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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Vfwrider316 in Thanks   
    To everyone on this awsome group. Been brewing for a year now 15 beers in the bank. I read more than post but it has helped me and I learn more every day keep it up. I am officially addicted lol. 1 week till bottling. Then back at it again
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to McSquirrely in Brewing with Coconut   
    ps:  If that amazing pipeline of beer you have  starts to get overwhelming, B, I'm here for ya!  
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to McSquirrely in Brewing with Coconut   
    Santiam Brewery's Pirate Stout that I tried (the outstanding coconut porter that started all this) was, indeed, aged in Rum barrels from the Rogue River Brewery in Newport.  So you may well be on to something there, B.  My 'laundry' list of liquors is growing...
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from McSquirrely in 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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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to gophers6 in Brewing with Coconut   
    I made a Coconut Porter a while back. I got my advice from Josh at MB. Here's my notes:
     
    1.Made the beer as usual
    2.After 7 days put 7 oz of unsweetened shredded coconut on a cookie sheet and toasted it in the oven till brown.
    3. Put the toasted coconut in a bowl and cover with vodka for 3 days.
    4. On day 10 poured the bowl of coconut + vodka into lbk
    5. Ferment another 10 days 
     
    Turned out great. Maybe my best brew ever!
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to McSquirrely in Wheat beer info   
    Great news for homebrewers!
    According to Space.com:  Our Milky Way galaxy will survive in its current form a bit longer than some astronomers had thought, a new study suggests.
    The monster collision between our Milky Way and fellow spiral galaxy Andromeda will occur about 4.5 billion years from now, according to the new research, which is based on observations made by Europe's Gaia spacecraft. Some prominent previous estimates had predicted the crash would happen significantly sooner, in about 3.9 billion years.
     
    This should insure we have plenty of time to 'age' our most age-benefitting beers!  Whew - 😎
     
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Cato in How many types of beer mugs do you own?   
    Lol, @swenocha, I had some errands to run today, so picked up a 4 pack of these Belgian Ale glasses.

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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in 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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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in 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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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Creeps McLane in Hop Storage   
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in 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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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in 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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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Clonedogg in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Here is my upcoming schedule.  I had some ingredients collecting dust, took a few years off from brewing (I was busy and stuff ok!).
     
    2019 Back to Beer Schedule
     
    12/26/18
    Autumn ESB 1 - Brew
    01/12/19
    All American Gold - Brew
    01/20/19
    Autumn ESB - Cold Crash
    01/26/19
    Autumn ESB 1 - Bottle
    Santa Catalina - Brew
    02/06/19
    All American Gold - Cold Crash
    02/09/19
    All American Gold - Bottle
    Party time Pilsner - Brew
    02/20/19
    Santa Catalina - Cold Crash
    02/23/19
    Autumn ESB 1 - Taste
    Santa Catalina - Bottle
    Autumn ESB 2 - Brew
    03/06/19
    Party Time Pilz - Cold Crash
    03/09/19
    All American Gold - Taste
    Party time Pilsner - Bottle
    Ragin' Rincon Pale Ale - Brew
    03/20/19
    Autumn ESB 2 - Cold Crash
    03/23/19
    Santa Catalina - Taste
    Autumn ESB 2 - Bottle
    Horses Ass Ale - Brew
    04/03/19
    Ragin' Rincon Pale Ale - Cold Crash
    04/06/19
    Party time Pilsner - Taste
    Ragin' Rincon Pale Ale - Bottle
    04/17/19
    Horses Ass Ale - Cold Crash
    04/20/19
    Autumn ESB 2 - Taste
    Horses Ass Ale - Bottle
    05/04/19
    Ragin' Rincon Pale Ale - Taste
    05/18/19
    Horses Ass Ale - Taste
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Jdub in Extra Special Bitter or Howling Red Ale?   
    @C-Note 1959 lol but I sold all my electric guitars years ago.  Bonsai & Brew Unplugged?
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Nickfixit in Best Belgian Wit.   
    Testing HG clone #4 after 10 weeks in the bottle, it is a lot nicer.
    Taste is still dry but better balance, and refreshing.
    Color light like HG.
    Persistent fine bubbled head and lasting lacing.
    Persistent citrusy and touch of coriander aroma.
     
    I can do this again with a little less peel I think. I am OK with the coriander.
     


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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in Extra Special Bitter or Howling Red Ale?   
    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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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Jdub in Extra Special Bitter or Howling Red Ale?   
    @C-Note 1959 lol but I sold all my electric guitars years ago.  Bonsai & Brew Unplugged?
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to C-Note 1959 in Extra Special Bitter or Howling Red Ale?   
    You just go outside and...
     
     
     
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Creeps McLane in Can yeast ferment to fast   
    How many batches have you brewed so far? Seems like you may be doing some advanced things but not really understanding why
     
    Is it normal to have a quick start to fermentation? If you give the yeast a good environment to do their job, then no.  You want a quick start.  The shorter the lag phase of yeast, the better off you are.  Bacteria have a hard time living in an alcoholic environment than a non alcoholic one. Ill get more into this on your last question
     
    Will there be off flavors from a faster fermentation?  No.  Unless you had a rapid ferment due to a higher temperature which will cause fusel alcohol flavors.  It tastes like your beer is up in the 9% area.  Very much an alcohol warming taste.  Thats the unknown here, what was your ferment temp?  What was the gravity of your beer? Nottingham is notorious for being a fast fermenter. As long as you controlled your temps during the high krausen phase and before, youll be just fine.
     
    Is it overkill to make a yeast starter for a dry yeast? Yes.  You see, to make yeast happy, you need to have enough of them to do the job.  That packet is designed for x amount of wort at y gravity.  Dry yeast also has nutrients in it to help your yeast be the best workers they can be.  The nutrients were all eaten up in the starter wort, however, you just increased your yeast army 10 times.  So really, you likely over pitched the amount of yeast cells to ferment your wort.  Not necessarily the worst thing, just kind of unnecessary. The amount of risk of contamination to make a starter and not to mention the effort, wasnt worth it for your batch.  Most would also say that at the price of dry yeast vs liquid yeast, you would be better off pitching two packs instead of trying to create more cells in a starter. Im also a firm believer in using yeast nutrient, that stuff is like gold!
     
    Like I said, youre doing some very advanced things.  I applaud you for that but make sure you know the reasons why things need to be done.  I rarely even make starters for my liquid yeasts because they claim they have enough cells to do the job I ask them to.  However, if im brewing a beer for a competition, best believe Im gonna make a starter.  Nothing, nothing, I repeat, Nothing can replace the quality of the end product you get from a healthy batch of freshly propagated  yeast. But of course, sanitation, technique, and controlling the ferment are all very important also.
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in Extra Special Bitter or Howling Red Ale?   
    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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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in Extra Special Bitter or Howling Red Ale?   
    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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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Creeps McLane in Hello!   
    Research all posts by @HoppySmile!, hes very advanced
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to SilverBrewerWI in Hello!   
    Welcome to the madness....make sure you keep reading, lots of good advice here
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to HollywoodTRBros in Hello!   
    Hows it going everyone,
     
    Found my way to this forum yesterday and figured I should join. I got the LBK brew kit as a wedding gift last summer, and have been having a pretty good time with it so far. To date I have done the Mr. Churchill's nut brown ale, Oktoberfest, Whispering wheat Hefeweizen, and am now working on the Tangerously Hoppy IPA. I'm enjoying getting into brewing, and the guys at work have had fun being my test subjects since I started. Outside of switching away from the plastic bottles to glass, I haven't really amassed any extra equipment yet. If there's anything neat you guys use to brew and would recommend that would be cool to see.
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