Coopers European lager.
This kit form cooper’s costs around £13 and is 1.7kg. The coopers blurb says” Coopers European Lager captures the style of the finest quality lagers exported from Northern Europe. Serve well chilled in a tall, narrow glass with a generous head of 5cm or so and savour the herbaceous hop aroma and crisp finish. For the best results mix with 1 kg of Coopers Brew Enhancer 2 and store for at least 12 weeks in the bottle prior to drinking. This kit was purchased on impulse as the shop had run out of mexican cerveza (see above). The 12 week conditioning required was putting me off, but what the hell eh? Cost of kit and ingredients was £18.30 which works out at 45p a pint.
This lager kit comes with a packet of lager yeast so has to be fermented at a lower temperature. The brew was mixed as usual (500gms dextrose and 500gms of light spray malt) and not with the recommended coopers brew enhancer 2. The fermenter was placed in my usual brewing cupboard and covered with a wet towel to keep the temperature at 19°c. The beer took two weeks to ferment and was rather inactive through the airlock, with only a few bubbles every now and then. The beer was then bottled with the required amount of priming sugar, and left for required 12 weeks, the hardest part of making this kit!
To be honest i did try a “few” bottles after 8 weeks and it tasted great. The carbonation was fine and it did have a decent head. It tastes like a lager and competes with anything supermarket bought. I did a taste test with a famous belgian lager and there was no real difference, in fact people preferred my homebrew! Next time i make a batch of this lager it would benefit from some hop addition, just to give it a little bit more clout. I still have a few bottles left and to be honest i have drank one while writing this review. Conclusion – Harder to make, but well worth the effort.