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  •  I like the way you're thinking, flinthead (1+ / 0-)
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    (or may I call you cactus?).  So, you're somewhere west or south of Fort Worth, or maybe as far as Austin and surrounds (I don't know my soils, but I know the river this one is named for, or vice-versa).

    I brew with malt concentrates (liquid and dry), but for those who extract the sugars from the whole grain, you'd need to grow something that produces sugars that you can ferment to make beer.  What other non-native grains grow well in Paluxy or similar calcareous based soils?  I dunno, but you could brew with sorghum, oats, rye, or anything that has a grain you can get the sugars out of.  Surely, some enterprising Aggies studying soils, agronomy, or both, have gone down this path.  They DID systematically work out the best grapes to grow for Texas' various soils and prevailing climates (although Texas weather is still variable enough, with or without climate change, from year to year).  Grains for beer!  From calcareous soils!

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    by tom 47 on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 12:28:44 PM PDT

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    •  The sorghum crop has done well this year (1+ / 0-)
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      Oats and rye do well too, but are not nearly as widely planted. I sure like the USGS maps, soo interactive! Yes, the Aggies have done a lot to study viticulture in Texas but not nearly as much on beer and the Baptist church would have a wall-eyed fit if they thought research dollars were being spent on something like demon rum. I wonder what Tito is using down in Austin for his vodka? I have been a long time consumer of Shiner Bock and in the last few years discovered St. Arnold's which I understand grew out of some Rice students deciding to brew their own. Do you use plastic for fermenting? I have access to some big old-timey crocks that I have thought about using.
      Cactus will do and I am in the Stephenville area, believe it or not there is a Holstein cow statue down on the courthouse square.

      Putting on the spectacles of science in expectation of finding an answer to everything looked at signifies inner blindness. -- J(ames) Frank Dobie

      by cactusflinthead on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 12:46:51 PM PDT

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