First of all, this isn't really a lager as it uses an ale yeast (so higher fermenting temp), but that suited my needs as I'd run out of the Coopers European (true lager yeast) and needed something lagerish that I could brew at summer temps. I brewed it short to 20L with Enhancer, and made it with a hop tea of 30g of Hallertau, plus I dry hopped it with an additional 15g of Hallertau once the initial ferment had died down. I reckoned it would need all the help it could get to make it something like a decent hoppy lager
Have found in the past that these Coopers kits can really benefit from a few additional hops. Came out at a respectable 4.5% ABV after 23 days of fermenting (last 5 days racked to a secondary FV in the cool).
Initial sample out of the FV wasn't promising (yuk
) but warm flat lagers don't tend to taste good anyway. Bottled the lot, 2 weeks in the warm followed by 2 weeks in the fridge and had a sample - much better
kit homebrew twang still present but tastes promising. Lagers normally need a good 3 months in the bottle to come good, so we'll see how it goes, but for a cheap quick "lager" it has potential.