HOMEBREW Digest #5610 Mon 21 September 2009

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  Caring for cascade plants [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] ("Williams, Rowan")
  Hoppy Halloween Challenge ("Susan Ruud")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 14:42:26 +1000 From: "Williams, Rowan" <Rowan.Williams at ag.gov.au> Subject: Caring for cascade plants [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED] Way back in our Southern Hemisphere Autumn, I took about a dozen or so cuttings from my solitary 2yo Cascade plant and potted them out to develop over winter. It's now early Spring here in Oz and one of the pots has promisingly shot out some leaves and I hope the rest of the pots follow suit. I'm waiting until I see several leaves (i.e. confirmation of life) before I plant the Cascade cuttings into their designated spot alongside their parent plant. They spent winter under the compost tumbler, away from the frost... Has anyone got some good info on feeding these very young plants? At the moment I've been giving them a seaweed based tonic (Seasol), as I figured the root systems need building up before I start laying down the sulfate of potash and other chemical based fertilizers that I normally give the more mature plants. The hop field is a well drained position with at least 12 hours of sunshine and the soil is recently turned over topsoil combined with "mushroom compost" and cow manure. The other varieties of hops planted (Mt Hood, PoR, Chinook and Goldings) are showing quite promising signs in this very mild late winter / early spring period... I just noticed that in past years, the Cascade plants are relatively slow growing, low yielding at our latitude (35.3 degrees south) so please share any tips you have on getting the best out of this variety of hop plant. Cheers, Rowan Canberra Brewers, Australia - ---------------------------------------------------- If you have received this transmission in error please notify us immediately by return e-mail and delete all copies. If this e-mail or any attachments have been sent to you in error, that error does not constitute waiver of any confidentiality, privilege or copyright in respect of information in the e-mail or attachments. Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 14:14:03 -0500 From: "Susan Ruud" <susan.ruud at ndsu.edu> Subject: Hoppy Halloween Challenge The Prairie Homebrewing Companions proudly announce the dates for the 12th annual Hoppy Halloween Challenge Entries for this homebrewing competition will be accepted between October 3rd and October 16th. All categories currently recognized by the BJCP are eligible. Please provide 2 bottles for each entry. Bottles entered in these categories must be 10 to 16 oz. glass or plastic of ANY style and clean and free of any labels (inked, paper, or otherwise). Entrants are encouraged to use brown, long-neck bottles for maximum protection from light and breakage. The fee is $7.00 per entry. All judging will be done using glass tasters, not plastic cups. Every flight will have at least one BJCP Recognized or higher level judge. Complete details and entry information for Hoppy Halloween Challenge 2009 can be found on the competition website: http://prairiehomebrewers.org/hoppyhalloween.htm Do you have a beer, mead or cider exuding "Halloweeness"? Perhaps it's just TOO spooky to serve up to your friends let alone drink yourself? What about that forgotten six-pack collecting cobwebs in the corner of the basement? Well, we might just have the place for you to bury it! The crypt is open! The competition's theme beer category will be judged to BJCP style guidelines of the base beer, mead or cider according to the standard 50 point system PLUS the entry's adherence to the spirit of the holiday will be assessed based upon an additional 25 point "spook scale" (Name - 5, Appearance - 5, Aroma/Flavor - 5, Overall Impression - 10) so you should note that the name of the entry and any packaging, bottle and/or label embellishments will be factored into the final score. In short, the "classic" Halloween Theme Beer should be GOOD and SCARY! Those interested in judging can sign up online at: http://www.prairiehomebrewers.org/hoppyhalloween.htm Direct any questions regarding judging to judging at prairiehomebrewers.org or hoppy at prairiehomebrewers.org Return to table of contents
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