New answers tagged

0

There is a real simple remedy that is non toxic and a natural remedy, get 3 tablespoons of Epson salts and sprinkle on the ground around the affected hops. This will eliminate any bugs, spiders or grasshoppers from sticking around. I'm amazed at some of the lengths people go to for such a simple solution.


0

It is not at all necessary to boil the malt extract "wort". It is only necessary to boil the hops. The hops can be boiled in water alone for the required 60-90 minutes or whatever time is needed for the various hop additions used. Once the "hop tea" is ready it can be strained into the fermentation vessel and rinsed with boiled water. If worried about ...


0

Use insect cloth while the plants are small. It also keeps off larger more serious pests like rabbits. Once the plants are waist high grasshoppers shouldn't be a problem.


0

The wild yeast in the grain don't seem to hold their alcohol very well, a strong yeast starter will work well almost every time IME. I learned to brew 35 yrs ago, we never boiled beer wort then. These days I take every precaution, which includes boiling 100% of the wort! I just cant afford to dump a large batch, and also believe every little nuance will ...


0

I agree with the idea that there is no overwhelming need to boil all the wort. And no need at all if making beer from malt extract. If isomerisation of hop bittering compounds is required it can be done efficiently using water alone to boil the hop and then the hop tea can be strained into the wort. It also seems to be true that hop conversion is more ...


1

At all costs, avoid using Pesticides! Besides affecting your beer, some pesticides could remain in the soil for quite some time. There are however some natural ways to keep them off your hops: 1 Grow a variety of flowering, fragrant plants in your garden to attract beneficial insects and birds. Birds, frogs, rodents, praying mantises, spiders and many ...


1

Attract natural preditors I would try bird feeder with minimal food to get birds attracted to the area, but keep them hungry. Birds will usually go for juicy insect over seed if given the chance. Avoid insecticides. Many of the toxins used in them have very high boiling points and could carry through into beer. While most toxins wash from produce, washing ...


0

Most of the info here is personal anecdote, but it's possible. For extract + steeped grain brewing you can make good beer without boiling the wort at all. Do the hops boil on their own in water, say 5L or so, I've used even less and had good results. Hops utilisation goes down as gravity goes up, so boiling in water at SG 1.000 in theory should give good ...


1

It depends a lot on what your local growing conditions are, since it's well into the growing season at this point. If it were me (northeast US) I'd probably keep the two existing shoots, and train a few more of the new ones as well, then trim everything else that comes up. The first year of growth is mostly about establishing a strong root system. On ...



Top 50 recent answers are included