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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.
  • Engineer
  • 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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  • McFarland (Madison)
  • WI


  • Posted in thread: Any swimming pool people here? Lost 8 inches of water in one night on 11-19-2015 at 06:18 PM
    Back on topic...The happiest day of my ownership of an in-ground pool was the day I filled it
    in. In similar situations, it was almost always the plumbing. If you have only surface skimmer
    and no drai...

  • Posted in thread: Oatmeal & Spent grain dog treats safe for dogs??? on 11-19-2015 at 06:10 PM
    Yeah the only concern usually arises when you Hopped your mash.Agreed. Hops and dogs are bad
    news. Check the hop growing section for horror stories. A friend's puppy chewed on 1 or 2 cones
    out of curi...

  • Posted in thread: Another can you identify hop. on 10-08-2015 at 07:09 PM
    The good news is that's a fairly unusual leaf for hops so it should make identification easier.
    The bad new is I can't think of an identification guide that uses leaves. They are almost all
    cones. At ...

  • Posted in thread: Do you rehang your bines after harvest? on 09-28-2015 at 06:29 PM
    If you can pick the hops without much damage, go ahead and put them back up.If there is a lot
    of damage, then the fresh sap will tend to attract insects and disease. If you leave them on
    the ground, i...

  • Posted in thread: What grows in Michigan? on 09-17-2015 at 02:24 AM
    Best helpful internet reply EVER. Thank you so much. I would grow mostly for my own use to see.
    Then maybe expand to do a 'self pick' kinda think like orchards and pumpkin patches do. Not
    sure I'd go ...

  • Posted in thread: What grows in Michigan? on 09-16-2015 at 07:46 PM
    Can I keep my cascades, centennials, magnums, and columbus all happy up there at all?Michigan
    is at the right latitude and has a good climate for growing hops. I'm farming over in Wisconsin
    and what w...

  • Posted in thread: 1st year cascades smell like brussel sprouts on 09-16-2015 at 07:32 PM
    Farnesene oil in hops is usually the grassy smell and it can be a vegetative smell, though I've
    never thought Brussel sprouts. It is the first oil to evaporate away, so if you had used heat,
    it would ...

  • Posted in thread: Fresh Wild Hop "extract"? on 09-15-2015 at 01:22 AM
    Unless you are going to dry them, you won't wait 7 days. After 3 to 4 you will gag on the
    smell. Either make the tea right away or lay them out on screens to let them dry.

  • Posted in thread: Pfister Pfarms - A hobby hopyard on 09-09-2015 at 03:21 AM
    Now I need lab analysis. Gorst Valley has gotten back to me saying that they can do in towards
    the end of October, but (unfortunately) have not answered my questions about cost nor sample
    size require...

  • Posted in thread: Raising and Marketing Hops on 09-09-2015 at 03:13 AM
    It depends...We've looked at a number of wild plants that either we have found or have been
    brought to us. Most are crap...it seems as they go feral they tend to loose the really strong
    flavors brewer...


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