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Forum: Hops Growing 10-12-2008, 02:11 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By TimMcTigue
I think it depends on when in the maturity cycle...

I think it depends on when in the maturity cycle you get the wind. I've read that when the hops are almost ready to pick, a strong wind can make them useless in a matter of hours. That was from a...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-19-2008, 09:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,900
Posted By TimMcTigue
Did you correct for the temperature? Hydrometers...

Did you correct for the temperature? Hydrometers are calibrated to 60 deg. F...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-17-2008, 11:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 357
Posted By TimMcTigue
Sheesh, who can brew and not remember it? Oh, I...

Sheesh, who can brew and not remember it? Oh, I get it, you were probably drinking one while brewing one, lol! Anyway, yes, it's good to get back to brewing after a hiatus. I've brewed for the...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-16-2008, 12:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 469
Posted By TimMcTigue
Ideally with batch sparging, you want to try to...

Ideally with batch sparging, you want to try to target an equal volume between first and second runnings. I normally do 5g batches. With my system, I know that if I mash initially with 4.5g of...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-15-2008, 11:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,016
Posted By TimMcTigue
I think it very much depends on exactly how you...

I think it very much depends on exactly how you brew - there are lots of variations. For instance, a friend of mine brews using the "fly sparging" method, whereby the sparge is accomplished by...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-15-2008, 09:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,016
Posted By TimMcTigue
First of all, it's "wort", not "wert" or "wart". ...

First of all, it's "wort", not "wert" or "wart". Hope that opening doesn't sound peevish, it's just that I care so much about my product, I don't want it to sound unnecessarily gross in print. It's...
Forum: General Techniques 09-14-2008, 11:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Posted By TimMcTigue
You could rack it into secondary, and I'd add a...

You could rack it into secondary, and I'd add a bit of gelatin at that time. You'd be surprised how quickly it will clear. Just boil a cup of water, cool it, add a pack of gelatin to it, let it sit...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-14-2008, 11:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 543
Posted By TimMcTigue
How many cones? 1.1 oz freshly picked isn't very...

How many cones? 1.1 oz freshly picked isn't very much, and being first-year hops, in my experience you shouldn't expect much of them. I'd either add them to the secondary ("dry-hop"), or maybe save...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-12-2008, 01:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 726
Posted By TimMcTigue
PS if you have a LOT of hops, that's the only way...

PS if you have a LOT of hops, that's the only way to go...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-12-2008, 01:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 726
Posted By TimMcTigue
I built a really cheap oast mostly from stuff I...

I built a really cheap oast mostly from stuff I had laying around, after reading an article in the May/June issue of BYO. It's about 3' high by 2' deep and 3.5' wide, and has two trays made of 1X2...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-12-2008, 03:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,324
Posted By TimMcTigue
I didn't want to use up any of my commercial hops...

I didn't want to use up any of my commercial hops without making beer.

Tim
Forum: Hops Growing 09-11-2008, 01:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,324
Posted By TimMcTigue
Last evening I tasted my one-hop Mt. Hood brew,...

Last evening I tasted my one-hop Mt. Hood brew, and got a nice surprise. It's past high krausen now, and pretty much ready for racking. I tasted it with some initial trepidation, since I'm kind of...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-11-2008, 11:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,736
Posted By TimMcTigue
I used "found materials" - I didn't have to buy...

I used "found materials" - I didn't have to buy anything, so, yeah, frugal. The PVC pipe is 1-1/2" interior diameter, and the clothes rod is nearly that, but not quite. There is in fact a fairly...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-10-2008, 10:24 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,378
Posted By TimMcTigue
... come up with a better trellis design than...

... come up with a better trellis design than this year, and harvest more effectively (because I learned a lot this year!)

Tim
Forum: Hops Growing 09-10-2008, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,736
Posted By TimMcTigue
Mine look like this: ...

Mine look like this:

http://home.cogeco.ca/~guitartim/images/plugs2.jpg

I compress them into one-oz plugs using a PVC pipe and a length of clothes rod. Sure saves freezer space!

Tim
Forum: General Beer Discussion 09-10-2008, 08:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 761
Posted By TimMcTigue
Gelatin is great! Cheap, easy, effective.

Gelatin is great! Cheap, easy, effective.
Forum: Hops Growing 09-10-2008, 12:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 563
Posted By TimMcTigue
When hops are ripe, they'll look and feel...

When hops are ripe, they'll look and feel somewhat dry and springy, and papery to the touch. They won't be succulent at all... well, maybe a little. They'll also have yellow powder between the...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-07-2008, 01:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,324
Posted By TimMcTigue
I just brewed yesterday, and used my home-grown...

I just brewed yesterday, and used my home-grown Mt. Hood hops throughout. The grain bill was only Pils and 2-row (8.75 lbs / 2 lbs), and the yeast is Nottingham. I used the hops as follows: 0.5oz...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-07-2008, 01:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 705
Posted By TimMcTigue
You should put them in the ground if you can. ...

You should put them in the ground if you can. I've heard of folks growing them in a big pot, but I'd think it's generally inferior, and you're not likely to get the yield you could otherwise. At...
Forum: Introductions 09-07-2008, 12:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 139
Posted By TimMcTigue
I'm in the GTA, and I know a few folks in the...

I'm in the GTA, and I know a few folks in the area who brew also. I normally get my grain from G&P in Fergus, and usually get through a season with 2 or 3 bags. When I step up to 10-gal batches, I...
Forum: All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 09-07-2008, 12:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 648
Posted By TimMcTigue
I just got a mill last year, but before that I...

I just got a mill last year, but before that I had to use a friend's mill, and he's about a half-hour away, so I'd mill up about 20 pounds or so at a time, enough to last a while. I kept the milled...
Forum: Introductions 09-07-2008, 12:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 139
Posted By TimMcTigue
Greetings from Southern Ontario!

Hi, new to the forum, but a fairly experienced homebrewer. I'm on my 4th year brewing all-grain, brewed extract before that for a year, and before that "brewed" from no-boil kits for too many years...
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