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  2. No problems with leaving them for days (done 6 days before) without problems and in most cases mine are in for 2 days. To reassure note that a lot of ss keg brewers hang a hop ball from the underside of the keg lid. This is in there for weeks if not months. The flavour and aroma should intensify.
  3. Thanks Rob. I think you may be on the right track about general commercial beers having preservatives and stabilising agents. This certainly could account for the โ€œconsistencyโ€ over time. On the other hand the Coopers brews, eg Coopers Vintage donโ€™t have additives such as the preservatives/stabilises and therefore would account for the improvement over time. With regards to the manner of storing and consumption, I would have gone the Beerdroid/beerflo/botttling if available at the time. The kegging system that I have is quite expensive to set up and entails more cleaning/maintenance than your set up. I could then run a smaller fridge, No co2 bottles, run two beerflo units if not eventually 3 at $400. I think this is an interesting discussion and stick with your setup.
  4. Damn it, still hasn't got to RTK How long is too long to leave the hops in?
  5. Just ticked over, will keg and bottle tomorrow and then let it sit for three months, I really liked this one as it got older, it lost its wheat taste but what it morphed into was one of those beers you can smash a keg over.
  6. Nearly 11 daysbrewing now, surely tonight is the night. It has been sitting around 17 or 18 for the last five days so it can't be too far away... Given I thought Friday was the day it'd turn over to ready to keg, I dry hopped early thinking to myself " then I can do that for 2 days and fill some bottles Sunday night", so even if it goes through tonight, might leave the hop ball in for a third day (10gs each of Hersbrucker and Saaz) and then leave the brew til Tuesday to bottle
  7. In a perfect world, I would have known more about home brewing before I went and purchased. That would have allowed me to buy a fridge to fit four ten litre kegs in it and I would pressure charge my brews. That is from a practical sense and also from a show sense, you could have folk around, or you could take a keg with you to a party ( well at least I saw that with I Kegger As it is though, apart from getting onto bottle capping a bit late, I'm not having that much of an issue, I can drink it a bit younger or let it stretch to see how it goes. I have gone back to carb drops on both kegs and bottles, they just work better and I'm not fussed that it is a few cents extra at this stage. To point 4 though, it is one that has had me scratching my head since I started brewing. I can see how flavours change and become different from different stages of secondary. How does the brewer ( for example a Crown Lager) have it at that same taste for basically a year until it will then start to show some signs of changing. There must be some preservatives and stabilising agents in the brew to help achieve that consistency the whole way through. In saying that though, I have had a Coopers Vintage when it first came out and one from the same carton 18 months after and there was a fair difference in that.
  8. Kegged and just pour the first from this keg. Delicious, bed early I ๐Ÿค”
  9. Haha doubt I double dosed. If I get interupted i would likely no dose and have flat beer in 2 weeks haha . I was bottling and sugaring at the same time. And when I am in my back room its usually a safe space lol
  10. Kegged 21/2/20, what can I say. This is another top brew. I understand there is some resistance to the current virus With alcohol, well Iโ€™m protecting my insides the best that I can. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ™„
  11. Unlikely, as no matter how much yeast it can only consume the sugar available. So Iโ€™d say a flaw in bottle done probable on transportation/warehouse handling or you double dosed the sugar. (Can easily be done, particularly if interrupted). When I used to sugar bottles Iโ€™d have all the bottles on my right, if sugar done then it was on my left.
  12. Anothet day or so will be confident it was just a flaw. Could it also been a bottle that got a good helping of Yeast ? Or should be pretty uniform as the liquid moves past the Trub ?
  13. Thought Iโ€™d commented in this thread before but search says different. So this is the first time:- Brewprint Session Ale kegged 8/03/2019 into ss ball lock keg. Fridge 16/03, force carbonated 17/03, fridge and co2 connected at serving pressure. 18/03 test - brilliant just like Coopers Session Ale out of the bottle. Very impressed. In the photo brewprint on the left, on the right is a pint of cloned Coopers Session Ale brewed at 23 litres the traditional way. It is a very nice brew, enjoyable but the BrewPrint wins. Wife picked it from a blind taste test. Now Iโ€™ve just kegged a new batch 29/3/20 so will see how that goes.
  14. Put another down today (29/3/20). Said Iโ€™d do again.
  15. Good sign - ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ
  16. Last week
  17. I am gonna hope it was a manufacturing flaw. I will have a look and reassess tomorrow lol. Have a few bottles in my box at, would be a shame to lose some ๐Ÿ˜ž . Especially when this is the beer I am most looking forward to trying.
  18. Might have been a bottle fault, eg hairline crack when in transit. Usually if itโ€™s and over carb problem one bottle going off usually starts a chain reaction and they nearly all go. So cross your fingers. Plus bottled on Tuesday, wouldnโ€™t think youโ€™d have much carbonation yet.
  19. Bottled it on Tuesday lol.. this is the Coopers Pale ale. What could be the Dramas with it ? Other then using Glycerine lol
  20. I didnt hop this . I hopped the coopers :-).. i will start hopping and playing with these $17 dollar brews to see how far I can take them
  21. How were the hops? Right amount?
  22. Still had a mild bitterness in the back ground , quite an enjoyable beer ๐Ÿ™‚
  23. Popped one of these tonight just hit 2 weeks in the bottle. Amazing colour . Pleasant to drink still has some sweetness to it atm . Kust spent the last few hours out in 40 degrees so anything tastes good at this stage . Keen to see a few more weeks and try again .
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