Saturday, September 22, 2007

Honey, I'll be back in an hour

Ah, those famous last words. One hour 'til the hops would be harvested, then maybe I could get on with some brewing later in the afternoon. Or so I told my wife before heading out to the backyard. Little did I know what we were getting ourselves into.

One bee sting between the toes, scratched arms, sandpaper hands, one bottle of New Glarus Raspberry Tart, one bottle of Rogue 10,000, two glasses of homebrew, one firepit, lots of music, and 4 1/2 hours later we were rewarded with 5.5 pounds of fresh hops. That should work itself into just a few batches of homebrew, eh?!

It was a fun day shared with Adam and his kids who stopped by occasionally to help and ask "are you done yet?" Check out more great pictures over at his site.

Now, off to dreams of a 20-mile run and My Old Kentucky Home.


Anonymous said...

Wow. I got to ask, was that from one plant or how many?
Picking my first year 4 cascades took longer than I thought, almost got sunburn. But I only got about an ounce of cones from the 4 plants. Although they where 10 ft long.
My high alpha Magnum and Centineal produced hardly anything and were 5 feet.
By the way, there's a good book on hop growing called 'Homegrown Hops' by David Beach.
I learned you can grow hops by other means than buying rhizomes.


Bryan Kolesar said...

Two original rhizomes now in their second full season. Can't wait to see what next year brings!

Thanks for the tip on the book, I'll need to check it out