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Ingredients / Re: Downey Mildew and Michigan Hops
« on: Today at 11:19:27 AM »
Have you tried milky spore?

I am going to apply the beneficial nematode Heterorhabditis bacteriophora in my hop yard, gardens, and around the ornamental trees that Japanese beetles love in September.  Heterorhabditis bacteriophora is a hunter-killer nematode that is supposed to be effective against Japanese beetle larvae.   I used beneficial nematodes to take care of a massive flea infestation that I had in my yard at my prior residence.  The nematodes made quick work of the flea larvae in the soil, putting an end to the life cycle.   The problem never came back. 

With that said, Japanese beetles are not fleas.  The Japanese beetles in my area have been subjected to  pesticides long enough that they are difficult to kill.   PyGanic is supposed to be an effective contact killer.  However, it appears to be ineffective against the Japanese beetles in my area.  I personally witnessed Japanese beetles survive for hours after direct application.  I do not know if PyGanic eventually killed the beetles because the leaf on which they were feeding was skeletonized by the next morning.

The main problem I am up against is that I live in a semi-rural area where the farmers practice no-till farming.  No-till farming is good for the soil and Japanese beetles.
I tried Neem Oil with moderate success, but it needs frequent reapplication (especially after rain). Eventually my J-Beetle problem resolved itself after I started treating treating my lawn for grubs (non-organically).

makes sense.  June bugs are the adult for of the lawn grub.  Get rid of the grubs and you thin the June bug herd (your neighbors have help to eliminate them) and get the moles to stop digging up your yard too.  Moles eat the grubs.


Classifieds / Re: Brewer wanted
« on: Today at 11:12:52 AM »
$12 and maybe benefits is about as good as it gets for an entry-level brewing job, *and* you get to work with Denny?!
Most would pay $12 an hour to brew with Denny
But he counts it like a doctor where an hour is only 50 minutes.

Could be worse he could bill like a lawyer and charge 15 minute minimums.  6 phone calls in 15 minutes?  1.5 hours billable baby.  Kha-Ching!!


Used to install and setup "Time Accounting and Billing" systems in law office 25 years ago. 


Ingredients / Re: Jarrylo hops
« on: July 21, 2015, 04:12:49 AM »
My hops showed up last Friday or Saturday.  The wait was long enough that I had forgotten about them.  Like, seemingly, everyone else I'm still trying to decide what to do with them.


Kegging and Bottling / Re: Dripping beer faucet
« on: July 20, 2015, 08:30:06 AM »
Assuming the drip is from the faucet and the metal parts aren't badly worn my first guess would be gaskets and/or seals being bad. 

Maybe some kind of debris in the main tube or under the gasket, but a rubber seal being cracked seems more likely to me.


Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Re-using yeast
« on: July 19, 2015, 04:40:14 AM »
The yeast won't carry extra baggage along.  You've rinsed it and are planning to do a starter so the yeast you are going to use next are all new anyway.   :)

You can run into problems using the yeast cake from a high gravity beer due to the number of worn out or dead yeast cells but no worries in your current scenario.


All Things Food / Re: Smokin time
« on: July 17, 2015, 08:10:45 AM »
Just looks like square tube to me.

Cool idea.


The Pub / Re: Are these cherries?
« on: July 14, 2015, 02:02:22 PM »
The leaves look like cherry leaves and pictures on the internets look very similar.  Definitely contact your Ag university extension or a green house you trust before tasting any though.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: An extremely important reminder
« on: July 14, 2015, 01:53:31 PM »
Years ago a member of my parish was moving a boil kettle and dumped it down his front (middle of his chest to his toes).  He spent weeks in the burn ward and years to fully recover.

My best friend in high school was severely burn in a building explosion.  It took many years for him to fully heal.

Burns are nothing to mess with and take a very long time to heal.  It's good advice to be very careful.


Equipment and Software / Re: Cleaning Blowoff Tubes
« on: July 14, 2015, 01:39:15 PM »
I accidentally broke a plastic racking cane.  I decided to cut up the surviving pieces into ~3" tubes that I use to connect the blow-off tube and the carboy bung.  It was a simple solution to what used to be a constant problem for me.  When the tubing starts to look bad or I can't get it clean enough for my comfort I replace it.

Better temp control and less greedy fills of the carboy have made blow-off less of an issue for me.  Not completely gone but fewer monster blows.


All Things Food / Re: Root Beer Rookie
« on: July 10, 2015, 01:57:13 PM »
Interesting topic.  I've toyed the idea of making sodas in the past.

I have seen the bottle of root beer extract, some number #'s of sugar, water and dry ice method.  It was good but not really a keeper type recipe.  More of a use the day you make it type of thing.

I'm sure someone on this board has a good recipe for a brewed version.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew day visitor
« on: July 10, 2015, 08:30:47 AM »
I've had early morning visits from racoons, opossums and way too many ground squirrels (the locals call them squinnies, I call them targets) but no deer so far. 

They are probably still upset that I caged in the raspberries this year.


Equipment and Software / Re: Barley Crusher Contact
« on: July 01, 2015, 04:14:24 AM »
Interesting.  That error usually indicates the address doesn't exist at the destination server or is setup to reject any incoming mail.  It can also indicate an email server with severe issues.

I'm don't know what to tell you.  The email is the only way I have ever contacted BC.


Equipment and Software / Re: Barley Crusher Contact
« on: June 30, 2015, 01:38:32 PM »
My only contact with Randy was through the email address on his site,

 He was pretty responsive when I was contacting him.  Are you getting an error when the emails get bounced back?  It could be a hosting problem.


Ingredients / Re: How would you add lime juice?
« on: June 26, 2015, 11:07:45 AM »
I usually add my lime juice to tequila and Triple Sec.  Some crushed ice and salt usually...

Wait, that may not be what you're asking.   ;D



Some people react to my 4 kids the same way.  The typical "OMG, how do you <insert any question you can think of here>" .  Seven kids are a big commitment.

And for the guy who says he has no time to brew with two kids, I didn't start brewing until we had three.  I think it was defense mechanism.   ;D

Serious though, good looking family!


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