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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: Drying unorthodox-ed on 07-18-2015 at 03:58 AM
    I wish I could tell you the number of times someone brought me a pile of rotten, moldy hops
    that were composting...but still said, "But they felt dry." Touch you arm. Feel dry? Well, you
    are 80% water...

  • Posted in thread: Drying unorthodox-ed on 07-16-2015 at 02:23 PM
    Like cram said, keep going until they are 20% to 25% of the original weight.It will go faster
    if you rip the bags open and spread them out. The more air contact, the faster they will dry.
    In a bag lik...

  • Posted in thread: Harvested, now what? on 07-13-2015 at 11:00 PM
    Yep, what DT said.

  • Posted in thread: Harvested, now what? on 07-13-2015 at 06:43 PM
    Either put them back up to continue to grow or cut them off.You still have a lot of growing
    season. So putting them back up will give the roots a lot more time to grow and gather energy
    from the leave...

  • Posted in thread: Buying Rhizomes - starting a hop farm on 07-10-2015 at 05:45 PM
    Start here: used to buy rhizomes, sell rhizomes, trade rhizomes...no more. We got burned too
    many times. Stuff would show up with systemic downy mildew, virus, etc. I know some who got
    dead sticks i...

  • Posted in thread: Ideal Time to Plant Rhizomes in Michigan on 06-15-2015 at 03:36 PM
    If you have a rhizome, get it in the ground. They don't keep.Next year, plan on ordering them
    in the Feb or March timeframe unless your local Homebrew shop is getting supplies.Right now, go
    with a liv...

  • Posted in thread: How much / many dehydrated hops to use? on 06-14-2015 at 03:32 AM
    Fresh picked today? Assuming they were harvested at the correct time and have the proper
    chemistry, dry them down to somewhere between 1/4th and 1/5th the original weight and you
    should be able to use...

  • Posted in thread: Great Lakes Hops on 06-05-2015 at 04:55 PM
    Maybe because you are looking at pictures from last year ?!? :DWell I'll be...That would answer
    it. Must have been just a wee bit jealous of someone having cones. Wonder if the male parts are
    there th...

  • Posted in thread: Great Lakes Hops on 06-05-2015 at 04:45 PM
    Agree with the Candy man. Check the last picture of AndMan3030's post that starts with "The
    first picture is of my Glacier Hops, they have a few weeks left. The Columbus Hops have about a
    week. Super ...

  • Posted in thread: What tensile strength cable or rope? on 06-04-2015 at 08:38 PM
    60' @ 5'/plant = 12 plants.I'm the guy that says 30 to 35 lb/plant. Think of your worst case
    scenario. At full maturity, some can hit 30 lbs but it will be a rainy night so add another 5
    lbs for water...


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