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    Incredible hop growth during PA heat wave

    Hello foks, We had an amazing heat wave this past weekend (still today and tomorrow in the upper 80's) and the hops went nuts. These are second year hops that are on the south side and get sunlight pretty much the entire day but I was just shocked at the growth rate. Prior to this heat wave...
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    Strict time for secondary with dry hops?

    Hey everyone, So my last batch was a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone that used my own home grown cascade hops. It is getting better but I ended up leaving the dry hops in the secondary for ~3 weeks (had a kitchen leak issue). Since I've never dry hopped before this batch, and the batch didn't...
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    Dry hop problems with pellets?

    So I got the AHS Ruination IPA (clone of Stone Brewery) and transferred to secondary a couple days ago. This recipe calls for 2 oz of hops in the secondary, but I'm a bit concerned since these were not whole flower hops. It's been 4 days and there is a large amount of hop "stuff" on the surface...
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    Lost 1/2 gallon of AHBS Stone Ruination IPA due to foam. :(

    Well this was my first really heavy beer I've made (done about 6-7 batches before, none over ~6-7% alcohol content. The Ruination by Stone (clone kit from Austin Home Brew) is 8%, and has a tremendous amount of hops (4.5oz in boil, 2 oz in secondary) which may or may not contribute to the...
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    Brewed using my hops for the first time!

    So today after pawning off the daughter to my SIL I decided to finally get around to doing the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale clone. Since I ended up with about 9oz of dried cascade hops it was just begging to be made. I also got 3/4oz dried Nugget, but that was not enough to use and so I purchased...
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    Nutrient deficiency in hop cones?

    Hey everyone, My cascade plants are making some massive cones and I'm looking for a great harvest for these first year plants. They have really taken off but I'm concerned the hops are possibly showing signs of iron deficiency as the cones are lighter green towards the tips. They are not...
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    Temp concerns AFTER primary fermentation is finished?

    So I know its bad to ferment at temps above 70F for most brews, but my question is what happens when active fermentation is essentially finished and we are just aging the beer in primary/secondary containers. I know the yeast is still somewhat active cleaning up the beer, so will the warmer...
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    Hops at top of teepee, what to do now?

    So we have a heat wave coming and I expect my hops to grow 3 feet in the next week or so. One of my bines has gone 6" over the top of my setup (8-9') and now I don't know what to do with it. I assume it's not smart to clip it, but none of the other bines are even close to that tall (all...
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    AHS Oatmeal stout, screw up recipe with late extract addition?

    EDIT: See last post. Hi everyone, I'm going to brew AHS Oatmeal Stout today when I get home from work. I've been reading a lot about the benefits of late extract addition (lighter color, better hops utilization, etc.) and wanted to do this with the kit. My concern is if it will overly...
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    Fantastic deal on turkey fryer!! (for boiling wort)

    EDIT: Deal is NOW DEAD, price is $70. So I've brewed one batch of beer with a smaller than needed pot. It was not fun, constantly stirring and changing the heat level. I've been trying to find a good price on a large pot but have been met with incredibly expensive cookware ($50-150)! I'm...
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    Post-party beer collection pic!

    I had a party last night for no good reason, and asked people in lieu of bringing food/etc. to bring random beers. I've done this before and really enjoyed getting to try beers I've never heard of. Well things got a bit out of hand. Most people didn't just bring 6-packs as I had expected...
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    Just bottled my first brew! (hints and tips)

    So last night I decided to bottle my first brew. I started this batch on April 5th and so it was fermenting for 25 days. 12 days in primary and 13 days in secondary. Here's a rundown of what I did and in what order (with notes on where I would do things differently the second time)...
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    Digging hop rhizome today, need helpful advice

    So I've read all the manuals, posts, and sites on the web and have gotten lots of helpful advice on growing etc. My problem is I haven't found much in the way of the proper way to dig up a rhizome. A friend of my father's is having me over today to see his brew setup and he has several...
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    Looking for an easy all-extract oatmeal stout recipe

    Hello everyone, I'm a day or two away from racking my first brew (pale ale), and want to brew something I would actually like (I did the pale since its easy and relatively quick but I don't really care for it). I'm looking for an all-extract oatmeal stout recipe that is relatively easy to...
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    Hops growing in limited space (perfect stake!)

    So I had posted a question regarding what to use for my stake in a very limited space. I can't do the teepee tent structure because I just don't have the room. I wanted a sturdy long pole to be able to support the plant as it grows and had several suggestions offered: 1. PVC pipe 2...
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    Poor man's CO2 purger...dry ice

    So I made the mistake of drinking a glass of Mountain Dew when I woke up last night at 2am.....and then sat in bed trying to fall asleep for the next 2 hours. During this time I had quite a bit on my mind. What I wanted to eat for dinner, work the next day, the primary fermentation in the...
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    Need a single "stake", help please

    Hello everyone, I have on order 2 Nugget rhizomes and am planning on prepping the area(s) for planting. One will be going around a lightpost at the front of my yard, and so I have no worry I can train it around that. The other, and the reason for this post, is going to be going in a small...
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    Is it still possible to get hops locally?

    I'd like to give a try at growing a vine or two for use next year (after the initial year of root production). Sounds like I missed the boat on purchasing online. Would a local brew store carry these (I didn't see any when I went to mine), or are these specialty only? EDIT: Oh I'm in SE PA...
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    Failed to remove any break from the wort....doh!

    So here I am at work, 2 days after starting my first brew and I decided to look over again some of the later chapters in the Howtobrew online book. I come across the more detailed directions for the pouring the wort into the fermenter (I remembered to aerate well during the pour), unfortunately...
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    Can I add more water when racking from primary to secondary?

    So I clearly have no ability to operate in US measurements (cup, pint, gallon, you get the idea). I deal with metric all day at work and so apparently I had much less total volume when I added the wort to the water in the fermenter. Another problem is that my pot was large but relatively...
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