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    Early flowering

    My cascade is already starting to throw burrs. This is the plant’s 6th year, transplanted two seasons ago. I’ve never seen it start to flower this early. Usually the first flowers appear around the solstice, like clockwork. It doesn’t seem to be stressed at all. I’m wondering if training it...
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    Short vertical space

    I'm sure this question has been asked before, but for those of you who are short on vertical distance for the hops to grow. What do you do when the beast tops out? Do you have a strategy for managing the bines or just let them do whatever they please? Till now, I've always had the luxury of...
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    Toasting oak chips at home and blending different levels of toast

    I'm going to be brewing a 5 gallon batch of American Brown ale soon. My plan is to oak 2.5 gallons and leave the other 2.5 unoaked. I've used medium toast American oak cubes many times before, never chips. It always takes forever to get the oak character I'm looking for. Honestly, I always...
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    Great Lakes Hops Proprietary Varieties

    I noticed on GLH's website that they are now offering all of their proprietary hops for sale in 6 oz hop cans. For those not familiar, these varieties are: Michigan Copper, Mackinac, Bergamot, Gemini, Emerald Spire and Paradigm. Has anyone tried these varieties out? I'm very curious how...
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    Alpharoma/Rakau hops

    I was curious if anyone else out there has grown this variety and/or has some experience brewing with either? In case it needs to be said, they are the same plant. Rakau is the commercial variety which is grown in NZ. Alpharoma is the variety that's available for purchase and grown here in...
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    Water Profile for Vienna Lager

    Greetings! I'm fairly new to this forum, although I've lurked and gotten great insight from you all for most of the last 3 years. I recently made the jump from carbon filter to an RO filter and building my water from there. So as the title suggests, I'm curious to know if any of you have a...