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The Pub / Re: Tell Us About Your Pets
« on: June 09, 2011, 11:12:20 AM »
Sorry to hear that urthirsty, I'll tip a pint in her memory tonight.

No brewing this weekend, just drinking. 

Made a batch of peach melomel last night, so I'll be keeping an eye on that.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: My First Dry Hop
« on: May 26, 2011, 05:13:00 AM »
Are you using whole hops or pellets?  Either way I usually just toss them in at the end of the primary when fermentation has nearly stopped.  The whole hops float on top while the pellets sink to the bottom and I transfer after 7 days.  It sounds like you are going to put the hops in the secondary and then transfer to a clean carboy after 5-7 days.  I would recommend against this, the more times you transfer the beer the more likely you will introduce oxygen and increase the chance of infection. 

I would put the hops in the primary at the end of fermenation let sit for 5-7 days then keg or bottle.

The Pub / Re: Hummingbirds are smart critters
« on: May 20, 2011, 05:56:48 AM »

(They're not Canadian Geese, they're Canada Geese).

This was one of my pet peeves when I taught my field ornithology class.  Sadly, most of the students never quite got it.

The Pub / Re: Another Lost Buddy
« on: May 11, 2011, 06:12:55 AM »
So sorry to hear that.  I'll raise a snifter of wheat wine in memory of Soileau's Kei Gogi Wetzel when I get home.

For Big Brew our club is brewing a dubbel that will be aged in bourbon barrels.

The Pub / Re: Watcha plantin' this spring?
« on: May 04, 2011, 12:37:53 PM »

A few questions for those of you with more experience:
 1. My blueberries are doing horribly - wilted leaves, although the fruit looks like it's forming. My soil is really clay-like, loamy. Could this be the problem?

  4. My hops have holes in their leaves. Will this keep them from growing, or prevent the hop cones from forming? What could it be? I've seen ants crawling on them but I didn't think ants liked hops.

Blueberries need acidic soil, so clay isn't good for them. Get some diataceous earth or compost and put it around the plants, and they should do better.

Holes in hop leaves will most likely be from slugs at night. Unless they eat the whole plant, I wouldn't worry.

Ah so I don't have to dig the blueberries up, I can just sprinkle the dirt on top?

Slugs... Yeah, I see their shiny trails when I get up in the morning but they usually hang out around the low garden wall we have. I'll sneak out late tonight and check.

Mike Mcgrath, former editor of organic gardening and host of a local NPR show "you bet your garden," recommends putting an inch of peat moss and an inch of compost on the soil around the plant.  I spread it out about a foot away from the plant, but make sure you don't put it up against the stem.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Rinsing Lager Yeast
« on: May 04, 2011, 09:43:30 AM »
I've also had no problems rinsing ale yeast, but never see a distinct layer when rinsing lager yeast.  I've never waited as long as Denny is, so I am interested to see how well it works.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Diacetyl rest - how long is too long?
« on: April 30, 2011, 05:22:43 AM »
I've gone a week at 60 or so and it wasn't a problem.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Dry Wine Yeast in Mead
« on: April 29, 2011, 06:15:43 AM »
I make mostly sweet meads, but I usually put 10g (2 packs) dry yeast in a 5 gallon batch.

All Grain Brewing / Re: I'm going to do a decoction, damm!t...
« on: April 29, 2011, 06:06:45 AM »
Like infusion amounts for a step mash, I haven't yet found any calculations that are accurate for pull amounts for decoctions in a cooler.  I pull a lot more than Promash recommends just to be on the safe side.

it's easier to heat more than you need and cool it down before you add it, than it is to dump your whole decoction in the mash, miss your temp, say "oh crap" and scramble to heat up water.

That sounds familiar.  My first decoction I blindly followed the amounts that Promash suggested and my temps were off...still made tasty beer though. :)

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Can a brother get a BJCP exam?
« on: April 20, 2011, 06:00:15 AM »
I am in the same boat, although I am trying to take it again to get a national rank.  As a club we finally decided to hold our own exam to try and increase the number of judges in the club.  I just have to wait until March 2012 to take it.

Brewing a Munich dunkel with the Hellabock yeast and bottling entries for the NHC.

Brewing up an Am. Barleywine, if my hops get here by Saturday and bottling up entries for the NHC.

Equipment and Software / Re: Fermentation Temperature control
« on: March 05, 2011, 04:00:48 PM »
I have used both the Ranco and the Johnson digital and both work well.

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