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The Pub / Re: Dog penis wine?
« on: January 16, 2013, 06:47:26 PM »
Talk about a stiff drink...

Ingredients / Re: Colorado Hop Garden Techniques
« on: January 10, 2013, 04:28:25 PM »
Thanks!  Yeah, now that it's my own place, I plan to set up a much better (and consistently watered) system.  I'm thinking of a large wooden T cemented into the ground with hooks at the top to tie the twine off that's staked to the ground.  This should hopefully make for an easy harvest.  Now to think of a way to do it that's aesthetically pleasing so I won't catch any flack from the misses! I'd read on a previous post about how to properly use grain in a compost.  I'll probably peruse that too since I plan on planting a garden full of fermentables.  :D

Ingredients / Re: Colorado Hop Garden Techniques
« on: January 09, 2013, 06:48:45 PM »
Thanks for the input!  I'm thinking i didn't water them enough this summer, so the shaded soil was likely retaining more moisture.  I thought I'd heard 100% sunlight before but I wasn't sure.  Now I know!  Has anyone used spent grain to compost (or just spread on the ground) where the hops are growing?  Would this be detrimental in any way?  Also, has anyone used the commercial style of using ropes/twine for the vine to climb?  If so, any pics of your setups?


Ingredients / Colorado Hop Garden Techniques
« on: January 07, 2013, 11:54:12 PM »
Hey there!

So I've recently bought a house with an acre and a half.  Previously I've rented my friends basement where I have 3.5 year old hops growing in his back yard.  This spring, I plan to do some transplanting (and plant a few additional varieties).  This previous (HOT) summer wasn't a great harvest due to the severe drought, but I did notice that the vine that caught the first shade from a nearby tree in late afternoon has always performed better.  I'm wondering what % of sunlight works best for growing hops.  Since I'm starting anew, I want to plant right from the ground up.  Any techniques/tips that can get my brew garden off on the right foot?


The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: January 04, 2013, 11:38:50 PM »
How Would I Know - Natural Vibrations

The Pub / Re: song title game
« on: December 13, 2012, 08:58:59 PM »
Any Way You Want It - Journey

Moving all my equipment to my first time home!  Time to expand the brewery again!

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Accidental Sour
« on: November 16, 2012, 06:20:07 AM »
I haven't heard that, but it  definitely turned out very strawberry in aroma and flavor.  Could be because they were super fresh. Dunno.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Accidental Sour
« on: November 15, 2012, 11:55:16 PM »
Awesome!  I was wondering if bottle bombs were a possibility in this scenario.  Good to know.  It tastes good now, so i can't go wrong with just drinking it I guess!  I'll stow a couple away for the sake of science. 

Homebrew Clubs / Re: What Denver area clubs are fairly active?
« on: November 15, 2012, 11:29:50 PM »
Any active brew clubs in the Northern burbs of Denver?  I live in Northglenn and am moving to Todd Creek here in a few weeks.  Rock Hoppers sounds great but it's a bit too far for me.

Yeast and Fermentation / Accidental Sour
« on: November 15, 2012, 11:07:37 PM »
So about two months ago I brewed a Belgian strawberry wheat.  I steamed the strawberries before adding them to the fermenter. 4 lbs of strawberries for the 5 gallon batch.  I wanted it to be heavy on the strawberry side.  I never noticed any pellicle during the fermentation, but it's very possible some bacteria was introduced from all those berries.  I just popped a bottle last night, at to my (good) surprise, it was pretty tart!  Now this is likely due to all the strawberries, but could possibly be from some bacteria.  I now have the dilemma of drinking them now or hiding them away for a while to see what develops.  Thoughts?

Side note: I've yet to brew a sour, but I love them and plan on diving in to brew some this winter.  Just bought "Wild Brews" but haven't started reading it yet.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Post a pic of your Pellicle!
« on: November 15, 2012, 10:49:10 PM »
All beautiful and disgusting at the same time.  I'll assume all tasty too.

Going Pro / Re: What have I done?
« on: November 15, 2012, 10:42:50 PM »
Congrats and good luck!

Kegging and Bottling / Re: Which regulator?
« on: November 13, 2012, 06:54:00 PM »
I'm also in the market for a new regulator.  I just upgraded from the 5lb tank to the 20lb.  Probably a dumb question, but a regulator will fit either size tank right?  Also, any thoughts on this one?

Equipment and Software / Re: Cleanup...
« on: November 08, 2012, 06:05:34 PM »
Post brew cleaning is almost as painful as pre brew cleaning.  After brewing, I honestly just spray everything down with a hose to make my pre brew cleaning easier.  I store all my keggles, buckets, etc in my shed, so I need a serious pre brew cleaning every time either way.  I'm looking forward to getting a plate chiller as my next upgrade, so while the warmer exit water leaves the plate chiller, I'll attach a long hose to clean all my equipment.  Also, with the film issue, I take steel wool to the inside of my keggles about every 4-5 brews before the oxyclean and starsan.  This is obviously only helpful with steel equipment.  Wouldn't want to scar up an plastic, etc.

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