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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: 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...

  • Posted in thread: Chicago/Upper Midwest growers-have you harvested yet? on 09-04-2015 at 10:30 AM
    Yes. Just finishing up today on all the C hops.

  • Posted in thread: I'm grinding them up now, will it help? on 08-31-2015 at 02:18 PM
    Having done this, I'm with Yooper. Once you grind them, you are breaking the lupulin sacks and
    the oxidation process occurs pretty rapidly. Within a day, you can smell something is
    wrong.grinding and ...

  • Posted in thread: Drying hops in oven??? 170 to hot? on 08-28-2015 at 04:45 PM
    yes. You lose alpha acids at 140, oils at 100F or less. At 170, essentially you will be baking
    them and they will start to turn straw yellow.Spread them out on a window screen or similar and
    let them ...


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