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  1. alastairblake

    All Spelt Saison

    Ill dig at the old thread too! Any notes from the experience? @Gus_13
  2. alastairblake

    Choosing heritage/landrace barley and wheat for lambic style beer

    scale: enough to make a yield of 10 gallons of "lambic" a season. BUT: this hinges on which variety I go after, and what quantity of seed is available. Some seed banks only give out 50 seeds to 28 grams etc. Malting: if I am doing just a small batch of beer, i honestly will probably malt...
  3. alastairblake

    Choosing heritage/landrace barley and wheat for lambic style beer

    Hey HomebrewTalk, A farmer friend has agreed to sow some old landrace / heritage barley and wheat for me to brew with. I am seeking help to identify the best varieties to plant. These grains are being targeted for use in brewing true-to-form Lambic and Gueuze beer. I plan on using the...
  4. alastairblake

    Pennsylvania hops: sidearms??? 5/23/18

    I have a Zeus, Chinook and Cascade hop plant and they appear to be very happy... What I am curious about is if I am seeing 'sidearms' or additional 'bines' sprouting out of the sides. last year they wanted to keep climbing for the most part. How would you all recommend trimming these up etc?
  5. alastairblake

    Good source for non-GMO grains

    Cfuggles, did you ever find a favored source for organic/nonGMO/maybe low gluten malt?
  6. alastairblake

    Opinions please! 3yr hops, 10' tall!

    some more recent developments: Out of the Cascade, Chinook and Zeus, the Zeus has stopped climbing. all leading heads of the bines have become flowers. attatched are photos of the top of Zeus, and also some of Zeus' flowers. Do you think I have some Downy Mildew action? Penn State has...
  7. alastairblake

    Opinions please! 3yr hops, 10' tall!

    Happy to hear how everyone else is doing. Any Pennsylvania people on here?
  8. alastairblake

    Opinions please! 3yr hops, 10' tall!

    26' tall. Thankfully I have a slide at the top so that if need be i can lower the cables down and cut the tops of the bines if they are going insane.
  9. alastairblake

    Opinions please! 3yr hops, 10' tall!

    Looking for thoughts here... I have three different hop plants. All hitting 10' or taller right now. Zeus has some side arms started. This is earlier than last year I think. Some people are saying that early bines should be hacked down. I didnt.... I just trimmed to 2 to 3 per crown. Are...
  10. alastairblake

    2016 Hop Growing Thread

    Can anyone tell me what is happening on this bine? What are the tiny packed clusters¿ edit: UPDATE: I found this article and I think it may be the answer to what I am seeing on this Zeus bine. http://www.greatlakeshops.com/hops-blog/hop-identification
  11. alastairblake

    2016 Hop Growing Thread

    Hey everyone! Happy to find this cool place. Anyway, I wanted to share with you my hops (2nd year), and see if anyone had thoughts as to why my Zeus bines have stopped growing and have shifted to cone production, while the Cascade is going bonkers with growth, and Chinook is doing decent...
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