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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 08, 2015, 04:51:56 AM »
That's awesome Amanda. I love it when people rip out lawn and put in gardens. Judging from this and your brewery I'll go out on a limb and say you and your husband are not lazy.

Thanks Pete. And while ideally I would like to have plants everywhere... we still have about 9/10 of an acre left of yard, with about 0% chance of that going anywhere, so we aren't making that big of a dent.  ;)

Speaking of not being lazy, I got clearance (and buy in for husband labor - very important!) to pull off a full kitchen reno. Only caveat is that I have to have it finished before August 1st when a handful of my friends visit from across the country. Wish me luck!

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 07, 2015, 07:47:13 PM »


I'm pricing out a basic, expandable system at the Drip Depot place.

Finished the drip irrigation today after work. Nice system from that place.



Next step is mulch and then get ready for my cider apple trees.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Frankenbrew
« on: March 26, 2015, 10:35:00 AM »





Oops! I get in trouble at work for this habit of calling everyone, even my female students, guys. No slight intended. Thanks for the warm welcome in spite of my lack of sensitivity.  :o

I work in construction for large industrial projects... it happens on the daily IRL so I'm totally used to it. :) I've also heard more varieties of cursing than one should hear in a lifetime, so my sensitivity is mostly gone!




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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 25, 2015, 07:02:00 PM »
This one isn't as good and isn't as clear. Still a bit yeasty, but only been lagering for 2 weeks as well.

Same yeast, just a different gravity and malt bill. Wonder how that works. Huh.



I'm looking forward to getting my Pilsner (dry hopped two ways) on line with the other Germans. Husband has a hefe carbonating now as well. Pretty soon there will be a German tap takeover. :D

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 25, 2015, 06:36:21 PM »
That is nice, Amanda. How is it?
Non-beer-judge answer? Damn tasty.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Frankenbrew
« on: March 25, 2015, 06:08:42 PM »


Thanks, guys! I'm really glad to be among such knowledgeable and welcoming gentlemen. Looking forward to benefiting from your collective expertise and helping out if and when I can.
...and ladies.

Yeah, there are some of us ladies around here too! It's not just a he-man woman haters club. ;)

Glad to have you!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Clear Beer!
« on: March 25, 2015, 06:02:09 PM »
Revisiting this thread with my Maibock. Wyeast Oktoberfest Blend, 2 weeks lagering.

I should wait til May... But it just ain't gonna happen.



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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 23, 2015, 04:12:04 PM »
Rain capture would likely work better for euge than me. a) he gets much more rain(!) and b) I would have to pump it from the house collection point anyway. Good idea though!

I'm pricing out a basic, expandable system at the Drip Depot place.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 23, 2015, 12:33:00 PM »
I'm looking for a combo of drippers and soakers but our water is real hard. Not sure how well the drippers will last.

Yeah - that's something else I need to consider. :/

At any rate, I'm looking at a website called Drip Depot. They have plenty of stuff to learn from.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 23, 2015, 10:05:01 AM »
YouTube is your friend here Amanda. Loads upon loads of channels for gardening with instructions on how to install irrigation.

Yeah... I've done that a few times over the course of the last 6 months or so. I think I found all the bad/annoying/product placement channels. Any recommendations? I don't think I can watch another crappy gardening YT video.  :-\

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 23, 2015, 09:36:51 AM »
I was wondering what you meant by irrigation system. Is it simply that you need access to a hose and don't want to move it every time you mow or do you want something more automated?

Both. I have access to a hose and a spigot, but it is at the house which is about 85 LF away from the closest raised bed. Last year we watered with a sprinkler (overhead watering) that we ran on a long hose from the house. Husband had to move it every time he mowed, which led to it not getting put back, which led to me being lazy about watering. Also, overhead watering spread some pepper disease around that nearly had our entire pepper crop demolished. So I'm kind of over the overhead watering thing and eventually I'd like the watering to be done without much input from me - because I forget. And because we go on vacations.

So the goal is to first get a system of soaker hoses that run off of a PVC/LDPE/PE piping system.
  • There would be three hoses running lineally in each 4' wide bed and one (maybe two) in the 2' wide bed.
  • The soaker hoses would have caps in the end of each and would be run in parallel to minimize loss of water pressure from long runs of soaker.
  • We have 100 psi water at the house, so I'd likely need a regulator, but I should be able to manage by turning down the valve at the house.
  • I don't think I want to do direct drip irrigation since I rotate the plants around and the design next year will likely be different than next year.
  • Plan is to run it off of the same "hose over the yard" thing we are doing now, but look into burying something if the system works well.
  • Plan is also to have it set on a timer so I can't forget to water things, or get up even earlier in the morning just to water plants.


My current research is really in system layout (Do I really need to be able to turn off each box? Or just the trees? Or maybe just the herb box? IDK yet.), materials (PEX fittings are awesome, but are not UV friendly, so maybe PVC? maybe polyethlene? maybe just a garden hose and some hose clamps?? I don't plan on burying the box pipes too much if at all so they can't break when stepped on.), and the like.

I have a couple of weeks to figure it out though, so that's good. Suggestions from the peanut gallery?

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 23, 2015, 08:00:03 AM »


Got the 4 new raised beds in this weekend. Next up is getting a semipermanent irrigation system installed! Still trying to figure out the design on it through. The beds are about 85' from the nearest water spigot and I don't want to buy an "irrigation kit" since the size of our garden would make it fairly expensive.

We also took out the stupid almond tree and a 20' tall bush in the backyard. The previous owner LOVED planting in what I'm calling "the warning track" around the yard by the fence, and we are slowly ripping out all the random bushes and bulbs. Only have about 150' of warning track left to go!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 06:43:19 AM »
Jonathan, in many of the exams I have taken the exam or been a proctor for the exam we have taken the time to have the examinees listen to what the admin claimed the beers to be and what the proctors perceived/scored. It is not required, obviously, but it is something done in this area since we all want an idea of how it went prior to getting real scores in a few months time.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: BJCP Tasting Exam....I Passed!
« on: March 20, 2015, 06:04:14 AM »



I could see value in at least having the proctors score sheets scanned and available. I would love to see the actual feedback but I can imagine that it would take more time.

How would the proctor sheets give you feedback? They are just there to help the graders.

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Homebrewer Bios / Re: Bio - HoosierBrew
« on: March 18, 2015, 05:21:48 AM »
Welcome to the forum Jon!  :P

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