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Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: May 07, 2017, 07:02:03 AM »
Anyone?

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The Yard House and 32 Degrees at the M Hotel are decent.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Boil Problem
« on: May 06, 2017, 01:56:14 PM »
I am using the Blichmann burner with a Keggle on natural gas. I have a hell of a time getting my keggle to boil too - not sure if it's the conical bottom or what. Even playing with the air intake, it only lightly boils.

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Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: May 05, 2017, 05:52:21 PM »
I spoke with Carrie @ Great Lake Hops today. She suggested that the hops may have gone dormant - they arrived in early February from Michigan where they were dug out of the hard ground while dormant. When I received them, they were planted within a few days.

Carrie thinks that perhaps because they were in a cycle of dormancy, forced out of dormancy (by planting), then went dormant again.

This theory does explain why there was a small growth spurt then nothing since ...

Does this sound plausible? If yes, and these are indeed dormant, what can I do, if anything, to break the dormancy and start them growing again?

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Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: May 02, 2017, 09:49:36 PM »
These crowns arrived small, maybe the size of an average mans fist. Nothing substantial for sure. I'll see where I can move them after transplanting into a larger container. I will also know if the root system is large or small. At this point, I am betting on small.

I found a photo online - mine arrive more like the 'hop start' on the left but it had no leaves.


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Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: May 02, 2017, 07:40:14 PM »
Enough to fill a wheel barrow, after one years growth?

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Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: May 02, 2017, 07:31:30 PM »
A fully developed drawn will fill a wheelbarrow when dug out.

Drawn?

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Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: May 02, 2017, 06:42:26 PM »
The crowns were about 5-6 inches, not too small or big.

Standard potting soil with a little steer manure and rice hulls. The plants get water twice a day along with the other plants in the garden. I have tomatoes on the vine already. Everything in the garden is growing well, vigorous in fact, with the exception of these three hop plants.

There are plants in between and behind these buckets - they too are growing well. No issues.

I hit all of the plants occasionally with Miracle Grow plant food - not too much.

Its not too hot yet so I doubt the soil is too warm right now. Nonetheless, I will repot in larger containers this weekend. I have something like a 20 gallon nursery pot, big and black, with plenty of drainage.

I am surprised at how these look two months after being potted. The crowns were small but did have buds or bines when I planted them.

So what's wrong with buckets & hops? Is it just the smaller volume or something else?

I grow tomatoes and peppers in buckets and they grow like I owe them money

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Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: May 02, 2017, 06:22:18 AM »
These buckets have 5 or 6 holes on the side walls too, none on the bottom.

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Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: May 01, 2017, 06:25:45 PM »
Photos posted. These are sad looking plants. Something is eating the leaves of the Chinook. I just sprayed Sevin Spray Bug Killer on it.

The leaves of the cascade look burnt, as if something is in the water. As you can see with the tomato leafs in the same photo, that plant is doing awesome.






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Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: May 01, 2017, 05:45:33 PM »
What is the drainage on the bottom of those party tubs?

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Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: May 01, 2017, 06:18:35 AM »
timothyredel - really? Mine are about 6 inches tall.

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Hop Growing / Re: First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: April 30, 2017, 01:17:08 PM »
I don't have a permanent place for the hops at this time.

Each bucket gets plenty of water and the plants around the hops look great (peppers / tomatoes).

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Hop Growing / First Year Hop Plant Growth is Lackluster - WTF?
« on: April 30, 2017, 11:06:04 AM »
This year I planted three hop varieties (Cascade, Chinook, and Columbus) from Great Lakes Hops 'crowns'. Each plant is in a well drained 5 gallon plastic bucket with regular watering.

The plants were 'bucketed' two months ago and have grown very little. The Chinook put out a two foot bine then stopped. The tip is there so it was not compromised but it looks as if it just stopped growing.

As an avid gardener, I am capable and confident that my growing practices are OK.

Should I expect more out of two month old plants? Will they start to grow foliage, stop growing, then pickup again?

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Beer Recipes / Re: Critique this NEIPA Recipe Please!
« on: April 30, 2017, 10:37:14 AM »
Today marks two weeks since brew day. Fermentation has been around 65-67 F the entire time. Today's sample tasted great despite a gravity of 1.020 (two different hydrometer samples).

OG was 1.082 and mash @ 152 using London Ale III (1318). Per the recipe in Beersmith, it should be right there at 1.021.

Going from 1.082 to 1.020 is around 73% attenuation (per Beersmith).

I moved the chamber temperature to 70F to coax a point or two out of the yeast. After two weeks and 73% attenuation however, I am not confident this yeast will do anything else.

At 1.020, the beer tasted good, not too sweet to my palate. Knowing that it's 1.020 is bugging me ..

Given the recipe above, what are you thoughts on leaving at ambient temperature for another week or should I bite the bullet and keg/dry hop now?

This style is supposed to be a little sweeter but is 1.020 too sweet?

With the exception of throwing more yeast at it, what would you do?



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