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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 16, 2015, 07:31:29 PM »
I have the gray contractor grade fabric everywhere I can get it. Under the beds, around the house, around the trees... It's the stuff from Ace around here. I havent had to weed with that fabric in 1.5 years.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Aggregate Club Competition Results
« on: April 10, 2015, 10:44:05 AM »
The BN took 8 medals in the NYC region.  One positive thing about not going to NHC this year is hearing the booing and whining when the BN wins COTY...I've heard it that last 3 years.  :'(

In order for the booing to stop, I think will have to be a system like GABF where there is a "Small COTY", "Mid-size COTY", and "Large COTY". Sure, there is the Gambrinus, but that still doesn't allow tiny - but still epic - clubs to get any attention (or mid-sized ones either).

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Yeast and Fermentation / Re: WLP 644 genetic results
« on: April 10, 2015, 08:35:32 AM »
Even more interesting is their release of WLP648 - which is speculated to be the BSI Drie Fonteinen strain. Sweet.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Aggregate Club Competition Results
« on: April 10, 2015, 08:34:17 AM »
There isn't a way to sort by club, AFAIK.


Would be interesting to see how some of the larger clubs are "gaming" the Club of the Year system. Our club (KC Bier Meisters) entered a few different regions, but it obviously didn't pan out as well as QUAFF, who I see is in at least 3 of the 5 reported regions as winners. Wonder if this will be the year that the BN doesn't win COTY.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 09, 2015, 07:06:50 PM »
Apple trees are here! Very tiny trees for now, and hopefully the super dwarf rootstocks will keep them that way. I also "finished" the irrigation system, but got an idea on how I can add to it to water the blackberries. Dangit self.

Pics:




Almost have all of the fabric down for the mulched area. Looks like we are going to be ordering 11-12 CY of mulch for next week. Then maybe it'll warm up enough that I can get some plants in the ground!

Pretty soon it's gonna be a little garden paradise. :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: NHC 2015 First Round Results
« on: April 08, 2015, 02:06:40 PM »
It is always fun to advance to the second round. Fingers crossed!

It's fun advancing until you have to sit there, at the banquet or listening to the BN, every year, waiting for your name to be called only for someone else to be called for first place.  :-\

This is the fourth year in a row I've advanced something (and two last year). The last 3 years, the beers have gone to mini-BOS at Nationals. No purple banded medals in my house though.  :'(  Dang. So close every time.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 08, 2015, 12:01:12 PM »
That looks awesome Amanda. Glad you found the right irrigation for your garden. What varieties of apples did you go with?

Kingston Black
Dabinett
Jonathan
Honeycrisp

All dwarf root stocks, G41 I believe.

I ordered them from Orange Pippin last year - should be here this week!

We also have a Granny Smith in the "way back" from the previous owners. Outside of a little scald last year, it was a good producer. I'll be more careful this year with watching/spraying it with fungicide now that I'll have 4 reminders in the 'front of the back yard'.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 08, 2015, 04:51:56 AM »
That's awesome Amanda. I love it when people rip out lawn and put in gardens. Judging from this and your brewery I'll go out on a limb and say you and your husband are not lazy.

Thanks Pete. And while ideally I would like to have plants everywhere... we still have about 9/10 of an acre left of yard, with about 0% chance of that going anywhere, so we aren't making that big of a dent.  ;)

Speaking of not being lazy, I got clearance (and buy in for husband labor - very important!) to pull off a full kitchen reno. Only caveat is that I have to have it finished before August 1st when a handful of my friends visit from across the country. Wish me luck!

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 07, 2015, 07:47:13 PM »


I'm pricing out a basic, expandable system at the Drip Depot place.

Finished the drip irrigation today after work. Nice system from that place.



Next step is mulch and then get ready for my cider apple trees.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Frankenbrew
« on: March 26, 2015, 10:35:00 AM »





Oops! I get in trouble at work for this habit of calling everyone, even my female students, guys. No slight intended. Thanks for the warm welcome in spite of my lack of sensitivity.  :o

I work in construction for large industrial projects... it happens on the daily IRL so I'm totally used to it. :) I've also heard more varieties of cursing than one should hear in a lifetime, so my sensitivity is mostly gone!




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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:02:00 PM »
This one isn't as good and isn't as clear. Still a bit yeasty, but only been lagering for 2 weeks as well.

Same yeast, just a different gravity and malt bill. Wonder how that works. Huh.



I'm looking forward to getting my Pilsner (dry hopped two ways) on line with the other Germans. Husband has a hefe carbonating now as well. Pretty soon there will be a German tap takeover. :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 25, 2015, 06:36:21 PM »
That is nice, Amanda. How is it?
Non-beer-judge answer? Damn tasty.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Frankenbrew
« on: March 25, 2015, 06:08:42 PM »


Thanks, guys! I'm really glad to be among such knowledgeable and welcoming gentlemen. Looking forward to benefiting from your collective expertise and helping out if and when I can.
...and ladies.

Yeah, there are some of us ladies around here too! It's not just a he-man woman haters club. ;)

Glad to have you!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 25, 2015, 06:02:09 PM »
Revisiting this thread with my Maibock. Wyeast Oktoberfest Blend, 2 weeks lagering.

I should wait til May... But it just ain't gonna happen.



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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 23, 2015, 04:12:04 PM »
Rain capture would likely work better for euge than me. a) he gets much more rain(!) and b) I would have to pump it from the house collection point anyway. Good idea though!

I'm pricing out a basic, expandable system at the Drip Depot place.

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