Extra Strong Vintage Ale '14 (21 Litres)
Coopers drinkers were introduced to the Strong Ale style (19.A of the BJCP Style Guidelines) with the first release of Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale (ESVA) back in 1998. Over the years, ESVA has developed a reputation as a high alcohol, high bitterness, flavoursome beer, which may be consumed young whilst holding excellent prospects for developing with bottle age. Hop varieties used in previous years include; Nelson Sauvin, Fuggles, Saaz, Hallertau, Hersbrucker, Cascade, Perle, Magnum, Citra, Centennial, Chinook and Styrian Goldings. Our DIY interpretation of ESVA ‘14 carries an exciting hop trio of Bravo, Ella and Galaxy - all highly aromatic hop varieties! When young, it displays a blend of esters and overt hop aromatics with some alcohol heat and a firm bitter finish. Ageing over months and years will see the esters, hops and alcohol meld together, the bitterness soften and toffee/sherry like characters develop.
- 1.7kg Australian Pale Ale
- 1.7kg Real Ale
- 500g Dextrose Corn Sugar
- 300g Crystal Malt Grains (optional)
- 25g Bravo hop pellets
- 25g Ella hop pellets
- 25g Galaxy hop pellets
- 11g Danstar Nottingham Yeast
- Colour: Amber
- Body: Heavy
- Bitterness: High
- Approx. Alcohol Level: 7.5% ABV
- Naturally Carbonated: Natural
Step 1: The day before
Line a pot (at least 4 litres) with a mesh cleaning cloth (pulled straight from the pack), then add the cracked grain and 2 litres of cold water. Fit the lid and sit in the fridge for 24hrs.
Step 2: Brew
Remove from the fridge then gather up the corners of the mesh cloth and lift, allowing the liquid to drain from the grains back into the pot. Place the strained liquid onto the stovetop and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat, add 25g of Galaxy hops and let steep for 15mins. Cool the liquid by placing pot in a bath of cold water for about 15mins then strain into a Fermenting Vessel. Add the contents of the two beer kits plus dextrose and stir to dissolve. Fill with cool water to the 18 litre mark, stir vigorously and check the brew temperature. Top up to the 21 litre mark with warm or cold water (refrigerated if necessary) to get as close to 18C as possible. Stir in the wet yeast or sprinkle on the dry yeast and fit the lid. Try to ferment at 18C. After about 3 days- Add the remaining hops to the brew by wrapping them in a mesh cleaning cloth (pulled straight from the pack) and place directly on top of the brew then re-fit the lid.
Step 3: Bottle
The brew may be bottled only after the SG readings are stable over a couple of days – it should finish around the 1008 to 1012 mark. We recommend the use of PET bottles. Sturdy reusable glass bottles, designed for storing beer, should be used if planning to keep some of the brew in bottle beyond 18 months. Prime at the normal rate of 8g/l (2 carbonation drops per 740/750 ml bottle) or slightly lower, in accordance with the style.
Step 4: Enjoy
Allow to condition at or above 18C for at least 2 weeks before tasting. The final alcohol content should be approximately 7.5% ABV. Join the Coopers Club to record and save your brews today! Join Here
Share this post