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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

    2018 Churchills Challenge

    With @Cato on vacation, I though I just as well drink the trub bottle of Rock & Rye Baltic Porter too. This one is definitely a contender, haha.
  2. Bonsai & Brew

    2018 Churchills Challenge

    It tasted about what I expected after just a month of conditioning as the high ABV is overpowering the malt profile somewhat. I like it though and it should develop nicely by Christmas.
  3. Bonsai & Brew

    2018 Churchills Challenge

    Look what @Cato started -- I'm drinking my trub bottle of 9% ABV Chartwell's!
  4. Bonsai & Brew

    2018 Churchills Challenge

    Nice job!🍻
  5. Bonsai & Brew


    I'm 94.9% sure that I drank the last bottle this past Spring but I'm gonna check inventory anyway. You could definitely still pick up on the barrel-aging but the amaretto flavor had faded considerably. You got me thinking about an all-grain version though, so thanks!
  6. Hope that everyone enjoys a safe Independence Day!
  7. Bonsai & Brew

    2018 Churchills Challenge

    Did someone say dessert? Nice!
  8. Bonsai & Brew

    beer captured

    Added to queue... I've never had a Long Trail Ale but the New Englanders around here used to brag it up.
  9. Bonsai & Brew

    Bulging Can

    The last can of Churchill's that I brewed looked similar to the one pictured but I didn't think much of it. There was no sign of built up pressure in the can and I'm confident that it's fine. This could explain the reason for the $10 sale though...we'll see.
  10. Bonsai & Brew

    Bulging Can

    I'm betting the guys are off screwing around at the 2018 Homebrew Con in Portland.
  11. Bonsai & Brew

    2018 Churchills Challenge

    Bottled Rock & Rye Baltic Porter @ 7.7% ABV.
  12. I haven't had a chance to watch yesterday's stream yet but for all things sour you can check out http://sourbeerblog.com/. There is a lot of good information here and got me going on the kettle-soured technique using Lactobacillus.
  13. Bonsai & Brew

    Redwood Ale

    You guys would be proud of me. I brewed this up last night and limited the partial mash to 4 oz. US 2-row + 2 oz. Caramel 60. I did substitute a pack of Willamette for one of the Warriors, but that was necessitated by inventory issues. Style-wise, this beer should land somewhere between an Irish Red and an American Amber and I'm looking forward to drinking it.
  14. Bonsai & Brew

    Redwood Ale

    Has anyone brewed this one yet? The recipe looks great as is, but I'm thinking of partial mashing it with some Maris Otter and maybe a specialty malt or two. https://www.mrbeer.com/redwood-ale
  15. Bonsai & Brew

    Churchill’s brown ale

    @Cato is kind of going that way with his Wee Heavy Winston, but you need to join in the fun with your own recipe!