Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sooo, what is next?

Bar Lee Whine. Mead take 2. and... Sit down BCider.

Now....just gotta find the time to do it.....with the kitchen reno about 1/2 done...probably not til next week....

BCider will use Fly Creek Cider.

Take 2 will use Honey from Sharon,NY.

Bar Lee Whine. 24lb of grain. uses 20lbs of Maris Otter, etc.

Look forward to all....

Hops put to bed

Closed the Hop yard today. Done for the season. Cut em back, gave them a mulch blanket and will see them in the spring.

Hops 101 Class

The brewery staff attended the Hops 101 class that the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, NY.

Provided by Gorst Valley Hops in association with Northeast Hops Alliance, Atlantic Hops, Brewery Ommegang and others.

Excellent class. They were doing a 101 Saturday and a 201 course on Sunday. I only attended the first class. There were some 50 attendees, with more on Sunday.

Gorst Valley Hops were the lead educators and did a great job explaining the ins and outs of setup, planting and managing a small local hop "plantation". They included the real costs along the way.

Atlantic Hops is working with Gorst Valley to setup a Charter Farm arrangement with Hop farmers in the NY,NJ,CT,MA,VT area. They do the heavy lifting in the processing, packaging and distribution/sales, leaving the farming to the farmers.

Interesting. Very Interesting.

Honey, honey and more honey!

On our way home from Cooperstown, we secured a gallon of local honey. Gonna make another Mead.

My first mead is great! Gonna look at another great recipe. This time I think I'll do a 3 gallon batch, that way we'll have some to lay down for a while and still have some to drink along the way.

More later.