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Coopers Ginger Beer, of sorts....

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Postby BillyTheGypsy » Wed Apr 17, 2013 12:11 pm

Did a bit of a clear out last night, results should be interesting.

Coopers instructions are to add 1 kg of dextrose to the 980ml can and top up to 19 litres. Expected abv of 3.5%

So, I didn't do that.

1 can of Coopers Ginger beer.
1/2 tsp of chili flakes
300g of ginger blended.
700g of dextrose
300g of raw cane sugar
1kg of wheat spraymalt (Because it was there...)
1 sachet of champagne yeast. (Because it was there...)

I boiled up the ginger, sugar and spraymalt in about 4 litres of water, and lobbed the can in.

OG was about 1.040

It's going like a rocket!

I plan to bottle in about 7-10 days, I never used champagne yeast before, would that be enough time?
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Postby TheBeerNut » Wed Apr 17, 2013 1:24 pm

Nah, give it at least a fortnight and keep an eye on the gravity during the second week. Don't bottle until you're sure it's finished.
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Postby BillyTheGypsy » Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:08 pm

Took a reading today.

1.020.

Very sweet still, but also a certain dryness.
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Postby EoinMag » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:17 am

BillyTheGypsy wrote:Took a reading today.

1.020.

Very sweet still, but also a certain dryness.



I hate the sweetener in the ginger beer, let's hope you can get over it.

I made one once and poured the whole lot, no one liked it in the whole family.
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Postby BillyTheGypsy » Thu May 02, 2013 10:21 am

Gravity is now 1.012, OG was 1.040. That puts it around 3.7%

It's been two weeks at ~16 Celsius. I can't help but think that the gravity should be a little lower by now.

And it is very bloody sweet! :shock:
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Postby EoinMag » Thu May 02, 2013 11:12 am

BillyTheGypsy wrote:Gravity is now 1.012, OG was 1.040. That puts it around 3.7%

It's been two weeks at ~16 Celsius. I can't help but think that the gravity should be a little lower by now.

And it is very bloody sweet! :shock:



It's full of sweetener so that might be the sweetness, I found it vile like I said.
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Postby BillyTheGypsy » Fri May 03, 2013 4:14 pm

I'll leave it go for another week and bottle. I'll give it a lash again after I've done that.

Still it's a hell of a lot sweeter than even crabbie's. I might boil up a little dried ginger and chili and lob it in before I go away for the weekend and see if I can't get a little more fire if nothing else.

If all else fails I'll have a decent chance to dispose of it with barbecue season coming up. :twisted:
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