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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: using frozen wet hops on 11-03-2014 at 02:02 AM
    Sorry if this is too late, but you are pretty much right.Wet hops weigh about 5xs more than
    commercially dried hops. But I would still add more since many homegrowers pick them early, or
    may sure ther...

  • Posted in thread: Hop Growing in Humid, Hot Places on 10-25-2014 at 10:43 PM
    You are behind the 8 ball, Robbie.My experience is that hops go pretty dormant when
    temperatures exceed 95F. Likewise, I'm assuming you are closer to the equator? You'll have
    problems with getting sid...

  • Posted in thread: hops in pots vs canadian winter on 10-17-2014 at 08:02 PM
    Cellar would be awesome.I'm in WI and I would just leave then sit outside, usually tucked up
    against the house with some straw around them, Did great.Then the last two winter I said, "who
    cares" and l...

  • Posted in thread: Alley Hops on 09-22-2014 at 05:25 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 10:42 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 02:46 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 04:25 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 03:03 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 03:54 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 08:16 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,...


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