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Old 12-13-2012, 02:25 AM   #91
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We had a number of trees cut several months ago and figured it would be easy to find people that would want it for firewood so we didn't have the tree crew haul it off. Turns out over half of it was sweetgum which nobody likes to burn, so we're stuck with all this yard trash that is going to be either extremely laborious or expensive to remove.
Maybe you could grow oyster mushrooms. About a year from when they were cut is about right for inoculation.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:38 AM   #92
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I live in the city.
I wear bib overalls.
I brew beer.
I garden.
I grow 12 foot tall sunflowers.
I grow hops.
I have a Shih Tzu-terrier mix (read lady dog) dog.
I'm heavily tattooed.
I ride a bicycle.
I own a truck.
I prefer not to wear shoes during the summer.

I just may be.....

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Old 12-13-2012, 04:53 AM   #93
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I live in the city.
I wear bib overalls.
I brew beer.
I garden.
I grow 12 foot tall sunflowers.
I grow hops.
I have a Shih Tzu-terrier mix (read lady dog) dog.
I'm heavily tattooed.
I ride a bicycle.
I own a truck.
I prefer not to wear shoes during the summer.

I just may be.....
/me Removes hat in respect.
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Old 12-13-2012, 05:52 PM   #94
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Heh, when I put up my hop posts, they kind of look like a row of 4 huge crosses in the back yard. I had about a half dozen people gingerly ask what they were within the first week. Once I told them they were for growing hops, people were fine with it. One person even said "for making beer!?" as soon as I said they were hops.

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Old 12-14-2012, 01:55 AM   #95
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Heh, when I put up my hop posts, they kind of look like a row of 4 huge crosses in the back yard. I had about a half dozen people gingerly ask what they were within the first week. Once I told them they were for growing hops, people were fine with it. One person even said "for making beer!?" as soon as I said they were hops.
Ya mine looks like a cross too. My next door neighbor is a vegetarian and asked me a lot of questions. He has a huge garden. It's funny cause I overheard his wife say "what is that... What is it for?" She thinks its an eye sore. Apparently, It's not nearly as nice as her 30x10 garden with 10 foot high chicken wire fence to keep the deer out, lol.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:41 PM   #96
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Fortunately we live in a neighborhood where the smallest lot is a half acre (mine), and the largest is about 3 acres. So while its a close-knit little neighborhood, you're not really right on top of each other. And once people find out what I'm doing, they seem more interested, like they'd never thought of something like that before.

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My neighborhood is pretty normal for New England I think. People are friendly and let others do what they want.

I brew in the front yard (driveway) and the first few times I got questions . . . but the normal way. The neighbor wives asked my wife what I was doing the other day. Still... I do talk to the other people in the neighborhood (usually at the school bus stop if I'm home for it). Other neighbors make alcohol -- but they make Italian cordials (Limoncello, sambuca, strega, etc).

My kids are at the destroy-the-house age, so we don't tend to host parties, but I'm thinking of trying to run a block party or two spring through fall this year. I just bought extra kegs (50% off MW, thank you); I'm going to try my hand at Root Beer; and I might make the portable dispensers from the most recent BYO. ("The Beer Tower" from http://byo.com/stories/issue/list/is...-december-2012 ).

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I'm contemplating spending this Sunday building a beer tower/portable dispenser like that for a new years party. I want to take two kegs, and I know they won't have fridge space for them.

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My neighborhood is pretty normal for New England I think. People are friendly and let others do what they want.

I brew in the front yard (driveway) and the first few times I got questions . . . but the normal way. The neighbor wives asked my wife what I was doing the other day. Still... I do talk to the other people in the neighborhood (usually at the school bus stop if I'm home for it). Other neighbors make alcohol -- but they make Italian cordials (Limoncello, sambuca, strega, etc).

My kids are at the destroy-the-house age, so we don't tend to host parties, but I'm thinking of trying to run a block party or two spring through fall this year. I just bought extra kegs (50% off MW, thank you); I'm going to try my hand at Root Beer; and I might make the portable dispensers from the most recent BYO. ("The Beer Tower" from http://byo.com/stories/issue/list/is...-december-2012 ).
I'm curious. Right now my kids could care less about my beer but when they reach the destroy-the-house age I'm worried about the 5 gallon kegs. Did you put security measures in place or did you just tell them that you'll know if beer is missing?
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I wonder the same thing. My kids are 8&9 but I really don't feel like I will need to worry. I expose them to it, they see me brew, they even help. They know the deal. As for measures though, I'm installing an RFID lock once I finish me smart keggerator controller. Coming soon to a brew house near you!

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