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Forum: Hops Growing 02-08-2014, 10:44 PM
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Posted By hardrain
Great thread, looking forward to seeing year 2! ...

Great thread, looking forward to seeing year 2!

How did the brewery contract go? Did you get a lot of interest from smaller brew pubs? I'm curious what kind of prices VA growers are paying for...
Forum: Hops Growing 02-07-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,049
Posted By hardrain
Thanks for the response. When you're pushing the...

Thanks for the response. When you're pushing the mulch back after laying the manure, is that before or after shoots emerge? If it's before, are you leaving the actual hills uncovered?

I guess...
Forum: Hops Growing 02-07-2014, 08:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,049
Posted By hardrain
Straw & Hay mulch thickness - how much is too much?

Hi all. The short question: Have any growers had issues with laying hay or straw mulch too think on established plants? Is there a limit you would stick to?

I've got a log row of second year...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-04-2013, 07:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By hardrain
Thanks, makes sense. I'm talking about a ~5 bbl...

Thanks, makes sense. I'm talking about a ~5 bbl system (with a 10 bbl HLT). Like the wort chiller idea, in terms of keeping some of that water and heat.
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-04-2013, 06:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By hardrain
Can't argue. Although what's a scenario where...

Can't argue. Although what's a scenario where you would heat more water than you could fit into your tun? The only thing I can think is if you want to boil your first mash and sparge water at the...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 03-04-2013, 05:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By hardrain
Hot Water Tank 2x size of Mash Tun?

Doing some looking around and noticed one system for sale that has a HLT 2x bigger than the mash tun. I've seen plenty of systems that have their fermenters 2x their mash tun, but I'm unsure of what...
Forum: Hops Growing 02-12-2013, 06:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,064
Posted By hardrain
I should clarify and say I'm not necessarily...

I should clarify and say I'm not necessarily looking for USDA certified organic rhizomes. What I need are roots that haven't been fed non-organic fertilizer, have not been given any root hormones,...
Forum: Hops Growing 02-12-2013, 06:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,064
Posted By hardrain
I'm growing out east so focused on "hardy" and...

I'm growing out east so focused on "hardy" and downy resistant.

Little flexible here but for starters: Cascade, Mt. Hood, Nugget, Chinook, Centennial.

Thanks!
Forum: Hops Growing 02-12-2013, 06:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,064
Posted By hardrain
Suppliers for Bulk Buy of Organic Hop Rhizomes?

Hi there, I've searched the forums for past posts and looked around, but is anyone aware of a farm selling organic hop rhizomes in bulk -- 300-500 plan range -- for a decent bulk price ($3-$4.50)?
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Forum: Hops Growing 10-18-2012, 08:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,050
Posted By hardrain
Yeah, went ahead and transplanted now. We're...

Yeah, went ahead and transplanted now. We're still getting some solid sun and afternoon warmth so I've put dark black compost on top of each hill to soak some of that in, will get everything...
Forum: Hops Growing 10-14-2012, 03:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,050
Posted By hardrain
Just did the same thing today (in Northern VA),...

Just did the same thing today (in Northern VA), dug up 8 cascades and put them in holes this afternoon. I'm waiting until I can get some compost in a couple of hours to fill in the holes.
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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 08-12-2012, 09:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 33,312
Posted By hardrain
Have just recently employed the airlock/blowoff...

Have just recently employed the airlock/blowoff tube approach and it's working great so far, only took me two exploded primaries to get motivated! Cutting off the plastic filterish thing at the end...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-27-2011, 10:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 961
Posted By hardrain
Very nice. We stopped by for Hop Wallop and...

Very nice. We stopped by for Hop Wallop and Yakima Glory...both very good, although I like the Wallop better.
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-27-2011, 08:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 415
Posted By hardrain
I'm with you Champurrado, but it sounds like the...

I'm with you Champurrado, but it sounds like the wind will be somewhat muted by the time it gets out here. Fingers crossed.

I had seven 1st year cascades this year, even managed to keep them...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 08-27-2011, 08:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 961
Posted By hardrain
Just finished Fruit Of Irene Watermelon Wheat. ...

Just finished Fruit Of Irene Watermelon Wheat. Frozen watermelon doesn't go in until next week, though.
Forum: Hops Growing 08-21-2011, 10:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 686
Posted By hardrain
It looks like whatever it is is spreading, which...

It looks like whatever it is is spreading, which didn't really show true until the last day or two. I went threw Homebrewer's Garden and am trying an epsom salt spray today to address a magnesium...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-21-2011, 12:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 686
Posted By hardrain
Upon further inspection this might be a systemic...

Upon further inspection this might be a systemic thing. We didn't get any rain here for weeks, it seemed, and in the last 10 days or so we've had several nighttime showers and a couple of big...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-20-2011, 11:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 686
Posted By hardrain
And update, with my "real" camera. Would love to...

And update, with my "real" camera. Would love to hear initial thoughts.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/gallery/data/1077/badhops1.jpg
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Forum: Hops Growing 08-16-2011, 03:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 686
Posted By hardrain
Will pull out the real camera tonight. It was...

Will pull out the real camera tonight. It was apparently too early to focus for the phone.
Forum: Hops Growing 08-16-2011, 01:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 686
Posted By hardrain
One Bad Apple - Cut Down The Vine Or Let It Go?

I've got eight vines growing, but one is doing this:
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Forum: Hops Growing 06-12-2011, 11:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,170
Posted By hardrain
So the damage that happened so quickly appears to...

So the damage that happened so quickly appears to have subsided slightly (knocking on wood) with no action taken by me. The weather has been more than a little off, with a cool early spring and...
Forum: Hops Growing 06-08-2011, 12:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,170
Posted By hardrain
I'll have to look into insect remedies. Never...

I'll have to look into insect remedies. Never done anything like the ladybug buy I hear about but I might give it a shot.
Forum: Hops Growing 06-04-2011, 09:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,170
Posted By hardrain
Spot That Hop Disease!

That time of the year, I think. I've been trying to track down exactly what this is. I'm growing just outside DC and we had a HOT week. I've been watering regularly but never the leaves, however I...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 05-10-2011, 03:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 853
Posted By hardrain
Good Saison Recipe - Difficult To Find

I'm looking for a true farmhouse Saison taste, something light and crisp that will make for good drinking in DC once August gets here. Some good examples are Philly's Lords Saison and (another DC...
Forum: Hops Growing 03-20-2011, 09:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,932
Posted By hardrain
Any News On Hop Shortage?

I was interested in what's become of the hop shortage. I don't seem to hear any banter about it at the homebrew shop and haven't seen it mentioned on here in a while (while admittedly not reading...
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