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Mine don't all ripen at the same time.  I pick by hand, that's largely because I enjoy standing on a ladder, doing it.  It couldn't be done on a large scale that way.  But the advantage is that I can dry/use some while the others are still developing.

Ingredients / Re: Wavelengths of light that lead to skunking?
« on: July 03, 2010, 09:06:06 AM »
...The reason I ask is if it's only certain wavelengths, this might be another reason to consider LED lighting for reach-in coolers...more energy efficient, less heat output, and the possibility to select LEDs that lack the offending wavelengths.

Sounds like you need a patent attorney!  Great idea.

I got a bit of a clarification today.  It seems to have something to do with the judging being in a public area.  Beyond that, I dunno.

Close the door, make it "private"!

I can't understand, the supreme court can "reinterpret" the constitution, so that the politicians can do whatever is popular, but when a silly oversight is found in a complex "law", we are helpless to act as adults.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brewing outside.
« on: July 03, 2010, 08:43:11 AM »
When I die, I hope it's drowning in beer!  But I recommend dumping THAT batch.

One insect shouldn't be a problem.

All Grain Brewing / Re: My water is a changing...
« on: July 03, 2010, 08:20:43 AM »
My local water treatment facility has just announced that they are starting to adding phosphate ... 

Just love the hypocrisy of the government mandating that private enterprise remove phosphates from their products then adds it to the water they are trying to clean up.  It's like the air pollution people demanding that disinfecting sprays remove alcohol from their products to clean the air.  I'd rather see fewer diesels on the road & have my disinfectants disinfect!

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Aging beer and hot summer days.
« on: June 27, 2010, 06:38:34 PM »
Before I got a beer fridge, I used the crawl space under the house (no basements here in No. CA).  That was better than the garage but probably not 55°.  For me, it isn't that big a problem because I consume most of my beers by myself and I am rather forgiving of myself (especially after the third homebrew).

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew house temps
« on: June 27, 2010, 06:32:04 PM »
I so love living in No. CA.  I brewed in the morning (in mid 70's w/no appreciable humidity) then drank in the afternoon.  Maybe I'll wash the car this evening.

The yeast are doing all the work, just bubbling away.

If we could get the government to get out of our lives, I think I'd be in heaven.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Brew Shoes?
« on: June 27, 2010, 06:25:40 PM »
It has been suggested to use those plastic milk crates or carboy haulers to transfer carboys to reduce one's risk of injury.

+1 (but I use the milk crate w/rope through the sides for handles.)

Or find a local club.  There's frequently somebody that is willing to take a newbie under their wing and loan equipment to them, until they are so hooked on the hobby that purchasing equipment is more important than feeding the children.

Other Fermentables / Re: Could it be the honey?
« on: June 27, 2010, 06:16:16 PM »
Have you tried making mead without the fruit?  I can't really call myself a mead maker (haven't made enough batches to say), but going w/just the honey would give you a pretty good single variable test.  (I like my mead that way)

All Grain Brewing / Re: Mash efficiency
« on: June 27, 2010, 06:12:12 PM »
... A four or five hour mash won't hurt anything ...

I thought that if you left it for that long you would loose some dextrines in favor of more fermentables?  If you are looking for a good session beer, it wouldn't be as good as if you were looking for a silver bullet.

That said, it could be accommodated for with the proper grain bill.  Most on this forum probably aren't using 100% 2-row so perhaps I should stop writing this & have another homebrew.


Extract/Partial Mash Brewing / Re: Aluminum or Stainless Steel?
« on: June 24, 2010, 09:56:04 AM »
So, before you drill wear Safety Glasses (no matter what), gloves, and long shirt/pants if you're really timid or into protection.

& ear plugs!

Ingredients / Re: Companion Plants for Hops
« on: June 08, 2010, 10:39:32 AM »
Just a few days ago I picked up some rhizomes that were being discounted since it's so late in the season.  When the package arrived I found that they included extra rhizomes.

I've already planted tomatoes @ the end of where I'm putting in the hops, so now I have some rhizomes sandwiched between tomato plants.

Since it's their first year, and they got a late start, I don't expect many flowers this year but hope to get good roots in for next year when I'll probably move the tomatoes down further.

Equipment and Software / Re: Grain Mills
« on: June 06, 2010, 12:18:25 PM »
It depends on how hooked/wealthy you are.  I was going cheap.  Two years ago, I finally got a corona on eBay for $20 (had to wait a long time to get one that cheap) after loosing a few auctions.  A roller mill is better but will cost more.  You need to decide if you want to pay more for more quality.

If I had to do it again...I'd probably spend a little more to win the auction sooner.  I haven't made the jump to a good roller mill yet.  But the savings from buying whole bags of (uncrushed) grain pays for the mill pretty fast.

Someday I'll drop $100 into a roller mill that I can attach a motor to but for now I'm upgrading other parts of my system. :)

The Pub / Re: Post count went down?
« on: June 02, 2010, 11:14:14 AM »
I know it's not the other site I frequent - it's beyond that number. And no, I was not drinking heavily yesterday.
Outside of it being weird, the numbers don't matter to me.
I think Denny secretly nudges all our numbers down at random intervals so he can stay on top.  ;)

'Cause he's getting rich on the commissions?

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