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  1. rlmiller10

    Building a hop trellis - questions

    to give you more height you could go with a more shallow depth for the posts but then bring the cable across the top and down to a ground anchor. Slanting the posts slightly out would help as well. I would go with this even if the base of the posts had to be moved a bit closer. I think on a...
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    How & why did you start brewing?

    Brewing is the perfect engineers hobby. Lets you design stuff, make stuff, pay attention to detail and enjoy the final result. I see the Lake Jackson location, you must work at either one of the refineries or the nuke plant down there? In that area you will also get to design a fermentation...
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    Homemade Bread Thread

    How long are you letting it ferment? Mine gets more sour the longer I let it ferment. If I want sour I mix up the biga, using starter, about 25% of the flour and some water and let it sit 36 hrs before adding the rest of the flour and other ingredients.
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    Pear vs apple cider

    feel for you. Moved to a new place this year so starting all over on the orchard. Last one was 14 years old so just started to produce well and then said goodbye.
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    Random Picture Thread

    Best of luck. Had a rig like that parked at my place this summer. Well produces all of 1 gpm. good thing it was for irrigation and not the house
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    used to cut mine back, winter in cool dark place and then put out in spring for a second year
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    Joe's Ancient Orange Mead

    than you have broken a cardinal rule of Joe's. But yes, that should indeed let you push up the alcohol.
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    Joe's Ancient Orange Mead

    Please let us know how that comes out? I suspect it will be very sweet as I have only been able to get the bread yeast up to about 11% (and usually closer to 8%) before they peter out.
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    Random Picture Thread

    I really need one of those. I have a teenage daughter
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    Homemade Bread Thread

    It is a high hydration dough. I measured correctly but the starter is always a variable as I don't measure when I add replacement water and flour to my starter jar. Thus the starter can have more or less hydration on a given batch. And that can be significant as my biga is 250 gr starter, 180...
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    Homemade Bread Thread

    to the master bakers out there. I had a new "problem" today and hope someone might have some insight. I have been making my sourdough recipe for years. I use a kitchenaide. When it is just right it will stick to the bottom of the bowl for the first 6 or so minutes of kneading. then in the...
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    Rhubarb Wine

    When I have made it I add the yeast a day after adding the Camden tabs. I then open ferment in the bucket for 2 or 3 days (depends on my schedule and time availability) before pulling the bag of mush, putting in a colander and squeezing all I can, and then moving the juice to a carboy and...
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    Random Picture Thread

    that is beautiful. Look at the blue ski, fresh snow, I am sure the air is crisp and clean. And days like that give me a reason to jump on the tractor and clean out my 1/2 mile lane. Something fun about rolling snow.
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    How & why did you start brewing?

    All started with buying a place on 2.5 acres. that gave me room to plant fruit trees. Was not getting good pollination on said fruit trees so I got a hive of bees. First year with bees I harvested 55 lb of honey. I can't eat 55 lb of honey so decided I needed to try making mead. Bought a...
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    Random Picture Thread

    Come on over, bring your mix. I have been using my backhoe to try and dig out a french drain and keep hitting mud rock. A little of your mix would really help loosen things up and make it go much more quickly
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    Random Picture Thread

    Then I suppose using rolls of toilet paper soaked in gas and plastic bags filled with oxygen and acetylene like I do is also frowned upon?
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    Joe's Ancient Orange Mead

    Since you are not worried about head I would not worry about sunflower oil on the raisins, but I have no idea why they put sunflower oil on raisins. I don't know those brands of yeast but they should work. Yeast wants to eat sugars. All bread yeast is from the same family. I suspect you...
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    Random Picture Thread

    Just file the cause under "it is 2020"
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    Joe's Ancient Orange Mead

    This one has me baffled. I have made one or two batches of this every year for 8 or 9 years. Always acted like it should. This batch will not clear. It is 6 months old. I took a sample and the bread yeast was a monster. Final gravity 1.010, giving an 11% ABV. I even tried cold crashing...
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    Joe's Ancient Orange Mead

    Sorry for the delay in answering. We have been moving so getting to HBT has been lagging. Anyhow, I use 33 points per lb. Might be a little more, might be a little less but it is a good approximation. Then the formula lb = (desired volume X desired SG in points)/33 Example for a 5 gal...
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