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  1. Apimyces

    How to avoid pollination?

    tip 1) find and cull wild males tip 2) favor triploid varieties which will yield less seed content tip 3) find buyers who don't fuss too much about seed content
  2. Apimyces

    Session IPA

    Thanks for the reply. I've been brewing beer for a few years (mead since much longer), and always happy to experiment new stuff. Either for my own personal leisure, or as a potential vessel to showcase my hops. After doing a first try, though, I'm not leaning more for the former than the latter...
  3. Apimyces

    Onion beer

    Yea, there's some stuff that can be good for cooking, but not so much to drink or eat straight out of the bottle. For example, well, most condiments. I know some would, but the idea of chugging down ketchup disgusts me. I also dread most herb beers, haven't really had the misfortune of tasting...
  4. Apimyces

    Onion beer

    Oh, brats are sausages. I thought you wanted me to cook my kids in onion beer. :P
  5. Apimyces

    Onion beer

    And...? :P
  6. Apimyces

    Onion beer

    Hmm, that's an interesting idea. I hadn't considered caramelizing the onions first. I do think oils are generally prejudiciable to a good brew, but I don't recall why, and if it would apply in such a case. I could cook them in malt extract as a sugar source, too. And while I don't use much...
  7. Apimyces

    Onion beer

    I've searched a bit, and I don't think the topic has been covered. There's some threads about hop-derived onion aroma, about pairing cheeses with onions, about lactofermenting onions... but not about onion beer/wine. Has anyone here done it? I wouldn't expect it to be really pleasant to drink...
  8. Apimyces

    Session IPA

    It'd be pointless to lengthily debate semantics, but to me, 4.5-5.5 ABV is just a regular beer. 3.8% and fairly dry makes the brew much less caloric, which is great when one's spouse tends to guilt about that (ethanol is a huge source of beer's calories, the other being residual sugars). I've...
  9. Apimyces

    Session IPA

    Well I converted that recipe to extract, with some pilsner LME and Crystal20, maybe a tad less IBU (closer to 20) and a tad more ABV (closer to 3.8%), but it was pretty good. Slightly thin, but really acceptable. I'd probably add just a hint of dextrin. In this version dry hopping was with...
  10. Apimyces

    Session IPA

    I'm looking for some tips elaborating a session IPA. Or Session APA, or EPA, or pale ale, or however one wants to call it (google-fu seems to suggest some controversies ;)). I've looked through google and the search engine here, but with mitigated results. For of all, to describe what I'm...
  11. Apimyces

    Blue Beer with butterfly pea flowers

    1) The book cited wasn't scientific 2) Scientific knowledge is rarely absolute, our understanding of phenomenons grows all the time. Each study adds a piece to the puzzle, but none reveal the big picture. 3) Science is about positive knowledge, not negative knowledge. You can "prove" that X...
  12. Apimyces

    Growing hops from seed

    In Fall I would expect to get a decent seed crop from Neomexicanus seedlings (2nd year).
  13. Apimyces

    Nitrogen Levels / Seaweed

    My 3:1:2 ratio is going fairly well indoors, but I think I'll be boosting that to 4:1:2. Nitrogen is the first element that starts to show deficiency symptoms when I spread fertilization too much.
  14. Apimyces

    Hops and extreme cold.

    Google says the record cold for Winnipeg is -45C. GOOD TRY. ;) But I'll assume you are talking with the windshield/humidex factor (if not exaggerating), which is irrelevant due to the hop rhizomes being underground. You also get a lot of snow I THINK? Snow helps insulate the ground. In any...
  15. Apimyces

    Hops and extreme cold.

    I'm not even sure where gets -40, but photoperiod would probably be an issue. I've never heard of people trying to grow hops in arctic regions, so I can't say if it can or can't work.
  16. Apimyces

    Hops and extreme cold.

    Hop bines die back every winter anyways. It's the roots you need to think about, and I've not heard of people losing hops to winter's cold (though it might be possible?)
  17. Apimyces

    Growing hops from seed

    It's probably a fair idea to start with some stocks that are adapted to your local growing conditions, including latitude and season length. And cultivars you appreciate.
  18. Apimyces

    Help with Hop Planters

    I use a lot of 2 gallon pots. It's clearly not enough for mature plants, but you can still get them to flower in them. Space and cost being considerations, it's a lot more manageable in 2 gallon pots than larger. But yea they'll be rootbound pretty quickly in them.
  19. Apimyces

    Quince Wine

    Japanese quinces are available here in nurseries, as ornamentals. It is however illegal to import more of them. I made a sort of fruity irish red with them. It was good, but perhaps it wasn't an ideal style mix. I'll keep trying stuff.
  20. Apimyces

    Growing hops from seed

    Cull those monstrosities!
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