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Old 09-30-2012, 01:14 AM   #51
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Did you manage to find juniper branches and berries? And will you be using grains of paradise as well? I feel like they really add something.

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Old 09-30-2012, 03:13 AM   #52
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Did you manage to find juniper branches and berries? And will you be using grains of paradise as well? I feel like they really add something.
Yes, berries, (some) branches and grains if paradise. I bought the berries because I couldn't find enough mature/blue berries locally. I will use some branches.
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Old 10-16-2012, 09:03 PM   #53
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I am thinking of doing a sahti in a few weeks. My plan was to actually mash the branches by making a nice layer of berry-laden branches on the bottom of the mash tun and then mashing like normal at 150F for 60 minutes.

In terms of boiling, I want to at least bring it to a quick boil to ensure that everything in it is dead. But I am uncertain if i should take a hit in efficiency and sparge with less water, or if I should go ahead and boil for 60 minutes. And if I boil for 60 minutes, will I have lost enough flavor that i will need to add more berries at flame-out? (I typically boil off almost 2 gallons in an hour.)

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Old 11-13-2012, 09:31 PM   #54
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So Reno, any branches ready to ship?

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Old 11-13-2012, 11:24 PM   #55
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I've been working in an area about 5 miles from where I usually harvest. I'm looking at a juniper tree right now completely devoid of berries.

However I am sitting on a geothermal hot spot so that might affect production. I'll be sure to check by my house tonight (higher elevation of ~5200ft, less geothermal activity)

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Hey if there is anybody interested in juniper branches and berries to be shipped they will be good to go by the beginning of February.

They will be the species Juniperus californica and have some excellent flavor and aroma. If there is anybody who lives in an area with J. communis or J. virginiana and are willing to ship please speak up. I'm sure there are people who want to pick and choose.

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Count me in! I would like enough for 10 gallons. PM the details and I'll get you the $. Thanks!

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Well I think the easiest and cheapest thing to do would be to wait for details and payment after other people have expressed interest. Then I can make one trip up to the hills to collect all at once.

I usually fill my jansport backpack full for 5 gallons, and that's roughly 1 cubic foot. But I try not to squish them in or compress them. I imagine I could fit 5 gallons worth into a flatrate big envelope no problem.

I expect it shouldn't be expensive at all.

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Provided the expense is manageable, I'd be interested in enough for a 5 gallon batch. Thanks!

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Well I think the easiest and cheapest thing to do would be to wait for details and payment after other people have expressed interest. Then I can make one trip up to the hills to collect all at once.

I usually fill my jansport backpack full for 5 gallons, and that's roughly 1 cubic foot. But I try not to squish them in or compress them. I imagine I could fit 5 gallons worth into a flatrate big envelope no problem.

I expect it shouldn't be expensive at all.
Certainly. I'm in no rush. I've been thinking about this brew for a few years and with no juniper here, could not pull it off without some help. I really appreciate your time and effort. If there is anything I can ship out to you from the UP, let me know.
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