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Hop Growing / Hops in pots 2013 (second year)
« on: May 07, 2013, 12:22:01 AM »
I planted March 31st. My cascade are already at about 7 feet!

Cascade at about 5 weeks by ccfoo242, on Flickr

I need to add a third string (I ran out). Since I'm in Florida I refrigerated the roots from January to the end of March. Very happy with how fast they're growing.

My Zeus finally started growing, I had to dig them back up because I put them too deep. So they haven't had as much time as the cascade.

Zeus at about 5 weeks by ccfoo242, on Flickr

These have everything going against them. They are facing west and only get sun from about 2-3pm to sundown. But I think this helps prevent them from burning up in the Florida sun.

The Pub / Another reason to be a homebrewer
« on: April 19, 2013, 09:04:03 PM »


Hang in there people of Boston!

General Homebrew Discussion / Some prohibition era homebrew supplies
« on: April 16, 2013, 01:56:13 PM »
Saw this today on Shorpy:

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Thomas R. Shipp Co. -- S.A. Gatti stand, Center Market." Offering malt extract, wine jelly and hops, three items for your Prohibition-era shopping list.

Link to full sized photo:

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Going Pro / The Can Van
« on: January 17, 2013, 03:52:48 PM »
Thought some of you would be interested in this.;river

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The Pub / Dog penis wine?
« on: January 16, 2013, 06:13:34 PM »

"It was not immediately clear why the owner of the abattoir kept the body parts, a spokeswoman said. But local media suggested the man could have used the penises as an ingredient in herbal wine due to the belief they could help boost male potency."


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Equipment and Software / Wide tray for soaking in sanitizer
« on: December 27, 2012, 03:03:31 AM »
I thought there were wide (like 36") trays in Home Depot that i could use to soak the longer brewing stuff. But I can't find any. If you know what I'm talking about can you link to Home Depot or Lowes or Amazon for me?  :o

I'm in North Florida and have read that I should refrigerate my rhizomes during the winter.

1. When should I do this? The new hops book says they need 6 to 8 weeks below 40F.

2. Mine are in pots.  How much of each rhizome do I dig up?

3. Put them in a zip lock bag with moist paper towel, correct?

4. People say newly planted hops don't reach their peak until their second or third year. If I pull and refrigerate each winter won't they always be a like new hops and never improve their yield?

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Yeast and Fermentation / Ideal temp for WLP051
« on: December 05, 2012, 02:18:40 PM »
The local shop was out of WLP001 so I grabbed 051 instead. A few Google searches later and it looks like this strain doesn't work well below 66F (one forum post claimed it stalls below that).

Does anyone here have first hand experience with this yeast?  Does pitching at 66F with a slow rise sound okay?

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General Homebrew Discussion / I'm a rebel, Dotty, a loner...
« on: December 05, 2012, 01:12:42 AM »
Homeowners association rules say no grilling in the driveway, but they don't mention making homebrew...

But that's how I roll.

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Kegging and Bottling / Kegging without a fridge
« on: December 04, 2012, 04:05:25 AM »
I want to start kegging but I don't have a dedicated fridge.  Can I keg at room temp and fill a growler to put in the fridge?

Equipment and Software / Digital refractometer
« on: December 03, 2012, 02:06:20 PM »
I broke my hydrometer yesterday and while searching for a replacement I saw this digital refractometer:

Does anyone have experience with using a digital refractometer? Is this model a piece of crap?

General Homebrew Discussion / My first dumped batch
« on: November 09, 2012, 05:57:31 PM »
Went to dry hop my beer the other night and noticed there were all these little white grains of something on the carboy. Looking closer I see they were moving.


They were covering the carboy and had gotten up under the cap.

I think flies must have gotten into the freezer through the drain plug that I'd accidentally left out. It was a messy ferment that had spewed wort all over and I hadn't cleaned it up very well.


Just pisses me off. This was an IPA made with my home grown hops. *grr*

So now I have lots of cleaning and sanitizing to do...

The Pub / Lord Cockswain's Courage Porter
« on: September 10, 2012, 01:02:02 AM »

I bought some steampunk graphic novels by Greg Broadmore and this was an "ad" in one of them.

You can check out the books here:

Ingredients / IPA made with home grown hops
« on: September 05, 2012, 04:19:26 PM »
I have at least a pound each of Zeus and Cascade dried and vacuum sealed in the freezer. These came from the bines I planted last spring. It looks like I may be able to get a little more from the bines before the end of the season.

Since I've never used leaf hops before (only pellets) what are some things I need to consider when brewing with them?

I want to make a big ol' IPA with them.

Kegging and Bottling / Over-carbonation mystery solved
« on: August 28, 2012, 12:48:04 PM »
Some of you will read this and go "duh!" but I figured I would post in case someone else made the same mistake.

When figuring out the amount of sugar to use for bottle conditioning I was calculating it based on the temperature it would be stored at after bottling (room temp) and not the temperature it was at the time of bottling.

I've been dropping the temp to clear the beer out so it was only up to around 40-50F by the time I was putting it in the bottles. This was giving me up to 1 more volume of CO2 that I wanted.

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