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  • My name is Jay Maslar and I am the head brewer at a nanobrewery called Black Heart Brewery. We are located in Binghamton, New York, and we are currently in the licensing process to brew and self distribute our own beer. I live with my wife Tara and my son, Jon (the 2nd).
  • Head Brewer @ Black Heart Brewery
  • Jonathan Maslar
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  • Posted in thread: Is this a new bine? on 06-17-2012 at 07:52 AM
    I get mushrooms here and there in my potted hops. General rule for the hops is that if the
    leave curl upwards, then they are evenly watered for the amount of light they get. If the edges
    curl down, th...

  • Posted in thread: Wow!!! Cones already???? on 06-08-2012 at 06:59 PM
    A few cones beginning to form on my second year Cascades. They are about 12 feet tall and going
    strong. I'm in upstate NY - last week was rainy so I hope the next few days are as sunny as
    forecast. I ...

  • Posted in thread: Show off your 2012 Hops garden! on 06-07-2012 at 02:09 AM
    64003Some of the second years are over 13 feet tall and will be to the top in no time. I
    thinned back the bottoms of the plants today, and just as I was coming inside, I saw the first
    sign of flowerin...

  • Posted in thread: Too late to plant? on 05-23-2012 at 08:33 PM
    Nope, not too late. I've put cuttings in the ground later than this with great success. That's
    if you an find rhizomes at this point as they often sell out. The purpose of the first grow
    year is estab...

  • Posted in thread: Show off your 2012 Hops garden! on 05-23-2012 at 08:22 PM
    62306My backyard garden. There are 14 buckets total - each are 18 gallons. 3 are on their 3rd
    season, 6 are on their 2nd, and 5 are new this year. They are Cascade and Willamette. 62318

  • Posted in thread: Two harvests in 2012 in Upstate New York on 03-25-2012 at 08:47 PM
    I see that most of the country has enjoyed a very mild winter and early spring thus far. In
    Binghamton, NY, it was in the 60s and 70s last week, and still unseasonably warm in the 50s to
    60s this week...

  • Posted in thread: adding coffee grounds to hops on 02-02-2012 at 08:05 PM
    +1 to using them in composting. I compost yard trimmings, cardboard, food scraps, and mainly -
    spent beer grains!The grains are full of goodness still, but I'll warn you: they stink as they
    break down...

  • Posted in thread: Rye ratios on 02-02-2012 at 07:51 PM
    What is the highest ratio of rye you have successfully used in a beer? Any issues other than
    stuck runoff? I tried searching for a thread on this but I only have the phone app right now
    (shhh, Im at w...

  • Posted in thread: Automated HERMS rebuild on 12-13-2011 at 04:46 AM
    EZFrag, We use these valves from the Brewtroller store:Open Source Control Systems :: ValvesWe
    use the two way valves and have plans to use the 3 way ones in the future when we upgrade. What
    kind of s...

  • Posted in thread: Ebay Find: 20 Gallon Fermenter Barrels on 08-16-2011 at 02:46 AM
    You can find them around from food companies. I have found them locally for $12-15. I would
    call around and look on craigslist. I know people who make wine at home in these.Cheers!

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