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Ingredients / Fourth year of hops
« on: April 02, 2010, 02:17:10 PM »
And I am wondering if other folks are cutting down the first shoots in the spring, and waiting for the next set of shoots, then clipping all but two vines on each hill.  Many of the Hop Gardening websites and books suggest this method, and I've been using it, and it get more hops than I know what to do with.  Just wondering what other folks do.

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Ingredients / Re: My babies
« on: April 01, 2010, 05:31:39 PM »
My Cascades popped up this past weekend, still waiting for the Nuggets and Goldings.
Most of my hops are trellised, but I have some on a chain link fence and they produce at least as well as the trellised ones.  It's a lot easier to harvest too.

That's what do, (chain link fence) it works great, but I assumed I was losing production.  Maybe not........

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Ingredients / Re: Just can't find the best hop trellis design.
« on: April 01, 2010, 05:30:25 PM »
I just grow mine laterally on a four foot chain link fence.  Probably don't get the production, but, I get more than I can brew with, and am always giving lots to the local brew-pub for free beer, so it works out nicely.......

I have about 300' of fencing, and about 10-12 hills.  I'll see if I have any old pictures, it really turns the fence into a nice hedge for a couple months....

How hard is it to get the bines off the fence at harvest time?  I would image they wrap themselves around the links a hundred different ways.

I harvest from the fence.  Cut them off at the ground, then just wait until a nice day in december, and they break off pretty nicely as they are bone dry. 

I like the hedge they create, that's more why I do it this way, than any other reason, and since I have hops to spare, I don't need to worry about maximimazing production.  It does take a bit more maintenance, as they always want to grow up, but I'm out in my yard all the time anyway.......

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Ingredients / Re: Just can't find the best hop trellis design.
« on: April 01, 2010, 03:39:02 PM »
I just grow mine laterally on a four foot chain link fence.  Probably don't get the production, but, I get more than I can brew with, and am always giving lots to the local brew-pub for free beer, so it works out nicely.......

I have about 300' of fencing, and about 10-12 hills.  I'll see if I have any old pictures, it really turns the fence into a nice hedge for a couple months....

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Kegging and Bottling / Re: New Bottles vs Used
« on: March 30, 2010, 06:13:51 PM »


++1


JZ said this?! Surely it's some sort of anal-retentivity thing... ;D



Yeah. It was on the "competition brewing" show from about a year ago where he and Gordon Strong were the featured guests. 

I think several on the show agreed with him and said they also use new bottles. Maybe there's a good reason, but I just fail to see how cleaning and sanitizing a beer bottle is any different than cleaning and sanitizing a carboy.

Yep, JZ says new bottles only for competition and long term storage.  His theory is that after beer stays in a bottle for months or possibley years, it's pretty tough to clean.  And the fact that good bottles are brown, and you can't really visually inspect to make sure they are clean. 

And for competition, I only use new bottles.  However, for sharing out of my corny's on a regualr basis, I have about ten cases of the flip tops bottles from Fischer Amber, and I re-use them all the time.......  And the beergun from Blichman is an awesome product.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Hop Pics
« on: March 29, 2010, 03:02:50 PM »
All mind (2 each cascade, Willamate, Goldings, simcoe, tettnager, and fuggles) were about 6-8 inches yesterday.

I say "were" as I am following the advice in that hop garening book to cut the first shoots down to the ground, wait for the second set, and only allow 2-3 of those to grow to maturity.  This is my third year with all these.

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Ingredients / Re: Brewing with Lavender
« on: March 22, 2010, 02:23:36 AM »
I live in Sequim, Wa.  And we have a lavender festival here every year as much is grown in this area.  I have been brewing lavender for quite some time.  I use a Saison recipe, and replace the spices with the lavender.   Kind of.

I add two ounces of CULINARY lavender to the boil when I pitch my starter.  10 gallon batch.  As I ferment in two five gallon buckets, I leave the lavender and yeast added to the wort in the boil pot for about an hour, stir, and transfer to the buckets.   (I learned the technique from Justin on The Brewing Network)

Make sure and get culinary and not aromatic lavender.  the later has camphor, just like vicks vapor rub.  not good in beer.

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Ingredients / Re: Bulk Simcoe hops
« on: March 22, 2010, 02:18:06 AM »
Thanks everyone, ordered from Freshops, I like the flowers.

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Ingredients / Bulk Simcoe hops
« on: March 21, 2010, 04:46:42 PM »
Anyone know a good online retailer for bulk Simcoe hops?  I need two pounds, and don't want to buy by the oz.


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