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Hop Growing / Re: Thinking about growing hops
« on: May 18, 2015, 07:48:12 AM »
We have hundreds of deer where I live and they will eat anything. The only thing they wont eat are the hops. One of them tries every year; I always find a cone or two and a leaf with a bite taken out, but they must taste pretty bad if even the deer won't eat them.

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Hop Growing / Re: Thinking about growing hops
« on: May 17, 2015, 04:56:05 PM »
I would like to take the opposite view and say that in my opinion you can grow hops without spending much money at all. Just like brewing beer, or any other hobby, you can get amazing results on a very low budget system, or you can spend thousands of dollars on an expensive system. You can still get great beer either way.

I have hops growing in all different parts of my yard. Mostly on my garden fence and along a trellis that my wife wanted. I tried having them grow up tall poles, and they grew just fine, but I'm lazy and got tired of the hassle of getting the poles down at the end of the summer. All my plants are between six and three years old. I planted the rhizomes, watered them like any normal garden plant, and that was that. I now have so many hops at the end of the summer, I can barely make enough beer to use them all. I can't remember the last time I had to buy hops.

They are, in general, very easy to grow and maintain. I have found that here in the USA, it's easier to grow native hops. The British and German varieties I have tried to grow just don't seem to like the climate here in the north east.

Also, make sure you grow varieties that you know you will want to use over and over, because to paraphrase something Denny once said, the problem with hops is not trying to make them grow, the problem is trying to keep them from taking over every square inch of your yard after a few years.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First hop addition volcano
« on: May 17, 2015, 04:28:01 PM »
Also keep a glass of cold water handy next time to throw in the rising wort. It's great for boil over prevention.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Keg or Bottle?
« on: April 01, 2015, 08:01:42 AM »
I bottle but I would love to keg. I just don't have the space for another fridge and kegs and gas and whatnot. It's funny, after the kids moved out we thought we would have a lot of extra space, but no....

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Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: February 15, 2015, 07:56:16 AM »
If the past in any guide I'll see mine in 63 days, right around April 12.

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Going Pro / Re: Been gone for awhile...
« on: February 15, 2015, 07:49:46 AM »
Congrats!!

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: Confectioners Sugar as Priming Sugar
« on: January 19, 2015, 10:20:40 AM »
I've been bottling with table sugar for years. Never a problem. It's also something a neighbor would let you borrow!

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Beer Recipes / Re: Slobber Knocker IIPA
« on: January 18, 2015, 09:25:28 AM »
I have a three gallon batch of IIPA going that'll have close to 9 ounces: feels kind of wimpy now.

What do you use to ferment a small batch? A 5 gal bucket/carboy etc seems too big.

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I haven't heard this one but thanks for the info. I love these kind of experiments too. Reminds me of the decoction debate that people have. Always good to get some info from people who have done some taste tests.

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Going Pro / Re: footwear
« on: January 15, 2015, 04:57:42 AM »
This is a great thread. My waterproof boots just started to fall apart. Thanks all!

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All Grain Brewing / Re: O-ring loose on Barley Crusher?
« on: December 22, 2014, 05:48:07 PM »
Lost the O-ring a few years ago. Crusher still works just fine.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: ive gotta ask
« on: November 20, 2014, 07:32:54 PM »
Isn't there some sort of religious holiday connected to a similar miracle of a critical item lasting longer than it should? Beer? Oil? Something like that....

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Flashback Brewday
« on: November 05, 2014, 05:06:45 AM »
Cool idea but I'm not going back to Mr. Beer lol

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: diacetyl in a lite american lager
« on: November 04, 2014, 01:45:21 PM »
Well, I'm with Dave. I find that warmth and time really help get rid of any diacetyl I might have.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Found my first homebrew recipe!
« on: October 19, 2014, 06:20:22 AM »
Yeah, I've only been brewing about eight years, but going through my first few notes is pretty funny.

"...odd vegetable smell...."

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