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    compost

    Compost! Kettle trub, spent hops and yeast can all be added to compost. Yeast is better if killed first.
  2. depends on cleaners

    Hi Ian -

    We've been cycling our greywater here for years - the main issue for us is volume, so we do as much as we can to reduce the volume in the first place by re-using all process water as many...
  3. Seeking Brewer & farmer, full-time Sorrento BC Canada

    18 year old farm-based organic brewery in BC's Southern Interior region is seeking a talented, interested brewer interested in the entire range of brewery operations, including hops production on our...
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    local hops growers

    Maybe it's time to start stepping out of the industrial mindset. Small-scale hops growers are indeed popping up all over North America, specifically to directly supply their local breweries. They...
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    leads to another question

    What do you think of pelleting, then? It sure seems like beating the hops half to death would also reduce the concentration of lupulin, reducing all the oils, not to mention the issues with the heat...
  6. Thread: Water consumption

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    re-use is vital

    We haven't done any hard measurements, but with major attention to water re-use we are pretty sure we've got our water use down to 2.5:1. Water used for wort cooling is held and re-used for all our...
  7. Thread: Organic Cleaning

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    We get our peracetic from Ecolab, also PL-10. We...

    We get our peracetic from Ecolab, also PL-10. We get the PBW from Canada Malting in barrels.
  8. Thread: Organic Cleaning

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    cleaners/sanitizers

    We use PBW as our main cleaner, Phosphoric on kegs about 2x/year. We use Peroxyacetic Acid (this is what you all mean by PAA?) as sanitizer.

    Caustic is allowed in Canada. We prefer PBW because of...
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    rhizomes available

    Hi -

    In the US west coast, try Freshops for a wide variety of rhizomes, all non-organic.

    In Canada: Left Fields at Crannog Ales (that's me) - organic hops grown on our own farm, plus...
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    cuttings vs rhizomes

    A question for you folks propagating by cuttings: why do you prefer cuttings over rhizomes? I have purchased plants propagated by cuttings, and have had very poor luck with them, whereas rhizomes...
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    cover crops

    Hey -

    cover cropping depends on your goals. If you are looking for weed suppression, I've planted fall rye and disced it in at about 1' high (before it shows signs of seed), then done it again,...
  12. Thread: Biofine clear A3

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    sugar sources

    We are currently experimenting with boiled strong (first run) wort - and so far it's working great. Cane sugar and corn sugar are completely different molecular structure, and break down very...
  13. Thread: US Organic hops

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    '09 Organic Fuggles available

    The Oregon Hophouse does still have pelleted '09 certified organic Fuggles available. Pat Leavy 503 678 6840. I've been using them, very high quality. Better get in touch with him soon.

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    hear hear

    Hear hear! Direct relationships are great - best of all worlds!

    That being said, a group of organic growers in Cascadia are looking to start a cooperative to share equipment and resources, which...
  15. Thread: Biofine clear A3

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    Thanks, Tariq. Our biggest problem with cask...

    Thanks, Tariq. Our biggest problem with cask beers is that we can really only bring them to festivals, so we HAVE to fine to get them halfway to clearing again before service.

    I'd also like to...
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    Biofine P19 and aging

    We use Biofine P19 because it doesn't have sulfites (they are prohibited in organic production in Canada). It works for us both as a cask fining and a tank fining, no problem. Not quite as tight a...
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    try dealing with the actual growers

    Rather than with hops brokers. That way you can get the freshest hops, someone who has your interests at heart, and pay a lower price while still giving the farmer a fair shake.

    To everyone who...
  18. Thread: US Organic hops

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    west coast growers

    Try the Oregon Hophouse - I don't think he has any '09 left, but will have Magnum, Fuggle and Golding next year, whole or pelleted. Super high quality, very knowledgeable. Pat Leavy 503 678 6840...
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    plenty of growth

    I don't have any photos yet (soon!), but we have some shoots over 3" and starting to show leaves. It's been very warm here all winter, now is cooling down nightly, so things are slowing down again....
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    predators

    Wildcrafter, I'm jealous. We don't have anything like the reptile/amphibian population up here. I love the toads coming into the house! Although I think our cats might object. Even Princess doesn't...
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    BC hops

    An update from North of the Border:
    Our hops here in the Shuswap (just north of the Okanagan Valley) are in burr. They look pretty good, although set back somewhat by the cold spring - but they were...
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    growing females

    er... as a growing female, can I get a grant?

    I'm purely jealous of all the funding available for agriculture in the USA. We don't get money from the gov't up here since NAFTA. Which is one of the...
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    compost

    Oh yeah, and of course you can compost spent grains. However, it has been my experience that they do best if mixed with grass, hay, leaves, weeds and so on - green matter with fibre. But they make...
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    distillers grains

    Just a further note on the content of grains: brewers grains containing barley and/or wheat are relatively easy to digest. The issues start to arise with distillers grains from making ethanol or...
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    grain only as part of diet

    Ruminants (cows, sheep, goats) can certainly digest grain, and do a much better job of it than single-stomached critters like horses. Nevertheless, none of these animals should be fed high...
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