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Ingredients / Re: malting
« on: November 27, 2013, 11:29:18 AM »
My impression has always been that making malt is easy, but making good malt is hard.  I'll be looking forward to your results!

Very true, as you're just encouraging a seed to do what it naturally does (germinate), but from that point on is the real test.

I did about 15 pounds of feed barley back in the early 90's and ended up turning it into a munich/vienna malt as I couldn't get my final kiln temps below about 220F.  It did make a decent beer but what I remember most was that I'd never do it again because of all the work, haha!  (especially the fact that you could buy a bag of malt for less than $20 back then)

I'm sure you'll have good luck with your project!

Hop Growing / Re: Requests to Hops Growers
« on: November 21, 2013, 03:11:44 PM »

Multihead is a variety grown in New Mexico. I just bought some on
I talked to some guys a couple of years ago who were doing some research into wild hops found in NM, but they were very tight with info.  I saw somewhere that El Dorado is a hop developed from wild hops in NM but I don't know if that's true or not, and I've never heard of Multihead.

I actually spoke with Todd a few months ago and he did say that he began with wild NM hops that they found at high elevation (8000 feet) and kept the ones that did well at 6000, also mentioned that there are a good proportion of citrus compounds to be found in the varieties that came out of their breeding efforts.  He also mentioned that he worked out a deal with a grower up in Yakima to take over his project.  Here's a little background: and where to buy cuttings:

Never used any of them myself but would like to in the future.

Ingredients / Re: Hop Report
« on: October 29, 2013, 09:31:01 PM »
I don't think there's any reason to start hoarding unless you use lots of European hops.  Like  hopfenundmalz said, the German crop was the worst in 50 years (so I've seen).  Most of the reports from the US have been pretty good in that the folks with contracts will pretty much be taken care of.  What remains will most likely be a little more expensive than the last couple of years.  Again, he mentioned that 'global' production was down so I'd figure that some will be a little hard to find.  Hops Away!

Ingredients / Re: Gimme some sugar!
« on: October 25, 2013, 06:48:07 AM »
No plans on those any time soon, but I recently have been playing with some of the high alpha and super alpha girls like Super Galena, Nugget, Zeus, Bravo and Apollo.  It's really amazing what flavor/aroma compounds are hidden behind all that bitterness. 

Been sending samples out with all of my customers orders and looking for feedback, unfortunately folks seem to be reluctant to get back to me for some reason.  The few that have are leaning toward Zeus which is fine with me.  Stay tuned and have a Hoppy Halloween!

ps: Simcoe, Galaxy = nothing to write home about. 

Ingredients / Re: Gimme some sugar!
« on: October 24, 2013, 10:33:32 AM »
Don't forget the hop candy Denny!  Folks actually DO use it for priming . . . and other stuff.

Hop Growing / Re: Obtaining Hop Rhizomes?
« on: September 28, 2013, 11:55:42 AM »
FWIW, I'm pretty sure Freshops doesn't dig the rhizomes.  AFAIK, Dave doesn't grow any hops at all.  But he's near the major hop growers and gets everything very fresh.

Believe it or not, "they do" and "he does".  I don't know were he gets all the energy to keep up with all that he's got going, but I want to find that place!  Might have something to do with his ginseng porter though?

Thanks for the correction, Bob!  Obviously, I didn't realize that!  Dave does seem to have superhuman energy...but that still won't get me to drink that porter!  ;)

Hahaha, I know what you mean.  The Bourbon BBL Porter is quite a different story though.

Hop Growing / Re: Obtaining Hop Rhizomes?
« on: September 28, 2013, 10:08:47 AM »
FWIW, I'm pretty sure Freshops doesn't dig the rhizomes.  AFAIK, Dave doesn't grow any hops at all.  But he's near the major hop growers and gets everything very fresh.

Believe it or not, "they do" and "he does".  I don't know were he gets all the energy to keep up with all that he's got going, but I want to find that place!  Might have something to do with his ginseng porter though?

Hop Growing / Re: Obtaining Hop Rhizomes?
« on: September 27, 2013, 08:27:53 PM »
I don't think it's a question of vendors selling 'bad' rhizomes, it's more a question of who the vendor is.  Is it the guy who digs the rhizomes and stores them properly then sells them to you, or is it a vendor who's actually a middleman?  Not saying that middlemen are a problem at all, but the more times the plant material gets handled the more times there's a chance of it being mishandled somewhere along the line which can lead to poor performance. 

Some of the folks I know who dig and sell are,,  And as was mentioned, you can buy actual plants which will perform better than rhizomes in their first year being that they already have roots and can concentrate their energy into top growth. 

Hop Growing / Re: Anyone seen hops like these?
« on: August 30, 2013, 07:14:20 AM »
I had cuttings given to me when I lived in Upstate NY (late 80's) which were said to be Canadian Redvines ( which I had never heard of. A hop breeder over at Oregon State told me they were grown in PNW a long time ago but were replaced by other varieties.  I gave him some cuttings which he grew and then did an oil profile once they produced for him.  Each hop has a unique oil profile and can be identified this way.  I'm not sure if this would be cheaper than genetic testing but you might want to contact them or maybe Ali Hamm.  She was working for Summit Plant labs and recently assumed a teaching position at Colorado State fermentation program.  She's a fan of the candy and might be able to steer you in the right direction.  Also, some of the folks in this article may be worth trying to contact:

Ingredients / Re: I Want to Buy Hop Crowns
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:00:32 PM » Tell Lynn that B-Hoppy sent you and he'll throw an 'extra' in for ya!  Hoppy Trails~

Ingredients / Re: 2013 Hop Crop report
« on: August 20, 2013, 09:35:11 AM »
Hmmm, wonder how's come they forgot to list Amarillo?  I've seen a report that the crop is in excellent shape so far.  Maybe he soup-nazi has a hop growing relative?

Hop Growing / Re: Hop Seeds?
« on: August 11, 2013, 07:56:03 PM »
The male bloom will occur from time to time, certain varieties more than others.  From my experience over the past 20 or so years, I've seen it about every other year on my Cascade, some on the Bullion and a few other varieties but since I've planted Zeus, pretty much every year for the last 6 it's has a decent proportion of male parts. 

Some say stress and I think stress to one variety may be optimum growing conditions to other varieties as the Zeus has the most male bloom during moderate growing years like we've had this year.  Those years with plenty of 90 degree days and little moisture seem to be optimum growing conditions for her as she's all woman when we get weather like that.  From what I've learned, any pollen produced will not create viable seeds so not to worry as I haven't had any seedlings since I got rid of my male.  Just roll with it!

Hop Growing / Re: White Stuff on Hops!?!?!
« on: July 02, 2013, 10:04:27 AM »
I notice that type of occurrence from time to time on my hops and can definitely rule out powdery mildew.  My eyes aren't as good as they used to be but when you go to rub it off, something usually jumps off which I assumed was some type of leafhopper.  After doing a quick search one of the first hits was this:  Not saying that this is the culprit but it may be.  I wouldn't be too concerned.

Edit: Should have looked a little further:

Hop Growing / Re: Wilting Hops
« on: June 18, 2013, 10:23:42 AM »
I took the drain plate off, drilled a few more holes along the base of the pot, there was a lot of water in there. I'll let them drain and then hit them with a little nitrogen. Being incredibly new at attempting to grow living things, I thought the drain plate helped it drain more. Whoops.

I'd let the plant recover a bit before feeding it.  Once it has a chance to breathe again, it may take a week or two before it begins to look somewhat normal and resumes active growth. 

And as was suggested earlier, you'll never experience the enjoyment of what these plants can do if you keep them confined to a container.  Sure they'll grow and look awesome in big pots, but had they been in the ground they'd look awesome x 2.  The roots can become massive especially if they're growing in an region with deep, well drained soils.  A few years ago I had to excavate a crown that was 10 or so years old.  At about 3.5 feet down, one of the biggest roots was about as thick around as my wrist and growing through some very heavy clay hardpan(ish) soil.  The majority didn't bother to grow through it and decided to take the path of least resistance and grow horizontally. 

If you can't grow in the ground just realize they'll most likely never hit their potential.  Hop On!

Oops, sorry duboman, must have hit the button right after you did.  Great minds think alike, ha!

Ingredients / Re: Hops is toxic and could be deadly to dogs...
« on: June 07, 2013, 10:37:09 AM »
I used to give my dog the first half glass am foam of the day. If I didn't he would pout. One time I gave him a full pint out of a new keg as it was a little yeasty. He looked a little lit afterwords but seemed pretty happy. At 12 it was nice just to see him wag his tail

That used to work for my tail but it takes a few more than 'one' now-a-days.  Tails wear out over time and it's good to see your boy still has a little left in him!

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