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Beer name

True Aussie Bitter

Beer type

lager

Beer type

Beer description A bitter style true to our popular Australian commercial bitters, light in colour, clean mouthfeel with a pleasant bitter finish. Flavour profile
Colour:
Gold
Bitterness:
Medium
Body:
Medium
Approx. Alcohol Level:
4.6% ABV
Naturally Carbonated:
Natural

Ingredients

  • 1 x 1.7kg Canadian Blonde 
  • 2 x 500g Coopers Light Dry Malt
  • 1 x 11.5g Saflager W-34/70 Dry Lager Yeast
  • 1 x 250g Coopers Carbonation Drops

 

STEP 1: Mix

Pour the Light Dry Malt into a clean/sanitised Fermenting Vessel (FV).

Add 2 litres of cold water and immediately pick up the FV to swirl the contents for about 30 seconds (this minimises lumps).

Add the Canadian Blonde extract and stir to dissolve.

Top up with cool water to the 20 litre mark and stir vigorously.

Sprinkle the W-34/70 yeast and brew can yeast then fit the lid.

STEP 2: Brew

We recommend pitching Lager yeast at 22C-24C then allowing the brew to drop to as low as 13C over the next day or so.

Fermentation has finished once the specific gravity is stable over 2 days.

 

Some physical differences when fermenting with Lager yeast:

Less foam and barely noticeable scum ring.
Less CO2 produced and longer ferment time.
Ferments more thoroughly - Lower FG achieved.
May produce an eggy smell (this will dissipate with bottle age).
Due to lower temperature and longer ferment time cleanliness and sanitation is even more important when making Lager beer.


STEP 3: Bottle

Gently fill clean PET bottles to about 3cm from the top.

Add 2 carbonation drops per bottle and secure the caps (use only one carbonation drop for bottles intended to be stored for a longer period).

Store the bottles upright in a location out of direct sunlight at or above 18C.

STEP 4: Enjoy!

After at least four weeks, check for sufficient carbonation by squeezing the PET bottles.

Lagers generally benefits from further conditioning. Any slight sulphur aroma should dissipate with further conditioning.

Bottles kept unrefrigerated should improve with age.

When ready to drink, chill the bottles upright.

The chilled beer may be poured into clean glassware, leaving the sediment behind.

Expect the alcohol content to be approximately 4.6% ABV.