HOMEBREW Digest #5392 Sun 10 August 2008

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  RE:  Hop processing ... ("steve.alexander")
  Re: Zymiugy Collection (beerdan)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2008 05:55:07 -0400 From: "steve.alexander" <-s at roadrunner.com> Subject: RE: Hop processing ... David Houseman writes, > (2) some hops are very prolific, others > didn't fair as well. Could be my climate or soil After 6 years I can say that certain varieties are more vigorous and productive than others. I'm quite sure it's the variety, not the growing conditions. > (3) Nylon tent stakes > make good line terminations and a board with eye hooks for the other end. > I used heavy bailing twin to support my hop bines. > I use notched wooden stakes, ... tent-stakes sound good. The sisal twine is common bailing twine and you can get a huge amount for $10-$15 at any farm supply store. I suggest the cheaper sisal to the plastic stuff - as it's biodegradable and lasts a full season in the weather - no problem. > So I had 6 x about 12' of bines. I started at one end and took the > hop cones off and placed these in brown grocery bags. It only took me a > Sunday afternoon to complete this task. That's the right ballpark. I'm dealing with ~4x as many twines and probably 20% longer (?filter?), so processing gets tedious. I agree that when you calculate the time - growing hops isn't a great investment. Most years my hops are relatively late, well into September ((lots of overcast)) but I can probably start picking in August this year. Grapes are far ahead of a typical year too. ((maybe I'm upwind of Al Gore's place)) Weeding the bines is a b*tch too. I always intend to gylphosate the area before the hops break the surface - but I'm always late. -S Return to table of contents
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2008 08:37:48 -0400 From: beerdan at optonline.net Subject: Re: Zymiugy Collection > > Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2008 18:00:15 -0400 > From: Ed Westemeier <willowwolf at me.com> > Subject: Zymurgy collection > > For the benefit of anyone who might be interested, there is currently > an eBay listing for a set of the last 20+ years of Zymurgy magazine > (well, almost all of them). > You can go to eBay and search for Zymurgy to find it. > This would be a fantastic reference source for someone who wanted to > see both the technical and the "artful" side of homebrewing. > I never thought about selling them. I have every issue going back to 1991 and was thinking of offering them up to anyone who wanted them.. just pick them up. Will watch this auction and see what he finally gets. Return to table of contents
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