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  1. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by Cammanron in This kit   
    Whatever it is, just brew it and follow all the instructions and you won't regret it!
     
  2. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by SilverBrewerWI in This kit   
     
    Whatever it is, it has been a month.  I wonder if he sat there staring at the message board going, answer me, answer me, answer meeeeeeee.......no, probably not, but I do wonder what he brewed or didn't.  
  3. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by BDawg62 in Summit Winter Ale   
    Bonsai,
     
    That is right about 64% attentuation which is in the lower end of the range for english yeast, but not at all abnormal.  Attentuation percentage range that I could find was 65% to 72% for this yeast.  It will probably drop another point in the next couple of weeks.  I would make sure to warm it to about 68 at this point and let it finish.
     
    English yeast always have a much lower attentuation than most American Ale yeast.  To combat this, I usually raise the temperature a degree a day after fermentation starts to get it up to 68 or so by the time it is finished and then hold it there for at least a week.  Even with that method, I usually only obtain attentuation in the low 70% range.  The biggest issue with English yeast is to not allow them to cool at all while fermenting.  Once they notice a drop in temperature, they drop, go to sleep and they are done.
     
    Big Dawg
  4. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by Creeps McLane in how to handle a true lager?   
    I forgot about carbing. Its been a long time since ive bottled
  5. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in how to handle a true lager?   
    I refrigerate bottled lagers for keeping following a 3-4 week carbonation period at room temperature.  I will be the first to admit that I have much to learn before brewing the perfect lager, but I do know that trying to carbonate beer in bottles at 40 F does not work very well.
  6. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in how to handle a true lager?   
    I'll have one with you @MiniYoda.  How about a lager?
  7. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in how to handle a true lager?   
    I knew that spelling didn't look right.  FINALLY the beer is kicking in
     
    and for those who were wondering what this old fat drunk was TRYING to say, it's Diacetyl rest
  8. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in how to handle a true lager?   
    agreed, forgot about the carbonation.  make that
     
    1 - ferment in the low 50's
    2 - two days diastolic rest at room temp
    3 - bottle and carbonate at room temp for 2 weeks
    4 - put in fridge and lower temp 1-2 degrees every day from room temp until mid 30's
    5 - the question.......can I leave lagers in the fridge in the mid 30's for 5-6 months?
     
     
  9. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in how to handle a true lager?   
    I would be careful with those diastolic rests @MiniYoda, as this could cause erratic and dangerous fluctuations in blood pressure. 🍻
  10. MiniYoda liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in how to handle a true lager?   
    I refrigerate bottled lagers for keeping following a 3-4 week carbonation period at room temperature.  I will be the first to admit that I have much to learn before brewing the perfect lager, but I do know that trying to carbonate beer in bottles at 40 F does not work very well.
  11. Shrike liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in So how many of you also do 5 gal batches?   
     
    An elegant and brilliant solution!👍  Chill haze does bug me.  Like, a lot.  I'll let you know if this works the next time I have one of my Munich Helles'.  The fact is, I worked dang hard brewing that lager to showcase SRM @ 2, but I can't think of a more appropriate style to enjoy in a German stoneware stein.  Pictures @ 10. 
  12. hotrod3539 liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in Summer brews   
    @76shovel, don't forget about Spring seasonals -- Doppelbock, Helles Bock; and St. Patty's Day -- stouts, Irish Reds!
  13. Shrike liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in So how many of you also do 5 gal batches?   
     
    An elegant and brilliant solution!👍  Chill haze does bug me.  Like, a lot.  I'll let you know if this works the next time I have one of my Munich Helles'.  The fact is, I worked dang hard brewing that lager to showcase SRM @ 2, but I can't think of a more appropriate style to enjoy in a German stoneware stein.  Pictures @ 10. 
  14. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by zorak1066 in Diablo IPA Mod Advice   
    when boiling wort:
     
    use a big enough pot. one that has about 4 or 5 " of headspace or more.
    bring water to near boil.. remove from heat. have someone pour in lme while you stir. make sure it is fully mixed in before returning to heat.
    not doing the above can cause bottom scorching..  and boil overs.
     
    have a clean spray bottle of mineral water on hand set to fine mist.  if you see the wort boil starting to gain in foamy hot break material, give the surface of the wort
    a good spritzing.  it will cool the surface and break the bubbles up.  be ready to carefully remove it from heat if it gets out of control.  more headspace gives you more time to react.
     
    do NOT boil hopped malt ie mr beer cans. boiling drives out the hop goodness they worked to put into it.
     
    when you add your hops, if using pellets be prepared for foaming action.  also a bunch of skeeze will float on the surface for awhile... this is normal. you may also see oil like stuff on top when the foam drops. also normal.
     
    when i am done with the boil, i try to cool the wort as fast as possible. put the pot in a clean sink filled with ice water. small pots will try to float. keep it steady. or use a wort chiller. if you can knock the heat down to about 100f when you add it to the cold water in the lbk you might end up close to pitching temp.
     
    as mentioned, when doing boils never let yourself be distracted. boil overs are an absolute horror to clean up. even if you are certain the hotbreak action has settled down and that the temperature of the boil is a happy controlled temperature... watch it.
     
    make sure when boiling that your dog, kids, wife, curious onlookers etc are leaving you alone to focus. hot wort makes serious third degree burns.
     
    for the mr beer kits with an lme boil you dont need to boil for an hour. you can do a 15 minute boil of the lme with your hops.. .depends on how much hop you want to add and if you are doing it for flavor/aroma or bittering. you also need less water than when doing a full boil or a bigger kit.
  15. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by scouterbill in Diablo IPA Mod Advice   
     
    Boiling wort is a staring contest. Whoever blinks first wins.
     
    What I mean by that is that: you can watch your boil and everything will be fine, but the moment you turn your back or look away you will have a boil over! If you watch it the whole time you win because it never boils over.
  16. hotrod3539 liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in Summer brews   
    @76shovel, don't forget about Spring seasonals -- Doppelbock, Helles Bock; and St. Patty's Day -- stouts, Irish Reds!
  17. hotrod3539 liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in Summer brews   
    @76shovel, don't forget about Spring seasonals -- Doppelbock, Helles Bock; and St. Patty's Day -- stouts, Irish Reds!
  18. hotrod3539 liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in Summer brews   
    @76shovel, don't forget about Spring seasonals -- Doppelbock, Helles Bock; and St. Patty's Day -- stouts, Irish Reds!
  19. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Summer brews   
    Session beers are good for summer
     
    http://blog.mrbeer.com/what-makes-beer-sessionable/
     
    Here's a good link for season beers
     
    http://blog.mrbeer.com/guide-to-seasonal-homebrewing-plus-brewing-calendar/
     
    For me, anything light tasting, light in color, and low alcohol.  Remember that both beer and the sun will cause you to dehydrate, so you don't want heavy alcohol beers.
     
  20. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by Shrike in Summer brews   
    I'm taking advantage of the cooler weather to brew some lagers for when it gets warmer.  Saazquatch, Dortmunder Export, Austin Pils, and ChromosBeer are the four I'm doing.
  21. Big Sarge liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
     
    Who could forget @Rotbag?
  22. Big Sarge liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
     
    Who could forget @Rotbag?
  23. Big Sarge liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
     
    Who could forget @Rotbag?
  24. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by John K. in Helles Bock - 2015 Spring Seasonal using Ale yeast   
    I added 4 oz. of Carapils and .5 oz. of Liberty hops @ flame-out. I bottled it on January 4th. It smelled awesome. It will be a couple of months until I try it. Can't wait to see how it turns out. Your recipe sounds good too.
  25. John K. liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in Helles Bock - 2015 Spring Seasonal using Ale yeast   
    I am planning on brewing this one next adding a little Pilsner + Vienna malt, carapils, Hallertau Mittelfruh and Mangrove Jack's M76 Bavarian lager yeast, but that K-97 recipe sounds like a winner to me.  How's that going @John K.?