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Coopers Lager Update Part The Third

There is much to be said on the subject of bottle conditioning, and one thing is becoming extremely clear to me: have patience young brewmaster. Now two weeks into the bottle conditioning process for the lager carbonation is now noticeable in the glass. The green notes of the beer have tapered off dramatically, and when poured into a very clean container the beer actually forms and holds a nice white head. Now that’s what I call progress.

At this rate after another week of bottle conditioning I would be confident in premiering the beer to other people, and confident I will need to be since I will be doing just that at a get together with friends this coming Saturday. That will mark three weeks of bottle conditioning for the lager, and hopefully too much won’t end up on the floor in culinary disgust.

In other news I decided to halt the lagering process on the Endless Sail Orange Lager as atmospheric temperatures have risen to unsuitable temperatures. Therefore I went ahead and bottled the contents of the half gallon growler jug with a teaspoon of priming sugar in each. As it turns out my calculations were right on and the growler jug filled only two of my bottles which in a way excites me.

Extrapolated out that means a 5 gallon batch should only fill 16 of my bottles. Since I have 32 of these 740ml bottles I should be able to brew and bottle two 5 gallon batches at a time. Neat!

Looks like it’s about to get pretty busy around here in the land of brewing.

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2010/01/26 at 4:56 pm Leave a comment

Coopers Lager Mid Conditioning Update

Things are starting to look more promising with the bottle conditioning lager. The beer has been bottled for 11 days out of the estimated minimum 21 days required for the beer to properly self carbonate. At this stage the plastic bottles are becoming much more firm and much more like commercially carbonated bottles of soda.
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2010/01/20 at 10:26 pm Leave a comment

Coopers Lager Update

It has now been a week since I bottled the X01 brew. I didn’t cover the bottling experience as it is a pretty banal experience, but I will say this: The Coopers Microbrewery Kit makes bottling straight from the fermenter extremely easy and expanding to more advanced techniques of secondary fermentation very straightforward.

Being completely impatient with the bottle conditioning process I could wait no longer and chilled my very first bottle of homebrew. I knew that most guides and advice insist that one wait at minimum 2 weeks before tasting the brew, but I was interested in seeing just how the relatively green beer met my expectations.
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2010/01/16 at 9:43 am Leave a comment

Coopers Lager I (X01) – An Introduction to Brewing

Lao-Tzu famously stated “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. For my journey into the world of home brewery that relevant first step was with the Complete Lager Package included with the Coopers Microbrewery Kit.
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2010/01/05 at 9:15 pm 2 comments

Introduction Part The First

It was a cool brisk morning that 25th of December in the year 2009. The freshly brewed coffee was still steaming in the Christmas themed mug on the hearth as the starter log burned a low even flame. My wife sat across from me on the floor with camera in hand beaming the most pleased smile you have ever seen. In front of me the wrapping paper laid strew on the floor, and what a glorious creation had been revealed in front of mine eyes: a Coopers Microbrewery Kit. Within moments I already had visions of boiling grains, hops, and large batches of godly nectar fermenting away with alcoholic vigor. I knew that I would soon be diving head first into the world of home brewery.

My name is Josh and I’ve long toyed with the idea of dipping my hands into the world of microbrewery either through the development of beer or wine. I’m also an engineer by trade (Electrical Engineering by education, Software Engineering by profession) so the anal retentive sterilization requirements and attention to minute details appeal to the inherent meticulous nature of my personality. Apparently my wife put these two fact together this Christmas and was kind enough to surprise me with the aforementioned microbrewery kit. Of course this now ensures that our kitchen will now serve double duty as that of a place of food preparation as well as a sterile environment for both biological and chemistry experiments.

Preliminary research into the more advanced methods of brewing pointed me towards the excellent website by John Palmer How to Brew which states that a key to creating good brewing results is to keep good records of the brewing process in order to learn from documented mistakes and consistently develop preferred batches. Therefore I have set up this blog in order to keep records and to share my experiences as I delve ever deeper into one of life’s great hobbies since the repeal of prohibition: home brewery.

2009/12/31 at 12:10 pm 4 comments


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