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Other Fermentables / Sweet Potato Mead
« on: April 10, 2015, 09:40:09 PM »
I made a couple of meads today, and decided to use 4 lbs of canned sweet potato and 1 lb of canned pumpkin. I though it would make for an interesting mouthfeel. I also put in some plum wine base, but the other batch of mead got most of the 96 oz. used D47 for the yeast. The honey varieties were wildflower, carrot blossom, coriander, and pumpkin.

I was bored, and wanted to make some mead. Hopefully they turn out well.

Anyone ever used sweet potatoes or pumpkin in their meads?

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 10, 2015, 02:47:14 AM »
Sweeeeeet. Your garden is looking great. I bet it will be nice to drink some of those lagers while sitting around it.

I saw my cortland made it through the Winter, and my crabapple is ready to bloom. I'm going to have a nice long look through those varieties on orange pippin. I would like to get some plums, pears, paw paws, and more Apple trees.

Hopefully I will feel good enough to get out and roto till tomorrow. I got some soil samples prepared to give to soil lab across the street, so there's that at least.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: April 08, 2015, 06:11:14 PM »
That looks awesome Amada. Glad you found the right irrigation for your garden. What varieties of apples did you go with?

Beer Recipes / Re: First Recipe design
« on: April 08, 2015, 01:33:36 AM »
I like a little victory in my IPA - key is a "little" I don't think you want that and special roast.

Also, east coast or not, you need more flame out hops.


+1 I like a touch of victory in mine.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Re: Twisted Pretzel
« on: April 07, 2015, 11:38:39 PM »
Hmm not sure I'd ruin an actual pretzel.

I'm having their Honey-Bourbon cask wheat now. First impression is reminiscent of urinal cake. :P

That is exactly what I said about dogfish head's Berliner Weise.

Funny stuff, Euge. Keep 'em comin'.

Ingredients / Re: good hop to pair with sterling
« on: April 02, 2015, 05:05:16 PM »
Mmmmm.... I really like the Goldings idea. That sounds good.

+1 I have used it with Mandarina Bavaria as well, and that was quite tasty.

The Pub / Re: Whiskey
« on: March 28, 2015, 12:47:13 PM »
Never had that MDixon. Let us know how it is if you try it.

I did finally sample my bottle of Town Branch. Wow. Very good. Tastes a lot like Noah's Mill with a thinner body. It will be perfect for the warm months ahead. Thanks for the recommendation. For the price, I would not have thought it would be this good.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Smuttynose Hayseed
« on: March 28, 2015, 12:09:18 AM »
Bought this one today, and just had a couple. It's a 3.8 abv saison, and I am a big fan. Peppery with a nice earthy aroma. Could use a little more carbonation. Really tasty though. I will be buying this again. Also, I need to make a nice session saison. Talk about the ideal lawn mower beer.

All Things Food / Re: Bramble/ribe varieties
« on: March 24, 2015, 06:41:53 PM »
Ithought they only fruited on second year canes? or is that blackberries?

I see Jimmy K answered the first question. Blackberries, like raspberries, can be of the summer-bearing, or primocane (fall-bearing) varieties.

All Things Food / Re: Bramble/ribe varieties
« on: March 24, 2015, 06:37:18 PM »
Pinnah -- I do not have expierence with that. My guess is that you should be fine. Depending on whether or not you have primocane, or summer-bearing. This is the planting guide that Nourse Farms provided which should answer your question:

Fall-Bearing (primocane-bearing, Everbearing)
These varieties can produce two crops. The largest is borne in the late summer and fall on
the tips of canes that grew throughout the summer. A second crop is carried lower on those
same canes early the next summer.
To have two crops, the planting must be pruned as a
summer bearer.
Most ever-bearers will produce the best crop if not allowed to fruit in early summer. To treat
these plants as fall-bearers, mow off all the canes after the canes have lost their leaves in very
late fall, or wait until early spring in colder areas. Be sure to cut the
canes as closely as possible to the soil surface, leaving as little stub
as possible above the ground. The new, strong canes that grow
that summer will bear an abundant fall crop.

Summer-Bearing Raspberries
These varieties carry one crop of berries on the over-wintering canes during the summer
months. For best yields, prune out the canes that carried fruit directly after harvest. Thin
remaining new growth to 6-8 strong, healthy canes per running foot of row.

You can read the rest of the guide here:

Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial Pils hops
« on: March 23, 2015, 01:32:12 PM »

Sounds a lot like one I make (Vanguard, Santium, Crystal).

Major --I think this will be very good. Tett and Crystal play nicely together.

Those Ameican noble derivative are underappreciated.

I couldn't agree more. I want to get some Liberty and give that a try.

Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial Pils hops
« on: March 23, 2015, 01:25:43 PM »
I think it sounds great.  The Belma would definitely give it some subtle fruity character, in addition to the traditional character of the others.
Crystal is fruity, as cascade was one of its grandparents.

I was thinking it was a Hallertau spinoff, I could easily be wrong.  I get more spiciness from it.

I believe a Hallertau is in its lineage as well. Crystal is an interesting hop that varies on how it is used, and I imagine the growing season. I've had fruitier versions, and spicier versions.

Beer Recipes / Re: Imperial Pils hops
« on: March 23, 2015, 01:23:48 PM »
Tett and Crystal should work nicely. I would use the crystal late and dry hop with it if you plan to dry hop. There is a beer I make that is not quit an imperial Pils, but uses several of the US noble derivatives - had it at Philly for club night. It had Vanguard for bittering, Santium (Tett derivative) at around 30 minutes and lots of crystal late and dry. Nice beer, very much a big Pilsner, but there was that what is this American hop aroma creeping in thing to it.

I think it would would appeal to the IPA drinker and the classic lager drinker.

Sounds a lot like one I make (Vanguard, Santium, Crystal).

Major --I think this will be very good. Tett and Crystal play nicely together.

The Pub / Re: What's the Weather Like Where You Are?
« on: March 23, 2015, 01:15:46 PM »
What a nice day Saturday was. 60 and sunny. Low 30s today with a chance of sleet.

All Things Food / Re: Growing food - The Garden Thread
« on: March 22, 2015, 09:17:30 PM »
kmccaf - love the sound of all those berries. I'll be putting out mostly tomatoes (I love the Beefsteak/slicing type), chiles (serranos, tabasco, habanero) and some squash vatieties. Plus whatever my wife wants. Love Spring.


I'm thinking a poblano and habanero this year, plus a jalapeño. Definitely some beefsteak tomatoes, and some Romas, and some cherry tomatoes. We do at least 8 tomoato plants every year. The garden won't be as big this year, but it won't be small either.

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