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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from youdontknowme311 in Stau-Haus Slash Pile IPAūüĆ≤   
    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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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from youdontknowme311 in Stau-Haus Slash Pile IPAūüĆ≤   
    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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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Stevo0083 in "Red Keep" Biere de Garde   
    Here's the Zymurgy (July-August 2018) recipe that I scaled down to the LBK and brewed yesterday.
     
    Red Keep Biere de Garde
     
    Weyermann Vienna, 5 lbs. Belgian Aromatic malt, 0.2 lb. (I used Chateau Monastique malt) Target, 10.8% AA, 0.25 oz, 50 min. First Gold flavor hop (I subbed 0.25 oz. English Progress, 5.8% AA, 20 min.) Willamette,  3.8% AA, 0.25 oz., 5 min. Belgian Ale yeast (I used Mangrove Jack's M47)  
    Mash @ 152-154 F for 60 min.
    Sprinkle sparge with hot tap water.
    Add optional Pale DME, heat to hot-break then begin 90 min. boil.
    Hop as noted.
    Chill wort, make to volume and pitch yeast < 70 F.
    Ferment on the cooler side, 63-65 F.
     
    Here is where it gets interesting.  Following primary fermentation, rack to secondary and chill for 4 weeks at 48 F.  Then batch prime, bottle and carbonate.  Garde (keep/cellar) beer for at least 1 month following full carbonation prior to drinking.
     
    OG  1.068
    IBU  Low-mid 20s
    SRM  8
    ABV  6.5%
     
    Recipe note:  I am not brewing true no-sparge BIAB.  My mash-in-sack process allows for a sparge step but becomes a challenge with grain bills exceeding 4.5-lbs.  Given a slight reduction in efficiency and my equipment limitations, I'll sometimes add a Mr. Beer BrewMax Pale or Smooth DME (or booster) pre-boil to ensure I hit my OG.  I did that this time.
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Stevo0083 in Diablo IPA with US-05   
    First beer brew in years. Today was brew day! 
     
    Diablo IPA with US-05 
     
     


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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to MiniYoda in Miller Lite   
    With all due respect, @zorak1066, I'm going to have to challenge this statement.
     
    Today I bottled the Winter Dark Ale....19 bottles.  The price of the HME is $22.  Add two gallons of water from the store (less that $2), 19 bottle caps (2 cents each), some expense from the electricity when boiling the water (none from washing/sanitizing, as I don't pay the water bill), taxes and shipping costs to get the HME, etc, etc, etc.  But overall, I can't imagen having spent $38, or $2/bottle for this recipe.  Would you go to your favorite liquor store and spend $2 for a bottle of a beer of this style?
     
    Tomorrow I am brewing the Abbey Dubbel.  The kit is $33.27. again add about $1.75 for two gallon jugs of water, 18 cents for the bottle caps, etc, etc, etc.  I still don't see it costing more than $47.50 overall for 19 bottles of this (20, if I'm lucky).  That's $2.50/bottle.  Try to find this beer in a bottle for that price in the store.
     
    Sometimes I brew 5 gallon batches from Brewer's Best.  Online I can find them for less than $40.  5 gallons is 640 oz, which is about 53 bottles.  Now, for easy math, let's say I spent $48 to buy the kit and have it shipped, taxes, jugs of water, bottle caps, etc, etc, etc, and let's say I only got 48 bottles, (trub, etc, etc, etc).  That's about $1/bottle.  Rather nice price for a craft beer.
     
    Now, you are going to say "hey...….ignore the bottling.....it's $5 to $8 for a pint of a craft beer at the local breweries".  True.  But now you are talking larger batches, and all grain, kegging, CO2, etc, etc, etc.  I'm not going to do the math on that because I don't do all grain.
     
    If you get Mr. Beer on one of their sales (I bought both the Winter Dark Ale and the Abbey Dubble on 30% off), yea, I can see where even brewing beer with Mr. Beer kits is actually cheaper than buying it commercially.  There are other ways to think of savings:
     
    - If I brew the beer, you grill the burgers, and we'll chill out by the pool.  Free food for me, free beer for you.
    - If I brew six different recipes, I'll give you a 6-pack of different beers for Christmas.  How much do you spend on Christmas gifts for friends/family.
     
    Overall, I still think home brewing, be it Mr. Beer kits, online 5 gallon kits, etc, is cheaper than buying in the store or at the local brewery.  Plus, you can share with family/friends, and earn bragging rights.
     
    P.S.  I'm only referencing craft beers.  Yes, it would be hard to brew an over-produced American Lager at home for the price you can buy it in the store.
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Big Sarge in Miller Lite   
    Hoppy strikes again, comes out from under his rock every 27 1/2 weeks or so. 
    How the hell are ya?
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from kedogn in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    And perving your fermenting beer has never been easier!
     

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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from kedogn in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    And perving your fermenting beer has never been easier!
     

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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from kedogn in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    And perving your fermenting beer has never been easier!
     

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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from kedogn in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    And perving your fermenting beer has never been easier!
     

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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Cato in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    What you haven't seen the Coopers "put your big boy pants on 2bbl fermenter"? Comes with a small hand operated forklift, so you can tilt it and not get trub in the kegs!
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Jdub in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    I'm not seeing a 2 bbl LBK setup.
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to kedogn in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    I have done a ton of research today on that 300 gallon set up.  I have yet to find a reason NOT to get it. Hmmm?   
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Jdub in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    I'm not seeing a 2 bbl LBK setup.
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Jdub in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    I'm not seeing a 2 bbl LBK setup.
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to kedogn in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Yeah, not sure I’d know many home brewers that would be willing to pay that to brew at home. Interesting though. Thanks for sharing that link. 
     
    Edit: ¬†Intersting.... if this is accurate:¬† ‚ÄúThe average time to brew 2 batches of beer with this system is 3.5 - 4 hours +/- meaning that you can brew up to 12BBL of beer with the 300 gallon version in a single 7-8 hour brew day.‚Ä̬†
     
    Edit2:  this really has me thinking. REALLY has me thinking. The brain is churning. 
     
    Edit3: @Creeps McLane, I just might be owing you many beers in the future!! #JustSayin 
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Shrike in Paulaner Oktoberfest Marzen   
    I have a response all typed up but I'm going to wait until 2027 to post it.¬†¬†ūü§Ď
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Creeps McLane in Upcoming Brewing Schedule   
    Pretty excited for Saturday’s brew day. I’m gonna try to go as simple as possible. Kettle, grain basket, hop basket, plate chiller. That’s it. No pumps, no sparge, no whirlpool. Let’s try simple for a change
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Stevo0083 in Something other than booster   
    You could always substitute an appropriate Mr. Beer BrewMax LME/DME for booster.  It really depends on the style though.  What are you brewing?
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from D Kristof in 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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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Big Sarge in 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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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Big Sarge in 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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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Shrike in Saison de Frais   
    Hey!!! I take my liver pill first thing in the morning!¬†¬†ūüėú
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Big Sarge in Saison de Frais   
    See? He even knew the best time to post to increase your odds!
    Honestly, reading through the thread of guesses made my head hurt. @Bonsai & Brew is a brewing machine, so there are plenty of beers to guess from (even with the hints). 
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Creeps McLane in Saison de Frais   
    I tried to just do the investigation but let someone else guess. Heres the problem with that. @Bonsai & Brew posted this around 8 or 9 pm right? Thats when all you old men drink your warm milk, take your liver pills and head to bed. Meanwhile im slaving away at work and at 1am when i got home i was delighted to have a little game to play. You guys were sleeping, i was winning. Go me
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