Monthly Archives: December 2003

1. Coopers Lager

20031207: Coopers Australian Lager
– first try: Coopers Lager, following instructions and using the kit. No fancy stuff yet.
– Used approx. 3.5 L boiling water to get a temperature of about 26 C, this might be the winter outside so the cold tap water is pretty cold indeed.
– 5 pm: Fermenter was placed in the bathroom and the radiotor on IV, hope this is the right temperature
– 3 am: Moved the fermenter to the office and turned up the heat to the max.
Temperature was dropping below 22 C. Looks like it’s keeping up at a little above 22 C now, while it’s freezing outside. I really need a thermometer to measure room temperature before placing the fermenter somewhere.
– 16 pm: Temperature in the fermenter has risen to 24 C
– 8 am: Temperature has risen to 26 C, turned down radiator to IIII
– 17 pm: Temperature around 24 C
Gravity between 1.010 and 1.020, which is a bit too high, so let it be for at least a day. No bubles anymore. Soury taste.
– 17 pm: Gravity still around 1.015, not much change there, probably bottle tomorrow.
Taste actually more bitter than sour.
– 13 pm: Gravity down to 1.010. Color nice and yellow, a bit cloudy.
Temperature a little below 24 C
Tastes still a bit bitter and “something funny”, can’t really describe, what, maybe a bit flowry.
Bottle with Coopers carbonation drops, two per “Long neck” (750 ml) 73% Sugar, 27% glucose.
30 750ml bottles
– 12 pm: Temperature a little below 24 C
– 21pm: First bottle opened.
Nice golden honey colour. Good foam, but quickly disappearing.
Good bubbles though. Taste good, not as bitter anymore, and only slightly by-taste.

2004 january:
Tast improved, also better foam that stays longer.
A bit too gassy though.