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  1. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by MRB Josh R in Cleaning labels off of glass bottles   
    No, it's a sin and you will go to hell.
  2. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by MRB Josh R in Cleaning labels off of glass bottles   
    Using green bottles IS a sin, unless you're careful to keep them out of the light. The green color blocks UV rays about as well as clear bottles. Why do you think Heineken, Becks, Mickey's, etc. all have a skunky flavor/aroma? Because anything but brown bottles is a sin.
  3. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by RickBeer in Cleaning labels off of glass bottles   
    Short's uses an adhesive that must have been developed for the space program, it's not water soluble.
     
    And of course use brown bottles - no green or clear.
     
    Sam Adams are good as stated.
  4. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by Shrike in All grain noob here.....   
    My cousins and I would sneak beers at family gatherings, smuggle them to the basement, and drink them.  Thus began a lifelong love affair with killing brain cells. 
  5. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by SilverBrewerWI in All grain noob here.....   
     
    What happened to you as a child?
  6. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by Shrike in All grain noob here.....   
    With a wooden shoe on, of course. 
  7. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by Big Sarge in All grain noob here.....   
    I feel like I should be kicking myself for reading this...
  8. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by MRB Tim in All grain noob here.....   
    I like to soak my wooden shoes in grain alcohol and add them a week before I bottle, I feel you get more wooden shoe aroma this way than when you add them in the boil, as has been conventional wisdom for a long time. 
  9. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by zorak1066 in All grain noob here.....   
    wooden shoes fall into the category of 'adjuncts'.   treat them like steeping grains. never make wooden shoes more than about 15-20% of your grain bill. the problem with most ag recipes that use wooden shoes as an adjunct is that they fail often to tell the brewer to weigh them down in the wort in order to improve extraction efficiency.
     
    be very careful not to use wooden shoes that were made of weather-sealed wood or you might leech arsenic into your wort. ideally you want to use unfinished shoes made from either pine or oak. . . and always use only fresh wooden shoes if you can help it.
  10. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by HoppySmile! in Doppelmunder Import?   
    I know this is late response compliments to your beer but recently I got another friend Finally started brewing with a Mr. Beer kit I gave him over a year ago along with a Dortmunder and an Octoberfest lager. About a few months ago he asked me to come over and help him get started on this kit and when I got over to his house he had these two beers in the fridge. It dawned on me that one of them was a Dortmunder I brewed with 6 german hops. We poured two glasses worth and I must say that was probably the best german lager I’ve ever tasted! Plus I drank it Very slow  bcuz of the ABV% slap in the face! My friend told me if I had enuf patience I cud enjoy this! I really just can’t wait a year man.....
  11. HoppySmile! liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in Doppelmunder Import?   
    And here is the last mug of Doppelmunder -- sure gonna miss those Mr. Beer Seasonals!
     

  12. HoppySmile! liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in Doppelmunder Import?   
    And here is the last mug of Doppelmunder -- sure gonna miss those Mr. Beer Seasonals!
     

  13. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by Shrike in Six Month Old American Porter   
    My Lock/Stocks are sitting at 16-months and I've got about nine left.  Each time I open one it's better than the last time.
  14. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by 76shovel in Six Month Old American Porter   
    Can't stand it, going to have one from my 2nd batch of LS&B tonight..... at 3 1/2 months, sorry. My 3rd LS&B is in the fermenter.
  15. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by Nickfixit in Six Month Old American Porter   
    This is my favorite treatment of the Porter HME.
    Double Deluxe Milk Choc Porter.
    Porter HME, 1x Robust, 1xSmooth LMEs, 1/4 cup lactose, 1/2 oz EKG 5 min boil, 20 min steep 160 deg 1 oz choc and 1 oz pale choc grains. Mr B yeast pitched at 74. Ferment 63-65.
  16. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by 76shovel in Lock Stock and Barrel III   
    Ok did this last weekend. Lock Stock and Barrel Recipe but added approx 3 oz hand crushed Special B to the steeping portion of the process.  I added 1/2 cup of molasses to the boil (I could not find treacle locally), I substituted a Robust LME for one of the Smooths.  I put it it all in the fermenter filled to the 9.5 liter line, stirred up,  then I realized  I FORGOT THE COCAO!   Well,  I have leftover grains and malts for another batch.
     
    The oak is soaking in 8-9oz of 100 proof spiced rum.
  17. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by NwMaltHead in Non Mr Beer recipes   
    I'm working on a simple BIAB APA right now. 
    3 gal
    4 lb 2 row
    2.75 lb Dark Bohemian (similar to munich) 
    .2 oz cryo mosaic, aa 24% @ 35
    .5 oz so. dawn pellet, aa 13% @ 25
    .3 oz citra hops, alpha 12%@ 15
    .5 oz citra dry hop on day 4
    Irish Yeast @68f for 9 days 
     
    OG 1.057
    FG 1.014
    ABV 5.6%
    IBU 62
    SRM 6.2
     
    Thoughts?
  18. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in Tell Yoda where to go   
    Yea, well I probably would have to fly, and have a layover somewhere in South Dakota.
     
    In time, but it'll be a while before I can afford to fly.
     
    Yoda.........In an airplane
  19. kedogn liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in MUG MidWest meeting   
     
    OK -- you guys should be good to go!
  20. D Kristof liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in Upgraded Hop Sacks?   
     
    I have to admit that when I started this topic, I tried to come up with an innocuous title that would not devolve into a bawdy, beer-brewing free-for-all.  I failed miserably! 
  21. D Kristof liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in MUG MidWest meeting   
    @MiniYoda "main event" -- LL!  Don't feel obligated to drink and/or judge that box of beer.  This was just my way of living vicariously through you Midwest MUGgers.  Drink beer wherever you find yourselves and have a great time!
  22. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by SilverBrewerWI in How does Mr. Beer create new recipies?   
     
    Yeah, you guys throwing something together makes something good....if I do it, it will result in a disgusting mess that means I either try to stomach the disaster or throw 40 bucks or so down the drain....for the record, I have NEVER put any beer down the drain
  23. youdontknowme311 liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in MUG MidWest meeting   
     
    Awesome!  You were born to sample beers on YouTube, Creeps.
  24. Bonsai & Brew liked a post in a topic by MiniYoda in MUG MidWest meeting   
    A great day today with the MUG Midwest team.  we got a late start, well deserved considering the beers we enjoyed Friday evening.  finally got our act together and made it to 3 floyds.  The tour was very good.  If you make it to this place, definitely do the tour of their facility.  lots of beers sampled, and FINALLY @C-ya joined us.  Due to a personal matter, I left, and freed up my seat for him.  About 6:30pm we gathered in Josh's room for another beer sampling.  C-ya brought an excellent Oktoberfest beer.  We went through all 12 of Bonzai's beers, and our official beer judge said they were mostly excellent.  Two had issues, and I'll PM him directly, but overall great beers
     
    Sadly, c-ya, creeps and friend Jeff will be leaving tomorrow.  Josh and I will be in town, but probably do things on our own until late tomorrow when he has to leave.
     
    I want to thank *EVERYONE* at Mr. Beer for this event, and letting Josh join us.  Creeps, C-Ya, and Jeff, great meeting you guys, and hope to see you in October
     
    Yoda
     
  25. youdontknowme311 liked a post in a topic by Bonsai & Brew in MUG MidWest meeting   
     
    Awesome!  You were born to sample beers on YouTube, Creeps.