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Old 02-19-2013, 11:58 AM   #161
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For those at the proper latitude, you should look into growing your own hops. Definitely will save you a good bit of cash if you use them year after year.
I actually had a question about this

I know dry hops are dangerous for dogs, so I make sure I'm careful with them to not drop any when I'm brewing, since I have 2 dogs. Is that the same with growing live ones? If they ate a cone, is that a chance of death as well?
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:08 PM   #162
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I don't think they'd be much interested in hops of any sort on the vine, to be honest. My dogs hate basically anything green.

Found one scenario for hops killing a dog.

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Old 02-19-2013, 03:07 PM   #163
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Hops problem is related to labs and greyhounds. If you Google it, you will find people using hops as a natural pesticide. The problem is when hops are mixed with wort and then the dogs eat it. The sweet smell of the wort is what the dogs like.

I am on my second year for hops. My dogs only touch the bines as a chew toy. This was after harvest.

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Old 02-22-2013, 03:07 PM   #164
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What is really cool about this thread are the tips giving to take the hobby further. It was so much more than making a $10.00 beer (which is possible) but it's about saving $10 to $20 off every beer you make.

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Old 02-22-2013, 05:51 PM   #165
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I agree, really great money saving tips!

I didn't reach my goal yet, but I did make a 3 gallon batch for $9.00 in supplies!

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Old 02-22-2013, 06:31 PM   #166
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Has anyone suggested a Berliner Weisse? You could get 5lbs of pale grain for less than 10 bucks and you're done! Use a couple spoons of the raw grain, and a 1 pint sugar water starter of 1.030 gravity to grow some Lacto and Brett, and pitch that. No purchase of hops or yeast necessary. You dont really need to boil long either so you save on energy costs.

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Old 02-22-2013, 06:36 PM   #167
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Growing hops is seriously simple if you have some available space with full sun. This was only my 2nd year and from 4 rhizomes I got ~6 pounds. And that was growing in a fence, not up a trellis. It greatly saves cost. Toss in a few ounces of rye and a great session IPA with some pizazz is easily doable on the cheap.

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Old 02-22-2013, 07:06 PM   #168
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The thing I get from this thread is there are many ways to make good beer. Some cheaper than others but it all ends up as beer.

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I also learned that spending a bunch of money doesn't mean you'll make great beer. And vice versa, spending only a little doesn't mean you can't make great beer.

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Most home brew competitions are based on style and/or gravity categories. There are so many entries for Big Beers. It would be interesting to see a category for best beer under a specific total dollar amount, ingredients only, including adjuncts. Say $15 or $20 max so as not to narrow the field too much. It would be difficult to calculate and verify specific costs for different fuels and water (bottled, distilled, filtered etc).

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