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  1. drsmurto

    KegLand Questions and Answers

    Woke up this morning to multiple emails/texts about this. No, Kegland haven't just whacked my name on their own recipes. Kee approached me and asked if I'd be interested in creating some recipes for KegLand. I agreed and these are my own recipes that I tweaked to use their ingredients. I've...
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    Food Gardening

    Worm farms. Basically a flower pot with the saucer used as a lid to keep birds out.
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    RecipeDB - DrSmurto's Golden Ale

    Currently on tap, a rye golden ale with homegrown Victoria hops. Went a bit lighter on the late additions, 1g/L at 20 and 0. Very tasty. Conserving the Victoria after the bines got smashed in a storm a few weeks ago so looking like a very small crop this season.
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    Food Gardening

    My first crack at a 3 sisters planting. Corn, climbing beans and pumpkin. 1 week between the pictures. Not too shabby.
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    For sale - Victoria hop rhizomes

    Sorry mate, gave all my rhizomes to the SA brewing club to raise funds.
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    For sale - Hop rhizomes $10

    3 doses of glyphosate and 1 dose of triclopyr (tree killer) fixed it good. This is what I dug out.
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    DrSmurto GA

    I brew a hoppy mild at 3% abv max, quite a bit different to the GA recipe. It's in the recipeDB. I'll have a look for it later if you're interested.
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    Food Gardening

    300 tomato seeds planted and into the germination chamber at 24C with a 12/12h on/off cycle for the LED grow lights. I'll be selling them as advanced seedlings in spring as part of my business with part proceeds going to my local CFS crew. Getting up to 100% germination rates using this system...
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    Pre-Boiling water?

    Citation needed for the flow rates on chlorine and chloramine please.
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    Pre-Boiling water?

    Yes they do.
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    For sale - Victoria hop rhizomes

    Yes. Received PM. Will respond by the end of the weekend.
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    Centennial or Victoria.

    Fairly confident the Victoria rhizomes I am selling are the original Victoria. I first planted them 2009/10 and others had been growing before me. As far as I am aware, no one is buying and selling Vic Secret rhizomes. Confusing though. That said if you want loquat/apricot in your beer then...
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    Did anyone see the new beer with shipwrecked yeast?

    Tasted a few beers made using the cultured version of this yeast. Definitely had a Belgian character. The strain is in the culture collection at the AWRI.
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    Buying: Hop Rhizomes based in WA

    I have Victoria rhizomes dug up and ready to go. I'm in SA so you already know you'll be paying Quarantine fees. I'm happy to do the paperwork and comply with the restrictions, I did it successfully last year. Also look up 'Hop Swap' on Facebook which is a WA group. I send them several shipments...
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    For sale - Victoria hop rhizomes

    Down to the 1 variety now, Victoria (not Vic Secret). I describe it as adding a loquat type flavour to your beer, I have heard it described as apricot and drinking my latest batch of rye golden ale using Victoria hops I can see how that description works. $15 each plus $12 express postage for...
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    How do you prepare hop rhizomes

    You need to have at least one set of nodes for the rhizomes to be viable. No roots is ok as the rhizomes will grow them. I personally prefer to supply larger rhizomes so aim for at least 15cm long, usually 20+cm and with at least 2 sets of nodes. Dig up late autumn, early winter once the...
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    Victoria Hops

    Haved you grown other hop varieties? If so, how did they go? I love Victoria hops. So much so they are the last hop standing after 10 years of growing hops (although the Chinook is fighting back after 2 sprays of RoundUp and 1 spray with blackberry killer). I'm torn as to whether I get rid of...
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    Has mash ph been an improvement for you?

    Not sure what your water profile has do to with mash pH. Regardless of what water I have used for brewing, I've never measured a mash pH out of the desired range. I've even used an IPA as the water to brew with (beer, made from beer a la the Carlton Draught ad) and still got a mash pH bang on...
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    Has mash ph been an improvement for you?

    Yes. Measure pH. If it's out of whack then decide what to do about it. Assuming your mash pH is out of whack and attempting to adjust is arse about, particularly if you don't measure pH after any adjustments.