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Long Break.

Posted in Beer, Hops on October 28, 2008 by Aleforge

Baby:

My Son was born September 24th, he is healthy and doing great. Outside of keeping my wife and I up all night, we are cherishing every moment. However, I really love when they start becoming more interactive AND sleeping longer between feedings! =)

Back to Beer:

With the return of the fall and cooler temperatures I have started to turn my attention to heavier, darker and higher ABV beers. Pumpkin Ales, Dunkels, Porters and bocks are making my mouth water. And its time to start planning on whats going to happen next. I think I will be turning away from kegging the next round, and try to hit up something large that will benefit from a nice aging. Once I make my decision I will be posting up info on the brew day along with some pictures!

Hop Update:

My hop crop didn’t do to well this year, I got only about 4 foot of growth on each. They stopped around July and looked like they got attacked by a few kinds of insects. This most likey stunted their growth, and they never took off. I got a feeling also that I didn’t give the root system enough good ground to spread through, as I was too lazy to till up a large enough area for them. If they pop back out next spring I will be removing them and planting them in a new area with much better prepared soil. I also will be doing a better job monitoring the watering, as last year we got record rainfalls followed by drought conditons, so the season ended up very rocky with a lot of guess work on the watering schedule.

Side Note:

Picked up a 6 pack of Michelob DunkelWeisse last week and really was suprised by this Macro offering. Michelob’s “craft” line has some decent brews if you stop in somewhere with a limited selection.

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Hop update.

Posted in Hops on June 25, 2008 by Aleforge

I took another photo of my slow growing hops yesterday. Comparing them to the one I took earlier in the month you can see there is “some” growth happening. I was pretty concerned about them, but have finally gave up worrying and will just let them do their thing. They are still rooting themselves in, and most of their effort in the first year is to get established anyway.

Hop woes, or not.

Posted in Hops on June 13, 2008 by Aleforge

This year I had an itch to grow my own hops. I decided this at the completely crappy time of may. It seems this was the year of the Gardner for my wife and I. As we also put in our first veggie garden, planted in a raised bed. Anyhow, I went out and read up on anything I could and started to ask questions. It seems Hops like to be in the ground just after the last frost (well before may in these parts). I planted mine around May 7th, so they have been hanging out for about 37 days now. All speculation was hops could go like mad “after” the first year of growing. So my expectationsshould not of been very high. However with optimal growth spikes of 3″+ a day I figured by now i would have at least something more notable. But so far all I got is this,

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