Jump to content
Mr.Beer Community

Bonsai & Brew

Community Members
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Everything posted by Bonsai & Brew

  1. Feel free to bitter this style up to 30 IBUs, per the BJCP. That might actually improve this beer from "good" to "very good" (looking at the scoresheets that I just received back from a local comp.) 🍻
  2. I might start by partial-mashing the American Lager HME with 0.5 lb 6-row, 0.25 flaked corn, and the Victory/Crystal. For bittering, I'll need Qbrew to estimate IBUs, but I need to check Mr. Beer's recipe archive to see if they already have a Kentucky Common recipe.
  3. I think what @Creeps McLane was trying to convey is that my recipe is a Kentucky Common, which would be correct. The BJCP describes the overall impression of this style as a darker version of cream ale. As I've gotten a bit lazy with my recipe naming of late, that description just kind of stuck.🍻
  4. This one's for you, @MiniYoda. I've never been to Kentucky but they tell me that this was a popular style back in the day. Hop times are 45, 15 and 5 minutes. This tasty all-grainer turned out great but I'll find out at Sunday's Lost Cabin Homebrew comp if it appealed to BJCP judges. Entered in the historical category, they will probably group it with other Amber/Common-type beers for judging. I'll follow up with a score then. 🍻 Dark Cream Ale (2-gallon, Mash-in-Sack) Rahr 6-row, 2.25 lb. Flaked corn, 1 lb. Briess Victory malt, 0.12 lb. Briess Crystal 60, 0.12 lb. Weyermann Carafa II (Special), 0.04 lb. Mt. Hood, 0.25 oz. Cluster, 0 25 oz. Mt. Hood, 0 25 oz. Safale K-97 German Ale yeast Step mash grains 20 min. @ 132 F followed by 40 min. @ 152 F, adjusting pH to 5.3 with lactic acid (if necessary). Mash out @ 168 F for 10 min. Sprinkle sparge grain bag with hot tap water. Begin 45 min. boil, hopping as indicated. Chill wort to < 70 F. Pitch K-97, areate, and ferment cool for 2 weeks. Cold crash is optional. OG 1.043 IBU 19 SRM 12-14 ABV 4.5 - 5%
  5. The instructions do specify using clean scissors to open the hop packs so this must have been intentional. Earth-shattering!🍻
  6. I wasn't sure if Mr. Beer is advising a commando-style dry-hop either but I agree that for a 'malt guy,' this recipe gets brewed this summer. looking forward to all the recipes in this series!
  7. The new Day After Day IPA recipe released today looks great but the instructions forgot to include the oat flake steep. https://www.mrbeer.com/day-after-day-ipa ps no 2-row?
  8. All of my hops look just like yours -- "Golden," Nugget, and a couple unknown varieties are all popping up. Even so, I ordered Magnum + Mt. Hood rhizomes from Strange Brew just to make sure.
  9. You could always make a 1 gallon batch of 6% ABV CAL.
  10. Mr. Beer Pale/Golden LMEs work in a pinch to boost ABV. https://www.mrbeer.com/brewmax-lme-softpack-pale
  11. You're welcome. Did you notice how I let the other guys do all the heavy lifting before I swooped in with the easy part? Anyway, you've got a lot of us emotionally invested in this brew so good luck!🍻
  12. A standard pack of Safale S-04 is 11.5 g, so it sounds like the supplier of your kit accommodated the smaller batch size and included just enough yeast for a 1-gallon recipe. Be sure to reread @BDawg62's post above. Install a blow-off tube, place the fermenter in a tub and let 'er rip. Active fermentation with S-04 is more than likely going to fill that headspace quickly and then some.
  13. 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.
  14. A nonic pint is nice for porters and stouts but more often than not I'll go for my favorite glass:
  15. Thanks for the bump @Cato! The votes are really coming in now! After the nice Saturday night out with my wife, I was looking forward to checking out the vote to see what everyone thought of my idea. Since there were only 2 votes, I broke the tie and pitched the crafted ESB with MJ Liberty Bell yeast thinking that I would brew a 4-gallon batch of Howling Red Ale on Sunday. I did not get around to brewing the Red Ale due to a conflicting NFL schedule, so in the end Choice #1 actually won.🍻
  16. @C-Note 1959 lol but I sold all my electric guitars years ago. Bonsai & Brew Unplugged?
  17. 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
  18. Maybe Mr. Beer could start marketing a 2-gallon version!
  19. I think my German version of Anchor Steam will benefit from a one month lagering period, but this is pretty tasty. The aroma is pronounced and reminds me of freshly baked bread cooling on the windowsill of a Prussian cottage on a crisp October afternoon.
  20. Agreed. The Precision Labs test strips appear to be crap. I bought a second pack of them thinking that my first might be expired or degraded but it made no difference. The wide range Hydrion papers work great though -- I can tell easily when my pH is somewhere between 5.0-5.5.
  21. I understand your dilema -- for a while there it seemed that everything in inventory was dark. I am looking forward to the upcoming rotation of Commons, Pales, Alts and (even) IPAs. Good luck with your next entry in the Challenge!
  • Create New...