Thursday, June 21, 2012

Just Four Ingrediants

Fact about Meg & Matt at 18 Preston: we like our beer.

We enjoy brewery tours, beer centered vacations, beer events, local brew pubs, beer tastings, and making our own. Yes, we're home brewers and proud of it. Our hobby of beer brewing has evolved over time from bottles exploding in the bathtub to kegging our own. We like to think we've come full circle. We're still not brewing often though, only one batch so far at the new house.

Back to the title of this post. Beer has four ingredients and were growing one of them. If you used to follow along at Miss Meghan Elizabeth you may remember the very tragic end to our hops growing last year. We did so well until we transplanted outside and then it was a hop funeral. This year we tried a different approach and so far so good. We started the rhizomes right outside in a mini planting bed. They aren't situated to get full sun which is preferred, But the look healthy. The only effect we notice is that they aren't growing as fast as they could. You can almost watch hopes grow at 1 to 4 inches day.

A hop rhizome

We'll keep you updated on the progress and plans for a hop harvesting party in the fall. These flowers probably won't be mature enough to actually use them in a batch of beer this year but they will be prepped and ready to be bigger and better when they come back up next year.

We're not expert hop growers yet, but so far we can recommend starting outside! After last frost in New England. And be patient.

And beer trivia, do you know the other three ingredients in beer?


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