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The Pub / Re: Blood Moon 2014
« on: May 02, 2014, 03:09:55 PM »
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).

Hop Growing / Re: 2014 hop gardens
« on: May 02, 2014, 03:41:38 AM »
Does the electric fence help stimulate the growth :)

Mine are barely 3 inches tall but they were under snow not that long ago.
No, but it's cheap and it lasts forever.  There's not much twine or string that can stand a whole year of our wind.

The Pub / Blood Moon 2014
« on: May 02, 2014, 02:23:35 AM »
I took these pictures a couple of weeks ago in my driveway with a Pentax K-r, 300mm lens on a tripod.  Not too shabby for a rank amateur if I do say so myself.

Hop Growing / 2014 hop gardens
« on: May 02, 2014, 01:44:28 AM »
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say I probably will have the first hop crop this year.  My Cascades are only 6' tall but I already have lots of burrs growing.

The rest of the garden is coming along slowly but surely.  I have 3 new Fuggles, one neomexicanus, one Amilla, and 3 Centennials growing along with 12 mature and 6 new Cascades.

Homebrewer Bios / Re: Brewer Bio - Gus Addkison
« on: April 22, 2014, 07:29:10 PM »
Welcome to the site.  I'm the only New Mexico member of Raise Your Pints, I totally support all your efforts to make all beer and homebrew accessible to everybody in the state.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Epic mash fail
« on: April 20, 2014, 03:05:07 PM »
I think you could have made some nice dog treats with it but I doubt it would make decent beer.  I think you made the right decision before spending money on hops and yeast, wasting hours brewing and having a fermenter full for a couple of weeks.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: What's in the Tun
« on: April 20, 2014, 02:57:56 PM »
I brewed an IPA last weekend so I'll keg it next weekend and pitch something onto the yeast cake. At 3 AM I knew what I wanted to brew(it came to me in a dream) but now I've lost it so I have the rest of the week to figure it out.

Many brewers filter out their proprietary yeast and use a neutral yeast for bottle conditioning so you may not be getting the yeast you want from the bottle.  I used to have a list of beers that were bottled with the fermenting yeasts but it was so out of date it's useless now.

The Pub / Re: 23 things homebrewers are tired of hearing....
« on: April 17, 2014, 03:13:28 PM »
I like when people pay for my ingredients to brew them a beer.  I enjoy brewing so much I brew more than I can drink anyways... so whenever I am 'funded' to brew it's a bonus brew day for me. lol
I always have a "student" these days.  They pay for half the ingredients and do all the labor, and in return they get half the beer(5 gallons).  But when people ask me to brew something I tell them they can spend the day brewing with me, and I brew sober, so they lose interest fast.

Hop Growing / Re: Organic Rhizomes vs. Non Organic
« on: April 17, 2014, 04:52:00 AM »
I don't think there's any possible difference in the hop flowers whether you start with "organic" or regular rhizomes.  In my mind all that matters is what you feed the plants from now on.  The tiny little piece of root you start with will soon become a very insignificant piece of the whole root system.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Life just got a little bit better
« on: April 15, 2014, 12:30:09 AM »
I hate to be a bummer, but my Cascades are 4' tall, the Centennials are almost 2'.  That's today, but tonight we get a hard freeze that should kill all the current growth.  But they'll come back.

All Things Food / Re: Mustard?
« on: March 30, 2014, 02:44:43 PM »
I think it does. Not usually all that great just-made but after a week or so it mellows and loses a great deal of any harshness.
Thanks Euge, I liked it right away, and if I have a stuffy nose I can just rub some into my mustache and instantly clear my sinuses.

All Things Food / Re: Mustard?
« on: March 29, 2014, 05:15:50 PM »
Back to the mustard.  Does it mellow with age?  I put 2 teaspoons of horseradish powder, I think 1 would have been perfect.  It's good,but the horseradish taste overwhelms the mustard flavor somewhat.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Drinking Only Homebrews
« on: March 22, 2014, 03:21:04 PM »
I probably drink 90% homebrew when I have enough variety, but if I am forced to go a long time without brewing or I've only got 3 or 4 different beers on tap I drink store bought.  I also ask the people I hire from around the country to bring me a couple of sixers of their favorite local beer(I pay generously for it) so I get to try stuff I'll probably never run across otherwise.

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