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Title: Cheers from Africa (Originally from NB)
Post by: magee_b on February 15, 2017, 01:46:50 PM
New brewer to the forum. Iím originally from Quispamsis, but have spent a large portion of the last 6 years working abroad. Currently living & working in southern Africa where we have a pretty solid community of 5-6 home brewers (mostly American/Canadian/Australian), but Iím back in NB every 8-12 months or so and like to stay connected with home.

Iíve managed to smuggle over some hop rhizomes, and since we have a big yard I have been trying to get them to thrive in less than ideal conditions Ė Way too low of a latitude to get the proper daylight hours. But with the trickery of some security lighting on the property, they took over the side of my house and Iím about to pick my first harvest of Malawi-grown cascade hops! (The first hop crop in the country that Iím aware of)

Anyway, Iíve been doing 5 gal all-grain batches using a friendís gear, and have started to order in some equipment to get my own rig going - should be up and running for a first brew in March. Itís been a fun learning process, and the rewards for nailing a batch are delicious. Looking forward to connecting and learning.

Happy Brewing!

Brian
Title: Re: Cheers from Africa (Originally from NB)
Post by: robcoombs on February 15, 2017, 04:20:23 PM
Welcome Brian! Really looking forward to hearing about your harvest and brewing there. Please keep us updated and of course pictures are always appreciated. Cheers!

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Title: Re: Cheers from Africa (Originally from NB)
Post by: Roger on February 15, 2017, 04:22:03 PM
Welcome Brian!
Feel free to post some pictures. I know I'd like to see some.
Keep us posted next time you're in town maybe you could make a meeting.
We get together ever couple weeks talk beer and sample as well always a good time...
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Cheers from Africa (Originally from NB)
Post by: feldmann on February 15, 2017, 09:00:00 PM
Welcome Brian!

Your story is really interesting, looking forward to hearing more about your brewing experiences abroad!
Title: Re: Cheers from Africa (Originally from NB)
Post by: Two Wheeler on February 16, 2017, 11:19:13 AM
Welcome Brian! Glad to see you aboard and looking forward to seeing/hearing more about your adventures in home brewing.

My first year cascade hops produced zero cones... so you must be doing something right!
Title: Re: Cheers from Africa (Originally from NB)
Post by: brew on February 16, 2017, 03:14:01 PM
Most definitely interested to hear about brewing in SA !
Title: Re: Cheers from Africa (Originally from NB)
Post by: ECH on February 17, 2017, 02:28:44 PM
Very cool. But the daylight hours really shouldn't be much of a concern, as they grow tons of hops in NZ and OZ, and they are probably at the same latitude or lower than you are.
Title: Re: Cheers from Africa (Originally from NB)
Post by: magee_b on February 23, 2017, 12:52:02 PM
Thanks for the welcome all!

Very cool. But the daylight hours really shouldn't be much of a concern, as they grow tons of hops in NZ and OZ, and they are probably at the same latitude or lower than you are.

Here in Malawi I'm around 13 degrees latitude south of the equator so my growing days are relatively short compared to the longer daylight hours in the growing seasons in North America / Europe / Southern Australia / New Zealand. The closer to the equator you get, the shorter your daylight hours are. The best hop growing regions are between 35-55 degrees latitude north or south of the equator. Even the SAB hop farms in George, South Africa (about 2,500km south of here at 33 degrees south of the equator) have to use lighting to supplement the daylight hours.
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Fortunately it's worked out - I've just harvested about 20g wet that I started to dry this evening, which isn't much, but have several pounds worth sitting up there that I'm giving just a bit of extra time to. I'll have to grab some photos over the weekend and share.