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Ingredients / Re: Leery of dry hopping with homegrown
« on: April 06, 2010, 12:35:19 PM »
+2 on the foodsaver....mine is sticky and yellow ;)

I don't think there is cause to worry about contamination
via homegrown dryhop post fermentation.

Just use hops that smell really pungent, and not just any old homegrown.
eg, I have some Goldings that never develop any aroma...I never use them.

Ingredients / Re: Rhizomes and the Refrigerator
« on: April 06, 2010, 12:26:48 PM »
Another option.....I don't even harvest most of my production.  They just dry on the bine. :o

But yea, can be lots of work.  B-hoppy reminded me of my duties, and this weekend I hacked three full wheelbarrows of rhizomes off my plants ::).  Good grief, it was Advil for breakfast the next day.

You know the joke about locking your car during zucchini season?  Um yea, I am dribbling rhizomes where ever I go :D

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Forgot to Sanitize my carboy!!
« on: April 05, 2010, 04:00:09 PM »

I bet you will be fine.   

Stories?  I usually have some scum still visible on the glass from prior batches that I am too lazy scrub off.  I always store my carboys with some tinfoil on the top though. ::)

Have fun, don't worry, drink some red ale.

The Pub / Re: Will it kill my truck?
« on: April 05, 2010, 03:55:36 PM »
You could always switch over to "oh my good hell" if you start getting cross. ;)

Wha?  I did not know you had been in the Pocatello before!

The Pub / Re: New Kids
« on: April 05, 2010, 09:31:13 AM »
 :o, man are they cute!  I bet they are a freaking RIOT!

Have fun.  Wish I had a couple running around the place here.

The Pub / Re: Will it kill my truck?
« on: April 05, 2010, 09:29:27 AM »
Did you seriously just say "oh my heck"? 
Better get used to it.  :D

 ;D, yup plenty of oh my heck going on up in Pocatello.

I was always partial to "Good Godfrey"! ;)

Ingredients / Re: Fourth year of hops
« on: April 03, 2010, 07:43:54 AM »
the aftermath of a 5 or so year old crown which was left unattended

 :D, I love that phrase!  The words are just so appropriate for this wickedly prolific weed...Aftermath and unattended.   :D

Thanks for your insight.

The Pub / Re: Will it kill my truck?
« on: April 02, 2010, 09:01:40 PM »

So are you guys gonna live in the trailer or are your inlaws gonna.

Oh my heck
THAT is an instant classic right there :D :D!

So you gonna make Holly tow that camper.

er maybe you won't be rollin in the Silverado aye :'(

Ingredients / Re: Fourth year of hops
« on: April 02, 2010, 11:11:23 AM »
My thoughts:

As far as clipping first shoots,
I have let my first shoots go and never clipped.  Last year a few plants got frost pruned and died back, but the plant threw new and the harvest compared to other years was the same.

A far as trimming to only two bines per plant,
I think it depends on what you are growing them on.

If on a line, it makes sense to limit to two bines. 
If you grow on a fence with lots of surface area, I think it makes better sense to let a bunch of bines go.  I agree with Denny, letting all the bines go does not affect production negatively.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Ranger IPA
« on: April 01, 2010, 10:52:48 AM »
This beer suprised me a bit, as I have not been overly impressed with NB beers. 

+1.  I had this out of a can last night.  On the can it says "we're hoppy, you're happy" ;D

Ingredients / Re: Just can't find the best hop trellis design.
« on: April 01, 2010, 09:27:26 AM »
I just don't know how to stop my hops from getting wicked out of control!  I feel like if I were to only grow them up a 10' structure they would reach out and strangle each other, me, and anything that gets too close!

What do you do to keep them under control?  Do you clip the end growth?  Train them down, over, under?  It just seems they will get too thick and heavy if they can't climb.

 :D, I really don't do anything to try and keep them under control.  They get to the top, reach for more in thin  air, and then fall back down, and try again.  They usually form a mass at the top, and then flower.

I only trim a little when different varieties start to encroach on each other.

Couple of points about this bush hop method...if you are in a high humidity area, you could have trouble with nasties.  In the dry heat here in the intermtn west, I don't have any trouble with mildew etc. 

As far as getting them off the fence...I wait until early spring and over the winter the bines get pretty brittle and rip off pretty easily.  It helps that the cattle panels are sturdy and welded into place so they do not move too much.

Ingredients / Re: Just can't find the best hop trellis design.
« on: April 01, 2010, 08:25:24 AM »
I am one of those that thinks homegardeners do not have to grow hops to commercial height
and still get a great harvest.

I only grow to 10 feet, and leave my plants up for the whole season.

I start with a cattle panel fence:

And then extend rebar up from that:

And end up with something like this:

I have been messing with free standing hop tubes,
just rolled up concrete mesh wire anchored with rebar:

Have fun!  I get a little giddy thinking up ways to grow hops, I like your brainstorming ;D

The Pub / Re: Will it kill my truck?
« on: April 01, 2010, 08:08:33 AM »
lugging it up the Rockies.

 ;D, luckily with your probable route, there ain't much lugging up the Rockies involved. ;)
Lots of lonesome country tho, the flats of Wyoming.

Man, you are gonna have some fun.  Hell of a deal on a camper. ;D
You don't just latch on to it with a bumber ball do you?  Seems like you would need a receiver hitch?

The Pub / Re: Where's Denny?
« on: March 25, 2010, 11:09:34 AM »
How the hell did Denny get up to 1400 posts already?!!! ;D

Edit: Bluesman is up to 1190!!!

You better get busy Major!

BTW, where are those piggy pics? ;D

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Sierra Nevada 30
« on: March 23, 2010, 11:13:20 AM »
I had the pleasure of drinking Fritz and Ken's Ale this weekend.


Although collaborative brews are the style these days it seems, this celebration is definately one that I will support!

Drink up.

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