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    Rhizomes

    No way! I wouldve freaked out. Where did you get the trap? Im very interested
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    Rhizomes

    I had to go against my morals and spray for Japanese beetles this morning. Theyre devouring my raspberries and im scared theyll move to my hops next. Theres already evidence of them but they’re havoc must be stopped! I got organic and safe for veggies.
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    Hops

    Heres lagunitas little sumtin sumtin hop schedule.
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    Hops

    The more malt the less utilization youll get. Its called “the bigness factor”. You’ll need some malt in your boil to get the hops to do what they do. Volume wont matter, im sure your speaking in terms of how much water to add to a soft pack or dme. Then i guess volume would matter... if youre following me. Im not sure how much water to add since thats not how i brew. Personally if you’re only going for the flavors then id just dry hop it and not worry so much of the boil. A ten minute boil or a nice dry hop addition, you choose
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    Im up north this weekend. Went over to my parents place a few miles away. They have black berries growing everywhere!!! No chemicals, just natural goodness. Think ill throw some in a lager when theyre ripe
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    Spring porter recipe

    How did build the grain bill? Did you do some googling or did you use things you had on hand? I think that looks like an experienced recipe
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    Rhizomes

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    Lets Talk about Lagers

    Talked about it for awhile now and I finally am at a point where it make sense to try lagers. Brewing at my house and my buddys so I deemed his house the Ale House and mine the Lager House. Just wanted to discuss some things to make sure I fully understand what to do. This is me talking through this, and by talking I mean typing... duh. This is for at least a 5 gallon batch. Not wasting my time for a 2 gallon lager batch. Step One - Make a yeast starter, never done one before but Im sure I can manage one. Need the yeast to be at max potential, You need Iron Man, not just Tony Starks Step Two - Brew. Do everything in my power for a clear beer. Irish Moss / whirlfloc and a proper cold break are a must. Step Three - Pitch yeast between 60 and 65 for maximum yeast activity and then bring it down to the ideal temp for the strain of yeast. Step Four - After about 7-10 days raise up to 62 degrees for a diactyl rest which will last 3 days. 7-10 days may vary, ideally when yeast is still active but on the tail end of fermentation. Approx 75% to FG goal. The DR makes the yeast eat the undesirable chemicals they produced during fermentation. Step Five - Rack into Secondary. Should be around 62 degrees, then lower to 35 degrees dropping 5 degrees every day. Could drop at a quicker pace however lagers take time and you may as well just be patient. Dont want to shock the yeast. Step Six - Lager. Lager as close to freezing without actually freezing. 35 is cool. Lager for 6-8 weeks for a 1.060 OG beer. Good rule of thumb is 1 week per every 8-10 points of OG. ie. 1.040 would be 4 weeks, 1.050 would be approx 5 weeks etc. Step Seven - Bottle that Batch. Your yeast has been so well dropped out of suspension that you will need to add new yeast when bottling. Sounds like a lot of work but if you batch prime its no big deal. Boil your priming solution as normal and when it gets down to an acceptable temp then add about 1/3 package (11.5 gram) of a clean Ale yeast like Safale US-04 or Nottingham. Start siphoning lager into your bottling bucket and add priming / yeast solution shortly after starting siphoning. Bottle like normal. Step Eight - Condition. Now youve got ale yeast in action so condition at approx 63 degrees for at least 2 weeks. Refrigerate and drink three days later when the CO2 is absorbed. Takes about 10 weeks by my calculation. Thats only 3 more weeks than an ale. Theres a reason why Bud Light, Miller Light, Coors Light, Busch Light, and every other mainstream commercial beer sells so damn well. They are lagers. They are crisp, clean and well carbed. Totally worth the extra 3 weeks. At least thats what Im going to keep telling myself. This is only realistic with a temp controller. I have a separate digital temp controller and a fridge dedicated to lagers. Changing the set point of the temp controller is easy, waiting is the hard part. Sound good? Anything I missed? I like bocks and maibocks and especially kellerbier. Totally worth my extra time
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    Eisbock

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    Dead And Berried Saison, new MRB recipe

    I guess a quick google search could help also... Heres what the AHA says
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    Dead And Berried Saison, new MRB recipe

    @MRB Josh R what if a guy wanted to use fresh raspberries? what would the steps in that involve? would i have to bland them up and soak in vodka? im not interested in making a sour version so id want to keep the bugs out. ideally id like to add them to my conical at secondary
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    Rhizomes

    Kinda freaked out today. I saw a few leaves had some strange white residue on them, I immediately starting googling powdery and downy mildew pics. Then i go to work and think on it for a bit. The white residue seemed to be kind of in a straight line affecting 5-6 leaves. Then I determined, it was bird poop... 🦅 💩. Im gonna stop worrying about it. RDWHAHB
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    Gluten free beer???

    That is a screen shot from beer smith. I have it on my phone, tablet and desktop. The desktop is the way to go
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    Gluten free beer???

    I'm no expert but my brew buddy want to brew a gluten free beer for his mother. We'd do a ten gallon batch, low ABV is the goal. He sent me the ingredients and I had some concerns with the amount of adjuncts. Looking for any input. Basic outline looks something like this: 6 lbs of sorghum extract, 6 lbs of flaked rice and 3 lbs of honey. I was thinking more sorghum and less rice because I'm not sure if the rice has the proper enzymes to convert sugars and if the sorghum would have enough to assist. The honey scares me too because I don't want the beer to be too dry.
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    Upcoming Brewing Schedule

    I had planned to go up north this weekend and come back on Sunday and brew two extract batches for kubbapalooza which is fast approaching. However, now it’s like rain/hailing out and strong winds. So.......... I have all the time in the world to brew this weekend. I’m making a gluten free lager and a bigger batch of wheat wort that will be split into a Hefeweizen batch and a Weiss that will be rack into the keg on top of some lemonade for a shandy. Super stoked
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    Gluten free beer???

    That’s exactly what I did myself last time. I thought it was great. That was a pale ale though, this is gonna be a lager... we’ll see what comes through. This is where I’m sitting so far. I have to work out my late hop addition and I have to add lime zest to the database
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    Gluten free beer???

    Had to go back and read this. I’m making a partial mash gluten free beer however I need to mash 3 lbs of flaked corn. So I’ll be running to the LHBS today to pick up some enzymes
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    Rhizomes

    Had to get some manure tonight for my hops. I did some reading last night and found that if your bines are a redish color then your lacking on nitrogen. So poop is happening!!! i also put down some mulch finally to help keep moisture in the soil and hopefully also keep away pests and diseases
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    Rhizomes

    So, i need some opinions. At the crown of my plant i have one of my 4 main bines. Their starting to display nice foundations for the hop flowers but on one of them I have two more runners coming off. Should i clip them?
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    Conditioning/Cider flavor

    @youdontknowme311 perhaps try conditioning in a cooler location. Has the taste progressively gotten worse as time went on? I store all my beer in the basement closet under the stairs. Its always the coldest spot in my house.
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    Conditioning/Cider flavor

    Youre doing everything right as far as i can tell. Your problem is a puzzling one... maybe your controller is set to celcius and your controller isnt cooling... that could be the last idea i have. You said you did a partial mash with us-05 as your yeast right? With 05 youd have to be up in the 70s to get an unmistakable off flavor.
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    Conditioning/Cider flavor

    What kind of temp controller? what temp are you pitching at? Whos your favorite x-men character? how long are you fermenting? is your spigot clean? I dont think its cleanliness. I think you’re sensitive to that taste. That or you’re perception of sweetness is actually cider.
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    Conditioning/Cider flavor

    Does a quick read point out any obvious flaws in how you brew? https://www.google.com/amp/s/beerandbrewing.com/amp/off-flavor-of-the-week-acetaldehyde
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    Rhizomes

    Yesterday i walked out and marked my twine with a marker indicating where my hops where. Today approx 24 hours later i looked again and this is how much they grew. I s**t you not, 2 hours after marking the twine i looked and they had grown at least an inch. Maybe they grow the most at dusk
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    3 days worth chillin'

    I say the magic number for ipas is 21 days.
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