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Hop Growing / Re: Trim back first shoots?
« on: Today at 12:20:36 PM »
I'll try a side by side-I've got about 20 crown so I'll trim 6-3 with the weedwhacker, 3 with the shoots pulled and see what happens.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Wheat beer Ideas
« on: Today at 09:21:47 AM »
I start my sparge with no rice hulls, if it goes very slowly I'll stir the hulls in, otherwise I leave them out. 

To the OP I brew a hefe with 40% wheat and it's pretty good, I like to ferment cool and get the clove flavor.  Right now I have a wheat IPA in the fermenter with Perle for bittering, Cascade late additions and I'll dry hop with Amarillo.  Wheat is a great brewing grain, there's so much that can be done with it.

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Hop Growing / Re: Trim back first shoots?
« on: Today at 09:11:40 AM »
Should I just weedwhack them or actually pull them from the crown?  If I whack them they'll probably just split and start making laterals I think, or am I wrong about that?

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Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: March 28, 2015, 11:03:46 AM »
Today I did a little root pruning and got 8 new Cascade rhizomes transplanted.

I'm going to start a whole new hop yard in May.  We inherited my inlaws' farmhouse in France.  In May we'll go over there for a month to start cleaning it up and remodeling.  It's been unoccupied for 3 years so the yard is badly overgrown.  Once we clear out some of that vegetation I'm gonna plant 2 cascade, 2 centennial, and a couple of other varieties.  It's roughly the same latitude as Munich so hopefully hops will do well.

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I'm about to brew some sort of IPA, I'll have to figure out what hops to use once I start brewing-it depends on what I have the most of.

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Hop Growing / Re: 2015 Hop season
« on: March 24, 2015, 08:28:46 PM »
I've got some Cascades that are about a foot tall, some just coming out, some still dormant, and both Centennials poked their little sprouts out since the weekend.

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I also pretty much took 2014 off from forums and brewing.  Last year truly sucked but I too am back, kind of.  At least I have homebrew to drink again.

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Equipment and Software / Re: Share your brew stands!
« on: January 05, 2015, 03:29:20 PM »

That's my fermentation chamber to the right.

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I started saving bottles in the late 80's with the idea that one day I would brew beer and need them.  In 1992 we moved to a new much bigger house, my wife decided if I was going to haul crates of empty bottles I should start learning to fill them.  She bought me my first kit 5 gallon setup and it was off to the races from there.

Dang, 12 years of bottles would be a barn full for me.
Let me clarify.  On pay day I would buy a six pack, or a couple of Samuel Smith bottles, as long as they had pry off lids.  Those were days of either relative poverty or money flowing everywhere, never anything in between and steady, but I could usually find a couple of dollars to buy a decent beer.  Between paydays I drank crappy canned beer, so the accumulation was slow.

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I started saving bottles in the late 80's with the idea that one day I would brew beer and need them.  In 1992 we moved to a new much bigger house, my wife decided if I was going to haul crates of empty bottles I should start learning to fill them.  She bought me my first kit 5 gallon setup and it was off to the races from there.

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I brew the same ingredients in the spring and summer and get an ale, then in the fall I change mash temp and yeast and brew it as a lager.
Basic recipe from memory, the hops may change a little depending on what I have in the freezer:
10 gallons
20 pounds 2 row, 2 pounds toasted at 350F for 20 minutes
1 pound Carapils or wheat
Mash about an hour at 154F for ale, 148F for lager
Hops:
2 or 3(depending on AA's)ozs Hallertau or Tettnanger for 60 minutes, 2 ozs at 20, 2 ozs at flameout.(sometimes Goldings, Mt. Hood or combos of these), but the idea is to keep it simple.
Ferment with WLP 005 or Nottingham for ale, WLP 830 for lager.
I've been brewing this basci recipe for 15 years now, it's always a crowd pleaser, sepecially with my non beer geek friends.

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: CO2 Tank Size
« on: October 10, 2014, 04:02:05 PM »
I started with a 20 pounder, was given a 2 pounder and bought a 5 pounder.  The weldng shop owner swapped my original 20 and 5 for 2 oddball 30 pounders.  Then a friend bought a house that had a half full 50 pounder which he gave to me.  So now I own a 50, 2 30's  a 2 and a 2.5 that I bought from somebody here.  The 2 and 2.5 are perfect for taking to parties with my cornies.
Fill cost: 
2/2.5  $8
5  $10
30  $12
50  $20

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: September 08, 2014, 01:41:02 PM »
Our tomatoes made it through the summer heat and are finally starting to produce more than we can eat daily.  That's all I planted this year for food.
My hops have done OK, but a leafhopper infestation took most of the leaves off completely.  They're coming back and I'm seeing lots of new burrs.  I've already gotten about 10 oz's of Cascade(dried) and we still have a couple of months of fall growing season left.

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I brewed a Hefe Grande: 16 pounds of  Munich and 12 pounds of red wheat.  Did a double decoction and 2 hour mash because a thunderstorm kept me from getting to my water well to hook up the chiller. OG was 1.082

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Ingredients / Re: crabapples
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:21:16 PM »
Mine was supposed to be a grannysmith tree, 3 years after I planted it it produced what I call crabapples-1 inch diameter, hard, yellow/red balls of extreme tartness even the birds won't eat.  When my neighbors had several apple trees I would get all the apples, including my crabapples and make excellent dry cider every fall.  The drought pretty much wiped out most of the apple trees in our neighborhood but my crabapples are indestructible.

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