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  • Posted in thread: Gigayeast experiences? on 04-24-2015 at 02:41 AM
    I'm curious to hear what other folks say, as I have never used these strains and never found
    the souring action of lacto to happen too quickly at ale fermentation temps. If you want quick
    sourness, it...

  • Posted in thread: Hops can kill dogs on 04-08-2015 at 01:58 AM
    Not saying that hops can't kill dogs, but I can say that I have been growing hops around dogs
    for years and the dogs have zero interest in actual hops. They'll often nibble the tips of new
    shoots; how...

  • Posted in thread: Yeast recommendations? on 10-23-2014 at 03:03 AM
    White Labs is just a hop and skip from me, so I am biased. But I like SD Super (WL 090)and CA
    Ale (WL 001) for my IIPAs. I wouldn't say they accentuate malt profile, more west coast-ish,
    but they fini...

  • Posted in thread: German hops on 10-13-2014 at 03:26 AM
    My Tettnang hops don't do well either in southern CA. It sounds opposite, though, as they are
    always first to take off in my garden, while the other varieties (Cascade, Centennial, Nugget,
    and Chinook...

  • Posted in thread: Hop Plant Maintenance on 07-21-2014 at 02:33 AM
    If you let them go, you might see another (albiet smaller) round of hops. The best luck I've
    had with second harvests came from training some but not all of the new laterals up a new
    string. I'd pinch...

  • Posted in thread: Drying hops using a Ronco food dehydrator on 07-16-2014 at 01:30 AM
    Another option: you might be able to disconnect the heating unit from your dehydrator and use
    the fan and tray set up to get them done.Still, GVH Dan makes a good point--the screen method
    is easy and ...

  • Posted in thread: Drying hops using a Ronco food dehydrator on 07-14-2014 at 03:10 AM
    Does your dehydrator have a dial to adjust temps? I have one that can be set to 95* (the lowest
    setting for herbs and spices), and it works great for smaller quantities of hops. I've never
    had them bu...

  • Posted in thread: How we sour Mash on 06-28-2014 at 02:31 PM
    Ruger988, yes, that should work fine. It might take more than 24 hours depending on how sour
    you want it to be. I used an old corny keg to sour mine on a hot day (left it in the sun) and
    it worked gre...

  • Posted in thread: 2014 Hop garden photo thread on 06-25-2014 at 03:24 AM
    Here are a few pictures taken this morning from part of the hop yard. All of these are
    first-year rhizomes taken from the yard at the start of the season. The first shot is a row of
    Centennial, with t...

  • Posted in thread: Trimming old/lower leaves that have large sideshoots? on 06-09-2014 at 09:18 PM
    I will often train some of these lower laterals up the bine and they often turn into thick,
    main bines and work their way up the rope, finally sending laterals of their own to turn into
    hops. But cons...

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