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Hop Growing / Re: Container hop growing
« on: April 06, 2015, 02:25:38 AM »
I have Cascade, Chinook and Brewer's Gold growing in "half whiskey barrels". This is the second year of all three. I live in Southern California and still water them almost everyday. They grow on my deck in the home depot half whiskey barrels. They are doing just fine. The Cascade are growing out of control, so far.

Yes, my growing vessels may be a little bigger; however, if you give them sun and water and sometimes a little fertilizer, they will grow. Just let them do so. All three of my plants grew to at least 12' last year. June was crazy.

All varieties grow differently. Cascade grows great in LA and Brewers Gold grows very slowly.

Don't worry about a certain yield. You will get what you can grow.

The Pub / Re: Best Album of All Time
« on: September 02, 2014, 06:25:53 AM »
mule variations - tom waits

The Pub / Re: Natural Born Losers
« on: August 24, 2014, 06:07:59 AM »
Wow. I used to visit here to learn to brew better beer.

The Pub / Re: Stone Brewing evacuated
« on: May 16, 2014, 11:11:18 PM »
I am putting brewing on hold. I just don't feel amazing about wasting water to chill in LA as the fires rage and the drought continues. I live in an apartment and have really no way to recycle the water. Water conservation has stepped into my hobby in a big way.

Anybody else in LA(or other dry climates) feel this way or have good ideas for recycling water in an apartment?

The Pub / Re: Tangents
« on: May 10, 2014, 09:46:59 PM »
Elvis is okay. John Carpenter made an Elvis movie with Kurt Russell. Not nearly as good as a little movie called John Carpenter's The Thing, which also had Kurt Russell but kicking more ass. Big Trouble In Little China was also pretty stellar. John Carpenter, the brewer, not the director used to work at Golden Road Brewery. I never really thought they had amazing beers. They seem more interested in growing the brand, which is okay I suppose. if you're talking about brands, John Carpenter, the director, should be given some credit for starting a  horror brand with Halloween. The very first one with Jamie Lee Curtis, who is/was as rumor has it, a hermaphrodite.

Ingredients / Re: thoughts on a wheat beer(non hefe)
« on: April 19, 2014, 01:06:01 AM »
I ended up using 50/50 Munich/wheat. Brew day went pretty well other than a few minor hiccups. I'm brewing again Monday. An IPA recipe I haven't brewed in a while. Looking forward to it. I forgot how relaxing brewing can be!

Thanks for the input/thoughts.



Ingredients / thoughts on a wheat beer(non hefe)
« on: April 17, 2014, 09:14:05 PM »
Hi everyone. It's been far too long. Finally work has slowed down and I'm brewing tomorrow. Thinking about an easy sippin' wheat beer.

I haven't put the recipe together just yet but wondered if anyone has made one with 50/50 Maris Otter/white wheat or 50/50 Munich/white wheat? I have both on hand and thought I would try something different. Probably will have some Amarillo, Centennial and Citra hops in the mix and Wyeast 1450.



Equipment and Software / Re: All Grain setup
« on: January 31, 2014, 03:18:29 AM »

i took this approach with the 70qt coleman. cheap and easy.

Equipment and Software / Re: Plate Chiller and Hops
« on: January 10, 2014, 04:24:04 PM »
yesterday i brewed at my buddy's place. he has a plate chiller. we haven't brewed in a couple months and even though he sent hot water and pbw through the system last brew day, lots of gunk came out after running more hot water. he has a heck of a time cleaning it. but, it does seem to work pretty well with his system.

i use a 50' ½" dia ic. i love it.

i mix my star san with distilled water so i have a 5 gallon bucket full for a few brew days. instead of boiling to sanitize i just leave it in the star san for 10 minutes and then drop into the boil kettle. after chilling i spray with a hose and scrub with a little sponge with soapy water. it still shines to this day.

Beer Recipes / Re: How do YOU spitball new recipes? Name your process
« on: January 10, 2014, 03:54:53 AM »
i had a good brew day with a buddy today and the recipe i used was inspired by an arrogant bastard clone. i had so much fun brewing today i decided to to a 3.25 biab batch when i got home. it's going on the stove right now.

i knew i wanted to try another pale ale with mosaic. i had 2 row, wheat malt and caravienne on hand so i just threw some numbers together in beersmith and got started.

i do this a lot. i like using things i have on hand and seeing what i get on the back end. most of my recipes are made in this way, though i do use a basic framework of the styles i like to brew(ipa, pale, porter being the most common).

however, i have only brewed a hand full of beers more than a few times in the 4 years I've been brewing. i've never been concerned about absolute consistency. i just like brewing different things. i'm probably in a small number of brewers but that's how i like to brew.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: online stores and shipping
« on: December 31, 2013, 10:54:14 PM » has free shipping over $59 on most orders. and it's fedex(at least for me).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: When did you switch to all grain?
« on: December 28, 2013, 05:17:02 AM »
i did extract for three years before i started 3 gallon biab batches. i've been doing full mash all grain batches over the last 8-9 months. sometimes i wish i was still doing extract for the ease of a simple brew day.

The Pub / Re: Getting old
« on: December 15, 2013, 08:14:47 AM »
best part of no cable or antenna or dish is no commercials and not paying for 500 channels filled with stuff i'd never watch. the worst part is waiting almost a year to catch up on the few shows i like when they finally arrive on blu ray/dvd.

the internet ads are getting pretty annoying though.

All Grain Brewing / Re: All grain brewing - pump or no pump?
« on: December 13, 2013, 06:10:30 AM »
i've been using my pump exclusively to move strike and sparge water up to my cooler. its been great so far. i was originally going to use it to recirculate wort whilst cooling, but then it's just another piece of gear to clean and sanitize and worry about not being clean enough. i figure moving hot water around for me is well worth it's price.

Beer Recipes / Re: American IPA recipe advice
« on: December 09, 2013, 05:00:53 AM »
lots of people will tell you to drop or add stuff. brew what you have and see how you like. it is the best advice i can give. make adjustments from there. 

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