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This is my first time so not much help here, but I'm going to try zig-zagging the bines up and down from the ground to 8' and then back down...and repeat over and over.

If all grows as planned, I'll post up some pics as it goes.

good luck! hops don't like to grow down. You might get it to work if they reach the top of the first 8' length and then have no support, they will fall down and then you can offer them the next piece of string to go up on. Or you could put a very strong grow light on the ground pointing up. then they might grow towards that. but it would have to be stronger than the sun... hmm I see a problem here.

Beer Recipes / Re: Anyone have a Kalamazoo Stout clone? or ideas?
« on: April 12, 2012, 01:46:56 PM »
I've been wanting to clone this beer for a couple years now.  Haven't found a reputable clone recipe.  I'm not good at cloning beers, either.  The only thing I know is that they use "brewers licorice".  But how much and how long, I'm at a loss.

This is a great beer, I'd love to be able to brew something like it.  Anyone tried cloning it?  Or something similar to it?

Is Star Anise the same thing as brewers licorice like I've read?  I really don't like anise, but I love me some Kalamazoo Stout! ;D

star anise is NOT the same as brewers licorice. anise seed is often used to simulate licorice flavour though. I don't know what's in the brewers licorice, it could be made with anise seed. I believe star anise is a botanically distinct creature from anise seed.


You might want to know the 5th though, in case you ever get in trouble when traveling in the US ;)
Is that the one about a right to an attorney and anything I say can be used against me in court...

sorta, that's the Miranda Warning.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

kind of a catch all, for right to a jury trial and private property.

The Pub / Re: Meaningless thread.
« on: April 12, 2012, 01:10:05 PM »
At least it's not tossed salad :o

I don't know, that final three person cartwheel thing at the end...

I'm brewing 11 gallons of my House IPA on Saturday.  It's supposed to 71F and sunny...looking forward to a beautiful brewday.  :)
Why do you brew 11 gallons rather than 10?  Do you use 5-gallon Corny kegs or do you bottle?  Or a combination of the two?

I generally aim for 5.5 or 11 gallons because there will be losses to transfer, sampling, trub etc. With an IPA particularly because of the dry hops it's a good idea to plan that extra .5/1 gallon if you want to end up with 5 or 10 gallons.

At least that's why I do it, Don't know about Ron.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Wyeast 3944
« on: April 12, 2012, 09:51:13 AM »
you should be fine. I find with wit the krausen just doesn't fall all the way. I think it's all the wheat, that and the wit yeast tends to be a true 'top cropper' so it makes a really thick creamy, long lasting krausen. with two stable readings 10 days apart there is no danger.

The Pub / Re: Meaningless thread.
« on: April 12, 2012, 09:08:57 AM »
This thread may be meaningless, but this means something!

If I tie a rope to the faceboard of my roof to use as a trellis for the plant to climb. Would the plant eventually damage my roof?

I hope not! I am planning the same thing. They do grow fast and get pretty big but I think we are talking about like a few pounds at most (maybe 10-20 tops) so I don't think there is any danger to your roof. They are BINES rather than VINES so they climb by wrapping themselves around a rope, tree, trellis etc. rather than by pushing into tiny cracks and making them bigger so I think it will be fine.

But if others have experience and can speak directly I would be interested as well.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: looks a little dusty
« on: April 12, 2012, 08:47:57 AM »
Do you need to go to secondary at all? Unless you are intending to do a long bulk ageing on this beer (think months rather than weeks) I would just let it ride in the primary. You may find that some of the dustiness drops out after a while. particularly if you tap the side, which I KNOW you want to do.

I agree with the above, it's normal to have some yeast cling to the inside of the fermentor.

Yeast and Fermentation / Re: Yeast nutrient, worthwhile or not?
« on: April 11, 2012, 12:36:14 PM »
I haven't used Servo, just because of the price tag

Price is definitely an issue.  I repitch a lot, with excellent success. If I can improve the current fermentation, and also end up with a healthier population of yeast for the next batch, then maybe it's worth using. OTOH, I can't imagine commercial brewers paying that much to use it. They repitch all the time, also with excellent success. 


I actually asked this same question of a brewer in a nearby town the other day. He was saying that in his previous job they were hesitant to spring for the servo but did try the free sample and said it did improve the yeast performance after a couple repitches. He said they used it when first growing up the yeast, not every time.

All Things Food / Re: lime leaf source
« on: April 11, 2012, 12:26:48 PM »
I got lime leaves at an african market at one point but that was quite a while ago.

Pimp My System / Re: So simple but so nice
« on: April 11, 2012, 09:30:05 AM »
They are typically used to move items that can be difficult or dangerous to move by hand.  They work well for moving heavy boxes from a shelf to another location without having to lift it.  I've used them for moving big rocks as well as computer systems around.  They are real back savers.


so they are for jacking off... high shelves and stuff? Sorry, couldn't help myself. ::)

No brewing, probably keg up the rye stout I have in my rum barrel. And I need to start planning a rebrew of my scottish 60/- for a club only comp. Also eagerly awaiting results from World Cup of Beer.

Beer Travel / Re: Prague/Czech Republic
« on: April 11, 2012, 09:06:36 AM »
Many don't recommend 3k oil changes for gasoline engines anymore.  More in the 5-7.5k range,  or when the ECM says time to change.

"Tune ups" are not needed as much for modern gasoline engines as in the past. Your plugs may go 100k miles.

Diesels have the potential to go a long time. As one of my friends says, if womething goes wrong you pay more.  To meet modern (or is it the future) emissions you will need to put Urea in a small tank every so often (10 to 20k miles). Yes your diesel will run a little on "horse p*ss".

I really like the modern diesels by the way. Used to drive them often, and used to evaluate European diesels at my work.

Yeah I love my diesel, it's actually been over 6 years now since I owned a gas car. My 'clean diesel' uses a post cylinder burn process to meet emmisions with out the need for urea. It basically saves up the extra nitrogen and then pumps it into the exhaust manifold with a little un-burned fuel and poof, no more nitrogen. Apparently can cause issues with bio-diesel in high proportions though.

Beer Travel / Re: Prague/Czech Republic
« on: April 11, 2012, 08:53:52 AM »
$8.20/gal is what I'm paying.

Part of the reason for the tax (other than going towards road building and who knows what else) is that, if there's a big fluctuation in oil prices, the taxes can be lowered a bit in certain sectors to reduce the load on transporting goods. Helps to maintain more competitive import (and export?) pricing. At least I think that's what it is.

Hey man, stop hyjacking the thread, the OP wants to know about drinking in prague  ;)

I know that to a large extent europe isn't that different than north america but I gotta say phil, I am a little jealous.

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