Coopers - English Bitter

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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby itbrvilla » Sun May 25, 2014 14:44

Set this up on Friday following the smooth bitter recipe on the Coopers site. Used 500g dextrose and 500g medium spray malt and 200ml golden syrup. Topped up to 22L. Fermenting at 25c. Went off like a steam train and burst through the airlock. The krousen is comparable to that of the coopers stout. Planning to hop with fuggles pellets. Will update soon.
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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby itbrvilla » Tue Jul 08, 2014 11:50

Left this in the bottles for 4-5 weeks now and tried one a few weeks ago. It wasn't good and it wasn't bad. A lot of flavour which didn't seem to compliment each other. Tried another last night, and I must say this is excellent. Nice carbonation, good lasting head, great flavour. I would of happily paid a few £ for one of these in a pub. I really recommend it but you must be patient once bottled to get the best out of it.
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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby linf » Tue Jul 08, 2014 16:56

Good stuff.Did you pick up on the hops at all?
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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby itbrvilla » Tue Jul 08, 2014 22:06

Slightest fuggle aroma. Wish I used mor though.
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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby LeithR » Tue Jul 08, 2014 22:32

You may have brewed it at too high a temperature (25*C) - I like to brew at a lower temp maybe around 16 - 20*C I find that works well for me.

I try to brew with the seasons like brewing lager in the winter when my garage (integral to the house) is around 10*c and using the generally lower temps in there (Concrete floor) to brew. I've got a brew fridge which I fine useful for lagering at around 1-2*C.

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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby stout les » Tue Aug 05, 2014 19:10

I made this kit a while back, muntons bke, 200gms soft brown sugar brewed to 40 pints. its been in the barrel about 2mths or so now, i tried it after it was 3 wks old & it was horrid but since then its matured into a very nice drink. my daughter just bought me a few bottles of Newcastle brown ale so i cracked one open had a smell then a mouthfull, i thought aye aye this smells & tastes just like my coopers bitter, so i went & poured a glass of coopers & tried them side by side & sure enough same colour, smell & taste the daughter thought so too, so i'll be brewing this again..
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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby Zod » Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:26

made this with the addition of 1kg of brew enhancer and 50g of fuggels pellets dry hopped after fermentation. Maybe a very nice bitter indeed.

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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby itbrvilla » Mon Sep 08, 2014 13:20

Zod wrote:made this with the addition of 1kg of brew enhancer and 50g of fuggels pellets dry hopped after fermentation. Maybe a very nice bitter indeed.

Agree that this need additional hops, but a very nice base to try Fuggles, EKG etc.
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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby Zod » Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:32

demolished 30 bottles of this last weekend with friends. Was very happy with the result. Very faint 'twang' lingering in the background, but made a very decent bitter overall.

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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby itbrvilla » Fri Nov 21, 2014 09:14

Had this bottled 6 months now. Got about 5 left. This gets better and better and has turned into a superb beer.
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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby stan » Sat Feb 21, 2015 22:04

got this one on the go at the moment been in 7 days now want to dry hop with something just bought some fuggels hops was thinking of 50g does this sound about right or any other suggestions

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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby Zod » Sat Feb 21, 2015 23:12

I did this with 50g fuggles and it was very drinkable

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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby stan » Sat Feb 21, 2015 23:22

50g it is then down to 1008 from 1046 so not far off,was thinking of 1 week for the hops does that sound about right

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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby Zod » Sun Feb 22, 2015 12:50

I do 5-7 days for a dry hop.

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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby stan » Sun Feb 22, 2015 18:47

Thanks zod. :thumb:

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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby stan » Fri Mar 06, 2015 22:32

into the bottles tomorrow dry hopped with 50g fuggles for a week smells really nice

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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby stan » Sun Apr 05, 2015 19:27

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coopers English bitter dry hopped with fuggles rather tasty

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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby Garryc » Mon Jun 08, 2015 13:35

Looking forward to this. Just got it going this morning. Brewed up to 23lt and a kg brewing sugar so not experimented with it. Started at 1040 brewing at around 19c.

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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby ericmark » Sat Jul 30, 2016 11:54

Got one ready to start however it seems from reviews everyone adds more than recommended fermentables, it states add 500g Light Dry Malt the start s.g. should be 1.031 expected finish s.g. 1.006. I will admit you have to go to web site to find what the recommended fermentables are they do not put it on the can, which to me seems wrong. But on web site it is listed.
Australian Pale Ale 1kg Brew Enhancer 2 start 1.038 Finish 1.008
Canadian Blonde 1kg Brew Enhancer 2 start 1.038 Finish 1.008
English Bitter 500g Light Dry Malt start 1.031 Finish 1.006
European Lager 1kg Brew Enhancer 3 start 1.038 Finish 1.010
Irish Stout Brew 1kg Brew Enhancer 3 start 1.038 Finish 1.010
Mexican Cerveza 1kg Brew Enhancer 2 start 1.038 Finish 1.008

Why the English Bitter has less fermentables to the others I don't know, I picked up Medium Dried Malt so that's what I will use. Did not have access to web site in Wilko's when I bought the kit on offer for £10. I also bought a Stout so was looking up to find details for Stout when I found details for English Bitter. Today 30 July 2016 I expect the freezer used for temperature control to be free in about 10 days time when I will start English bitter and then I will report back. I also not the temperature recommended is higher than English kits, 21°C-27°C (70°F-80°F) most kits I have done before state 18°C-24°C (65°F-75°F) as idea temperature.
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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby sandimas » Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:02

I just brewed up Coopers Battleship Bitter recipe using the English Bitter kit
http://store.coopers.com.au/recipes/index/view/id/81/

Slightly modified the recipe: used LME rather than DME and brewed short to 18L, OG came out at 1046. Also steeped the Centennial for 30min rather than 10min. Bubbling away now, let's see how it turns out.
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Re: Coopers - English Bitter

Postby sandimas » Fri Sep 30, 2016 17:58

sandimas wrote:I just brewed up Coopers Battleship Bitter recipe using the English Bitter kit
http://store.coopers.com.au/recipes/index/view/id/81/


And here it is, this one's a winner, nice balance of malt and hops that improves on the standard kit

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