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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 22, 2015, 12:59:31 PM »
Ordered 59 berry plants. They will be delivered in late April. Planned out the beds. I don't think we will be doing any potatoes this year, which is a bummer. Still, looks like this will be a fun spring.

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General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Vienna Lager
« on: March 21, 2015, 06:18:13 AM »
Coincidentally, Vienna lager is what I am brewing as of RTFN.  I mashed in a half hour ago.

Vernal Equinox Vienna

10 gallons, OG 1.048, 21 IBUs

12 lbs. Durst Vienna
6 lbs. Avangard Pils
3 lbs. Weyermann Light Munich
0.75 lbs. Weyermann CaraBohemian
5 oz. Weyermann Carafa I

Mash at 150°F for 90 min

2 oz. Hallertau Mittelfrueh FWH
2 oz. Hallertau Mittelfrueh 60 min
1 oz. Hallertau Mittelfrueh 5 min

I will split between yeast cakes of WLP833 German Bock and WLP940 Mexican Lager yeast

Looks like I am in the ball park, looking at these other recipes.  I have gone down the all-Vienna route before, and thought they were a bit one-dimensional.  First time using CaraBohemian.  I limited the amount to 3% of the grain bill, but hope to get a little of the "intense caramel falvor" into the final beer.

That looks very tasty. I use carabohemian quite a bit, and love it in small amounts, although I have only used it in dark beers (Czech Dark Larger, Robust Porter). Please post an update on how it tastes in a lighter brew.

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I think I will actually brew this weekend. Haven't brewed since the first weekend of January. Going to finally brew up a CAP that has been on the docket for a while. Can't wait to open up the 2014 whole leaf Cluster from hop Union.

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Beer Recipes / Re: Wheat beer Ideas
« on: March 19, 2015, 05:17:20 AM »
My personal favorite wheat beer yeast is WLP380 hefeweizen IV. It gives a nice balance of clove and banana. If you are more interested in clove, as my personal preference is, start the fermentation at as low as 58 degrees (you are best off doing a starter) and after 48 hours of that temp raise to 64 for a few days then finish out at 68. If banana is more you deal start out at 64 for 48 hours. Fermenting higher than this could result in an unbalanced "banana bomb", which I personally don't care for. I like the balance of spicy phenolics to blend with the banana"y" isoamyl acetate.

+1 wlp380 is my favorite hefe strain.

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The Pub / Re: Happy Green Beer Day!
« on: March 17, 2015, 07:23:27 PM »
Cheers. We made colcannon, and drank some Great Lakes Red Ale.

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The Pub / Re: Great draft list
« on: March 15, 2015, 07:05:10 PM »


funny i missed that about bastard. what i find funny and seemingly a trend, PBR is back.
It's been back for a while. Became the cheap beer of choice for hipsters a long while ago.
That I get and have seen. I'm more intrigued by it making its way onto a more sophisticated list of beer.

It's at a couple of nice restaurants around here. The descriptions are kind of funny. One lists it as "it's PBR. It's two dollars." The other says "American Lager. Apparently won a blue ribbon." I tend to think that if you make fun of the beer, maybe it shouldn't be on the menu, but that's just me I guess.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 14, 2015, 05:42:34 PM »
I've seen the Town Branch bottles in various stores, but haven't picked one up. The reviews have been mixed is why I've passed it up.

Try it for yourself. I find reviews foolish in most cases. It's not a popularity contest, it's whiskey!. ;)

We just got Town Branch here, and that will be my next purchase along with Green Spot. Need that for next week. Loving Four Roses Single Barrel.

Four Roses Single Barrel is what I have ben keeping stocked at the house lately. Agree, good stuff. I can't get the Town Branch here but I think I would prefer that over the Four Roses Single Barrel, especially since it's a good bit cheaper.

I've been enjoying Jim Beam Rye a lot lately as a less expensive drop. I think that is a really, really nice Rye for the price.
high praise. I will pick that up tomorrow.

Glad to hear someone else likes Jim Beam Rye. It's pretty good good stuff, although it's been a while since I've had it.

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The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 14, 2015, 03:18:56 PM »
I've seen the Town Branch bottles in various stores, but haven't picked one up. The reviews have been mixed is why I've passed it up.

Try it for yourself. I find reviews foolish in most cases. It's not a popularity contest, it's whiskey!. ;)

We just got Town Branch here, and that will be my next purchase along with Green Spot. Need that for next week. Loving Four Roses Single Barrel.

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Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Nooner Pils
« on: March 13, 2015, 03:20:44 PM »
Then you made a pretty darn good pils cause Nooner is good.

its a darn fine beer they made. easy to crush a bunch of these (he says as 3 have gone down the hatch)

Right there with you - picked up some on the way home.  Just sounded good !

Picked up a twelver yesterday and am having one right now. Glad to see them in cans. Will be nice to take out in the kayak.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 12, 2015, 06:55:46 AM »


What a great list Amanda! Mine is pretty similar.

I would love to grow leeks. Next year, I think I will make a raised bed with very sandy soil just for leeks. I've had no success with sweet potatoes. Just really pretty vines that spread everywhere. I've been told that you need to put down black plastic over the bed to generate a ton of heat to get them to really produce.

Pinnah: I thought I planted beets last year, but when I went to harvest them, it was carrots. I'm planning on it this year. Borscht is one of our favorite meals. Beets roasted with seasame oil and a ton of garlic is pretty dang good too.

Our garden is going to be huge this year.  :D

Lots of rasberries, gooseberries, elderberries, and blackberries to purchase and plant. My list for things to plant this year includes:
Rhubarb
tomatoes
various greens
various herbs
Need to plant garlic in the fall
peas
green beans
beets
carrots
hot peppers
sweet peppers
fingerling potatoes


Gonna put in about 1000 sq feet of wildflowers. Acreage is gonna get  spring green manure Johnny's with some oilseed radish, followed by the fall green manure and a grain of some sort.

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All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 12, 2015, 06:29:07 AM »
The major advantage of raised beds is the "no weeding" part. :D Looks like I'll be putting in carrots in the next week or so based in your schedule.

I put mine in Late April early May last year, and didn't harvest till the week a frost was expected in October. We had a bonanza of carrots last year. Big uniform size. So so so tasty.

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All Things Food / Re: Pretzels
« on: March 06, 2015, 01:06:15 PM »
Looks great! Did you make some mustard to go with those :)

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All Things Food / Re: Bramble/ribe varieties
« on: March 06, 2015, 07:34:23 AM »
:) Another note - Keep in mind that the raspberries will multiply on their own.
In a couple years, you will likely have many runners that can be transplanted.
ie, no need to purchase all that you intend to have, if you have the time to wait.

Elderberry is a good plant.  I am unfamiliar with the two varieties they offer.
I have one I got out of Monrovia and it is a monster. Beautiful big shrub.

I think it is good to experiment and see what will work for you.
Soil, microclimate, aspect.... your farms terrior will dictate what does well.

Yes, planting enough for yourself and the birds is always a good idea.  ;D

You nailed it there. I am really excited to see what the terrior of my farm does with these plants!

 Hopefully it will warm up enough in the next week for me to get some soil samples. The more I think about the elderberries, the more I think I will grow them. I still may get a lot of plants. Thinking about using them as a wind break around the tillable acreage, but need to talk to some folk about that. It was suggested to me as a good idea, but I don't want these to get killed in the cold and wind.

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All Things Food / Re: Bramble varieties
« on: March 06, 2015, 06:18:37 AM »
Wow. Thanks for the great information!

I think Anne and heritage raspberries are going to get ordered. As well as Pink Champagne ribes.

Good to know about the ones that haven't done well for you. I was looking at that Hinnomaki Red as one that sounded good. I might hold off on ordering a lot of gooseberries. Started thinking about getting elderberries last night. Granted, it's been a long cold winter, and everything in the catalog sounds tasty and fun to take care of. When a 100 of them come in the mail, I might wonder what I was thinking.

The birds will definitely be happy with me.

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All Things Food / Bramble/ribe varieties
« on: March 05, 2015, 06:15:59 PM »
I am looking at placing an order for some brambles, and was wondering if anyone had specific varieties they liked. Gonna place the order through this place:

 http://noursefarms.com

I am looking to plant raspberries, currants, blackberries, and gooseberries this year.

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