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    Bonsai, Japanese gardening, beer-themed Haiku, and tagging Mr. Beer forum members that have not posted anything since 2012.

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    Boosting abv without MRB booster?

    You could always make a 1 gallon batch of 6% ABV CAL.
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    Boosting abv without MRB booster?

    Mr. Beer Pale/Golden LMEs work in a pinch to boost ABV. https://www.mrbeer.com/brewmax-lme-softpack-pale
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    Full Mash Kit Instructions Faulty

    You're welcome. Did you notice how I let the other guys do all the heavy lifting before I swooped in with the easy part? Anyway, you've got a lot of us emotionally invested in this brew so good luck!🍻
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    Full Mash Kit Instructions Faulty

    A standard pack of Safale S-04 is 11.5 g, so it sounds like the supplier of your kit accommodated the smaller batch size and included just enough yeast for a 1-gallon recipe. Be sure to reread @BDawg62's post above. Install a blow-off tube, place the fermenter in a tub and let 'er rip. Active fermentation with S-04 is more than likely going to fill that headspace quickly and then some.
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    Brewing with Coconut

    Another option is to soak light toasted oak in your favorite spiced rum and add it your LBK following primary fermentation. Although the coconut flavor is subtle and fades with time, I've had decent luck with good ol' Captain Morgan 100 Spiced Rum which makes for a very nice barrel-aged Caribbean Porter.
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    How many types of beer mugs do you own?

    A nonic pint is nice for porters and stouts but more often than not I'll go for my favorite glass:
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    Extra Special Bitter or Howling Red Ale?

    Thanks for the bump @Cato! The votes are really coming in now! After the nice Saturday night out with my wife, I was looking forward to checking out the vote to see what everyone thought of my idea. Since there were only 2 votes, I broke the tie and pitched the crafted ESB with MJ Liberty Bell yeast thinking that I would brew a 4-gallon batch of Howling Red Ale on Sunday. I did not get around to brewing the Red Ale due to a conflicting NFL schedule, so in the end Choice #1 actually won.🍻
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    Extra Special Bitter or Howling Red Ale?

    @C-Note 1959 lol but I sold all my electric guitars years ago. Bonsai & Brew Unplugged?
  9. I was 40 minutes into my boil on an Extra Special Bitter recipe when I started thinking. Tomorrow night is an eclipse of a Super Full Blood Wolf Moon and I would usually take advantage of such an event and brew a Howling Red Ale. Had I planned my brewing schedule better, I would have done that. As it is, I've got a batch of 1.058 OG/40 IBU wort chilling out on the deck. I used all UK-sourced grains and hops but did FWH using Warrior. Now I have a decision to make... Here is my recipe so far: Crisp Finest Maris Otter, 3.5 lb. Crisp Amber malt, 0.2 lb. Crisp Torrified wheat, 0.2 lb. Crisp Light Crystal, 0.2 lb. Warrior, 16.8% AA, 0.25 oz. FWH Styrian Golding, 2.6% AA, 0.5 oz., 20 min. Fuggle, 5.6% AA, 0.25 oz., 5 min. OG 1.058 IBU 40 SRM about 8 https://www.livescience.com/64550-super-blood-wolf-moon-eclipse.html
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    Putting it all together...

    Yeah, about that 1-month lagering period...
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    Putting it all together...

    Maybe Mr. Beer could start marketing a 2-gallon version!
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    Putting it all together...

    I think my German version of Anchor Steam will benefit from a one month lagering period, but this is pretty tasty. The aroma is pronounced and reminds me of freshly baked bread cooling on the windowsill of a Prussian cottage on a crisp October afternoon.
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    Agreed. The Precision Labs test strips appear to be crap. I bought a second pack of them thinking that my first might be expired or degraded but it made no difference. The wide range Hydrion papers work great though -- I can tell easily when my pH is somewhere between 5.0-5.5.
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    2018 Churchills Challenge

    I understand your dilema -- for a while there it seemed that everything in inventory was dark. I am looking forward to the upcoming rotation of Commons, Pales, Alts and (even) IPAs. Good luck with your next entry in the Challenge!