25% Off all homebrew (excludes Tesco Partners) @ Tesco Direct
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25% Off all homebrew (excludes Tesco Partners) @ Tesco Direct

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Found 29th Nov 2014
Save 25% on all homebrew products at Tesco. Excludes those being advertised by their 'partners'. This makes the Coopers range £10.13 each whilst Woodforde's Wherry is £16.50.

Might be possible for 'first time' customers to get the complete DIY Beer Starter Kit (everything you need to brew 40 pints of Coopers Australian lager) for £42.13 using code TDX-7KPG ?

Oh, and 5.05% via Topcashback?

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Hot - cheaper than Wilko's!

Good spot! Time to stock up on a few bits

Good spot, even if it's just for the Woodfordes since it is back to £19 at Wilkos.

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westward

Good spot, even if it's just for the Woodfordes since it is back to £19 … Good spot, even if it's just for the Woodfordes since it is back to £19 at Wilkos.



For the price (even at £19) I have found it to be a reliable, good tasting pint. I was hoping that Tesco would have one of the porters / dark ales on offer but unfortunately they're sold by one of their partners. Instead I have got an 'extra strength' Winter Warmer brewing with a stick of cinnamon in it for that christmassy flavour.

Good price Heat from me!

Got the Kit for £42.13. Anyone recommend another of the Coopers Lager kits to try?

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qwertychris

Got the Kit for £42.13. Anyone recommend another of the Coopers Lager … Got the Kit for £42.13. Anyone recommend another of the Coopers Lager kits to try?



sorry, I'm an ale drinker, but part of the fun of homebrewing is trying new beers and then adapting them (last year I turned a Coopers stout into a double chocolate and vanilla stout. No recipe was available, but some reading of various homebrew forums gave me a rough idea of what was possible. The final result was very more-ish).

Aw yiss!


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i liked the coopers cerveza and european lager - that was great. the australian i don;t like.

I like the Australian, it's quite good,
the European is quite good as well,
Cerveza i've not tried yet.
Their IPA and wheat beer and Australian Pale Ale are awesome !

Chears OP


Edited by: "neilmccarron" 1st Dec 2014

If you buy the ones for like a tenner do they include everything you need?

m1keanderson

sorry, I'm an ale drinker, but part of the fun of homebrewing is trying … sorry, I'm an ale drinker, but part of the fun of homebrewing is trying new beers and then adapting them (last year I turned a Coopers stout into a double chocolate and vanilla stout. No recipe was available, but some reading of various homebrew forums gave me a rough idea of what was possible. The final result was very more-ish).



Care to share the recipe mate? Sounds like my cup of.. Erm... Beer..

Matt

Might be possible for 'first time' customers to get the complete DIY Beer … Might be possible for 'first time' customers to get the complete DIY Beer Starter Kit (everything you need to brew 40 pints of Coopers Australian lager) for £42.13 using code TDX-7KPG ?



DIY Beer Starter kit out of stock
Edited by: "hambrook" 2nd Dec 2014

BenderRodriguez

Aw yiss!



How the hell do you get a head like that!!??

I've only started home brewing this year and each of the three i've done have been flat as anything. Tried brew enhancers, different sugar... nothing works.

Banned

Joe Scaramanga

How the hell do you get a head like that!!??I've only started home … How the hell do you get a head like that!!??I've only started home brewing this year and each of the three i've done have been flat as anything. Tried brew enhancers, different sugar... nothing works.



Hi Joe. are you keeping your bottles warm for carbing mate and how long are you leaving them? Also, are you using finings or leaving the beer to clear in the fermenter before bottling? feel free to email me for advice big@secue.com cheers.

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RagingKileak

Care to share the recipe mate? Sounds like my cup of.. Erm... Beer..Matt



Sure. I'll include a few steps for other brewers who might not be as experienced (not that I am by a long shot). From what I remember it went like this:

Brew the stout short (20 litres instead of 23l) as this improves the body, giving it a more stouty density, as well as enhancing the flavours.

Have a play around with what sugars you use - try molasses, dark brown sugar, dark malt extract. They'll add new flavours to the brew. I think I used a jar of molasses and a bag of malt extract.

At the fermentation stage add a small tin of cocoa powder (not drinking chocolate powder). There's some debate as to the effectiveness of this as it is designed to bond with milk not water but I do think it adds some first notes to the taste of the stout. I used Green and Black's Organic Cocoa Powder as it has a nice, dark, bitter chocolate taste.

Also split and de-seed two vanilla pods and add the whole lot into the brew. For a more subtle flavour just use one.

At the bottling stage I first decant it into another fermentation bin so that already contains the next lot of ingredients.

Firstly, the priming sugar. You want a creamy stout, not a fizzy beer, so only add half the recommended amount of sugar. I usually make it into a sugar solution first using a small amount of hot water. Another thing to get that creamy head is patience. The longer you leave it conditioning the smaller the bubbles will naturally get - yeah, like you can wait six weeks! From what I've read Guinness achieve their head by using nitrogen gas which creates smaller bubbles, so it's unlikely that you'll get similar results unless you run it through a nitrogen injector. Don't bother using any fancy sugars as it won't add anything to the flavours, this is purely about getting a fizz into the stout.

The second thing that needs to be added is chocolate essence. It's not so easy to get hold of but there's usually some available on that well known auction site. It's another ingredient that you'll need to play around with for personal taste. I think I used 15ml for my batch. The essence will give you a hit of chocolate at the back of the mouth as it goes down.

And that's about it. Bottle it, wait as long as you can and then enjoy!

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secue

Hi Joe. are you keeping your bottles warm for carbing mate and how long … Hi Joe. are you keeping your bottles warm for carbing mate and how long are you leaving them? Also, are you using finings or leaving the beer to clear in the fermenter before bottling? feel free to email me for advice big@secue.com cheers.



Another thing that can have an effect is the steriliser. I've read that if you don't wash it all off before adding the beer it can stop a head from forming.

thanks for that m1. i'll hopefully start brewing again soon as i've finally moved into our new house, and my favourite stout is youngs double chocolate and my current stout which is still round my mates, was ok, not as good as previous. however, i'm going to follow this method of yours for my next brew - doing two, a stout and a new zealand golden ale kit that was new in my brew shop in colchester.

interesting about the priming, i use two carb drops in mine for a 1 ltr pep i use. may try the solution in the barrel this time though.

secue

Hi Joe. are you keeping your bottles warm for carbing mate and how long … Hi Joe. are you keeping your bottles warm for carbing mate and how long are you leaving them? Also, are you using finings or leaving the beer to clear in the fermenter before bottling? feel free to email me for advice big@secue.com cheers.



cheers.
will do this

Assuming I buy the DIY Beer Starter kit when it comes back in stock, what other sale items should I get to get me up and running?
Edited by: "hambrook" 2nd Dec 2014

Joe Scaramanga

How the hell do you get a head like that!!??I've only started home … How the hell do you get a head like that!!??I've only started home brewing this year and each of the three i've done have been flat as anything. Tried brew enhancers, different sugar... nothing works.



Usually it's not that impressive, cheated a bit on that one to be be honest. Got one of these as freebie from guinness with some purchase years ago:

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Do you use bottles or keg? Just add a more sugar or malt than recommended for second fermentation in bottles, helps a lot.
Edited by: "BenderRodriguez" 2nd Dec 2014

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hambrook

Assuming I buy the DIY Beer Starter kit when it comes back in stock, what … Assuming I buy the DIY Beer Starter kit when it comes back in stock, what other sale items should I get to get me up and running?



The only thing you'll really need are some more bottles. If sticking to plastic ones then empty sparkling water ones are OK. Just make sure the bottles are designed to take the pressure (cheap, still spring water ones are a no no).

If reusing glass beer bottles then make sure they're coloured glass and not screw top. You'll also need to buy new caps and a capper. I prefer a two handed one to a knock on capper (nothing worse than losing beer due to hammering the capper too hard. oh, and you might cut yourself in the process).

I've also found a beer (heat) belt to be of benefit at this time of year to keep the fermentation ticking over but if your house stays above 18 deg C then don't worry about one.

As to sale items, plan ahead. Get another beer kit (the tins, not the starter) as you may find that the first one gets drunk rather quicker than expected and you're a month away from having the next one ready. If you go for a Coopers you'll also need a kilo of sugar, but if you buy a two tin kit like Woodfordes then it contains all the sugar that's needed.

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ianh82

thanks for that m1. i'll hopefully start brewing again soon as i've … thanks for that m1. i'll hopefully start brewing again soon as i've finally moved into our new house, and my favourite stout is youngs double chocolate and my current stout which is still round my mates, was ok, not as good as previous. however, i'm going to follow this method of yours for my next brew - doing two, a stout and a new zealand golden ale kit that was new in my brew shop in colchester. interesting about the priming, i use two carb drops in mine for a 1 ltr pep i use. may try the solution in the barrel this time though.



I can thoroughly recommend Titanic Brewery's Chocolate and Vanilla Stout (it's what inspired me to try my own version). They don't brew it that often, but when they do you'll find yourself selling family members in order to buy as much of it as you can.

i'll look out for that one. may need a trip to beers of europe again!

m1keanderson

Sure. I'll include a few steps for other brewers who might not be as … Sure. I'll include a few steps for other brewers who might not be as experienced (not that I am by a long shot). From what I remember it went like this:Brew the stout short (20 litres instead of 23l) as this improves the body, giving it a more stouty density, as well as enhancing the flavours. Have a play around with what sugars you use - try molasses, dark brown sugar, dark malt extract. They'll add new flavours to the brew. I think I used a jar of molasses and a bag of malt extract.At the fermentation stage add a small tin of cocoa powder (not drinking chocolate powder). There's some debate as to the effectiveness of this as it is designed to bond with milk not water but I do think it adds some first notes to the taste of the stout. I used Green and Black's Organic Cocoa Powder as it has a nice, dark, bitter chocolate taste.Also split and de-seed two vanilla pods and add the whole lot into the brew. For a more subtle flavour just use one.At the bottling stage I first decant it into another fermentation bin so that already contains the next lot of ingredients. Firstly, the priming sugar. You want a creamy stout, not a fizzy beer, so only add half the recommended amount of sugar. I usually make it into a sugar solution first using a small amount of hot water. Another thing to get that creamy head is patience. The longer you leave it conditioning the smaller the bubbles will naturally get - yeah, like you can wait six weeks! From what I've read Guinness achieve their head by using nitrogen gas which creates smaller bubbles, so it's unlikely that you'll get similar results unless you run it through a nitrogen injector. Don't bother using any fancy sugars as it won't add anything to the flavours, this is purely about getting a fizz into the stout.The second thing that needs to be added is chocolate essence. It's not so easy to get hold of but there's usually some available on that well known auction site. It's another ingredient that you'll need to play around with for personal taste. I think I used 15ml for my batch. The essence will give you a hit of chocolate at the back of the mouth as it goes down.And that's about it. Bottle it, wait as long as you can and then enjoy!



Thanks Mike,

That's great. I've just completed my second AG brew (Belgian Dubbel brewed with Bourbon chips for a boozy Christmas flavour) and this choc vanilla stout should be an excellent follow up.

Matt

cool beans

Woodforde's Wherry kit is back in stock at £16.50, just got a couple.

DIY Beer Kit back in stock, no valid evouchers so £52

Any recommendation on what steriliser to use / but from Tesco?
Edited by: "hambrook" 18th Dec 2014

Original Poster

hambrook

Any recommendation on what steriliser to use / but from Tesco?



I'm currently using Milton Sterilising Tablets (yes, the ones for baby bottles etc). The only thing that I do differently to the instructions is wash the equipment in fresh tap water afterwards to clean the Milton off them as I don't want to risk it messing the head up on my beer. Never had a problem with unsterile equipment.
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