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Favourite Beer Kits (basic recipe)

Favourite Beer Kits (basic recipe)

Postby Frank » Wed Oct 24, 2012 4:48 pm

I saw this thread being empty so I thought I'd kick it off with a shortlist of my favourite homebrew kits.....

This first group lists those where I didnt muck around too much with the recommended recipe (ie no added hops, combination of kits, etc).
Having said that, I do usually prefer using malt extract (liquid or dried) to sugar or dextrose. Also, with the Coopers kits, its a great idea to add actual Coopers yeast from either a shopbought Best extra stout stubbie (for dark beers) or an Extra Strong ale/celebration ale stubbie (for amber or light beers) as it makes a BIG difference IMHO. I'd also suggest 21 litre ferments (as opposed to recommended 23 litres) makes for a better drink too.

Anyway, in no particular order, heres a few that I keep going back to:

Thomas Coopers Selection Wheat Beer (using 1.5kg 'Wheat' LME)
Thomas Coopers Selection Heritage Lager (using 1.5kg 'Light' LME and 300g dextrose)
Thomas Coopers Selection Irish Stout (using 1.5kg 'Dark' LME and 500g dark dried malt)
Muntons Mt Mellick Irish Cream Ale (using 1.5kg 'Amber' LME)
Muntons Traditional Bitter (using 1kg dextrose)
Blackrock India Pale Ale (using 1.5kg 'Light' LME and 500g dextrose)
Cascade Porter (using 1.5kg 'Amber' LME and 300g dark dried malt)

I'd love to find any suggestions?

Re: Favourite Beer Kits (basic recipe)

Postby Bluess57 » Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:56 pm

For me:-
Any kit 3kg kit by ESB brewing
Morgan's Blue mountain lager
Morgan's draught
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Re: Favourite Beer Kits (basic recipe)

Postby rossco » Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:17 pm

Made some Coopers Red with liquid malt. It turned out great, nice and strong.
Over winter I made 5 kegs of Coopers European Ale. It turned out really golden like the James Squire Golden Ale.
Have to admit one tap is ALWAYS Coopers Pale Ale. :mrgreen:

Coopers is the last remaining Australian Beer after all.

Re: Favourite Beer Kits (basic recipe)

Postby gooddrop » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:50 pm

Gday does anyone know of a good recipe that will imitate the good old "Devils buttermilk"...namely Guiness?
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Re: Favourite Beer Kits (basic recipe)

Postby Philter » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:16 pm

I've been informed that Cascade have now stopped producing their beer kits since the recent take-over. I don't personally use beer kits, but thought I'd post in case you need to stock up.
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Re: Favourite Beer Kits (basic recipe)

Postby Stinger » Wed Apr 24, 2013 4:56 pm

I keep one of these kits on hand for when I want a fermentation on in a hurry: ... 7&PageID=1

23L of fully prepared wort runs close to an excellent AG - and is better than a mediocre AG. So easy - and priced so that it's many years until AG payback.

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Re: Favourite Beer Kits (basic recipe)

Postby Tassie Tiger » Thu Dec 17, 2015 1:22 pm

I've been using the Coopers Canadian Blonde of late.
Quite nice indeed !
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