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Hop Growing / Re: Aphid Problem
« on: May 01, 2014, 08:09:22 AM »
kind of looks like wind damage. has it been windy? otherwise those look like good healthy plants.

It's been very windy the last few weeks. It seems like I may be getting worried for nothing?

I think perhaps you are. the leaves look uniformly green and healthy just a bit tattered. this could become a problem if too much of the leaf surface is damaged the plant will be less able to manufacture energy.

Good to know, thanks for the help.

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Hop Growing / Re: Aphid Problem
« on: May 01, 2014, 07:58:21 AM »
kind of looks like wind damage. has it been windy? otherwise those look like good healthy plants.

It's been very windy the last few weeks. It seems like I may be getting worried for nothing?

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Hop Growing / Re: Aphid Problem
« on: May 01, 2014, 07:38:10 AM »
Finally got a chance to take some pics. Here's what my magnum looks like, the columbus is better but still has some of the same issues:












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Hop Growing / Re: Aphid Problem
« on: April 29, 2014, 06:09:58 AM »
Gotcha. Newborn plus rain means I can't get some good pictures at the moment. I will post some as soon as the weather clears up/I sleep.

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Hop Growing / Re: Aphid Problem
« on: April 28, 2014, 09:41:17 AM »
But something, I think aphids, are eating through them. Any tried and true solutions to this?

When you say "eating through", are there actually holes in the leaves?  The reason I ask is that aphids do their damage by piercing the leaf surface with their mouthparts and suck out the fluids, so you won't see a whole lot of damage unless you look very closely, maybe with a hand lens.  It's really important to identify the the pest you're trying to control before you take action to control it as your control measures may not work against the pest that's actually creating the problem.  Kinda like a golden rule we were taught in Ag school.

Yeah, there are actually holes in the leaves. Later today I will take some pictures and post. I just kind of assumed aphids, maybe I'm completely wrong. Thanks.

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Hop Growing / Re: Aphid Problem
« on: April 28, 2014, 09:19:56 AM »
My two potted plants, magnum and columbus, are taking off pretty well. But something, I think aphids, are eating through them. Any tried and true solutions to this? The local nursery gave me an insecticide, but with a dog and a newborn I don't want to keep using that and would prefer something more benign if possible. I ordered some ladybugs off Amazon which should be here soon, so any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

1/4 cutp canola oil, 5-6 hot peppers, 5-6 cloves of garlic, and a few drops of soap (actual soap, like dr bronners or some similar hippy brand) pureed with ~1 cup hot water in a blender (preferably one that you don't need to use for anything else for a while or that can be washed over and over and over). let it settle for a few days and then dissolve about 1-2 table spoons of that in a quart or so of water and mist the plants. don't use it after the cones form but until then have at. Best to use it in the early morning or early evening so the leaves have time to dry before hot sun or cold night. It's not 100% but you really only need to slow the aphids down so the plant can really take off and out compete them. that's the real trick, to get the plant to grow faster than the aphids can destroy it.

That sounds pretty simple, thanks! For the hot peppers, will jalapenos or habaneros work? Also, I take it that some leaf destruction is going to occur/acceptable, and as long as the plant keeps growing healthily that it's ok?

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Hop Growing / Aphid Problem
« on: April 28, 2014, 08:05:12 AM »
My two potted plants, magnum and columbus, are taking off pretty well. But something, I think aphids, are eating through them. Any tried and true solutions to this? The local nursery gave me an insecticide, but with a dog and a newborn I don't want to keep using that and would prefer something more benign if possible. I ordered some ladybugs off Amazon which should be here soon, so any suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

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Equipment and Software / Re: All Grain setup
« on: January 31, 2014, 05:42:13 PM »
From the description:

"All Grain systems don't have to be expensive..."

Cost: $329.99

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Interesting Judging Phenomenon
« on: January 31, 2014, 05:27:34 PM »
I'm currently enrolled in the CraftBrewers Apprenticeship through the American Brewers Guild, and just went through a whole lecture on sensory evaluation. It was some pretty interesting stuff, about the difference between sensory analysts (trained evaluators) versus organoleptic tasters (untrained, emotional tasters) and how they attempted to quantify the evaluations as much as possible. They also talked about sensory biases and how they affected the evaluations.

In short, there's a WHOLE LOT of factors that can influence beer judging- many of which are outside the control of the brewer.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Pre-boil gravity issue
« on: January 27, 2014, 04:25:59 PM »
I don't think you're doing anything wrong, just low efficiency. Based on that grain bill your estimations are wrong. On average base malts give you roughly 36/ppg (points per pound per gallon).

So 20lbs * 36ppg = 720 + 34 (estimating the crystal malt) = 754
Divide that by your pre-boil volume (8.5 gallons) = 88.7
So your pre-boil gravity at 100% is 1.089 or 1.088 depending whether you round up or down
Given your measured pre-boil gravity, your efficiency was roughly 59% (According to beersmith 55%)

Forgot to mention the 1lb of D90 in the recipe, which would bump up the post-boil OG. I just wonder why my efficiency is so low.

Have you brewed beer at this OG before? High gravity mashes tend to be less efficient anyway.

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I haven't, this was the first time I brewed something over 80ish.

Quality of crush is always a good place to start followed by how well you doughed in. Also, how well did you stir the mash prior to first runnings and again at sparge, you really need to stir like hell to knock all the sugars loose.

Then there would be the mash pH to consider as well for proper conversion

I ran the grain through the mill twice, and got what I thought was a good crush. I didn't stir prior to the first runnings, maybe that's part of the problem? Prior to the second runnings I stirred pretty well, and for the pH I followed the additions per Bru'n water but I didn't measure.

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All Grain Brewing / Pre-boil gravity issue
« on: January 27, 2014, 03:23:14 PM »
I brewed up a quad today, completely missed my pre-boil SG/volume and am trying to figure out where I went wrong. Info is below, and I wound up hitting my targeted OG with an extended boil/addition of roughly .75lbs of DME. I'd appreciate any help you guys can give, a few of my recent brews were a bit lower than expected and I'm trying to understand what I'm doing wrong.

16lbs Belgian Pale
4lbs Maris Otter
1lb Special B

Mash ratio: 1.25qt/lb

Mash at 154f for 75minutes w/27.25qt (I hit 154f exactly on this)
Batch sparge w/15.5qt
First runnings= 1.083 (hydrometer was calibrated/verified immediately prior to reading)
Second runnings= 1.040
Pre-boil OG= 1.064 (Targeted was 1.090)
Boil volume= roughly 8.5 gallons (targeted was 7.48 gallons)

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Turning RDWAHAH up to 11
« on: January 25, 2014, 07:29:30 AM »
*Wal Mart sells carboys?

No, Wal Mart sells 5 gallon water jugs that this jackass uses as a fermentor and then returns without cleaning.

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Take 3 or 4 gravity readings over the same number of days, that will tell you if the beer is done, not what's written on the recipe/instructions.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian-ish Barleywine Feedback
« on: January 15, 2014, 04:37:04 AM »
+3. If you are going make a belgian barley wine make a barley wine and use a belgian ale yeast. Adding special B and dark candi is exactly what is going to make it taste just like a quad. I'd go 95% maris otter and 5% sugar and try to hit the gravity you want. Or, if quad is what you want brew that.

Yeah, after all the feedback I realized it's really just a quad that I want...

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Beer Recipes / Re: Belgian-ish Barleywine Feedback
« on: January 14, 2014, 08:55:16 AM »
I didn't realize the Unibroue strain was available again. I may have to give that a try, I love love love their ales.

You can always culture it up from their bottles.

I tried that a couple of times, but it didn't seem to work. User error, I'm sure.

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