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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: is it too late to plant hops?
« on: May 02, 2010, 01:07:45 PM »
You can plant hops just about any time of the year (with the exception of downright freezing weather). Spring is a good time. If you have healthy rhizomes, you may even get a small crop the first year. Regardless, they WILL grow, it's almost impossible to kill the little buggers, they are very hearty. Be prepared for the next year's crop because it will be much bigger! Third year and up they wil go crazy. Have fun!!

-Kev

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All Grain Brewing / Re: SS mesh vs false bottom
« on: April 30, 2010, 08:32:18 AM »
Wow! Interesting discussion...with all this talk of batch vs fly and false bottom vs mesh tube, I've come to the conclusion that I must be doing a combination of both. I regularly drain most of the wort from the tun before beginning my fly sparge, add sparge water until I have about a 2" blanket of water over the grist and stir thoroughly before sparging.

I've used false bottom stainless screens, mesh tubing and even a little copper gizmo that I made for myself once; just a 12" long piece of 3/4 inch copper tubing drilled full of holes that screws to the inside of my tun via the outlet coupling. All seem to work well but I went back to the old school method of using a picnic cooler with a CPVC strainer in the bottom and found my efficiency increased over all the other methods. I don't atttribute this to the lautering method, more to the fact that I am dealing with a mash that is wider then it is tall. I never seemed to get such good efficiency from a converted keg where I was dealing with a tall mash.

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