This is one of the easiest posts for me to ever write… doing a Coopers homebrew kit review is cake walk for me because I absolutely love this DIY kit and have been recommending it for years.
I can’t say it was the first kit I purchased, as I did purchase a few of the kits you can get from your local homebrew shop over the years prior to coming across the Coopers DIY kit. But now a days it is without a doubt my favorite all in one brewing kit on the market.
Product: Coopers DIY Kit
Cheapest Places to Buy: Amazon
Batch Size: 6 Gallons (23 – 24 liters)
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Before we get into my thoughts on all of what comes with this kit, lets quickly review what you will get with it:
– Brewing Fermenter. Large mouth fermenter, modeled after the conical fermenters, capable of brewing 6 gallons of beer.
– Bottling Valve. This valve is located at base of fermenter. It allows for bottling without a siphon. A huge deal!
– Bottling Wand. Typical bottling wand, does the trick.
– Krausen Kollar. Sits at top of fermenter, you remove after initial fermentation, allows for cleaner, clearer beer and less chance of infection.
– Hydrometer and measuring flask. Used to calculate your original gravity and final gravity to determine alcohol content.
– Mash Paddle (large plastic mixing spoon)
– Beer Bottles. You get 30 reusable plastic beer bottles with caps. (740ml PET bottles)
– Coopers Lager refill beer kit. (the can of pre-hopped liquid extract/concentrate, makes 6 gallons of beer)
– Brew Enhancer 1. Used to improve your beers body, head retention and mouthfeel.
– Carbonation Drops. For carbonating your beer. You add one drop to each bottle. Much easier than batch/bulk priming and produces better carbonation.
So pretty much everything you need to make your first batch of beer is included with this coopers home brew kit.
The Fermenter is My Favorite Part
OK I love this fermenter and if you are looking for a good fermenter you should get it!!
Enough said? haha No?
OK… here is why I love it so much:
The fermenter is one of the best I have ever used. It has a wide or large mouth, which when it comes down to cleaning is awesome. It allows you to really get into the fermenter and scrub (with a soft cloth) in order to get any left over grime out, which of course reduces infection.
Some of the fermenters on the market and carboys for example, have such a small mouth that it is very difficult to clean them which increases the chance of infection in your next batch of beer… which means you dump the beer down the drain and that is just simply beyond wrong!
Another bonus to the large mouth is that adding ingredients to the fermenter is also easier; no spillage down the sides.
The fermenter has a spigot or bottling valve at the bottom. I love this addition to the fermenter and am honestly shocked that all fermenters do not have this spigot.
This valve means no more having to purchase, clean, and use a siphon to bottle your beer. With this fermenter you simply hook the bottling wand up to the spigot, put the wand in your beer bottle and turn the spigot on. Easy and simple.
The Krausen Kollar is a great invention and component to this fermenter.
Here is how it works… it is a collar that fits inside the top of the fermenter and it has a lip that sits on the top of the fermenter, the fermenters cap then fits on top.
After the initial fermentation, meaning once all of the junk (krausen) has risen and THEN fallen back down… the ring that is left around the top of the fermenter can be removed by removing this collar. I love this. I have found it makes for a cleaner, clearer beer and the chance of infection is reduced because you are getting rid of all of that junk.
The Accessories That Come With It
The accessories are decent to good. Nothing fancy. But they do the job and you need them to make beer anyway so might as well get them with the kit you are picking up.
The hydrometer and measuring flask are ok. They are why this kit gets a 9.5 rating out of 10 and not a 10. Down the road after you get a few brews under your belt; I would probably recommend that you pick up a different hydrometer. The one with the kit is plastic and I simply do not like it as much as the glass hydrometers you can buy. Not a big deal, it does the trick and hydrometers are not expensive. I think I have at least 10 of them kicking around my brew area.
The Mash Paddle (plastic spoon) does the job just fine. It is nothing fancy, but it is long enough to reach the bottom of the fermenter and it is plastic; which is good as it will not scratch the sides of the fermenter. You never want to use a metal spoon, etc in a plastic fermenter as it can scratch the sides of the fermenter allowing the chance of infection to occur.
The Beer Bottles. I like the bottles that come with the kit just fine. 740ML makes for a good pour. You may eventually move into kegging your beer due to it being easier than bottling, but truth be told, beer conditioned in a bottle ALWAYS tastes better than kegged beer. And these bottles due the trick just fine.
A quick note on the bottle caps. Some people say you need to replace the caps after each use, that is not hard or expensive to do; however I have not found this to be a requirement. I have found that as long as I screw the caps down tight they will make a seal and I can use them for many batches.
A Coopers Homebrew kit review would not be complete without a review of the actual beer that the kits makes…
As far as beer that is made using these cans of pre-hopped liquid malt extract; coopers makes some of the best kits on the market. They have been doing this for a long time and know what they are doing.
Here is a little tip for you and one that will be hard for you to follow through on, as it is also hard for me to do:
The beer that ANY of these kits make is always better if after you brew and bottle the beer you give it time to age and condition. This is done by putting the bottles away in a dark space in your home at room temperature and letting them sit.
Let them sit as long as you can stand waiting. The longer the better.
After two weeks you will have drinkable beer… it will taste decent… after 1 month even better… after 2 months even better… you get the idea!
As for the Coopers Lager Beer Kit that comes with this kit… it with the beer enhancer that comes with the kit, make some of the best kit beer on the market.
Coopers, Mr Beer (also made by coopers), and Muntons are my favorite pre-hopped concentrate beer kits. Coopers has been around for many years and their kits make good beer. The beer enhancer is not a must have, but it does add a little extra in the way of mouth feel, and head retention to your beer.
The Carbonation Drops! I love these little bad boys. I always used to hate to have to batch or bulk prime, it was just one more step in the process.
With these carbonation drops you simply drop one into each bottle and fill the bottles up with beer, put the bottles aside for a couple of weeks and voila you have perfectly carbonated beer. They do a great job.
Muntons does sell their own version of carbonation drops, but I do prefer the Coopers Carbonation drops. To this day I keep a bag of their drops handy and if after kegging a batch and I have some beer left over I will fill up a couple of bottles and carb them with these drops.
So What’s The Verdict?
Well it should be pretty obvious from this coopers homebrew kit review that I am a huge fan! You can check out my videos on YouTube and you will see me using this exact system to brew many beers.
I believe that if you ware looking for a good kit you can’t go wrong with this one.
Note: Want to get one for yourself? You can Click Here to order one today!
If you have any questions about the kit itself, drop them in the comment section below and I will be sure to help you!
Happy Brewing, Big Robb is out!