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It's got to be a typo.  Pellets allegedly give a little more stuff(flavor/bitterness) than whole hops per weight but I've read that it's 10% more at best.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: first time using brett.
« on: May 02, 2010, 02:29:01 PM »
I would leave it at least a month in the carboy, then taste it to see if it's brett enough for you.  It will continue to develop for months but it may have enough brett taste for you within a month since it's obviously fermenting well.
Orvalled saison is one of my favorite beers, in fact it's always served from the tap on the left in my kegerator.

Ingredients / Re: hop growing in the nv desert
« on: April 29, 2010, 10:14:02 PM »
Probably not, next year you should get some and the year after they should be doing great.  Use this year to help them grow strong healthy root systems.

Ingredients / Re: My babies
« on: April 29, 2010, 10:12:19 PM »
I checked mine at lunch today and I've got the first tiny baby cones showing up on one of my Cascades. A little too early again, the first harvest always tastes like lawn clippings.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What are your house styles?
« on: April 11, 2010, 11:53:28 PM »
I have a 6 cornie kegerator.  The tap on the far left is always a brett beer(saison right now), the tap on the far right is always a stout, either oatmeal or Imperial, and I always have a low hopped Kolsch type beer for my wife.  The other 3 taps can be anything.  Right now I also have a rye ale, a coffee porter and a wee heavy on tap.
My original house beer was a Belgian strong dark, I just brewed it for the first time in 2 years so it will soon be back in the rotation.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Cost Per Batch?
« on: April 11, 2010, 11:48:52 PM »
I buy malt from a brewpub for $0.50/pound. hops by the pound and dry yeast for basic recipes.  Even figuring equipment costs of $5 per batch, which is probably twice what it really is,   I can easily brew 10 gallons of a standard porter, pale ale or oatmeal stout for under $25.  I don't brew to save money, I never have, but the way I see it is that the money saved can be spent on my next beer focused vacation.

Ingredients / Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« on: April 08, 2010, 06:28:08 PM »
Just out of curiosity, what happens if you don't trim the roots back? I just tried doing mine last week and I pulled out a good twelve footer. Got me wondering if I was hurting production by doing that. The big concern I had was the varieties intermingling, but I couldn't decide if intermingled feeder roots had any impact on that.
If you don't trim the roots back they will take over your yard.  You're not cutting near the main crown so it doesn't hurt the plants at all.  The roots can grow 2 or 3 feet per year in every direction, then you start having sprouts coming up all along those roots.  I guess that's fine if you have all the room in the world, but it would also make it very hard to trellis the bines if they cover an area 5 or 6 feet in diameter per plant.

The Pub / Re: Would you eat whale meat?
« on: April 06, 2010, 07:03:13 PM »
Like others, I'm not big on whale hunting, but I'd try it if it was offered to me.  I've eaten some pretty interesting stuff over the years - even some rattlesnake.
Rattlesnake is probably the toughest meat I've ever eaten.  Horse is probably the tastiest, tenderest meat I've ever had.  I wouldn't give whale a second thought but like some others have said it's not something I'm going to search for. 

Ingredients / Re: Fourth year of hops
« on: April 03, 2010, 04:28:25 PM »
Check out this 5 year old Cascade crown, and I still didn't get it all out of the ground.  Yesterday I noticed hops bines coming up all over the area I dug this out of.  You can see how it would be near impossible to keep this monster down to 2 bines.

Ingredients / Re: Planting hop rhizomes
« on: April 03, 2010, 01:13:40 PM »
Plant them where they'll get plenty of sun.  Also remember that the roots grow amazingly fast so you'll need to plant them in a place you can get to them to trim the roots every 2 or 3 years.  Also don't plant them near tomatoes, I don't remember why but they don't like each other.

Ingredients / Re: hop growing in the nv desert
« on: April 03, 2010, 01:08:24 PM »
I grow Cascades and Nuggets in he New Mexico desert, they do great.  I use drip irrigation and water them twice per week.  The roots need to dry out, you don't want them soggy.  And the lack of humidity keeps a lot of problems like insects and mildew under control.  I have very alkaline crappy soil but that's easy to fix with some well composted steer manure, plus I add sand for better drainage.  Go for it

The Pub / Re: Mosquitoes
« on: March 31, 2010, 04:03:02 PM »

In fact it is the deadliest animal in the world.

Kills more people than all of the other animals put together.
I thought the fried chicken was the deadliest animal, maybe that's just in the US.

Beer Recipes / Re: Gonna try a Dubbel....
« on: March 30, 2010, 06:05:12 PM »
I just brewed a quad, basically just a dubbel with a bunch more base malt.  I used D2 but no other sugar. OG came in at 1.094.  I mashed it at 148F and it's been fermenting like crazy for 10 days, starting around 60F now at 70F.
Recipe for 10 gallons
30 pounds Pilsner malt
3 pounds wheat
1.5 pounds Special B
1.5 pounds CaraVienne
Mash about one hour at 148F, batch sparge(3 batches)
2 bottles D2 syrup
3.5 oz's Hallertau 60 minutes
2 oz Saaz at 20 minutes
White Labs Abbey yeast

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop Pics
« on: March 28, 2010, 02:42:09 PM »
All of mine are now up, some of them are 6-8" tall already.  I have 24 Cascades and 2 Nuggets.  I've restrung the trellis and I think we're done with freezes down here so they should take off fast now.

Ingredients / Re: My babies
« on: March 11, 2010, 04:30:27 PM »
My Cascades popped up this past weekend, still waiting for the Nuggets and Goldings.
Most of my hops are trellised, but I have some on a chain link fence and they produce at least as well as the trellised ones.  It's a lot easier to harvest too.

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