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Old 06-19-2012, 02:59 PM   #31
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sluggo is completely safe and works well, too. (i use it in my garden, and i've eaten it to prove it's safety)
oh wow..thats bold..i wouldnt of gone that far,,, but now i know..!


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Old 06-19-2012, 05:44 PM   #32
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You need to come to our Hop and Brew School then you will know what you are in for





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Old 06-20-2012, 03:09 PM   #33
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Ahh sounds interesting.. I do love Colorado... whats the price for it? Colorado is kinda a hike from NY tho...
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:13 PM   #34
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:04 PM   #35
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sorry for the lack of update... just bought a hagger 4 foot rototiller for our tractor and will bge putting the plants in the ground in the coming days.... had a run in with too high PH in the soil mix we used..used a lot of compost and it seemed its been the culprit in some of the plants taking a big hit...i watered them with a 6 ph water ,..soo that should help them a bit.... stay tuned...

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Old 11-14-2012, 08:26 PM   #36
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Very interesting topic. I'm flirting with the idea of putting together a 1-1.5 acre Farm if I can afforfd the land. How did the season turnout? Did you build the trellis system?

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Old 12-25-2012, 04:01 PM   #37
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Hey beer family..sorry for the lack of update..this year was a wild year...didn't think it would be as much work as I thought and wow...I was in for a wake up call... had soo many issues ..at least I went to school this summer at the school of hard nocks... way too much rain early season.. no rain for 4 weekss mid season... bugs bombardment from every direction....slugs, aphids, leaf hoppers, weeds like no other...you learn fast with growing over 1800 plants..in hindsight I wish I started with only 200 then next year go bigger...at least I'm where I want to be now...

Got soo fed up with it all I left for a month in sept for south America to get away...but came back to winterize the beds and get a good start for next year....over the summer I marked 100 trees that I will be cutting this winter for hop poles.. 5 to 12 inch's in diameter (ironwood trees)..from 40 acres of woods we have in the back of the farm... come april or may I will be installing the poles and trellis...
Also over the winter I'm planning on setting up the paperwork for a farm brewery and planing out an area of about 30 acres to grow malting barley.. and would like to use the CSB(community supported brewery) model to start to get the local community interested...any ideas on how to set it up? Been researching the different ways others have done it..
. if anyone is in the central NYS. (Syracuse area) message me as I'm looking for people that may want to start a microbrewery/ beer farm down the road.. been brewing all summer and I'm puting the pieces together for a 1 barrel brewery to start..and I'm poring the floor for the area in the barn that will be the location for the brew kettles and malting floor... going to be a busy winter and spring..... pics to come..

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Can we take a tour, good luck with the farm.

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Old 12-27-2012, 01:57 AM   #39
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Can we take a tour, good luck with the farm.
i dont see why not...pack your snow boots... we have about 2 feet of snow on the way! Where are you located at?
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Awesome read and great timing. I'm ten years from an Army retirement, and the wife and I are having serious discussions about starting a farm to mug style brewery. We are looking at property in a few states and trying our best to get educated now. My intent was to timber farm until I retire, the start with hops when we retire, and eventually grow my own grains. Looks like you are on the same path. At least now I know to save some pines for hops poles!

I look forward to seeing your adventures unfold.



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