Thursday, October 11, 2012

Home Brew Review - Coopers Pale Ale Supreme

Home Brew Review Time!

Coopers Pale Ale Kit 1.7kgs
Coopers Brew Enhancer 1 - dextrose/maltodextrin
White Labs Belgian Ale Liquid Yeast

The last time i made this beer i was not impressed, so i thought it was time to up the ante. I had in the past added extra malt or added a hops bag, but the last time i just made the kit straight and i was rather bland. 

So this time i thought i'd
 try a genuine, you beaut yeast to see how much it could improve it. I went the whole hog and bought the top shelf White Labs yeast (although the tight-arse kicked in and i bought it just out of date for half price, yet it was barely 6 months old).

It fermented in April, so the temperatures were quite ideal, optimised by my underground brewery (aka "the garage") where the temperatures are constant throughout the day, between 20 and 22 degrees C.

To reduce the yeast downtime, i woke them up with a bit of malt in a glass in advance of adding them to their veritable feast - all 23 litres of it!

By the following morning, the brew was bubbling away, with the yeast on an orgy of alcohol-creation!

It took a couple of weeks, but then had to wait many weeks more the beer to debut.

Well, it was worth the wait. What was revealed was a light, refreshing beer with a smooth, fine beady head and an aroma of pure delight! The taste was superb, but i can't take the credit. Ye reap what ye sow and thou sowed some of finest ingredients available.

Soon you will just have to take my word for it as i can't stop drinking it and there will be nothing left!


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