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by Legman
Fri May 01, 2009 3:50 pm
Forum: News, Events & Announcements
Topic: Big Brew Day 09!
Replies: 8
Views: 24817

National Homebrew Day

Well, I'll be celebrating by myself, but I'll be with you guys in spirit! I don't have any brew buddies here.....but that's cool with me. I still love doing this. I plan on brewing a cream ale and a historic porter tomorrow. I can smell the grains all the way in the other room. They're just begging ...
by Legman
Fri May 01, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hop Rhizomes
Replies: 117
Views: 230032

Organic spray

I read a post on another brewing forum that some guy was using a home made tobacco spray. He would soak cigarette butts or buy a package of leaf tobacco and put it in sprayer filled with water, let it set for about a week and sprayed his hops. He stated that he'd been using it in his veggie garden f...
by Legman
Fri May 01, 2009 10:42 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hop Rhizomes
Replies: 117
Views: 230032

Neighbor

Ya, know Shaggyt, I did see a couple of jackasses flipping me the bird. I could be them! LOL :!: :lol: Actually, I think it may be slugs. I have plenty of those around here. They have also been eating on some of my garden veggies and flowers. I fight them every year. Definitely not a deer problem he...
by Legman
Thu Apr 30, 2009 8:08 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hop Rhizomes
Replies: 117
Views: 230032

The battle begins!

Well, so far 9 of 12 rhizomes have come up. But what I've noticed the last few days is something is already eating the tops off about 4 of them. I have yet to see anything out there and it seems to be happening during the day while I'm at work. Now I'm determined to figure out what the heck it is. T...
by Legman
Sun Apr 26, 2009 12:03 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Understanding my Water Analysis
Replies: 44
Views: 73511

grain crush

Thanks for adding that Slothrob. Grain crush does effect the efficiency quite a bit. When I was letting my LHBS mill my grains, my efficiency was all over the place. But since purchasing the Barley Crusher (which freakin' rocks! :mrgreen: ), my efficiency became very stable and predictable. Slo, we ...
by Legman
Sun Apr 26, 2009 11:58 am
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Understanding my Water Analysis
Replies: 44
Views: 73511

different water

More than likely, your low efficiency is caused by pH. If it's not in the ball park, the conversion of the grains will decrease. I'm still lazy about checking my mash pH, due to the fact that I get good results anyways. So I'm assuming in in the right range. The only time I've have low efficiency is...
by Legman
Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:51 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hop Rhizomes
Replies: 117
Views: 230032

signs of life

Well, the first hop bine has just broke through the surface of the soil. :D
It was one of my Tettnagers that I planted a few weeks ago. I can't wait to see the rest of them come up!
This is going to be cool to have my own hop garden.
by Legman
Wed Apr 22, 2009 5:28 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Monster Mill gap setting?
Replies: 3
Views: 8157

No, I haven't used rice hulls yet. I just recently picked some up to have on standby. At this time, I'm only going to use them when I have a large percentage of flaked grain....especially oats. In a normal mash, I don't really think you would need them. As far as how much to use, I've seen a variety...
by Legman
Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:41 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Monster Mill gap setting?
Replies: 3
Views: 8157

gap setting

I have a barley crusher that I'm still using at the factory setting. It's at .039 thousands of an inch. I'm consistently hitting efficiencies in the low 80's. I could go more I suppose, but at this point I'm please with the crush and my efficiency. If you set it too high, you'll get a stuck mash/spa...
by Legman
Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:23 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hop Rhizomes
Replies: 117
Views: 230032

planting

Suthrn, I live in Western NC and it's still down in the 40-50's at night. Go ahead and put them in the ground. I don't think it will hurt them a bit. They're not going to pop up out of the ground until the temp is right anyways. If you're storing them in the fridge, it's about the same temp, right? ...
by Legman
Sat Apr 18, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Hop Rhizomes
Replies: 117
Views: 230032

Hop Garden

Well, I got my other 8 rhizomes yesterday and today I finally finished the hop garden and got all the rhizomes in the ground. That was a lot of work, but I can't wait to see them growing! :D
Hopefully they all take root and do well. Time will tell.
by Legman
Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Wheat Beer
Replies: 9
Views: 16040

Well, there's nothing that says you can't keg it. It's your beer, do with it what you want. I have often thought about just kegging a weizen myself. But the yeast really is part of the profile to those beer. If you are going to bottle, I'd wait a least 2 weeks in the fermenter before you bottle. Wei...
by Legman
Tue Apr 14, 2009 7:30 pm
Forum: Techniques, Methods, Tips & How To
Topic: Wheat Beer
Replies: 9
Views: 16040

Secondary

This seems to be a Hefeweizen of sorts. That being the case, you would not want to secondary this at all. The use of a secondary is aid in clarifying the beer and letting the yeast floc out. The yeast is big part of the flavor experience in a weizen. In saying that, and I may be wrong, but I don't e...
by Legman
Mon Apr 13, 2009 11:57 am
Forum: General
Topic: Hop Rhizomes
Replies: 117
Views: 230032

Hop Garden

Finally just about got the rest of my hop garden all finish. Man that was a lot of work. I've got really !@#$ soil at my house. It's pretty much all clay and that suck for growing anything. So what I did was dig out a whole about the size of a 5 gallon bucket and then filled it back up with a layer ...
by Legman
Thu Apr 09, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Ingredients, Kits & Recipes
Topic: Rice Hulls
Replies: 3
Views: 6543

Rice Hulls

Thinking of my last attempt at making an Oatmeal Stout and my completely stuck mash, I picked up some rice hull at my LHBS.
I've never used them before and I'm not really sure how much to use or what to do with them. :?

Any advice would be great. Thanks.