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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Member, Old Brewer, Cheers!!
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:47:58 AM »
You'll find the people here insanely helpful and friendly.  Welcome!

 8)

Yeah... This is the North Wing of the Third Floor...

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Hop Growing / Re: 2014 Planting?
« on: February 28, 2014, 08:11:44 AM »
How did you plants do last year planting them on March 9th?  Up here in NH even it was warm then, I'd be afraid to plant new rhizomes when there was still a 98-99% of a frost.

No. These things grew real well, but I did a lot of prep work with soil and compost. We had frosts after I planted, but I covered with a thick layer of wood mulch. Also, you want to water and feed with acidic water and fertilizer. Our well water is very hard, so I catch rain water and use.

Here's my thread from last year's hops...

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=15030.0

I had a nice yield on all of my plants. Some better than others. The Columbus blew up late. I had a large amount of them.

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Hop Growing / Re: 2014 Planting?
« on: February 28, 2014, 04:03:21 AM »
Thanks. I'm not too concerned. I thought I had the right idea here. I just wanted to make sure. I had tremendous first year hops last year. I don't think ill batch it this year. I put most if it on getting them in the ground immediately and the rest on the absurd amount if rain we had through June last year. I ordered from the Thyme Garden again. The quality and customer service this is incredible.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: New Member, Old Brewer, Cheers!!
« on: February 27, 2014, 07:54:36 PM »
Hey hey!

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Hop Growing / 2014 Planting?
« on: February 27, 2014, 07:04:09 PM »
The day I got my rhizomes in the mail last year it was 63 degrees and I planted them on March 9th. I ordered a couple of centennial rhizomes to plant this year. I just got noticed that they'll probably be shipped next week. Well, they're calling for a foot of snow Sunday and Monday followed by bitter cold temps. There's no way that I'm getting a shovel into the ground anytime soon. When these come, I'll check and see if they're moist and in a ziplock (they arrived this way last year) and toss in the fridge. If they are dry, I'll dampen a paper towel and wrap around the rhizome, bag and toss in the fridge. I'll get them in the ground ASAP. Is this the best method of storing rhizomes?

I really don't want to put in a pot and start indoors. I did this two years ago, and they didn't grow hearty. I lost seven out of ten plants.

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Ingredients / Re: Another Cacoa nibs post
« on: February 26, 2014, 08:17:34 PM »
I used nibs in the secondary for a NB milk chocolate stout extract kit a couple years ago. It was the worst beer I've ever brewed. So I wouldn't use it as a measuring stick.

Yeah... Not sure why I posted anything. I guess I wasn't much help  :P

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Equipment and Software / Re: PBW 101
« on: February 23, 2014, 11:32:48 AM »
10lbs? I don't think I've seen that big. I do buy the largest they have a repackage it into old costco almond containers.

Yep... To be honest it might be bigger. They have 14 lb boxes. Usually have two bags inside. I think it runs around $30 or so

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Equipment and Software / Re: PBW 101
« on: February 23, 2014, 10:02:04 AM »
So would PBW not be necessary for cleaning fermenting buckets?


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I guess it depends on the definition of "necessary".  I generally use Oxiclean, which is very much like PBW but less expensive.  But about once every 3-4 uses, I clean my buckets with PBW and it appears to remove s4tuff that the Oxiclean didn't.

+1 on oxiclean. I usually buy it when Costco puts the 10 lb boxes on sale.

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Start simple... Add a whirlfloc tab to the boil for the last 10 minutes. Cheap and easy!
Oops...  Forgot to mention that I do indeed use whirlfloc in my boils. I do 2.5 gallon half batches so I use a half of a whirlfloc tablet.

Ok then... Let somebody more educated than me weigh in  :P

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Start simple... Add a whirlfloc tab to the boil for the last 10 minutes. Cheap and easy!

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Pimp My System / Re: As simple as it gets for a mash tun thermometer
« on: February 23, 2014, 07:49:34 AM »
First off, very nice thermometer. I have the same one and would recommend it to anybody. Long stem and cheap. But it concerns me that you are losing enough heat to be focused on checking the temp. I mashed in two weeks ago and it was 4 degrees out. I lost 1 degree in 60 minutes. I mashed I. Yesterday at 37 degrees out and lost .4 degrees in 90 minutes. It must be because mine is blue  ;D

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Equipment and Software / Re: Yet another mill setup
« on: February 22, 2014, 08:44:05 PM »
Haha yes. And when you're done, cone build me some. I'll give you a homebrew or 9 for your services. It's true though. I bought three sacks (2 row and Munich) and four 10 pound bags of malt a couple weeks ago on sale. A few days later I got another email saying they extended the sale for another 12 hours. I almost bout two more sacks (Pilsen and MO to top off my supply). I quickly realized that I had no storage space for an additional 110 lbs of grain. I'm pretty much capped at 300-350 lbs.... Why is that necessary?!? Lol

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Equipment and Software / Re: Yet another mill setup
« on: February 22, 2014, 07:36:50 PM »
I'm not familiar with either the corona or cereal crusher or any commercial mill at that matter. Mine was built homemade in a machine shop....works great but could double as an anvil or even triple as a bait anchor.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: First Competition
« on: February 22, 2014, 07:29:37 PM »
It's over, and the results are in. So pumped I got to enter and attend my first competition. I entered my beer in the American Brown Ale category. Took Silver with a final score of 37. Felt pretty good to win although I wasn't expecting it. There was 14 people that entered the same category as me. I am hooked and I have the competition bug now.

Sweet! Great job!

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Equipment and Software / Re: Yet another mill setup
« on: February 22, 2014, 06:29:51 PM »
Looks good, Jim! I thought about mounting mine somehow since it weighs a ton, but I like the mobility. But this gives a nice visual. Good job man!

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