to 20l for approx. 5.5% - 6%abv

Bit unsure about the amounts of cocoa and coffee. I love the idea of the "hit" both of these would give in the aroma, but also in the flavour.

I've been on the coopers site and know I can use chocolate malt but, I have the cocoa in the house and think that would be easier?

Thoughts?

Wee Dave

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Currently Drinking: Store bought beer and occasionally a Turbo Cider until the stock levels are at a reasonable level :hat:
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Re: Coopers - Original Stout

Postby stan » Wed May 13, 2015 21:06

i used 100g cocoa nibs and 2 vanilla pods for mine gives a nice after taste but not to over powering :thumb:

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Re: Coopers - Original Stout

Postby Wee_Dave » Mon May 18, 2015 19:06

stan wrote:i used 100g cocoa nibs and 2 vanilla pods for mine gives a nice after taste but not to over powering :thumb:


Stan,

Did you put them in vodka, or straight in the FV? If I go down this route, im thinking the vodka.

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FV: Coopers Australian Lager (30g Galaxy dry hop)

Conditioning/Bottled:
Young's American Mocha Porter

Planning: St Peter's IPA (50g - Topaz and Galaxy - dry hop)

Currently Drinking: Store bought beer and occasionally a Turbo Cider until the stock levels are at a reasonable level :hat:
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Re: Coopers - Original Stout

Postby stan » Mon May 18, 2015 21:28

Yep soaked them in 1/4 bottle for a week then into secondary for a week, my batch lasted about 6 months the chocolate didnt fade seemed to get better.got me thinking about doing another one now. :thumb:

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Re: Coopers - Original Stout

Postby Bertie » Tue Jun 09, 2015 15:46

I'm thinking of doing a coffee stout with this next. If I were to, how much coffee should I use and should it be fresh or instant? I'm hoping the answer is "fresh".
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Re: Coopers - Original Stout

Postby ross » Tue Jun 09, 2015 22:01

I did a coffee batch last year.

Can't remember how much I used - but it was definitely freshly ground, cold brewed, strong and added just prior to bottling.

It also tasted great.
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Re: Coopers - Original Stout

Postby Wee_Dave » Sat Nov 14, 2015 15:12

Just put this on today:
· 1.7kg Coopers Stout
· 11g Mangrove Jack’s English Ale Yeast
· 1kg Munton’s Beer Enhancer
· 300g Dark Muscovado Sugar
· 20l Sainsbury basics bottled still water
Brewed short to 19l. OG 1050 at 25 degrees. Yeast pitched at 23 degs.

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Edit 15/11/15 - Woke up to this:
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FV: Coopers Australian Lager (30g Galaxy dry hop)

Conditioning/Bottled:
Young's American Mocha Porter

Planning: St Peter's IPA (50g - Topaz and Galaxy - dry hop)

Currently Drinking: Store bought beer and occasionally a Turbo Cider until the stock levels are at a reasonable level :hat:
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Re: Coopers - Original Stout

Postby Wee_Dave » Fri Nov 20, 2015 20:15

So, decided to get this off the trub and into another bucket, just to get it out the kitchen.

Took a reading: 1012. Puts it in the 5% region. :). Had a sneaky taste, very nice. This will be nice once carbed.

Have a sneaky suspicion this is done, but going to leave it another week in the bedroom, and bottle next Friday. See if I can get it to 5.5% :D

Edit 25/11: my sneaking suspicion was correct, no movement on gravity. Bottling on Friday. :thumb:

Edit 29/11: Batch primed with 86g Demerara sugar and total yield of 30 pint bottles, 5 Corona bottles and 3 small Coke bottles (testers) all at 5.2% Abv. :thumb: :cheers:

Now just need to wait until 1st week in February 2016 to give it a full 6 weeks conditioning after the 4 week's secondary fermentation and carbonation. Well, that's the plan anyway..... :whistle:

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FV: Coopers Australian Lager (30g Galaxy dry hop)

Conditioning/Bottled:
Young's American Mocha Porter

Planning: St Peter's IPA (50g - Topaz and Galaxy - dry hop)

Currently Drinking: Store bought beer and occasionally a Turbo Cider until the stock levels are at a reasonable level :hat:
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Re: Coopers - Original Stout

Postby BrotherMalice » Mon Mar 28, 2016 09:24

what temp are you guys fermenting this kit at?
I have it on the go at the moment using 1kg of brew enhancer and have left it a little short at 20l, dont have my SG to hand, will post back later with it, made it Friday night but it was still a bit warm by the time I went to bed so I didnt pitch the yeast till about lunch time on Saturday (had to work Saturday morning) pitched at 23 and thats what its been sat at since in my fermentation fridge :)

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Fermenting: FV1 - Empty, FV2 - Empty, DJ1 - Empty, DJ2 - Empty
Planning: Mead (still) & getting my AG kit back fron the ex lol
Drinking: Nothing I Brewed yet
Conditioning: Coopers Stout (Kit), Coopers Ginger Beer (Kit)
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Re: Coopers - Original Stout

Postby BrotherMalice » Mon Mar 28, 2016 19:45

1057 is what it started at
looks like its doing well so far

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Fermenting: FV1 - Empty, FV2 - Empty, DJ1 - Empty, DJ2 - Empty
Planning: Mead (still) & getting my AG kit back fron the ex lol
Drinking: Nothing I Brewed yet
Conditioning: Coopers Stout (Kit), Coopers Ginger Beer (Kit)
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