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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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  1. Bonsai & Brew

    Stau-Haus Slash Pile IPA🌲

    Stau-Haus Slash Pile IPA 2-gallon, all-grain (mash-in-sack) Prepare 2 gallons of distilled strike water adding: calcium sulfate ( gypsum), 2 g sodium chloride, 0.25 g calcium chloride, 0.5 g Ingredients: Rahr 2-row, 4 lbs. Weyermann CaraWheat, 0.18 lb. Chinook, 0.25 oz. ea, 60 min., 10 min., 5 min. Simcoe, 0.2 oz. ea, 20 min., 2 min. Magnum, 0.3 oz., 15 min. Irish moss @ 15 min Yeast nutrient @ 10 min. Safale US-05 Mash grains @ 152 F for 60 min.. Mash-out @ 168 F for 10 min. Sprinkle sparge with hot tap water. Boil, hop, chill and pitch! OG 1.050 SRM 6 IBU 60+
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    And perving your fermenting beer has never been easier!
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    I'm not seeing a 2 bbl LBK setup.
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    Saison de Frais

    I will admit that letting @Creeps McLane get away with multiple guesses per post might seem unfair, but I figured that since I had pitched my yeast, the contest was technically over anyway. For anyone still wondering about the hints, I thought the picture of me hoisting a Bindlestick Hoppy Wheat in a Guinness pint glass with a kettle of black wort chilling in the background would give it away, but I'll try to give better hints next time.
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    2018 Churchills Challenge

    Alas, I had no lactose on hand to complete this recipe so instead I'm fermenting with Mangrove Jacks UK Dark Ale yeast. From several past experiences, I'm hoping this yeast will leave plenty of residual sweetness. 🍻
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    2018 Churchills Challenge

    Busted... Churchill's Tropical Stout Churchills Nut Brown Ale Maris Otter Dark Munich Simpsons Roasted Malt Crisp Chocolate Malt Cacao nibs Flaked barley + flaked oats English Progress hops Fuggle hops Mangrove Jack's UK Dark Ale M03 And who doesn't want to see the only known photo of Winston in a bathing suit?
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    Getting back into this!

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    @Cato -- Interesting. I've been taking my pH readings fairly early in the mash process. I'll take a reading mid-mash on my next brew to make sure that I'm not over compensating with the lactic acid addition. Thanks for the read.
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    @Creeps McLane - In my Zorakian state of mind, that 2 lbs of Carafa threw me off there for a minute! Inspiring recipe though -- makes me want to actually brew my Slash Pile IPA that I've managed to put off for about 9 months or so...
  10. Ankerdampf 2 gallon, all-grain (mash-in-sack) Weyermann Pilsner, 3.25 lb. Weyermann Vienna, 0.25 lb. Weyermann CaraMunich Type 2, 0.25 lb. Chateau Biscuit malt, 0.12 lb. Weyermann Carafa II, a smidgen German Northern Brewer, 9.4% AA, 0.33 oz ea. 45 min., 15 min., 3 min. Mangrove Jack's Californian Lager, M54 Prepare a balanced water profile using the Brewer's Friend online calculator. For my high residual alkalinity well water I diluted 1:1 with DI and then added calcium sulfate and sodium chloride. Mash @ 150 F for an hour, adjusting pH (if necessary) to 5.2 with a half tsp. lactic acid. Mash out @ 168 F for 10 min. Sprinkle-sparge with hot tap water. Begin 60 min. full volume boil. Add yeast nutrient with 10 min. left. Chill wort to <65 F. Transfer to LBK, make to volume, aerate, and pitch M54. Ferment @ cool ale temp., 63-64 F or so. OG 1.055 IBU 40 SRM 11
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    Cato, you've got this whole brewing thing figured out! As for your selection, the only other one that I've had (besides Smiddy) is Hoegarten. I'm sure some of the more experienced Weisse guys will weigh in but I don't think you can go wrong with German imports for reference beers. Lastly, when you feel the pull of Mandarina Bavaria, always submit!
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    "Red Keep" Biere de Garde

    ...a little under-carbed but overall, not too bad.
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    You can never have too many Mr. Beer Bavarian Weissbiers. Good luck with your recipe!🍻
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    Are you thinking all-grain or a Bavarian Weissbier partial mash? There's always "Lost Donkey" All-Belgian Wit if you're feeling adventurous.
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    Guinness for Christmas

    I used 3 lbs. Crisp Maris Otter, the flaked barley, and acidulated malt for the pH-adjusted mash (a half tsp lactic acid did the trick). I also did a Dublin water profile, adding calcium sulfate and sodium chloride per the Brewer's Friend online calculator. OG was 1.057 so this attempt at a Guinness will be closer in style to an Irish Extra Stout.