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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.

Ingredients / Re: Should I wash my hops?
« on: August 31, 2011, 05:23:04 AM »
I find that bugs add a pleasant yet subtle earthiness that you just can't get from rinsed hops.


I found that if I let them sit overnight outside,
most critters voluntarily vacate the premises!

Have fun.

The Pub / Re: Why am I still here?
« on: August 28, 2011, 08:37:12 PM »
Yesh, scary stuff Cap. :o

I though you were getting out of there and headed up state? 
You don't have any eucalyptus there do you?

Nate, with your humor, fermentation temps are soon on your horizon.
Best wishes for breaking through.

The Pub / Re: Hey Weaze, It's August (pics)
« on: August 28, 2011, 08:24:02 PM »
Shucks on the mushrooms.  Still lots of time to get some.
Hella good landscape to wander around in.

I met some shroom hunters once, collecting for restaurants in Aspen.
Not my kind of folks. They slept in their BMW all night in the forest and drained the battery listening to tunes.  Ragged, I gave them a pull start.  They wondered why I would not tell them where the chantys were I had seen that morning.  Come on man.

Hot springs up to 113?  Climate change fer shure. ::)

 ;)  Good luck next trip.  Lots of jealous heads here who wish they could jump in the Subi and head for the hills.


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