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  • Posted in thread: Best start recipie? on 04-17-2014 at 01:37 PM
    Weizen and hoppy beers are great to start on because these styles can hide flavor problems
    caused by a number of beginner mistakes.

  • Posted in thread: Ready for a baby on 04-17-2014 at 12:52 PM
    You are never "ready" for a first child.

  • Posted in thread: Trim back second year hops? on 04-17-2014 at 12:37 PM
    I just had that frost :mad: I covered my babies though and they all looked good this morning.We
    had a freeze Thursday morning! 28F when I got up. I covered the bines, hoping for the best. :(

  • Posted in thread: first year hop bine troubles on 04-16-2014 at 08:32 PM
    Just curious: Have you tested the pH of your soil? Depending on what has been leaching into
    your soil from upslope the pH could be very high or low and cause growing problems. I'm in VA
    as well, maybe...

  • Posted in thread: Unreliable water on 04-16-2014 at 08:25 PM
    Definitely use a water source that doesn't' vary and Bru'n water is your friend! Once I started
    acidifying my mash my lighter styles have gone from good to exceptional! Zero off flavors,
    competition w...

  • Posted in thread: Trim back second year hops? on 04-16-2014 at 08:22 PM
    My 2nd year plants (in Virginia) have 10-20 bines each! I'm waiting till this last frost passes
    tonight and then trimming back each to 4 healthy bines.

  • Posted in thread: If you could only drink 3 Beers for the rest of your life, What would they be? on 04-16-2014 at 08:16 PM
    Commercial brews: 1. Dogfishead 90 min IPA2. Blue Mountain Brewery Kolsch 1513. New Belgium Fat
    Tire Amber AleHomebrews: 1. My house American Pale Ale with Citra/Cascade hop2. My Amber IPA3.
    My house ...

  • Posted in thread: Growing hops in VA on 04-15-2014 at 08:08 PM
    I'm in Norfolk and have 5 Cascade and 5 Nugget that are already pretty bushy. I haven't had
    time to trim them back. The only problem I have had over the past six years is whatever I put
    in the ground ...

  • Posted in thread: Blonde Ale with Saaz hops and Kolsch Yeast? on 04-15-2014 at 08:05 PM
    I agree with above. 0.5 lb Crystal 10 is plenty and the carapils is not really necessary unless
    you want this to have a heavier mouthfeel. Kolsch yeast produces a dry beer. I'm drinking my
    first Kolsc...

  • Posted in thread: Fermenting in buckets is boring!! on 04-15-2014 at 01:52 PM
    I love buckets for big IPA's because all that hoppy mess takes 10 times longer to clean out of
    a better bottle. I do like to watch though.

Next up: The Hops of Wrath (DIPA) Primary: Amber Rain (Dry Hopped Spring Amber Ale) Secondary: Bottle Conditioning: Spring '14 Kolsch, Swamp Monkey Belgian Golden Strong, Vienna Lager