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by Pegasus
Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Hop Growing 2016
Replies: 161
Views: 24123

Re: Hop Growing 2016

My fuggles has got some rusty veins on the leaves which I'm hoping is just a nutrient deficiency- I'm wondering whether MiracleGrow will provide or whether I need to use some Epsom Salts (apparantly hops can get significant magnesium deficiency).... I'd use some good feed that contains nutrients as...
by Pegasus
Tue Jun 21, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Laterals
Replies: 3
Views: 699

Re: Laterals

My Challenger has 2ft laterals, the Golding about a foot and Fuggles 3-6 inch. It's their 1st year so can't comment on what's normal. BTW, they're about 3 feet from the top of their lines (17-18 feet). Didn't expect this in the 1st year and growing in 45litre pots. Do you just let them keep going on...
by Pegasus
Sat Apr 16, 2016 9:19 am
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Poppy seeds
Replies: 3
Views: 620

Re: Poppy seeds

Congrats on the new addition to the family. Haven't brewed with them but poppy seeds are freely used in bread making - with no issues. Also, a major UK drug company grows poppies to harvest the morphine from the seed head sap - the seeds are a 'waste product' which it sells to the bread making indus...
by Pegasus
Wed Mar 30, 2016 1:50 pm
Forum: Brewdays
Topic: Abbot Ale
Replies: 39
Views: 5785

Re: Abbott Ale

Abbott was supposed to have been a great beer a few decades ago, I'd have loved to have tried that one It was the best beer I have ever drank, it was a standard regional brewery in those days before they tried for world domination. I agree, lovely beer. Used to drink it at the Railway, Billericay, ...
by Pegasus
Sun Mar 27, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Silly questions requiring making starters
Replies: 9
Views: 1204

Re: Silly questions requiring making starters

Using a vial thingy and doing the following, I'm making a 1.050 ipa in the next week or so. I'm considering taking a litre of this before its under gone the boil and then freezing it. Then in June before the brew day thawing this out boiling it for 15 minutes then do yeast whispers method of shakin...
by Pegasus
Sat Mar 26, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Pruning hops to 2 bines
Replies: 11
Views: 1167

Re: Pruning hops to 2 bines

Tony 1951 and
scuppeteer wrote:For first year hops leave all the bines to grow.
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Contradicted advice from a professional hop grower but another search produced this.

So I'm now in the "let 'em all grow" camp. Thanks for the heads up.
by Pegasus
Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: Hops
Topic: Pruning hops to 2 bines
Replies: 11
Views: 1167

Re: Pruning hops to 2 bines

I'm just going to allow 2 or 3 to grow. Given it's the 1st year not expecting many hop 'flowers' and don't want to have plant expend too much energy producing foliage - better to get root system established.
by Pegasus
Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:36 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Hop Growing 2016
Replies: 161
Views: 24123

Re: Hop Growing 2016

I potted up a couple of rhizomes last november. No sign of growth yet. With the recent warm weather I was hoping to see some activity by now. Fingers crossed for a little while yet... Me too. Goldings started early Feb (now about 6 inches), Fuggles and Challenger kicked off a few weeks ago. I'm nea...
by Pegasus
Wed Mar 23, 2016 12:32 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Pruning hops to 2 bines
Replies: 11
Views: 1167

Re: Pruning hops to 2 bines

Don't forget that you can also try propagating the cuttings. Not guaranteed to work, but worth a go. As jackthehat said propogate. I put some in some pre boiled water and waited for the roots to develop then plant in small pots in a weak or previously used compost. good luck Thanks Guys, I like the...
by Pegasus
Mon Mar 21, 2016 11:49 pm
Forum: Hops
Topic: Pruning hops to 2 bines
Replies: 11
Views: 1167

Pruning hops to 2 bines

I planted out some rhizomes last November and the Goldings has 5+ shoots.
How do you remove the ones you don't want? Pinch out the tops (as in tomatoes)? Pull off from the stems? Cut off from stems? Another way?
by Pegasus
Thu Feb 18, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter Clone Recipe
Replies: 145
Views: 29164

Re: Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter Clone Recipe

I have repeated this recipe 5 or 6 times tweaking it slightly to try and improve the end result. I would recommend standard bitter profile and I totally agree with Orlando re.... gelatine. Stir it properly in hot water, leave for 5 minutes then stir it properly again. The water takes on a slightly ...
by Pegasus
Wed Feb 17, 2016 6:13 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter Clone Recipe
Replies: 145
Views: 29164

Re: Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter Clone Recipe

Managed to acquire and purify yeast(s) - there were bacterial contaminants - from the brewery a while ago so gave this another go. Recipe as Seymour's but with a few v. minor tweaks plus tweaked the IBU up to 42 and boiled the Progress for 90 mins and the Bramling X for 45. Water profile was for "bi...
by Pegasus
Tue Feb 02, 2016 11:34 pm
Forum: Yeast
Topic: Yeast starter queries
Replies: 28
Views: 2975

Re: Yeast starter queries

Not having a pressure cooker, the idea of sterilising the flask in the oven at 140C for while appeals greatly. Er, you might want to check this first. :D You also need to check this too. In labs we used dry heat at 160C for 2+ hrs (depending on load). I do my glassware at 180C in fan oven for 45-60...
by Pegasus
Tue Jan 12, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: Grain Brewing
Topic: Unboiled wort for starters
Replies: 14
Views: 834

Re: Unboiled wort for starters

I always have about 1500ml 'waste' (trub/break) at end of a boil. I put this in a 1500ml container in fridge for day or 2 then decant off about 750ml wort. This is frozen ready for my next starter, then after diluting and/or adding DME to make up required volume and adding some nutrient. I boil for ...
by Pegasus
Sun Nov 29, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: Beer Recipes
Topic: Reviving Old Brews
Replies: 16
Views: 1823

Re: Reviving Old Brews

Was on a Harvey's tour last week. When in the mash room the guide pointed to the tun in the middle and said they got it from "Page's of Croydon" and when he started there 1 of his jobs was to go into it after each mash and sweep the spent grains through waste holes - now done with added SS powered a...