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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: 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...

  • Posted in thread: Do we really need to dry to ~10% moisture on 08-09-2016 at 03:07 PM
    8-10% is the magic range where the hops can hold themselves (mostly) together until the hit the
    hammer mill but they aren't so sticky that they gum the whole works up. Even at just 12%, my
    pellet mill...

  • Posted in thread: How to quickly dry harvested hops? on 08-04-2016 at 02:36 PM
    As nagmay said, you can either dry fast or dry them for flavor. At 212F (100C), you can get
    them dry in an hour or two but they will be worthless.Above 140F (60C), the alpha acids start
    breaking down ...

  • Posted in thread: So Cal harvest time? on 08-01-2016 at 04:31 PM
    First, I need to emphasize that picking harvest time is a very site specific decision. I'm in
    WI and I can tell you our harvest has been plus or minus 2 weeks from another grower 2 valleys
    (3 miles) o...

  • Posted in thread: How to make Hop Plugs or Hop Pellets on 07-11-2016 at 11:43 PM
    On the homebrewer scale...I can't say any progress has been made.On the small scale grower
    scale...there are a number of companies/organizations that are currently marketing flat die
    systems that are ...

  • Posted in thread: Commercial Growers: Time to get an ID# on 06-30-2016 at 09:36 PM
    Just to give this thread a bump, here's a press release/article on the Hop Grower ID
    registration effort.Hop Growers of America Expands Supplier Identification System NationwideI'm
    happy to report, th...

  • Posted in thread: New public varieties. on 06-14-2016 at 02:52 AM
    I know its available to commercial growers but I don't know anyone selling small numbers of
    plants. Of course, that doesn't mean someone isn't. I believe Great Lake Hops has them. We have
    them but onl...