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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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  • Daniel Dettmers
  • Madison Curling Club
  • 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: Commercial Hop Trellis on 02-06-2017 at 10:32 PM
    The primary reason for doing it is to get a higher yield from each crown. If you are getting 1
    lb (dry) per crown on a single string, a typical yield for a "V" is 1.5 lb or more. Of course
    each variet...

  • Posted in thread: Dwarf Hops on 02-02-2017 at 02:47 AM
    Seeds? If its not a rhizome, you really have no idea what is going to pop up.

  • Posted in thread: Are you building hop harvesting or drying equipment? on 01-27-2017 at 07:39 PM
    Is there a market? I would brag about the pile of cash I've made from selling them but it so
    minuscule to B-Hoppy's hop candy money. OK, sarcasm aside...there's a need out there for drying
    capacity. T...

  • Posted in thread: Commercial Hop Trellis on 01-26-2017 at 05:07 PM
    Every design is a trade off between poles and wire. We've moved to more wire because the poles
    we could afford tended to wear out to fast.Spacing and strength is more than just the weight of
    the plant...

  • Posted in thread: Long bine vs thick bine on 12-05-2016 at 09:34 PM
    First year, let them grow.After that, the first flush are usually what's referred to as "bull
    shoots". They look big and vigorous and will race up the twine. Cut them off, they aren't as

  • Posted in thread: Starting a hop farm? on 11-18-2016 at 08:07 PM
    Go to Michigan State's website: will help you with a business plan. USA Hops is also refining
    that tool for more of the US.Take some courses. They are all over the US.Watch the Lupulin
    exchange to s...

  • Posted in thread: hobby farmer on 11-18-2016 at 08:04 PM
    That seems like very, very risky advice. "Don't grow what the buyers want"?...Farming is risky.
    Its the nature of the game.But note, I didn't say not to grow what they want...the advice was
    to try eve...

  • Posted in thread: Hop Picking on 11-02-2016 at 01:49 PM
    Even if the handpicker picks up some debris...It will pick up debris. The best strippers tend
    to bring out a lot of debris, 40% of the mass or more, because it needs to get everything off
    the bine and...

  • Posted in thread: Hop Picking on 11-01-2016 at 01:46 PM
    There's no rule that says you have to put your harvester inside but it is much more comfortable
    and your equipment will last longer. If you really want to do this in the field, I suggest you
    put toget...

  • Posted in thread: Hop Picking on 10-31-2016 at 01:37 PM
    I doubt that would work, except with varieties that nearly jump off the bine (e.g. perle). You
    would get the tines all snagged up in the sidearms.Search this forum for harvesting equipment
    and then bu...