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    Anyone mad enough to grow their own hops?

    I’ve been growing hops for about 4 years. I’m certainly no gardener, but took some advice from this forum and did some research and I now harvest enough to keep me brewing all year. I still buy hops as I like a variety of hops rather than just two varieties. As prog99 says above, find the...
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    Yeast Rehydration - Do you? [POLL]

    Never rehydrate yeast, never had a problem. I just sprinkle on top and close the lid.
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    Electric Coffee machines (under £100)

    I bought the Tassimo for £29 in Tesco just before Xmas. I’ve been looking at purchasing a pod coffee machine for a while and when I saw one at that price I took a punt. I’m not a big coffee fan and don’t drink that much, but I do like the flavoured ones. This machine is great value for money...
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    Favourite Christmas song.

    Mele Kalikimaka - Bing Crosby It’s also in my favourite Xmas film with Nicolette Scorsese in the swimming pool scene......
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    Favourite Christmas Films.

    National Lampoons Christmas Vacation followed closely by Elf.
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    Mangrove Jacks Hard Seltzers Competition Time

    Yes, I’m in 👍 sounds interesting.
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    Condensation in garage

    I brew in a conservatory which I am turning in to a utility room. I bought a large industrial extraction fan from eBay for about £40 and attached it to some plywood that then sits in an open window above the boiler. This works really well and keeps the room condensation free. I then take the fan...
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    Hop plants/rhizomes - growing report

    Yes it has always done well, even in the first year it gave a good yield. I have always let it grow freely. I’ve never cut back any of the bines. Like I’ve said, I am no gardener and don’t really know what I am doing, so it’s just luck that they do so well.
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    Hop plants/rhizomes - growing report

    Another good year for my Fuggle. It’s in year 4 and gave me 3.3kgs of hops. Picked them yesterday afternoon and started to dry them in my garage. I lay them out on trays that I made out of wood and a fine mesh. This plant has always produced a good yield. I’m no gardener, it’s purely luck or...
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    Recommended tube heaters for fermenting fridge

    I got a 45 watt tube heater from Amazon. Had it for over 4 years now. Works perfectly. Wires go through the drain hole to an Inkbird 308. I have the tube heater on the floor, no fans and the thermometer just dangles in the air. The Inkbird maintains a steady temperature without constant cycling...
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    Other hobbies

    I love hobbies and I’m lucky my wife supports me with them. I enjoy motorcycles and racing, F1, I have a 1957 Chevy truck, I fly Radio Controlled Helicopters and planes, I play guitar, bass and drums and gig with a function band, I build guitars and basses. I like to keep myself busy and...
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    Home bar help

    Hi I just top up when needed. I can pull quite a few pints before I need to top up.
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    Biker Thread

    I have been riding bikes since I was a teenager. My first bike was a Honda C50, followed by a CB125 on which I passed my test. Then I got an RD350 YPVS which was great fun and taught me a lot about riding bikes. I took it to the Bol d Or at Paul Ricard in 1993 which was amazing. After that I...
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    I want to grow hops

    I have a Fuggle and a Progress hop plant that are in year 4. They love sunshine and growing vertically. The first year I got about half a kilo of dry hop cones. Last year I got about 2.5 kilos of dry hop cones. I vacuum pack them and keep them in the freezer. I end up giving them away as I can’t...
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    Uncrushed Grain

    Where do you live? Plenty of people on here who have a mill and would help out. I’m in Fareham, Hampshire. If your nearby you could drop it off and I’ll mill it for you - social distancing adhered to of course.