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Commercial Beer Reviews / A Rash of Pumpkin
« on: September 01, 2011, 01:12:54 PM »
Here they come,
I mean everybody and their brother down the street is hauling out a pumpkin beer this year.

I confess that it has been years since I tried one, given the nasty experience I had once.
I guess I just think yuck!!!  ....and I do like pumpkin, you pie...or as roasted salty seeds. ;)

So tell me, have these beers changed?  Are they more subtle? 
Can you recommend one that might not ruin me to the "style" for another 5 years?

All Things Food / Poblanos
« on: September 01, 2011, 11:38:56 AM »
I have some, and more than I can eat fresh.  Are these a roastable pepper?
How about dried?...ancho. How do you use the dried pepper?

Thanks in advance.  The AHA brewer brains here are amazing. 8)

The Pub / Re: Sharing small joys
« on: September 01, 2011, 11:29:34 AM »

Last week I was lamenting the fact that we had not seen any big sheep,
and the next morning we topped out at this lake at the back of the cirque
and found this on the shore.

Ingredients / Re: Setting up a hop yard
« on: September 01, 2011, 09:06:34 AM »
You might cut the bine at the bottom a day or 2  before to make bine and leaves and cones dry alittle might make picking easier.

I cut off some bines the other day, and then had to leave town for a couple days.  I found out that plucking the cones off a semi dried bine is a PITA, and much harder than normal green picking.

akr71, where are you located?  Are there other small time growers in the area?  Around here in western Colorado, some small time farmers are banding together and trying to set up a regional oast, as well as hop picking equipment that can be shared.

If you are in a dry climate, an uninsulated metal shed works really well as an oast.

+1 on lots of labor.  I know a guy here that has 8 acres planted and he has been at picking for a couple weeks, some times with as many as 50 people picking.  Plucking hop cones by hand is time intensive.

The Pub / Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« on: August 31, 2011, 09:20:44 PM »
Fantastic.  How long might the mycelia last?  Are they short lived?

Aspen by the way.  Aspen clones....some are already starting to turn yella with the season.

Also saw, but failed to photograph,  a softball sized puffball that was slate grey and ready to puff some massive amounts of spore.
I could not resist giving it a squeeze. :)  Biggest I have ever seen.

The Pub / Re: Squash Time (pic)
« on: August 31, 2011, 09:13:07 PM »
A far cry from Dave's yeller scrotum squash.

 :D, I am thinking Vert has a mess of warty crookneck there.  They don't sell with the masses.

Going Pro / Re: Canning
« on: August 31, 2011, 09:08:38 PM »
I bet Sean T at Silverton Brewery can can a can story for you.  He is a member here (a10t2).  They use plain silver cans and paste a label on them.  He might be a bit busy trying to fill them right now.

Just now finished the 2011 harvest ale. 
Denny's RIPA with all homegrown, topped off with 1.5 pounds of fresh CTZ at flameout.

Tis the season...Cheers! 8)

The Pub / Re: Irene's fury
« on: August 31, 2011, 12:10:48 PM »
Furious Nature.  Insurance companies are tracking it.

The Pub / Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« on: August 31, 2011, 10:59:57 AM »
Very cool, thanks for the fun-guy lesson!
Wow, the mycilium can go far...I but the radius on that circle was about 6 feet.

Any idea as to the species pictured?

The Pub / Re: Irene's fury
« on: August 31, 2011, 10:48:53 AM »
Wow, Mr. Nate.  Hang in there.  Guess you like your Jeep.

Is anyone keeping an eye on Katia yet?

Cool link.  I love to watch radar.

So is that pronounced Caught chya? 
I am thinking most 'mericans will call it Catie ah.

The Pub / Re: Springtime Mushrooms anyone finding them?
« on: August 31, 2011, 10:41:01 AM »
Found a fairy ring last week....a nice sphere of mushroom growth...Anyone ever seen one?

Is it magic or is there some "science" that explains such a regular distribution of growth?

This is a crappy photo, but I mean it was a perfect circle!
I stepped in and made a wish anyway. ;)

The Pub / Re: Squash Time (pic)
« on: August 31, 2011, 10:33:46 AM »
....and give some to the chickens ::)  They really are a fantastic plant.

How about Delicata squash.  Anybody grow that one?  Really nice nutty flavor, supposed to be a winter squash but I am eating the first of mine right now.  Nice to go out to the garden for dinner.

The Pub / Re: Squash Time (pic)
« on: August 31, 2011, 05:40:36 AM »
Ya'll are making me feel bad for thinking about slicing this fatty for the chickens on the compost pile!

One way to slow down a zuc plant is to let it concentrate on a monster for a while.
I might try that grated and caramelized idea.  Cheers.

The Pub / Re: Why am I still here?
« on: August 31, 2011, 05:27:26 AM »
Whooohooo, the Vertical One is still vertical!

Cheers Dave!  Grreat time of year for a birthday.

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