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The 11th Annual Hot Pepper Awards - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!


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#1553508 Back at it

Posted by Beerswimmer on 16 May 2018 - 12:49 PM

Thanks! I have some chocolates coming in the mail too, hopefully they will be in the ground by Memorial Day.

#1553492 Back at it

Posted by Beerswimmer on 16 May 2018 - 12:01 PM

I moved last year and didn't grow anything for the past 2 years.  Well, my stocks of powder are running low so I got out my big bag of seeds!!  Too bad that none germinated.....I guess they were just too old, 5-6 years.  Anyway, the nursery near me had some baby plants and I bought 2 Bhuts and a Reaper.  They have been in 10 gallon air pots for 4 days now and are transitioning to full South Texas sunshine and are looking great.  Hopefully these will put out pods until after Thanksgiving :drooling:


#1488920 Ozzy's Sour Program

Posted by Beerswimmer on 04 September 2017 - 12:34 PM

2 of the Mango flavored shots, or about a cup of juice from the quart carton. 

#1488804 Ozzy's Sour Program

Posted by Beerswimmer on 03 September 2017 - 10:29 PM

I have been making kettle sours for the past few years using Goodbelly as my lacto source. It's Lacto plantarum, after 96hrs @ room temp it's nearly 3.0!  

#1157878 Old Rusty put out some pulled pork again!

Posted by Beerswimmer on 03 May 2015 - 09:11 PM

Thanks guys, it was actually  50% hickory 50% pecan wood. Hickory for the first 5 or so hours, then pecan. It's always with just wood. I only use wood, no charcoal when I smoke. I haven't used charcoal when smoking for several years now. I haven't seen a reason other than ease(screw that) to use charcoal. I've never had any smoke "bitterness", and vary between wet and dry wood to keep the temps and smoke levels where I want.  

#1157413 Old Rusty put out some pulled pork again!

Posted by Beerswimmer on 02 May 2015 - 06:35 PM

I started the spring last week by getting Old Rusty going again. Here's my trusty Old Rusty



I put 2 10lb shoulders into brine with apple cider vinegar and Primo powder(why not?) for 24 hrs, then put on a rub I threw together for another 12.



Then the start of 225F with hickory for as long as I could stay awake. I fell asleep right when it was hitting 160ish, woke up to a perfect 195 :surprised:  A quick 20hrs and it was perfect! I had trouble getting it into the pans because it was falling apart in my hands :party:



The bones fell out



2 big pans filled! I took them to work and vacuum sealed them into 2lb bags. 



My wife and I have been loving it. I think Old Rusty is going to do a Texas style brisket and beef ribs next :drooling:

#1156278 Why are supers hard to grow?

Posted by Beerswimmer on 30 April 2015 - 12:59 PM

I have successfully grown super hots in Alaska outdoors, and now in Northern Michigan. I don't think that they are "hard" to grow, just keep them warm. The cold windy days stop them from growing and pollinating. 2 summers ago was really warm and I had thousands of peppers. Last summer was cold and I only got a few handfulls. This summer should be warmer, and I expect to get a few hundred peppers from my plants. 

#1049264 What pepper are you trying today? P.O.D.

Posted by Beerswimmer on 04 September 2014 - 10:48 AM

interesting and how where they?? they sound familar too LOL


thanks your friend Joe

From  what I remember they were very bitter and not very hot to me. 

#1046891 What pepper is the hottest....to YOU??

Posted by Beerswimmer on 29 August 2014 - 07:55 PM


Nagas are a little underlooked lately but they can still hit VERY hard.

This one was harvested from my ow Naga Black plant, almost killed me today LOL :)







Haha, yeah. My Naga Morich that I've been growing the past few years are ridiculously hot! Hotter than most of the many varieties I've had that are "supposed" to be hotter. I put them ahead of any of the scorpion varities I've tried. Only a few of the 7-pots are hotter......to ME.

#1030331 Naga Morich (Native Bangladesh Strain) From Pepper Lover

Posted by Beerswimmer on 30 July 2014 - 11:31 AM

Naga Morich grows great here, well into freezing temps. They also put out TONS of pods!!! 

#1022263 Incoming summer polar vortex!!!!

Posted by Beerswimmer on 16 July 2014 - 01:34 PM

No damage at all, temps and the sun are up. Plants are doing great!  :surprised:





ETA: the forecast still has the night temps into the 50's through Saturday

#1021916 sp33d DIY air prune pot grow glog 2014 (update 9-10-2014)

Posted by Beerswimmer on 15 July 2014 - 07:10 PM

I hear that, I'm up in Traverse City  :tear:    It's been a cold summer for sure.  What part of the Mitten are you in?

#1021884 Bubblegum 7 Pod test

Posted by Beerswimmer on 15 July 2014 - 06:03 PM

Best reviewer, the poker face is what has always impressed me the most! No drama, spitting(that guy is disgusting, will not watch), puking, etc.  Just talks like he's tasting a bell pepper!

#1021782 My yarden! Updated 15 June

Posted by Beerswimmer on 15 July 2014 - 03:54 PM

Back home again after a little 2 week deployment. The weather has been cold and rainy, days in the 60's and nights in the low 50's, so there hasn't been too much growth :tear:  Not the season I was hoping for.  But, it'll be OK. We still have a few months left to go yet.


The yarden:



I'm just happy that all of my plants are LOADED with flowers and buds like this at every intersection:




The mystery plant is still winning, any guess on what they could be?



Chocolate TS has just one pod, but it's a good one:



Poorly, and late, pruned Fatalii looks like a bonsai:



That's it for now, hoping that some warmer weather will get a bit more growth. Things are going to be poppin' in no time!!


#1008556 My yarden! Updated 15 June

Posted by Beerswimmer on 22 June 2014 - 11:54 AM

The feedings are stepped up all the way to heavy every 2nd day now. Combined with the rain we have had nearly everyday, I'm expecting a big burst of growth. I'll be deployed for 2 weeks in a bit and the wife will be taking care of them while I'm away, she'll only be watering with no feedings. I hope that they do OK. 


No garden pics, but the wife and I had fun yesterday. We and a few people I work with did the Xtreme Muck Ruck and had a good time. The wife even climbed the 20ft rope that most men were unable to do!