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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio - Gus Addkison
« on: April 22, 2014, 12:29:10 PM »
Welcome to the site.  I'm the only New Mexico member of Raise Your Pints, I totally support all your efforts to make all beer and homebrew accessible to everybody in the state.

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All Grain Brewing / Re: Epic mash fail
« on: April 20, 2014, 08:05:07 AM »
I think you could have made some nice dog treats with it but I doubt it would make decent beer.  I think you made the right decision before spending money on hops and yeast, wasting hours brewing and having a fermenter full for a couple of weeks.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's in the Tun
« on: April 20, 2014, 07:57:56 AM »
I brewed an IPA last weekend so I'll keg it next weekend and pitch something onto the yeast cake. At 3 AM I knew what I wanted to brew(it came to me in a dream) but now I've lost it so I have the rest of the week to figure it out.

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Many brewers filter out their proprietary yeast and use a neutral yeast for bottle conditioning so you may not be getting the yeast you want from the bottle.  I used to have a list of beers that were bottled with the fermenting yeasts but it was so out of date it's useless now.

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The Pub / Re: 23 things homebrewers are tired of hearing....
« on: April 17, 2014, 08:13:28 AM »
I like when people pay for my ingredients to brew them a beer.  I enjoy brewing so much I brew more than I can drink anyways... so whenever I am 'funded' to brew it's a bonus brew day for me. lol
I always have a "student" these days.  They pay for half the ingredients and do all the labor, and in return they get half the beer(5 gallons).  But when people ask me to brew something I tell them they can spend the day brewing with me, and I brew sober, so they lose interest fast.

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Hop Growing / Re: Organic Rhizomes vs. Non Organic
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:52:00 PM »
I don't think there's any possible difference in the hop flowers whether you start with "organic" or regular rhizomes.  In my mind all that matters is what you feed the plants from now on.  The tiny little piece of root you start with will soon become a very insignificant piece of the whole root system.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life just got a little bit better
« on: April 14, 2014, 05:30:09 PM »
I hate to be a bummer, but my Cascades are 4' tall, the Centennials are almost 2'.  That's today, but tonight we get a hard freeze that should kill all the current growth.  But they'll come back.

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All Things Food / Re: Mustard?
« on: March 30, 2014, 07:44:43 AM »
I think it does. Not usually all that great just-made but after a week or so it mellows and loses a great deal of any harshness.
Thanks Euge, I liked it right away, and if I have a stuffy nose I can just rub some into my mustache and instantly clear my sinuses.

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All Things Food / Re: Mustard?
« on: March 29, 2014, 10:15:50 AM »
Back to the mustard.  Does it mellow with age?  I put 2 teaspoons of horseradish powder, I think 1 would have been perfect.  It's good,but the horseradish taste overwhelms the mustard flavor somewhat.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 22, 2014, 08:21:04 AM »
I probably drink 90% homebrew when I have enough variety, but if I am forced to go a long time without brewing or I've only got 3 or 4 different beers on tap I drink store bought.  I also ask the people I hire from around the country to bring me a couple of sixers of their favorite local beer(I pay generously for it) so I get to try stuff I'll probably never run across otherwise.

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Hop Growing / Re: 2014 Planting?
« on: March 13, 2014, 12:29:21 PM »
I want to speed up the defrosting without harming my bines.  I thought about putting down some plastic (either black or clear) but I'm afraid I'll cook the crowns.  Maybe I'll just count on the black soil to heat up on its own. 

Thoughts?
Homebrewing has taught me one very valuable lesson over the years:  don't rush things, be patient.
I know it's easy for me to say when my ground doesn't freeze but I can't see any real advantage to rushing it.  I usually wait until I see sprouts before I trim my roots so I know how far they've spread since the previous year.

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All Things Food / Re: Mustard?
« on: March 12, 2014, 01:23:40 PM »
This has got to stop.  Now I have to try making my own mustard :o. We use Amora, the French equivalent of French's over here(but very deliciously spicy), but a jar that costs about one dollar in France costs about $10 over here and it's hard to find.  We usually just have friends and family mule it across the water to us. 
I went to Penzeys, ordered the seeds and some horseradish powder, I can't wait to start making another food item for the house.

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Hop Growing / Re: Indoor Hops?
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:40:24 AM »
Damn, I better go look at mine.  I haven't even cut down the bines from last year.

+1

I haven't cut the bines down from last year's crop as well. I also didn't have time to havest the hop cones.  :(
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I harvested maybe 1/4-1/3 of of mine and then said screw it.  For the last 8 years, I've processed lbs. more than I've been able to use.  I decided to skip the useless effort this year.
I wish I had that problem.  For the first time in about 5 years I had enough to harvest and brew 2 batches with.  And I just cut down last years bines on Sunday because the new ones are peeking out of the dirt

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The Pub / Re: Rain finally
« on: March 01, 2014, 07:52:06 AM »
We've had about 1/2" of precip here since our September floods, and there's no rain in the foreseeable future.  And because of the fall rain we got great wild grass growth, all that does is make our grassland fire season that much worse.

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