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How To Brew Your Own Beer at Home With Home Brewing Beer Kits
Isn't It Time You Brewed Your Own Beer?
Make your own beer at home that rivals microbrewery beer. Homemade beer never tasted so good and was never easier. Beer kits & brewing supplies.
Man has been obsessed with beer and brewing his own beer for centuries with some of the oldest references to beer brewing dating back to 6,000 BC.
By the 14th century, this art became commercialized with large quantities of this yeasty drink being produced by local pubs and monasteries.
However, brewing and fermenting was still considered an art with secret recipes and with each pub or tavern creating their own special blend.
The biggest change took place is when the industrial industry took this task out of the small pubs and taverns and commercialized it.
One by one the smaller family owned businesses were taken over by large corporations, and this popular drink was brewed to match the flavor requests of the majority of the consumers (hence the similarities in taste of commercial, large scale blends).
Then in the late 1980s micro breweries started showing up. Each with their own unique flavor and body. As micro brewed beer became popular, consumers wanted to go one step further and create their own home brew.
As you might imagine the process is long, time consuming hard to learn, expensive and the results are not always the best.
To help the consumer, beer brewing kits were created. Some of these kits make low quality beer, some make very good beer, and Coopers Brewery with over 100 years of beer brewing history makes an exceptional line of beer and ale types. All easily brewed in your home.
For a bit less than store bought micro brewed beer, you can have full bodied, fresh, crisp and clean tasting beer brewed by you. Beer that you'll be proud to put your name on.
On this page my husband and I will walk you though the simple process of creating your own home brew..
Since it seems as though we never have enough time to spend together, creating this web page as a joint effort has given us both a great feeling of togetherness and allowed you to come into our lives for a short time.
We hope that you will enjoy the time you spend with us and try you hand at this interesting (and very delicious) art.
Why Brew Your Own Beer?
Coopers DIY Home Brew Beer Brewing Kit
The World's #1 Selling Beer Concentrate Kit
The Coopers Brewery Microbrewery Kit is the world's best selling beer making kit for good reason. It is designed to give you everything you need to brew 6 gallons of your own high quality, completely natural, great tasting beer every time.
Brewing your own beer it as rewarding as it is easy! The complete kit even has a DVD, which walks you through the easy brewing process.
Unless you've tasted Coopers Brewery Home Beer Brewing products you can't quite understand how good home brewed beer can taste.
And remember that once the complete microbrewery kit is purchased, all that is needed to make additional home brewed beer are the refill kits.
The All New DIY Beer Kit From Coopers Beer Compared to the Previous Model
While the photos on this page show the older style fermenter
the brewing methods are basically the same.
As soon as we get a chance we will upload some newer photos showing
the new DIY kit
with the new style fermenter.
You'll find that the new fermenter
makes brewing your own beer
even easier than before.
Remember that each Coopers refill kit makes a full 6 gallons of home brewed beer, while most other kits only make 3 or 3 1/2 gallons.
This makes Coopers both more time efficient and cost effective.
Refill Kits and Accessories
These are just a few of the additional accessories that you can get.
After a bit you are going to want to pick up more bottles, probably some enhancer ( my husband's favorite addition) and a few brewing books to give you an idea of the different types that you can make and start your creative juices flowing.
A light crisp flavor and a beautiful golden color.
I prefer a heavier beer and this Irish stout is one of my favorites. And yes, I'll drink it at room temperature.
The easy way to add your priming sugar. While the refill kits do include carbonation drops by adding more you can change the flavor and carbonation level. As we love to experiment will usually add 1-2 additional drops to half of each batch when we are trying a new flavor or adding a new spice to it. This way it gives us 2 different options.
Let's Get Started Brewing Beer At Home
Very Important Information
The beer making process that I am showing here is much more involved than the recommended instructions.
Creating your beer by following the directions included with your package is much easier and quicker. There are also a few videos showing you how to brew your own beer at home with videos demonstrations further down this page. The videos show you step by step how easy it is to brew beer at home.
I am just showing you examples of how I play around and experiment with different flavors, amount of carbonation and alcohol levels.
I have created my beer many different ways and have actually found that in the long run if you stick to the simple beer making instructions that comes with your Coopers Brewery Kits you'll enjoy the flavors and body much more.
Only after you get used to brewing your own beer then you can start experimenting - not right in the beginning.
After unpacking your box and watching the enclosed DVD, it's time to start making our beer.
The first step is to thoroughly clean and sanitize the beer keg (plastic fermenter) with either household bleach according to the instructions in the enclosed booklet or you can use Coopers Sanitizer.
Recently I have been using highly diluted iodine and found that it works quite well. Just be careful when using it, since it does stain practically everything before it's diluted.
This is the most important step in the beer brewing process so be sure to sanitize everything that will come in contact with your beer brewing tools.
Preparing the malt is very simple after removing the plastic lid off of the malt can and putting the yeast packet, place your malt can in a large pot of warm water or in your sink filled with warm water.
This will allow the malt to flow freely from the container when it's time to use it. Allow to sit for approximately 10 minutes in the winter and about 5 when room temperature is warmer
Setp 3 - Adding The Sugar, Yeast, Malt and Water to the Fermenter
Pour warmed malt into the fermenter, then add brewing sugar and 2 liters of boiling water. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Now fill your fermenter with cold pure filtered or tap water to the 23 liter mark. You have just created wort and your fermenter is ready to be sealed and ready for the brewing process
I suggest that the first time you brew your beer you should follow the instructions exactly. After you have made a few batches you can then experiment with your personal technique.
At one time I would warm the brewing sugar (and water) and also the malt on the stove before adding to the fermenter. However, after making many batches and compared the batches that I warmed the sugar and water to batches that I didn't, I could not see or taste a difference, so now I just follow the standard directions for this part
Step 4 - Fermenting Will Begin
You will now let fermenter sit for 4-7 days at 21-27 degrees Celsius ( 68-80 degrees Fahrenheit)
Step 5, 6 and 7 the Fun Part
Using the enclosed hydrometer you will check to see if your beer is ready to be bottled.
If it is, you will wash your bottles and add the enclosed carbonation drop(s)to each bottle.
Connect the little bottler to the fermenter to fill your bottles. Fill each one up to 2" below the top of the bottle and screw on the cap.
Once you have filled and attached the lid to your bottle, turn your bottle upside down and then right side up a few times to mix the sugar.
Now store your bottles for 7 days at 21-27 degrees Celsius ( about 68 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit - this is usually room temperature) with the cap side down.
After the 7 days you then turn your beer bottles over and then you can let them sit another 7 days. You can drink your beer before the 7 days but it won't be quite as good - so if you can, wait it out.
Then refrigerate and enjoy!
You can if you like store your bottles longer (up to 3 months) and as it gets stored longer the flavor improves but we can never wait that long. You'll notice that after the 14 day wait you'll taste the freshest, cleanest, most flavorful beer.
The first time I made my beer it was in the dead of winter and our house temperature dropped below the recommended temperature every night but the batches still turned out fine.
However, if you do plan on making beer during the winter months be sure to keep the beer that is fermenting in a room that does not get too cold or it can kill the yeast. We had this happen when my husband was making beer at his parents house and he put the fermenter in their pantry and did not know that the pantry did not have any heat. The temperature went down to the low 40's in the pantry and the beer was ruined.
Although it has never happened to us, I understand that if the beer also gets too warm it will also kill the yeast - so try to stay within the recommended temperature range.
The instructions above are just the standard instructions, you can play around with sugar content ( we love the addition of brown sugar), different mixing different flavors, but just start off with the instructions in the booklet and on the DVD and let your imagination go from there.
Even if you are use to drinking expensive micro-brew ed beer, you will find that after you try your hand at brewing your own beer, and seeing how great it tastes, you'll never go back to store bought beer again!
Books on Home Beer Brewing - How to Make Beer
While you do not need a book to brew Coopers beer, books can give you a few ideas of how to play around with different flavorings, change the alcohol content and how to make a beer unique to you.
Home Beer Brewing Tip
In addition to your kit items, be sure that you have common household bleach on hand if you have not purchased Coopers sanitiser.
Many people like to use iodine instead of bleach as they do not want any chlorine in their beer. If you are using bottled water because you don't want to use water that has bleach in it, you might want to use the iodine if you don't have any Coopers sanitizer.
You will be using the bleach (or iodine) to sanitize your bottles, fermenter and all items that will come in contact during beer brewing.
Just use caution when using bleach or iodine - bleach - well you know what bleach can do to clothing and fabrics and iodine will stain. So take precautions.
A major cause of beer failure is not properly cleaning and sanitizing your equipment. Cleaning is extremely simple and takes only seconds, so be sure not to leave out this step.
Learn a Bit About Coopers Brewery and Coopers Beer Kits
Introduction to beer brewing. A short bit of history about Coopers beer and what's inside the microbrewery kit.
Brewing Your Own Beer With Coopers Brewing Kit - Part 1
Find out how simple it really is to brew your own beer at home.
Part 1 shows you how to get started and set up and sterilize your kit..
It's actually as simple as 1,2, 3 --your done!
Step 2 - Brewing your own beer at home
Step 3 - It's Time To Bottle Your Home Brewed Beer
Customizing Your Beer Flavors
Working With Beer Recipes
It's very easy to customize the flavor and alcohol strength of your beer.
However, I recommend that for the first few brewing sessions you stick to the standard recipes, see how the flavor appeals to you for each particular beer type, then you can play with the next batch.
Homemade brewed beer is a delightfully cleaner, crisper flavor than commercial beer and you may find that you won't want to make any changes at all.
I had started off my beer brewing by using products from a different company. With each batch I added additional sugar to add to the carbonation and alcohol content since the taste wasn't pronounced enough.
So when I brewed my first batch with the Coopers Brewery kit, I automatically added the additional sugar. Once we tried it, I realized that the additional sugar was not needed for flavor. However additional sugar does increase the alcohol content so keep that in mind.
When adding sugar, I prefer to use dark brown sugar for a bit deeper and richer flavor.
So try your flavors straight first, then you can start to experiment by adding extra sugar, hops, carbonation drops etc.
You'll also find that there are many spices and flavorings that can be added and if you are not sure which ones you might like, think about the type of foods you like to eat.
I like spicy food so I enjoy a bottle here and there that has had Habenero pepper added, some Tabasco or a hint of lime. When experimenting with spices and flavorings it's best to try it with just a bottle or two and see how you like it.
Some that sound great may taste awful or cause the beer not to carbonate well so by experimenting with a small amount you'll still have the rest of the batch that will untouched.
When in doubt pick up a beer recipe book. You have to remember that while you'll be working with a beer kit, you can still make your beer completely unique to you.
Are You A Home Beer Meister?
Have You Ever Brewed Your Own Beer?
American Pale Ale
Coopers Club Recipe
American Pale Ale Ingredients
5 US Gallons
Coopers IPA beer concentrate kit
1kg Coopers Brew Enhancer 2
500 grams Coopers Light Dry Malt Extract
In a large pot (8 quart minimum), heat 4 quarts of water to just to a boil; then remove from the heat. Mix in Brew Enhancer 2 and Light DME.
Mix the contents until totally dissolved which is about 30 - 40 seconds or so.
Empty the contents of the can and then run your spoon along the bottom of the pot to make sure that all the ingredients are mixed well.
Allow pot to cool to lukewarm (you can place the pot in a sink of cold water if you want to speed this up).
Pour this mix (it's called wort) into your fermenter, then fill up your fermenter with cold water to the 19 liter mark and stir vigorously to all is mixed up well.
Measure the gravity with your hydrometer. It should measure between 1.048 and 1.052.
Sprinkle the yeast on the surface and close the container.
Ale yeast strains are generally the most reliable for home brewers and Coopers ale yeast makes a perfect choice.
It is known that ale yeast can ferment at very high temperatures (as high as 40Â°C/110Â°F), however the closer your brew is to 71Â°F (20Â°C) the cleaner the flavor and aroma will be. Allow this to now ferment 7-10 days until your hydrometer readings have unchanged for at least 2 days.
You will also notice the bubbles in your fermenter have dissipated.
Your finished gravity should be in the range of 1.012-1.016
Bottles need to be "primed" so that secondary fermentation (producing the gas in the bottle) can take place. It is recommended that the use of PET bottles or reusable glass bottles that are designed for storing beer be used.
Don't use glass bottles that are not meant for non-carbonated beverages or the bottles can explode as the beer ferments.
Plastic PET bottles or beer bottles allow for the little bit of expansion that will occur during the secondary fermenting process.
For "priming " add carbonation drops at the rate of 1 per l2 ounce (375 m) bottle and 2 for each 24 ounce (750 ml bottle) .
Standard sugar or dextrose may be used at the rate of Â¾ cup per 19 liters. Now you can store your bottles. Remember to store you bottles away from direct sunlight at 67Â°F (18Â°C) or above for at least one week while the secondary fermentation takes place.
Your beer will be ready in about 2 weeks.
Bottles may be stored (conditioned) for longer periods of time if you like.
Conditioning should improve the flavor, reduce the size of the bubbles and make the yeast sediment more compacted and less noticeable.
Your American Pale Ale will continue to age nicely for many months - even years.
While it is recommenced to let your bottles condition at or above 67Â°F (18Â°C) for at least 2 weeks, you may find that you prefer to let your beer condition a bit longer - it's totally your preference. Experiment with different batches or even within the same batch. Put as few bottles aside and if you are not tempted to break into them, let them condition longer. And it will be very tempting,
Ales may be served cloudy or bright depending on the style and are normally less carbonated than lagers.
A Little Bit of Coopers Brewery History
The Coopers beer legend as we know it today, began in 1977 with Maxwell Cooper when he began to provide home brewers with packaged unfermented wort. Before this time, Coopers beer was only available already brewed by the brewery.
Though originally just available to home brewers in Adelaide Australia, in 1984 they decided to concentrate this wort turning it to a concentrated malt that could safely travel well. Since John C.G. Cooper had been working with malt concentrates for his brewery as early as the 1920s, the information was already available and Maxwell working with this knowledge perfected the concentrates.
The Coopers Beer Kit as we know it today was born.
Each beer is created to the same standards and high quality specifications that you would expect from a product carrying the Coopers name.
Every one of the pre-hopped kits are designed, brewed, taste-tested, tested and tested again to make sure that you the home brewer gets the results that both you and Coopers can be proud of.
Lets move the date up a bit and in 1997 a very exciting addition occurred -- a new malt concentrate was added to the product line that didn't have the unique beer flavors that Cooper's was known for but one where the home brewer could use and create their own unique beer to their own special twist to it.
This allows home beer brewers to mix and mingle different ingredients together and allows them to experiment and push their beer brewing limits. to the max.
Between the Light, Amber, Dark and Wheat malt concentrate in a syrup form, and a Light DME lets you , the home beer brewer to add the malt, hops, yeast and water to your specifications. So although many people think that with Coopers Beer you can only create beers that are in the Cooper line you can also add your own special touches.
In 2000 Coopers upped the ante so to say with their BrewMaster Selection Series.
This series included Pilsner, Wheat Beer, Nut Brown Ale and India Pale Ale, which allowed Coopers to add styles that expanded their beer kit line-up beyond those of actual beers made in the brewery.
What makes these kits truly exciting and unique is that home brewers can use a beer kit that comes with yeast specifically designed for the style of beer being produced.
The Pilsner Beer Kit comes with a unique to it, lager yeast that produces a truly awesome lager beer while still being fermented at average room temperatures (65-70'F).
The Wheat Beer Kit includes a wheat beer yeast that creates the lighter refreshing summer style wheat beers like those of Northern Germany.
Both the Nut Brown Ale and the IPA ( the IPA is super special and a favorite) use a traditional British yeast that produces a clean, crisp British style ale.
Today the Coopers Brewery is still owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation descendants of Thomas. Dr. Tim Cooper.
So as you can see, with Coopers you have a long line of brewers creating kits for home brewers that are created to Coopers exacting standards and then Coopers also give the home brewer the option to experiment and grow their own beer making skills.
With Coopers you have the choice!
Some prefer a cloudy beer with extra body while others are use to having beer that's clear. You can have your beer either way with Coopers micro-brew.
Do you Prefer a Clear or Cloudy Beer?
Please do not drink and drive. Also do not share your homemade beer with minors.
You must be 21 years or age or older to purchase Coopers Brewery products.