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  1. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by Kevin Caffrey, Vanilla Coconut Porter   
    So this is basically taking the Nilla Porter Recipe (w/o the LME) and using 1 oz toasted coconut flakes in a hop sack during the three week fermentation.  This was good at 4 weeks conditioning, but it really came into its own at about 10+ weeks -- a while to wait for some, but worth it.  Check out that head!  This is a tasty, robust beer -- fairly sweet so an excellent dessert or sipping beer.   
  2. MRB Josh R liked a gallery image by Bonsai & Brew, More beer...   
    Port Barrel Aged Old Ale 🍻
  3. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by Kevin Caffrey, Czech Pilsner   
    So this is just the Czech Pilsner refill, but I added 1oz Hallertau hops at boil.  I forgot to add the booster so the ABV % is not that high, but the extra hallartau hops did improve the taste in my opinion from the regular refill which I felt was underwhelming when I brewed it last year.  Good head and lacing on it for a "standard" refill.  Not my favorite, but not bad.
  4. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by HoppySmile!, Bourbon Barrel Aged Cascadian Dark Ale   
    aged for 3 months in the 5 gallon Balcones whiskey barrel, still with a smooth but power driving bourbon oak flavor, I can slightly finally taste the cherry wood smoked malt, and vanilla aftertaste. this could age in the bottle for probably over a year, but it wont last that long with me around....hehehehehe....
  5. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by HoppySmile!, mega brewing 2017   
    Summerzeit Kolsch, Cream Ale, California Steam and a Farm House/Saison all in fermenters, Corn Mexican Cerveza bottled, and 9 mini kegs filled so far
  6. AnthonyC liked a gallery image by Bonsai & Brew, Just keep brewing...?   
    I probably scared away some of my Instagram followers with the caption "Proper technique for perving your beer" ?
  7. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by Steve-Oh, Texas Blonde   
    This is actually the Horses Ass recipe made with Texas honey. Doesn't she look much better than a horses ass? 
  8. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by Kevin Caffrey, French Roast Stout   
    This is one of my favorite brews using Mr. Beer yet -- St. Patrick's stout basic refill, 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, and one shot of french roast coffee -- it was good around 4 weeks conditioning but even better at 10 weeks which is what this picture is of.  Just as good as anything along the same lines I've had from a craft brewery.   
  9. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by MrWhy, Hopped ESB - Bottled in Glass   
    First time using glass! Loved it. This is Guinness Draught bottle. Loved the shape. 
  10. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by Kevin Caffrey, Orange Spiced Pumpkin Lager   
    This year I tweaked the Mr. Beer Punkin Lager recipe a little bit by subbing pumpkin spice for mulling spices, adding 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and the zest of one orange.  Did the standard 3-4 method, cold crashing for two days since last year a few of my Punkin Lager bottles were extra chunky.  Tasted fine, just not the prettiest brew.  
     
    This came out as expected -- a little spicier than the standard Punkin Lager recipe.  The orange zest is VERY subtle -- perhaps if I do this one again, I'd do the zest of two oranges for a little extra kick.  Otherwise, a perfect autumn brew.  Even with cold crashing though, some of my bottles had some of the puree floating around -- not as bad as last year, but I suppose it just comes with the territory when making this recipe.
  11. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by Kevin Caffrey, Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner   
    Enjoying the standard czech pilsner recipe on a sunny October afternoon.  Not overly impressed with this brew, though it is a lot better after 6-7 weeks of conditioning than after 4-5.  
  12. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by Eric's Latest Mistake, Belgian IPA   
    My first bottle of the Chewbeerca recipe. Brewed 5/15, bottled 6/5. Tasty, but really looking forward to another month of maturing.
  13. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by Kevin Caffrey, Mr. Beer Jr.   
    Wife's away, so figured what better time to have my son help me brew.  Finished product was an Orange Spiced Pumpkin Lager (the Mr. Beer Pumpkin Lager recipe subbing pumpkin pie spice for mulling spices and adding zest of 1 orange and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon).  Should be ready by October 1st!  
  14. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by Eric's Latest Mistake, Farmhouse Beer   
    Basically the Saison du Miele recipe with Robust LME and Saaz hops. A little bigger than the original but still with that Belgian taste. Very enjoyable.
  15. AnthonyC liked a gallery image by Bonsai & Brew, Just keep brewing...?   
    I probably scared away some of my Instagram followers with the caption "Proper technique for perving your beer" ?
  16. MRB Josh R liked a gallery image by Bonsai & Brew, Beer Garden?   
  17. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by Kevin Caffrey, Pineapple Wheat Beer   
    This is the basic Bavarian weissbeer recipe with 5ml Pineapple extract added at bottling (16 oz).  Excellent!  Paired it with pineapple bbq chicken over jasmine rice. For the basic recipe, was really impressed with the head retention an this brew as well as the lacing left along the glass.  So tasty.  Great summer beer.  I normally don't go for wheat beers but this is a recipe that I'm going to repeat sooner rather than later. 
  18. MRB Josh R liked a gallery image by Bonsai & Brew, Koi!   
  19. MRB Josh R liked a gallery image by Bonsai & Brew, Beer Garden?   
  20. MRB Josh R liked a gallery image by Bonsai & Brew, Beer Garden?   
  21. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by HoppySmile!, czech pilsner 2016   
    brewed this using the standard Czech pilsner HME, saaz hop and bohemian pilsner malt, after 2 weeks bottled, tons of carbonation with the non stop flow of streaming bubbles floating towards the top! at first taste before bottling, I noticed a slight peppery flavor, now its more subtle and the pilsner "spritz" feeling is tantalizing! 
  22. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by Kevin Caffrey, Bewitched Amber Ale   
    IMO, not too different than the Oktoberfest recipe in taste -- maybe a little sweeter and more robust.  Pours a medium/dark brown, a slight foamy off-white head, leaves a little lacing on the glass.  Good mix of malt & hops in the aroma; taste is more malty than hoppy.  Using a can of this instead of Oktoberfest in the Howling Red Ale recipe might be something worth considering...I'd give the edge to the HRA recipe over this and the Oktoberfest refill.  4/5.
  23. Bonsai & Brew liked a gallery image by MrWhy, Mad American   
    Here is my Mad American (bottled 2/12).
     
    HOLY HELL! I MADE A GOOD BEER!!!!
     
    Okay. Here is my Mad American, mad scientist brew. HOLY HECK! A GOOD BEER!

    This tastes like an amber belgium tripel. A bit more hop character than a tripel, and the color is amber. There is still an alcohol bite. This could stand for another couple of weeks of conditioning, but as it stands it is really, legit good. I am totally happy with it and cannot wait to drink it when it conditions more.
     
    I have no idea what I did....but I will try to reverse engineer it one of these days.
     
    Awesome. Love it.