Irish Ale (21 Litres)
Try this one as an easy recipe. Less volume, golden syrup and a lower ferment temperature help to produce an ale with characters like those found in the imported 440ml cans with widgets!
- 1.7kg Coopers Draught
- 1kg Coopers Brew Enhancer 1
- 300g Golden Syrup
- Dextrose Corn Sugar or Carbonation Drops
- Colour: Gold
- Body: Medium
- Bitterness: Medium
- Approx. Alcohol Level: 4.1% ABV
- Naturally Carbonated: Natural
STEP 1: Mix
Dissolve Coopers Draught, Brew Enhancer 1 and Golden Syrup in 2 litres of hot water. Fill fermenter with cool water to the 21 litre mark and stir. Sprinkle supplied yeast over the wort surface and fit the lid. Ferment temperature should be as close to 20C as possible.
STEP 2: Brew
Ale yeast strains are generally the most reliable, fermenting quickly and effectively. Ale yeast is supplied with most beer kits. Although Ale yeast can ferment at very high temperatures (as high as 40C), the closer the brew is to the recommended temperature the cleaner the flavour and aroma.
STEP 3: Bottle
Bottle when specific gravity has reached 1.012 (or two readings the same over 24 hours). We recommend the use of PET bottles or reusable glass bottles designed for storing beer. For information about kegging see the FAQ Section. Bottles need to be primed so that secondary fermentation (producing the gas in the bottle) can take place
PrimingAdd carbonation drops at the rate of 1 per 330ml/375ml bottle and 2 per 740ml/750ml bottle. Sugar or dextrose may be used at the rate of 8g per litre (approximately 6g of sugar to a level metric teaspoon). Store the bottles out of direct sunlight at 18C or above for at least 1 week while secondary fermentation occurs. Your beer can be consumed after 2 weeks. Bottles may be stored (conditioned) for long periods of time (3 months or more). Conditioning should improve flavour, reduce the size of the bubbles and make the yeast sediment more compacted.
STEP 4: Enjoy!
While we recommend leaving your bottles to condition at or above 18C for at least 2 weeks - you may find that your brew benefits from further conditioning. Ales may be served cloudy or bright - depending on the style - and normally hold less carbonation than Lagers.