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

I spent a short stint with a small brewery and after a long hiatus from the world, things are starting to shape up toward a new revelation(revolution) in my brewing life. Come follow on the journey, I can't promise being heavily active but will try to keep posts interesting and informative.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

2011 Harvest

Hops on the hip
Yay!  Time to do some picking.

The yard smells nice, the weather has been dry and comfortable, and now its time to pull down the harvest.  So with a plastic bag on my hip I climb the ladder and start picking.  Avoiding some nasty looking spiders and bees everywhere I started picking the cones.

Child Labor
Since production time isn't that big of a deal, I've picking instead of cutting down the vines.  I figure that is better for the plants to take advantage of the rest of the season with the vines up.  Of course I didn't do this all alone.  The little one was up  picking through the lower vines with me.

2011 Magnum Harvest
It didn't take us all to long to clear the vines, then we had to clan up what we had pick, getting rid of stems and leaves.  Now off to drying, and working on the recipe for them.  We're not planning on a 'wet hop' beer, these hops are not quite good for that, but we are planning on some new plants for next season.


  1. Great Pic of the Little One. I hop to have Firefly help me with that one day.