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Jon Tupper
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Username: Jon_up_north

Post Number: 47
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2005 - 05:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Really enjoying this new hobby. It has been the best of times and the worst of times.

Best of times: Lovely little stout. Very convincing Mexican Cervasa.

Worst of times: A recent encounter with acetobacter. A hop pellet explosion in the boil resulting in Cascaade hops in a light malt solution. And an accident involving a counterpressure bottle filler, a hammer capper, a friends right hand, a doctor, and several stitches.

Q: It seems totally impossible to find hop rhizomes for this season. Everyone is sold out. Anyone know of any available?
Q2: What mix of hops would you suggest for starters?
Q3: For giggles I'm determined to brew with adjunct rice. I gather amalyse in the malt converts the rice startch to sugar. But at what rate, how does one get a hydro reading, does one pure the rice, etc? As in, HTF do I do this?
Q4: Is there any good do-it-yourself hop-sock substitutes?
Q5: Has anyone nitroginated their stouts and have a how-to?

Thanks a billion for all the help you guys have been. I wish there was some way to repay you. As mentioned before, I'd be happy to give out a few Interbrew European Sanke kegs if you don't mind picking up the shipping.

Cheers.

Jon
Attempted murder. I mean, really, what is that? You don't win a Nobel Prize for Attempted Chemistry
 

Jake Virnig
Junior Member
Username: Nwbrewer

Post Number: 45
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2005 - 06:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A1 - try Hop Union
A2 - I don't put hops in a starter.
A3 - Use minute rice. Promash or the Recipator on this board will tell you the Points/lb for rice.
A4 - I use a piece of copper tubing with holes drilled in it attached to the drain to filter out the hops. See the recent topic on drain clogging for other ideas that work well. If you don't have a kettle drain you can use (new, white) womens knee length panyhose.
A5 - People here have nitrogenated stouts. I have thought about it, but the investment in a second regulator, Mixed gas bottle, and stout faucet has thus far been enough to prevent me from attempting it. There are sparkler faucets that will give a similar pour to nitro, but not quite the same. Good luck and happy brewing.

Jake
 

Jon Tupper
Junior Member
Username: Jon_up_north

Post Number: 48
Registered: 04-2005
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2005 - 06:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Regarding A2: What I meant to ask was do you reccomend having say, 4 specific species of hops on hand and which ones would be good staples to grow: ie. "Get cascade, northern brewer, saaz, and halertaur" or some other such combo.

Regarding A4: Currently I'm resigned to using pelets which turn into a fine slurry. The brewstore sells "hops socks" to contain the expaned mush. Would, say, cheese cloth work as well?
Attempted murder. I mean, really, what is that? You don't win a Nobel Prize for Attempted Chemistry
 

Miker
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Username: Miker

Post Number: 198
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2005 - 06:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Freshops still has some rhizomes left. At least they did last week when I ordered some.
 

Denny Conn
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Username: Denny

Post Number: 4692
Registered: 01-2001
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2005 - 06:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

They may still have rhizomes, but it's kinda late to plant this year. I guess it couldn't hurt to try, though!
LIfe begins at 60...1.060, that is.
 

Miker
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Username: Miker

Post Number: 199
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2005 - 06:59 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I figure better late than never. And at 7,900 ft. Spring is just kicking in here. I'm not expecting much for a couple years anyway. There are wild hops growing nearby that had quite a few cones last fall when we moved in, so that's a good sign.

Now if I could just get around to ordering those high altitude grape vines.
 

Chumley
Senior Member
Username: Chumley

Post Number: 3238
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Thursday, June 02, 2005 - 07:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A1: Find someone who has hops, and get a rhizome from them.
A2: Cascade.
A3: Ditto Jake.
A4: Cheesecloth is too porous. Be a man, let your hop pellets swim around in your beer. Let gravity settle them out.
A5: Ditto Jake again.