Zephyr Light (23 Litres)
Coopers Original Series Draught Beer Kit produces a flavour and aroma suited to making Light Beer. The recipe should make a beer at approx 2.9% ABV
- Colour: Gold
- Body: Medium
- Bitterness: Medium
- Approx. Alcohol Level: 2.9% ABV
- Naturally Carbonated: Natural
STEP 1: Mix
Dissolve Coopers Draught and Dextrose/Sugar in 2 litres of hot water. Fill fermenter with cool water to the 23 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
A thinner brew (lower Original Gravity) will make a beer with less alcohol. Where possible, make the brew thinner by reducing additional sugars rather than increasing total volume (dilution of the beer kit contents will dilute the final beer flavour). In most cases dried ale yeast requires some simple sugar. Add at least 100g sucrose/dextrose in 23 litres to assist with fermentation. To avoid the risk of overcarbonation - glass bottles may explode - only bottle your brew when the fermentation process is complete. Fermentation is complete when the density of the brew remains constant over 2 days. We recommend the use of a hydrometer to check the specific gravity (density) of your brew.
STEP 3: Bottle
Bottle when specific gravity has reached 1.006 (or two readings the same over 24 hours). We recommend the use of PET bottles or reusable glass bottles designed for storing beer. Bottles need to be primed so that secondary fermentation (producing the gas in the bottle) can take place. Add 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. Light Beer is normally consumed as a bright beverage. Keep your bottles standing upright and pour the brew in the one motion leaving the sediment behind in the bottle. This light beer is low in alcohol but packed with plenty of flavour!
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