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Hop Growing / Re: Hop trellis options and a few other questions
« on: March 06, 2013, 02:18:30 PM »
Hey Jonathan,

As it was mentioned, there are a few varieties that you can't get unless you happen to have a hop contract with the owner of that trademarked hop. :)  I think the only one you listed that is not available is the Amarillo.

I would recommend a few things:
1.  Try several more varieties.  Not all hops grow well in the same conditions.  I originally planted 10 plots with 9 varieties.  4 years later, I'm pulling out the poor performers and have enough rhizomes from the good ones to replace them.  I'll be down to 5 varieties eventually.

2.  Ask around in your local area (where are you located?) at homebrew clubs, or local homebrew stores, if they are available.  Hops are weeds, and within a year, are producing so many rhizomes that you can't give them away.  Most growers are happy to share.

3.  Or, buy from the closest online store to you, physically.  This might not make much difference, but the viability is likely higher if they do not have to be shipped across the country. 

I have only bought rhizomes (from Norther Brewer, originally) not plants, but they are vigorous growers, and are amazingly resilient.  Buying an established plant likely will speed up the process a little, but the extra cost is not worth it. 

The higher they grow, the happier they are.  The first year, they might only go up 8' anyway, so you don't need to invest much in trellissing, or can use them vertical then horizontal.  I have a friend who just lets them grow on his 4 ' high fence and they flower out nicely, but maybe not maximally.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: San Diego Super Yeast
« on: March 06, 2013, 02:05:07 PM »
Maybe the yeast was mishandled during delivery?  There's no real way to know, but could account for a massive die off, leaving you with too little, even with the starter.  This is unlikely to be the cause of your trouble since you added other yeast to finish off the beer and it never dropped points.  Have you calibrated your thermometers recently?  I had this happen.  Thought I was mashing at 151, but really was 155...  Made a big difference.

I had no idea that SD Super Yeast was finicky.  I have been using (abusing?) it for some time and it always seems to do the job quickly, and in several different beers.  In fact, it's my go-to yeast in the house now.  My basement sits at 65-68 year round.  Colder on the floor.

I have had great experience with this yeast from 4-10% beers.  It has been highly attenuative, and floccs out quickly. 

BTW, my brew buddy has a much colder basement and had trouble with 090 recently.  It was resolved by bringing it upstairs, rousting the yeast, and it finished in another day.

Events / Re: AHA Conference is SOLD OUT!
« on: February 04, 2012, 05:03:37 PM »
I think that the GABF should be the place that those college kids learn about great beer, and the NHC is where they come to learn how to make it.  Two great conferences with two different goals.  Depending on your perspective, one is the minor league, one is the major.  But each joined together.  As long as there is interest, there will be growth.

Thanks to Gary for also pointing out how far in advance the planning takes.  Our own Crispy Frey mentioned in an email to our club how many people are needed in just one facet of the NHC planning.  It is a major undertaking, and I think that all the AHA members should really know how much.  I definitely feel like my dues are working for me. 

brew on,
Roger Burns
Ann Arbor Brewers Guild

The Pub / Re: TechTalk ever coming back?
« on: May 03, 2011, 11:24:36 AM »
That said, how'd you like to be a TT moderator?

Hey Denny
I would not know what was involved being a moderator.  I am just getting back to this thread after a week.  I would worried about taking on a responsibility that I may not be able to follow through with.  That said, how does moderating work?


The Pub / TechTalk ever coming back?
« on: April 27, 2011, 08:27:32 PM »
First, I don't want to beat the dead horse, but the last mention of the TT v 2 was last Fall.  Is it ever coming back? 

I *have* lived without it, but miss it, and just want to know the status NOT start the Forum vs TechTalk debate again.

Roger Burns
Ann Arbor Brewers Guild
Ann Arbor, MI

I like the 'bread rack' style of shelves you can get at the big box stores.  They come in different sizes, are customizable, and hold a lot of weight.  The ones in my brew storage area have a 350 lb/shelf capacity (and sometimes I think that's not enough!), and don't bend over time.  Since they are customizable, you can make a stand alone rack, and if you have any extra shelf pieces, make a wall mounted or short stand version.  Last time I bought them, I made the bottom shelf 3 inches from the floor and the second one about 3 inches over the height of a corny keg.  And several above that.  I ended up with an extra, and mounted the shelf to some extra poles (from another project!) and mounted it next to my laundry tub, and partially over.  It's great to clean things, then put upside down on the shelf and they dry.  Easy to clean, and strong!

Hope that helps.  The shelves cost about $60-70 (on sale), $80 regular, for a 5 shelf unit from my local Lowes.


General Homebrew Discussion / Re: I miss TechTalk
« on: November 17, 2010, 12:53:37 PM »
Was hoping we could get an update on a push-based, opt-in TT2 service.  Is there any chance it will be here in the next couple of months?  I don't begrudge people in the forum for liking it, and not liking TT.  I know forums and they are a great resource for what they are.  But they are NOT a replacement for TT and I am hoping that TT2 will soon fill in that hole in my daily routine that has been missing for a few months.  I can learn new things (in fact, that is what I do everyday), but for so many reasons, I like the email format better.  que sara sara.  In any case, is there a timeline?

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