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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Fire Rooster in First Experiment   
    This picture is exactly what I used for
    the beer, spring growth spruce buds.
     
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spruce_beer

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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Shrike in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    Look what @Cato started -- I'm drinking my trub bottle of 9% ABV Chartwell's! 
     

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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Shrike in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    Look what @Cato started -- I'm drinking my trub bottle of 9% ABV Chartwell's! 
     

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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Shrike in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    Look what @Cato started -- I'm drinking my trub bottle of 9% ABV Chartwell's! 
     

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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Shrike in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    Look what @Cato started -- I'm drinking my trub bottle of 9% ABV Chartwell's! 
     

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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Cato in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    Thanks! I'm well pleased with this one.
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from Cato in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    Nice job!🍻
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Cato in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    Happiness is- Wee Heavy Winston
    This turned out very well. I've never had a Scotch Ale nor a Northern English Ale and this was a bit of both styles combined with an added kick to cross into the wee heavy territory.
    I feel like its probably a very tasty, balanced stout. Not near as rich and complex as the Calavera Stout.
    This was the sample trub bottle 15 days after bottling . If it doesn't improve with conditioning, I'd be well pleased with this brew as it stands today.
    I got lucky with this recipe, I know that, but it's still nice to have a success.



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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from D Kristof in Amberetto!   
    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!
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from D Kristof in Amberetto!   
    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!
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Shrike in Plastic bottles bulging   
    Fixed it for you. 
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from kedogn in 1776 Ale Bottled in hopes to be ready for the 4th of July!   
    Hope that everyone enjoys a safe Independence Day!
     

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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Shrike in 1776 Ale Bottled in hopes to be ready for the 4th of July!   
    I saved my last bottle of 1776 for today.
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from kedogn in 1776 Ale Bottled in hopes to be ready for the 4th of July!   
    Hope that everyone enjoys a safe Independence Day!
     

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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from kedogn in 1776 Ale Bottled in hopes to be ready for the 4th of July!   
    Hope that everyone enjoys a safe Independence Day!
     

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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from kedogn in 1776 Ale Bottled in hopes to be ready for the 4th of July!   
    Hope that everyone enjoys a safe Independence Day!
     

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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from kedogn in 1776 Ale Bottled in hopes to be ready for the 4th of July!   
    Hope that everyone enjoys a safe Independence Day!
     

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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to scouterbill in SMASH & BIAB   
    Our baby is all grown up and leaving the nest. 😩
     
    Just concentrate on the process and it'll be great. 
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Gutterbunnie in SMASH & BIAB   
    Ahhh, thanks! I'm excited. My new brew Kettle just arrived today via UPS. Thinking about brewing my first AG on the 4th - in the spirit of freedom.  Seriously though, it's cuz I have a holiday mid-week What better way to spend the 4th than to brew & have a few brews
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to BDawg62 in SMASH & BIAB   
    First of all congrats on making the jump.  I will try to answer your questions but remember these are just my opinions, others will have other opinions.
     
    1.  As far as hops variety for an SMASH - this one is kind of your preference.  I am partial to Citra but if you found one that you like using Simcoe, then you should try that.  Experimentation is the most fun part of brewing.  If it doesn't turn out like you want, there are plenty of friends that you can give beer to that will be thankful and you can brew another.
    2.  Sparging - Generally with BIAB there is no sparging and because of this you won't get the efficiency that a brewer who sparges will get.  But it also allows you to only have 1 kettle and no mash tun.  Less equipment and thus less expense.  If you have a second kettle you can mash with less water (1.5 to 2qts per # of grain) and then use a collander over your brewpot and sparge with the remaining water to get to boil volume.
     
    I do a suedo BIAB using a Home Depot 5 gallon water cooler and a paint strainer bag.  I have attached a ball valve and then when my mash is complete I drain the tun into my kettle and then batch sparge the grains in the water cooler.  It works for me and I generally get 75% or higher brewhouse efficiency.  By using the bag I don't have to worry about stuck mashes or how slowly I drain the tun because I can just lift the grains out of the way of the outlet.  This is a cheap way to go from kettle BIAB to a mash tun that allows sparging.
     
    Good Luck,
    Dawg
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Gutterbunnie in SMASH & BIAB   
    Been contemplating  all grain, BIAB, SMASH IPA recipe after watching Mr Beer on Twitch about all grain brewing. At least to give it a try. I've had success so far with extract, & partial mash, and embarking on a new technique sounds exciting. The recipe I want to do calls for 5lbs Marris otter Pale with Falconer's Flight pellet hops. I don't know if I like Falconer's Flight but I just had a local IPA with Simcoe that was very tasty. Just weighing in on what might be the best hops for a SMASH. What are others' experiences? I read that sparging is not necessary but some will do fly sparging, just running some hot water through the grain bag after mashing. Any thoughts on that as far as efficiency? Wish me luck on my next venture!
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    Bonsai & Brew got a reaction from MRB Tim in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    Did someone say dessert?  Nice!
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to Cato in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    Cool, I'll try and tune in to see that! Looks to be an interesting recipe! Lol, I'm totally ignorant of what Horchata means, so Google here I come.
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    Bonsai & Brew reacted to MRB Tim in 2018 Churchills Challenge   
    Okay, I'll be brewing my entry on my Twitch stream tomorrow, here's a sneak peek at the recipe:
     
    Horchata Brown Ale
     
    1X Churchills HME
    1X Golden LME
    2 oz Cara wheat malt
    2 oz Vienna malt
    4 oz lactose sugar
    S-04 Dry Ale Yeast
     
    1 week before bottling:
     
    1 cinnamon stick
    2 tbsp vanilla extract
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