Pre-order your rhizomes now to ensure you get the lowest prices of the year ($1.50 avg savings) and ensures you get your rhizomes on time to plant for spring. Also rhizome supplies get deplated very fast so get them while they last!
Last years' data shows the lowest prices between January 1st and Febrauary 20th. This years initial data is looking to be about the same with the lowest prices currently available.
1 Bag Baby Carrots
8-10 Golden Yukon Potatoes
1lb Green Beans
1 Can Red Kidney Beans (Drained & Rinsed)
1 Red Onion (Chopped)
2 Veggie Sausages (Sliced)
3 Cloves Garlic (Minced)
1 Can Stewed Tomatoes
2 Cans Tomato Paste (Thickens stew)
2 Pints of a Homebrewed IPA
2 Vegetable Bouillon Cubes or Beef Bouillon Cubes (or 1 cup veggie/beef broth)
Spices to taste:
2 Tbsp Cumin
2 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
1 Tbsp Paprika
2 Tbsp Pepper
1 Tbsp Salt
Cut potatoes into quarters, trim green beans, chop red onion, slice sausage (if using meat sausage sear on pan first). Add all ingredients including spices except for tomato paste into slow cooker. Cook on low for 8+ hours. Before serving add 2 cans of tomato paste and stir into beer stew until dissolved and stew thickens. Season with salt, pepper, & cumin to taste. Pour yourself a pint and enjoy!
Hints of the IPA come through each bite of the stew giving it a unique taste without overpowering the flavor. If it's to overpowering cook on high for 2 hours to help burn off the alcohol.
Next up will be to try this with a stout like Guinness or a clone of Founders Breakfast stout.
Brew.io Pro is now 50% off ($0.99) normally $1.99. Here are 10 free promo codes to get started.
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Here are five free redemption promo codes for Brew.io Pro
There are 25 promo codes scattered throughout TheBrewOutlet website.
Here are 5 to get started:
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Adventures in Homebrewing is doing a spring cleaning sale! Up to 50% off items. No promo code required.
Full sale here: http://www.homebrewing.org/Spring-Cleaning-Sale_c_534.html
Planting your Rhizome
Rhizomes can get out of control once planted. If you ever want to possibly remove/transfer rhizomes you’ll want to plant them in a big 5 gallon or bigger potting container. Get some good fertilizer & potting soil from your local nursery or Home Depot and plant your rhizome horizontally about 1-inch below the surface of the dirt and water until the soil is thoroughly soaked. Keep the dirt wet and water as needed. Best time to plant is March-April time in a location that will get 8-10 hours of full sun.
First Year’s Growth
Your first year growth will be mostly building out the root system and frequent watering will be required to avoid drying out. After the hop bines are a foot long select the healthiest 2 or 3 bines and train them to wrap around your support system which can be a trellis or hop yarn / heavy duty twine. You’ll need at a minimum 10 feet of trellis or twine for first year growth. Following years will require 20+ feet of trellis or twine for supporting the hop bines.
Harvesting Your Fresh Hops
Harvesting usually will happen in August or September before the first frost. Ripe hops will have a dry paper feeling and should have a strong aroma when you crush the cone with your fingers. You should also see a yellow powder that comes from the lupulin glands. For ease of harvesting bring the hop bines to the ground and harvest the hop cones from the bines.
Drying and Storing Hops
Once harvested use a window screen to spread out the hops for drying in a dry place out of direct sunlight. Utilizing a box fan can help speed up the drying process. Once fully dried store in a vacuum sealed bag or remove as much air from the ziploc bag as possible and store in the freezer until brew time!
Brewing with Homegrown Hops
Homegrown hops are best for aroma and flavoring because the alpha acids are unknown for homegrown hops.
Warning: There have been rare cases where pets have had an alergic reaction to eating hops. Please keep your pets away from any hops.
According to this reddit post Redditors are 78% more likely to click on ads that insult them. We decided to put the theory to the test.
Our baseline ad that uses typical "Reddit Language" such as "I made this" performed with a CTR of 0.272% and a CPC of $0.13 with 154 clicks from 56,720 impressions.
We then ran 3 insult ads with some creative help from /u/NondeterministSystem and /u/daymaker to create the following ads:
1) "You're not good enough to appreciate our gear!" - /u/NondeterministSystem (0.292% CTR)
2) "Why break the bank for something that will probably just taste like granddad's toilet hooch anyway?" - /u/daymaker (0.333% CTR)
3) "Hey Dumbo! Stop overpaying on homebrew supplies and equipment!" - /u/thebrewoutlet (0.343% CTR)
In total the insult ad campaign had a CTR of 0.323% and a CPC of $0.07 with a total of 35,923 impressions with 116 clicks.
The interesting part is when we start looking at Google Analytics of how the ad visitors interacted with our website. Campaign tags of rdwhahbcircle & rdwhahb are the baseline ads while insult is the insult campaign of the three ads previously mentioned. While the insult campaign had a higher CTR the bounce rate was higher and the conversion rate was lower than the baseline ads. My hypothesis for this is due to the culture of reddit those clicking an ad that utilizies "Reddit Language" are interested in seeing what other people built & created compared to an insult/sales ad would turn more people away if it isn't the product they are expecting or looking for.
Personally, a 0.05% improvement in CTR pales in comparasion to the 13% higher conversion rate of the baseline ads.
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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
RDWHAB but drive responsibly this holiday season!
Keezer Build Items:
* Igloo Chest Freezer 10 cuFt ($240)
* 20 Ft of Redwood @ HomeDepot ($20)
* Wood Stain ($8)
* Polyuerthane ($10)
* Clear Silicone ($5) (Seals the wood to the Freezer)
* Six 5 Gallon Pin Lock Kegs ($35 each)
* C02 Tank ($65)
* Nitrogen Tank ($100)
* Tap lines & Tap Faucets ($150)
* 2 Stout Facets ($50 each)
* 4-Way Secondary Regulator ($199)
* Table Saw (Cutting Lid Bevels)
* Chop Saw (Cutting Collar & Corners)
* 7/8" Wood Drill Bit ($3) (Tap Shank Holes)
Things to consider before you start:
* The number of taps that you want to serve.
* Any nitro taps for beer or cold brewed coffee
* Gas tanks inside or outside (I opted for internal due to space and aesthitics)
* Make sure the wood height is big enough to screw the freezer lid hinges into the wood.
* Make sure the wood's depth doesn't interfere with the freezer lid design/inner bevel. (You'll have to bevel the inner wood otherwise)
* Measure twice cut once!
* Design your keezer and then simplify that design because it will always take longer than you initially plan.
* Read the Keezer Build - Lessons Learned to avoid any mistakes I made!
From start to finish this keezer build took 4 months while working on it sporactically on weekends. It could be completed within a month if all parts are purchased at the same time and all necessary tools are available. I wanted to be able to serve beer on both C02 and Nitro as well as cold brewed coffee on Nitro. I went with a 10 cuFt Freezer to hold 6 kegs as well as both Nitro and C02 tanks inside the freezer. Go big or go home was my motto on this keezer build as I wanted it to handle my expansion in brewing throughout the upcoming years.