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Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: July 06, 2015, 11:36:06 AM »
My Cascades are only about 8' tall, but I've been picking cones since mid May.  I've got a couple of ounces so far.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Life span of beer in a keg vs a bottle
« on: May 01, 2015, 12:00:18 PM »
I've had kegs of high alcohol beer, sours, and other stuff that I don't drink daily be delicious after 3 years.  The key is too keep the temp fairly constant and keep the CO2 turned on. We just finished a keg of sour porter that I made in October 2012. 

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Stone revamping ruination
« on: April 10, 2015, 09:17:49 PM »
I am pretty impressed that they are making such dramatic changes to their lineup and discontinuing regulars. I wish other biggies would follow suit. Looks like this is a couple of weeks old but I was not aware...
Ruination is by far my least favorite Stone Beer-all I tastes is the dish soap my parents washed my mouth out with when I cussed.  My daughter loves it but I can't drink it.  I like their other beers, especially the Smoked Porter, but to me Ruination is not something I would buy again.

Hop Growing / Re: Trim back first shoots?
« on: April 04, 2015, 07:53:43 AM »
I took 2 plants, one of them I cut the shoots at ground level, the other one I pulled the shoots free from the crown.  We'll see which one does better.

Ingredients / Re: Using coffee in stouts - what works best?
« on: April 04, 2015, 07:51:54 AM »
I steep about 6 oz's of dark roast Colombian decaf (home roasted)in a pint of 160F water, for an hour or 2, then strain the liquid into the keg directly.  Works every time.

I started mine with towers, I basically built a box on the lid.  I installed a fan to circulate the air from the freezer through the box.  It worked pretty well, but moving the whole freezer away from the wall was a monstrous chore(6 cornies and at least 50 bottles inside).  I redesigned mine with a collar and have loved it.   

Hop Growing / Re: Trim back first shoots?
« on: April 01, 2015, 12:20:36 PM »
I'll try a side by side-I've got about 20 crown so I'll trim 6-3 with the weedwhacker, 3 with the shoots pulled and see what happens.

Beer Recipes / Re: Wheat beer Ideas
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:21:47 AM »
I start my sparge with no rice hulls, if it goes very slowly I'll stir the hulls in, otherwise I leave them out. 

To the OP I brew a hefe with 40% wheat and it's pretty good, I like to ferment cool and get the clove flavor.  Right now I have a wheat IPA in the fermenter with Perle for bittering, Cascade late additions and I'll dry hop with Amarillo.  Wheat is a great brewing grain, there's so much that can be done with it.

Hop Growing / Re: Trim back first shoots?
« on: April 01, 2015, 09:11:40 AM »
Should I just weedwhack them or actually pull them from the crown?  If I whack them they'll probably just split and start making laterals I think, or am I wrong about that?

Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: March 28, 2015, 11:03:46 AM »
Today I did a little root pruning and got 8 new Cascade rhizomes transplanted.

I'm going to start a whole new hop yard in May.  We inherited my inlaws' farmhouse in France.  In May we'll go over there for a month to start cleaning it up and remodeling.  It's been unoccupied for 3 years so the yard is badly overgrown.  Once we clear out some of that vegetation I'm gonna plant 2 cascade, 2 centennial, and a couple of other varieties.  It's roughly the same latitude as Munich so hopefully hops will do well.

I'm about to brew some sort of IPA, I'll have to figure out what hops to use once I start brewing-it depends on what I have the most of.

Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: March 24, 2015, 08:28:46 PM »
I've got some Cascades that are about a foot tall, some just coming out, some still dormant, and both Centennials poked their little sprouts out since the weekend.

I also pretty much took 2014 off from forums and brewing.  Last year truly sucked but I too am back, kind of.  At least I have homebrew to drink again.

Equipment and Software / Re: Share your brew stands!
« on: January 05, 2015, 03:29:20 PM »

That's my fermentation chamber to the right.

I started saving bottles in the late 80's with the idea that one day I would brew beer and need them.  In 1992 we moved to a new much bigger house, my wife decided if I was going to haul crates of empty bottles I should start learning to fill them.  She bought me my first kit 5 gallon setup and it was off to the races from there.

Dang, 12 years of bottles would be a barn full for me.
Let me clarify.  On pay day I would buy a six pack, or a couple of Samuel Smith bottles, as long as they had pry off lids.  Those were days of either relative poverty or money flowing everywhere, never anything in between and steady, but I could usually find a couple of dollars to buy a decent beer.  Between paydays I drank crappy canned beer, so the accumulation was slow.

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