Clibit
From various sources which all hail back to Cooper's themselves I've assembled info about what yeast and hops are in each Cooper's kit, and the IBUs. Which is all really useful for kit pimping purposes. And deciding whether you might like the kits - for example, the bitterness of some of them is surprisingly high! Aussies must like their beer bitter AND cold...

HOPS
"All of our brews are bittered with PoR in the brewhouse. From time to time, the bitterness level may require an adjustment, which we do by squirting ISO directly into the can immediately prior to the filler. This is also the point where Late Hop is added. The listing below details those with an actual hop variety (dosage rates vary between brews), those with a non-specific blend (I've described the characters that are meant to be imparted to the final beer) and those with no late hop."

YEAST
Our yeast sachets carry a Julian date code. Yeast packaged on the 25th of September 2015 = 26815. They may also carry letters to denote the type of yeast for packaging purposes. The yeast codes are:

Ac = Coopers ale yeast (our own strain, not the same as the yeast in our commercial ales, developed in-house and propagated under contract).
A = various ale yeast
L = various lager yeast
Wh = wheat yeast

A, L and WH strains are commercially available dry yeast and their details are held in confidence. Some cans have a blend of the Ac and L yeasts. (Presumably to cope with a wide temperature range?)

BITTERNESS IBU: The figure provided on the can is the IBU of the can prior to dilutrion. To calc the IBU of the fional beer Divide the figure by the batch size in litres and mutiply by 1.7 (volme of can in litres). So, for example, 390 IBU / 23L multiplied by 1.7 = 28.8 IBU. Use the batch size for the batch you are making of course. 


Original Series:
- All use Ac yeast. Zero flavour hops, bittering only. 
Lager        390 IBU    29 in 23 Litres
Draught    420 IBU    31 in 23 Litres
Real Ale    560 IBU   41 in 23 Litres
Dark  Ale   590 IBU   43 in 23 Litres
Stout         710 IBU   52 in 23 Litres

International Series: 
Australian Pale Ale - Ac+L yeast blend. Zero flavour hops. 340/25 IBU 
Mexican Cerveza - Ac+L yeast blend. Pure hop aroma (subtle woody and spicy notes). 270/20 IBU
European Lager -  L yeast. Pure hop aroma (herbaceous and floral). 340/25 IBU
Canadian Blonde -  Ac yeast. Pure hop aroma (spicy and floral). 420/31 IBU
English Bitter - Ac yeast. Styrian Golding hops. 590/43 IBU
Irish Stout - 'A' yeast. Zero flavour hops. 560/41 IBU

Thomas Cooper's Series: 
Bootmaker Pale Ale -  'A yeast'  - Cascade hops and "a smidge of Styrian Golding".  560/41 IBU
Brew A IPA - 'A' yeast - Resinous piney hop and Cascade. 830/61 IBU
Devil's Half Ruby Porter - 'A' yeast - Styrian Golding. 590/43 IBU
Family Secret Amber Ale - 'A' yeast - Cascade - 500/37 IBU
Inkeeper's Daughter Sparkling Ale - 'A' yeast - Zero flavour hops - 610/45 IBU
Preacher's Hefe Wheat - Wh Yeast - zero flavour hops - 340/25 IBU
86 Days Pilsner - L yeast - Saaz hops - 490/36 IBU
Golden Crown Lager - L yeast - Pure hop aroma (herbaceous and floral) over a slightly resinous base
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Alcoholx
one thing to be said about coopers is that they do seem to care about there product and what they do and helping brewers get the most from the kits, it would be interesting to see what they could do with a 3-4kg high end kit.  ive got the mexican cervaza conditioning now and the first tastes from the fermenter are promising
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Clibit
Alcoholx wrote:
one thing to be said about coopers is that they do seem to care about there product and what they do and helping brewers get the most from the kits, it would be interesting to see what they could do with a 3-4kg high end kit.  ive got the mexican cervaza conditioning now and the first tastes from the fermenter are promising


Yeah, the English kit makers barely communicate with their customers at all. Coopers do loads via their website and their own forum.

They don't do 3-4kg high end kits but they do packages that include the malt which amount to much the same thing I reckon. They also do their Recipe of the Month kits in Oz, which include hops and grains and different yeasts. Their website has loads of such recipes.

http://store.coopers.com.au/brewing-info/recipes.html
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Clibit
Home Brew Online are doing some interesting Coopers recipe packs that include malt extract, grains, hops and yeast at pretty good prices. Some have Briess extract, meant to be good. 


http://www.home-brew-online.com/beer-kits-c1/home-brew-online-m9


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