Home brew is a show­stop­per

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

WHAT started out as a way to save some money has turned into an on­go­ing pur­suit of per­fec­tion for Red­cliffe ama­teur beer brewer Lee Cooper.

Mr Cooper last week won the best ama­teur beer and best ale of the Perth Royal Beer Show for his black dog porter brew.

He was in­tro­duced to home brew­ing by his wife Lorna in 2009 be­fore she stopped brew­ing and he took over in 2011.

“I’ve been do­ing it ever since on my own, build­ing my brew­ery up and try­ing to brew bet­ter beers,” he said.

“I’m al­ways ex­pand­ing, mak­ing things big­ger and bet­ter.”

His favourite va­ri­eties are porters and stouts, but he has also made some tasty pale ales and mead beers.

Mr Cooper said he first got in­ter­ested in brew­ing be­cause of the high cost of buy­ing beer.

He said there had been a few learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences along the way.

“There has been lots of trial and er­ror,” he said.

“My brews haven’t all been very good. There have been a num­ber that have been very aver­age and a cou­ple have been tipped down the drain.”

The Perth Royal Beer Show achieved a mile­stone in its 10th year as a record 668 en­tries gave 35 judges the ar­du­ous task of de­ter­min­ing the medal win­ners dur­ing the two-day event.

Home brewer Lee Cooper with a glass of his black dog porter beer.

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