So I have been brewing since the summer of 2006. Its passed being a hobby, I love the time I spend brewing. In the last few years brewing has become part of what I am.

Now on top of my love of homebrewing, I am beginning my move into the professional brewing scene with an expanding local craft brewery.

Mostly this blog will be talking about my brew days, any experiments that I work on and the process of getting into the professional world.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Happy Hops

So we slacked on the first of the cones from our plants.  They spent a little too much time on the vine.  But now the vines are covered in cones and they are smelling great.  We're only growing one variety, Magnum, figured they seemed like a pretty resilient strain.
Two of the plants haven't really taken off all that well, but the other two(technically three) have been growing strong.  I say technically three because in cleaning up around the base of the vines I accidentally pulled out a rhyzome, which I planted back into the ground and has since taken off as its own plant.
Now I have definitively not kept up on my training of the vines, and they are a bit of a mess but the plants are growing strong.  We're looking at a big harvest any time now, a couple of days without rain and we can tell how the cones are drying out, they're getting all full up with their yellow lupulin glands and smell great.