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Pimp My System / Re: It's started
« on: July 04, 2015, 05:51:05 PM »
Got it! It is a cool idea.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Newbie has Bottling Issue
« on: July 04, 2015, 05:48:39 PM »
Don't dump it!

how long has it been there? Taste it before you bottle too to check for serious off flavors. If there are none I would just bottle it.

Pimp My System / Re: It's started
« on: July 04, 2015, 05:46:25 PM »
Nice, but why the catwalk?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My Floating sack problem
« on: June 30, 2015, 04:49:04 PM »
I use a large ceramic soup bowl in a 5 gal bucket to dry hop. I wrap the hops and the bowl in cheesecloth and lower it all in. It took me a while to find a bowl heavy enough, but it works great.

Equipment and Software / Re: I'll be the guinea pig
« on: June 29, 2015, 07:30:24 AM »
Both looking good.

Beer Recipes / Re: Lagers
« on: May 29, 2015, 06:27:43 PM »
Also Helles and Alt. Are they even lagers? I actually don't remember, but they are some tasty German beers. I make them all the time.

Hop Growing / Re: Thinking about growing hops
« on: May 18, 2015, 07:48:12 AM »
We have hundreds of deer where I live and they will eat anything. The only thing they wont eat are the hops. One of them tries every year; I always find a cone or two and a leaf with a bite taken out, but they must taste pretty bad if even the deer won't eat them.

Hop Growing / Re: Thinking about growing hops
« on: May 17, 2015, 04:56:05 PM »
I would like to take the opposite view and say that in my opinion you can grow hops without spending much money at all. Just like brewing beer, or any other hobby, you can get amazing results on a very low budget system, or you can spend thousands of dollars on an expensive system. You can still get great beer either way.

I have hops growing in all different parts of my yard. Mostly on my garden fence and along a trellis that my wife wanted. I tried having them grow up tall poles, and they grew just fine, but I'm lazy and got tired of the hassle of getting the poles down at the end of the summer. All my plants are between six and three years old. I planted the rhizomes, watered them like any normal garden plant, and that was that. I now have so many hops at the end of the summer, I can barely make enough beer to use them all. I can't remember the last time I had to buy hops.

They are, in general, very easy to grow and maintain. I have found that here in the USA, it's easier to grow native hops. The British and German varieties I have tried to grow just don't seem to like the climate here in the north east.

Also, make sure you grow varieties that you know you will want to use over and over, because to paraphrase something Denny once said, the problem with hops is not trying to make them grow, the problem is trying to keep them from taking over every square inch of your yard after a few years.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First hop addition volcano
« on: May 17, 2015, 04:28:01 PM »
Also keep a glass of cold water handy next time to throw in the rising wort. It's great for boil over prevention.

Equipment and Software / Re: Keg or Bottle?
« on: April 01, 2015, 08:01:42 AM »
I bottle but I would love to keg. I just don't have the space for another fridge and kegs and gas and whatnot. It's funny, after the kids moved out we thought we would have a lot of extra space, but no....

Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: February 15, 2015, 07:56:16 AM »
If the past in any guide I'll see mine in 63 days, right around April 12.

Going Pro / Re: Been gone for awhile...
« on: February 15, 2015, 07:49:46 AM »

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Confectioners Sugar as Priming Sugar
« on: January 19, 2015, 10:20:40 AM »
I've been bottling with table sugar for years. Never a problem. It's also something a neighbor would let you borrow!

Beer Recipes / Re: Slobber Knocker IIPA
« on: January 18, 2015, 09:25:28 AM »
I have a three gallon batch of IIPA going that'll have close to 9 ounces: feels kind of wimpy now.

What do you use to ferment a small batch? A 5 gal bucket/carboy etc seems too big.

I haven't heard this one but thanks for the info. I love these kind of experiments too. Reminds me of the decoction debate that people have. Always good to get some info from people who have done some taste tests.

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