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Hop Growing / Re: Organic Rhizomes vs. Non Organic
« on: April 16, 2014, 09:52:00 PM »
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 14, 2014, 05:30:09 PM »
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, 07:44:43 AM »
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, 10:15:50 AM »
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, 08:21:04 AM »
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.

Hop Growing / Re: 2014 Planting?
« on: March 13, 2014, 12:29:21 PM »
I want to speed up the defrosting without harming my bines.  I thought about putting down some plastic (either black or clear) but I'm afraid I'll cook the crowns.  Maybe I'll just count on the black soil to heat up on its own. 

Homebrewing has taught me one very valuable lesson over the years:  don't rush things, be patient.
I know it's easy for me to say when my ground doesn't freeze but I can't see any real advantage to rushing it.  I usually wait until I see sprouts before I trim my roots so I know how far they've spread since the previous year.

All Things Food / Re: Mustard?
« on: March 12, 2014, 01:23:40 PM »
This has got to stop.  Now I have to try making my own mustard :o. We use Amora, the French equivalent of French's over here(but very deliciously spicy), but a jar that costs about one dollar in France costs about $10 over here and it's hard to find.  We usually just have friends and family mule it across the water to us. 
I went to Penzeys, ordered the seeds and some horseradish powder, I can't wait to start making another food item for the house.

Hop Growing / Re: Indoor Hops?
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:40:24 AM »
Damn, I better go look at mine.  I haven't even cut down the bines from last year.


I haven't cut the bines down from last year's crop as well. I also didn't have time to havest the hop cones.  :(

I harvested maybe 1/4-1/3 of of mine and then said screw it.  For the last 8 years, I've processed lbs. more than I've been able to use.  I decided to skip the useless effort this year.
I wish I had that problem.  For the first time in about 5 years I had enough to harvest and brew 2 batches with.  And I just cut down last years bines on Sunday because the new ones are peeking out of the dirt

The Pub / Re: Rain finally
« on: March 01, 2014, 07:52:06 AM »
We've had about 1/2" of precip here since our September floods, and there's no rain in the foreseeable future.  And because of the fall rain we got great wild grass growth, all that does is make our grassland fire season that much worse.

Kegging and Bottling / Re: What size CO2 tank is appropriate?
« on: February 19, 2014, 04:13:47 PM »
I run a 50 pound tank for my primary kegerator, and a 20 on my lagering/carbonating fridge.  Go big or go home.  It costs $12 to fill the 20#, but the 50# only costs $20 and has so far lasted 3 years, maybe 4 and pushed about 600-800 gallons of beer.  Yes I drink too much beer.

Going Pro / Six pack can holders
« on: February 16, 2014, 07:43:05 PM »
I'm not a pro brewer, I'm just a lowly homebrewer and beer consumer.  I love the can revolution, but I truly hate these six pack holders that cover the top of each can.  I know the plastic rings I grew up with were an environmental disaster, but there has to be a better way than these can  holders.  There's no way to get a can loose without shaking it up and the volume of plastic required upsets my environmental sensibilities.  End of rant, what options are available to the pro beer canner?

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 14, 2014, 11:23:56 AM »
I'm a geologist, I have about 45 or 50 geologists working for me so we hang out and do geology things.  We go mineral and fossil hunting, we take hikes to observe the local geology, we sit around and discuss geology(while drinking beer). 

If I worked in the beer industry I would hang out with beer people, do tastings, comparisons etc. I can see how easy it would be to get in the habit of drinking during the work day with customers or other people I interacted with in the normal course of my job duties, and before long I'd have a problem.  OTOH it would be very difficult to be a teetotaler and work in the beer industry, even though that would be a much better route to take for my personal health and life.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Craft Beer and Alcoholism
« on: February 13, 2014, 10:16:58 AM »
I thinks it's a pretty good article from an insiders point of view.  I know that I used to be headed down the path to serious alcoholism, a long standing family tradition.  But I quit brewing strong beers, now I only open those 750's of barrel aged imperial stouts when there's someone to split it with.  I use my rule of 16's: 2 beers at 8%, 3 at 5.5 or a 10% and a 6%(see the pattern?).  This lets me enjoy whatever beers I want but at a reasonable level.  Since this is my rule and not court imposed, I can ignore it for special occasions, but for the most part it works just fine.
I have a severely alcoholic brother, he's lived with family members for the past 2 years because he is drunk by breakfast and can't hold a job, wife, apartment, etc.  He had a wreck back in December that killed our mother, but he's such a professional drunk he was not even tested for sobriety at the crash scene.  That allows him to be guiltless, but we all know the truth, there's no way a sober person could have possibly had that wreck.  Anyway, that has also caused me to cut my drinking even more, which sucks because I love brewing so much and the bee is starting to pile up.  I do 95% of my drinking at home so drunk driving hasn't been an issue for me for many years, but still I think of my brother and the joy of beer fades.  BTW he drinks Busch Classic 16 oz. cans, hidden like Easter eggs in my Dad's lower yard.

All Things Food / Re: Beer braised pot roast
« on: February 11, 2014, 07:42:00 AM »
I ruined some braised beef ribs using  Deschute Mirror Pond, and that's not even very hoppy.  Now I use homebrewed porters, oatmeal stout or a nice brown ale like Moose Drool.

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