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  • Partner in Gorst Valley Hops. I'm the design engineer. Can't tell you much about growing, but I can answer anything from harvest to brew kettle.
  • Growing hops,drinking beer and curling. Not always in that order,though.
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  • I suck at homebrewing. My main problems are:rnrn1.) I drink too much during brewing to follow the recipe.rnrn2.) I don't spend enough time cleaning. rnrnI got into home brewing when living in the dorms. Our Housefellow (RA) strictly adhered to the rule that we couldn't BRING beer into the dorms. But he didn't consider brewing it within the building to be a violation of the rules.
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  • Posted in thread: Alley Hops on 09-22-2014 at 04:25 AM
    Ha, pick a few...wash them if you are concerned...and brew up a tea with them. If they taste
    like something worth using, why not? If they taste like alley piss, leave them be.

  • Posted in thread: interesting journal article on organic hop cultivation on 09-21-2014 at 09:42 PM
    I didn't read the whole thing but the astract was pretty spot on, especially, "...however, due
    to high N requirements and severe disease, weed, and arthropod pressures, hops are an extremely

  • Posted in thread: Homegrown hops not potent? on 09-12-2014 at 01:46 PM
    Agreed with Bob and ong...but I'll be more blunt. You harvested to early. When you harvest
    cascades, the area around the plant should smell citrusy. After you have dried them, they
    should smell. If yo...

  • Posted in thread: Dry Canning Hops? on 09-11-2014 at 03:25 AM
    I have a nice harvest of Cascade and Millennium hops this year, i found that when i froze them
    last year they lost alot of their aroma and flavor and had to keep "dry" hopping to attain the
    flavor i w...

  • Posted in thread: GVH Drying Method on 09-03-2014 at 02:03 PM
    You may be too early. Thanks to the "Polar Vortex", everything got a late start this spring.

  • Posted in thread: GVH Drying Method on 09-02-2014 at 02:54 PM
    Is there anything that can be done in the growing process to improve the aroma/flavor of hops?
    Everything I've read talks about how to increase yield but I have yet to find anything about
    improving th...

  • Posted in thread: GVH Drying Method on 08-27-2014 at 07:16 PM
    "over dried" usually means they are under 5% moisture content and have turned to dust. I've
    done that but the dust still smelled pretty good.Did you use heat? Usually if I see hops that
    have no smell,...

  • Posted in thread: GVH Drying Method on 08-26-2014 at 08:23 PM
    This is a great thread so far; I love the skeptical, scientific approach.One question: you
    emphasize opening a window to get fresh air in to whatever room we are using to dry our hops.
    But, say I'm dr...

  • Posted in thread: GVH Drying Method on 08-26-2014 at 08:16 PM
    Now with regard to what weight to stop drying. If you were one a small scale commercial grower,
    I would insist you do a moisture content analysis...but that takes about 1/3 gallon of hops to
    do correc...

  • Posted in thread: GVH Drying Method on 08-26-2014 at 07:50 PM
    I can't remember if we covered it in this thread or I read it somewhere else, but the
    commercial guys need to have a narrow range of %moisture because of the pelletizing process.
    For brewing, 15% mois...