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Growing Hops: Dealing with Pests

I am trying my hand at growing hops this year. I have two vines going; Cascade and Centennial. Both the vines are growing steadily, however a few days ago I started noticing some holes in some of the leaves. I turned the leaves over to see if there were any bugs on their underside. Whaddya know, some little caterpillars, happily eating away:

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What’s brewing: Red Rye and Black Saison

This weekend I brewed a Rye beer and a Saison. I added a few ounces of Carafa III to the Saison. Oh what fun!

Let’s Brew: Making your own Candi Sugar

If you’ve ever purchased Candi Sugar from your local homebrew shop, it’s OK, we all make mistakes. Purchasing this stuff is a rip off, let’s make our own!

pick your color!

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Homebrewing DIY: Building a fermentation chamber out of a water cooler

Fermentation temperatures are an important, and often overlooked, aspect to brewing. Keeping the temperatures in the yeast’s happy zone will help ensure good attenuation, and reduce the chance of off flavors in your beer.

If you’re like me, you don’t have a spare refrigerator laying around with a temperature controller. You’re largely at the mercy of the elements for fermentation conditions. You need a cheaper, space saving solution. And no, just waiting for the fall is not an option- you need to to brew all-year-round
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Sticky-icky IPA and Pumpkin 3.14

Ahhh the fall is here at last… at least the low 60s temperatures anyway. Which means? …. perfect outdoor fermentation temperatures are fast approaching. In an effort to coax mother nature to lend her hand to my beery ventures, I have a couple brews on the back porch enjoying the temperatures.

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