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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: 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...

  • Posted in thread: Brown hops on 10-05-2016 at 03:40 PM
    Wow, hops usually only get that way after years and years of sitting or if exposed to
    temperatures of 160F or above. Maybe it was the sun? They probably don't have a lot of alpha
    acids, so don't use t...

  • Posted in thread: hobby farmer on 09-21-2016 at 02:19 PM
    Best advice I ever got from a brewer, "Don't grow what you think I want or even what I think I
    want. Grow what your can grow best and I'll make a beer around it."Here's what you will run
    into. - Estab...

  • Posted in thread: My Hops don't Smell like Hops Any more on 09-19-2016 at 01:42 PM
    A lot of that big smell you get is the oils/aromas evaporating away. After time they settle
    down and so does the smell. If they were packaged in air tight bags, that would slow the
    process. Cold tempe...

  • Posted in thread: Micro picking machine for hobby growers on 08-27-2016 at 10:57 PM
    You have the right idea on separation. Just set out a tarp, put a box fan on a table and pour
    the mixture of hops and leaves in front of it. If that's not enough velocity to get separation,
    try a leaf...