For a great copper red color with no flavor add 1/2 pound or more of black patent or roasted barley when you begin the sparging. It won't extract any flavors but it will give you the reddish color.
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If you ever come to Belgium and visit Gent (Ghent), you should visit Stadsbrouwerij Gruut ( http://www.gruut.be). All her (yes, the brewmaster is a woman) beers are made with gruit instead of hops.I'll make a point of visiting. We haven't made it to Ghent yet but we will. Does she only sell at the brewpub or can you find bottles somewhere? I have inlaws who travel to Belgium for business who could bring some back to France for me.
The brewery is more like a brewpub as the brewing equipment is located inside the café.
I really like the Gruut Wit.
Does the electric fence help stimulate the growthNo, but it's cheap and it lasts forever. There's not much twine or string that can stand a whole year of our wind.
Mine are barely 3 inches tall but they were under snow not that long ago.
I have found using material that last forever is a PITA in the fall when harvesting. I use coir yarn from the Farmer's Supply in Yakima. Just cut down, harvest your hops, and compost it all together.
beautiful. I was lame and went to bed. planning on trying harder in october.I was lame too,was in bed by 10 PM but I was running through work problems in my head and couldn't sleep. I noticed it had started getting dark so I grabbed the camera, put a jacket on and went outside. Luckily we live out in the country and there was nobody around to see me in my boxers and a jacket(it was in the low 30's).