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    Homebrew Budget Beer

    Well I decided I'd try a budget homebrew this time, so off to the supermarket and 2 tins of Farmland Lager, on special at $7.95, then down to the local brew shop and some dectrose/malt/corn syrup mix and Safale s.04 dry ale yeast.

    Prepare all the gear, then put it down

    This week it was ready for putting in the Kegs for carbonation, 30Kpa for 30hrs and done

    Well I must say I'm impressed with how it has turned out, crisp and clear with a very nice bite to it, not the usual 1kg but 1.5kg of dectrose/malt and corn syrup.

    I'll be doing this again, I have also bottled 9lts for later

    Baz.
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    Is it worthy?



    Ever tried spirits or wine?


    I might try a wine

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    Quote Originally Posted by dobbo View Post
    Is it worthy?



    Ever tried spirits or wine?


    I might try a wine
    Sometimes all at once
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redback View Post
    Sometimes all at once
    [PHP]

    thats brewing not drinking

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    would love to try breweing a wheet beer

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    Quote Originally Posted by muddymech View Post
    [PHP]

    thats brewing not drinking
    Yes, I have a spirit in an oak barrel now

    Quote Originally Posted by richard4u2 View Post
    would love to try breweing a wheet beer
    I have a wheat beer that I'm drinking now, Blackrock Wheat, not a bad drop

    Baz.
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    I trid a few of the budget brands and some of the so-called "premium' brands over the years with mixed results. I pretty much use Coopers exclusively now and have for over twenty years. First choice is their real ale, then stout, draught, bitter, pale ale, dark ale. I make a better dark ale by using a real ale and 1kg of raw sugar and 0.5 kg rich brown sugar. I usually make stout with 2 kg raw sugar, or 1kg raw sugar and 1 kg rich brown sugar. I use the brew enhancer stuff to make pale ale, otherwise I use only raw and brown sugars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hjelm View Post
    I trid a few of the budget brands and some of the so-called "premium' brands over the years with mixed results. I pretty much use Coopers exclusively now and have for over twenty years. First choice is their real ale, then stout, draught, bitter, pale ale, dark ale. I make a better dark ale by using a real ale and 1kg of raw sugar and 0.5 kg rich brown sugar. I usually make stout with 2 kg raw sugar, or 1kg raw sugar and 1 kg rich brown sugar. I use the brew enhancer stuff to make pale ale, otherwise I use only raw and brown sugars.
    I've also found the Coopers ones to be very consistent and easy to get a decent result straight out of the can.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Hjelm View Post
    I trid a few of the budget brands and some of the so-called "premium' brands over the years with mixed results. I pretty much use Coopers exclusively now and have for over twenty years. First choice is their real ale, then stout, draught, bitter, pale ale, dark ale. I make a better dark ale by using a real ale and 1kg of raw sugar and 0.5 kg rich brown sugar. I usually make stout with 2 kg raw sugar, or 1kg raw sugar and 1 kg rich brown sugar. I use the brew enhancer stuff to make pale ale, otherwise I use only raw and brown sugars.
    The Coopers Real Ale and Stout are my favourites as well, but never tried them with raw and brown sugar, must give that a try.

    Quote Originally Posted by steveG View Post
    I've also found the Coopers ones to be very consistent and easy to get a decent result straight out of the can.

    Steve
    This was just an experiment and it worked out well, better than I thought it would and when you consider the price, it's well worth it.

    $15.90 for the kits

    $15.00 for the sugar

    $8.00 for the yeast.

    that's $38.90 for 46lts of beer, which is approx 45cents a stubbie, not bad really and as Lagers go, it's on par with a Coopers Lager.

    If you use the right sugas and yeasts, you can make any kit work well.

    OK, next a Coopers Stout using raw and brown sugar should be interesting

    Baz.
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    Interesting... Thanks for that!

    I have had great results using coopers and Cascade kits, but usually add extra ingredients. Andy can tell you what he thought of my Chilli beer (based on a coopers pale ale).

    I haven't tried brown sugar, but have used raw sugar a few times - it seems to add a fruity aftertaste. I have made my own Belgian Candi Sugar which is great stuff! Will try the brown sugar I think...

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