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Equipment and Software / Re: promash vs beersmith vs others
« on: March 06, 2013, 01:48:35 PM »
Try BeerSmith for Free.

Never look back.

Now if only someone invented an app to convert my old ProMash recipe files  ;D

http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=8272.msg103221#msg103221

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Hop Growing / Re: Hop trellis options and a few other questions
« on: March 06, 2013, 01:35:05 PM »
An aside:  could we get a 'hop growing' section in the AHA Forum?

Much thanks.
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We'll talk about it, but I'm not in favor of it personally.  We've pruned off several sections in the past just to keep things easier to manage.  What about a sticky topic?

Was thinking about a child board off of Ingredients.  Up to you, thank you.

Ya know, it's getting to be hop planting time of year, so I'm just gonna go ahead ahead and do it.  If it doesn't work out, we'll move the posts to somewhere else.

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club Running a Nano-Brewery
« on: March 06, 2013, 01:32:34 PM »
Those guys at Rogue are pretty damn smart.  If the beer was good they sell it, if not dump it and wait for another group of brewery slaves to make another batch.

It was all good and I don't think any got dumped.  Beyond that, I have a lot of friends at Rogue, so I'll restrain myself...

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Equipment and Software / Re: hop rhizomes newbie
« on: March 06, 2013, 11:47:13 AM »
I just hit mine with liquid fish fertilizer once or twice a year.  Seems to be all they need.

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Hop Growing / Re: Hop trellis options and a few other questions
« on: March 06, 2013, 11:43:49 AM »
An aside:  could we get a 'hop growing' section in the AHA Forum?

Much thanks.
+1

We'll talk about it, but I'm not in favor of it personally.  We've pruned off several sections in the past just to keep things easier to manage.  What about a sticky topic?

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Hop Growing / Re: Hop trellis options and a few other questions
« on: March 06, 2013, 11:42:32 AM »
I would warn you to not be too ambitious about planting a lot of hops, at least at first.  They take a few years to take off.  The first year you'll get very little, but the yield will increase after that.  I have a single Cascade plant that's a little over 10 years old and it's not unusual for me to get over 20 lb. of wet fresh hops from that single plant.  That makes picking, drying and packaging them a PITA.  I do live in the middle of prime hop growing territory in the PNW, so maybe I get more growth than a lot of other people do, but when I'm out there picking hops every summer I'm damn glad that I only have the one plant.
fixed it

;)

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All Things Food / Re: I discovered
« on: March 06, 2013, 11:41:18 AM »
Recipe, please? 

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Equipment and Software / Re: hop rhizomes newbie
« on: March 06, 2013, 10:02:47 AM »
so you get ~4 lbs per plant dry, looks like the industry standard (whatever that is) is about 2.8 tons per hectare which very roughly works out to about 10 lbs per plant.

Yeah, that's about average.  It's been as high as 7 lb. from the one plant after drying.  Even I can't use 4-7 lb. of Cascades in a year.  And around here, trying to give away Cascade hops is like trying to give away zucchini in August!

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Back in the saddle
« on: March 06, 2013, 09:59:11 AM »
Theyve been heckling me that i bought a red one.... GET THE BLUE!

red= -27% efficiency - malt you've already purchased begins to disappear on its own

blue= 134% efficiency - after 10 brews, a bag of malt magically appears in your garage

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Homebrew Clubs / Re: Homebrew Club Running a Nano-Brewery
« on: March 06, 2013, 09:54:22 AM »
In our case, Rogue bought a 30 gal. MoreBeer sculpture (top of the line) and put it in the basement of their local brewpub.  They also bout a temp controlled conical for the system.  Our people would go in and brew using ingredients supplied by Rogue.  Generally, they were pretty good about getting ingredients that were needed, but sometimes we just had to wing it.  The finished beer was owned and sold by Rogue.  Even the club member who brewed it had to purchase it...no free beer for the club.  They were supposed to have a tap handle available for us all the time, but often their own beer would fill that while ours sat until there was space.  They did no identification kf the beer as being brewed by the club.  Basically, we were just providing free labor.  We recently decided to end our brewing on the system because we just couldn't identify the value to the club.

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I could get up off my rear, get the pH meter out and try it, but that is some work that I can avoid.  :)

Jeff, it's my great pleasure to award you the Gold Star for Pragmatism!




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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Whole leaf hops
« on: March 06, 2013, 09:43:45 AM »
Hop bags are ok, but you can lose some bitterness.

So I increase the hop amount by 10% to compensate.

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Hop Growing / Re: Hop trellis options and a few other questions
« on: March 06, 2013, 09:40:49 AM »
I would warn you to not be too ambitious about planting a lot of hops, at least at first.  They take a few years to take off.  The first year you'll get very little, but the yield will increase after that.  I have a single Cascade plant that's a little over 10 years old and it's not unusual for me to get over 20 lb. of wet hops from that single plant.  That makes picking, drying and packaging them a PITA.  I do live in the middle of prime hop growing territory in the PNW, so maybe I get more growth than a lot of other people do, but when I'm out there picking hops every summer I'm damn glad that I only have the one plant.

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