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Homebrew Competitions / Re: NHC First Round Results
« on: May 03, 2011, 12:47:35 AM »
So all of the regions should be done by now right? does anyone know when the official results will be posted?

Ingredients / Re: hop growing in the nv desert
« on: April 05, 2010, 04:58:45 PM »
thanks for the help everybody, I just picked up some high compost and peat moss soil and I'm setting up a drip irrigation system this weekend and i have a killer trellis setup already. if all goes well will i get at least a little bit of use-able crop this year?

Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: thick creamy head
« on: April 03, 2010, 12:57:27 AM »
One of the things that gives the smooth mouthfeel is actually a low carbonation level.  The nitrogen helps that by making sure the beer pours with so much force that it knocks some of the carbonation out of it.  Same thing with the nitro pour for Guinness.  Years ago, Guinness came with a syringe so you could suck up some beer and shoot it back into your glass.  That knocks out some carbonation and gives you a big creamy head.  You might try something like that.

wow, i never would have guessed that. i always thought guinness just skipped carbonating altogether and just nitrogenated the stout to create smaller fine bubbles or something along those lines. always very informative sir thank you much for your input.


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / thick creamy head
« on: April 03, 2010, 12:37:51 AM »
I'm trying to replicate a boddingtons-like ale  and i was wondering how i could achieve that great thick creamy head without a nitrogen ball or widget. i was thinking of adding gypsum to replicate the calcium-rich water on that side of the pond and also lactose in hopes that it'll at least add some extra body and smooth mouthfeel if it doesnt give me the head I'm looking for. any suggestions?

Ingredients / Re: hop growing in the nv desert
« on: April 02, 2010, 11:21:58 PM »
I don't know about impossible, but it's gonna be very difficult.  You might check out the gardening tips at and see if you can get any ideas.
checked out the site, has alot of good info for gardening but doesnt mention anything about climate conditions but i decided im gonna go for it anyway. i have huge roman collumns in my back yard with a big overhang i just cant let go to waste. got myself a couple cascade and nugget rhizomes, wish me luck!

Thanks for the help, Slainte!

Ingredients / hop growing in the nv desert
« on: April 02, 2010, 01:13:42 AM »
i read just about every forum relating to growing hops but couldnt find any advice on growing them in the desert. can someone please help me out or just tell me its impossible? i live in the las vegas area if anyone else knows the climate/soil characteristics

hot oxy clean and bleach bath overnight almost always does the trick. pretty crazy watchin what happens to the oxy clean/water solution once u pour a little bleach in too  ;)

As soon as last weeks english brown gets outta my primary, I plan to brew up another batch of my irish red ale. still my favorite so far and im runnin a little low

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