Nice looking hops. Hops that fresh should make for very flavorful ale. What variety do you grow?
It’s been an odd weather year here too (guess we all need to get used to new normals). We had a dry spring and now a wet autumn, which is kind of the reverse of “normal.” Not much for berries this fall, but that’s okay – I’m getting too old for stoop labor like that : -)
Saw a few spruce hens (our version of grouse) the other morning. If I don’t have to work all weekend, I may go for a walk Saturday or Sunday and knock down a couple with the .22. The arctic hare population is at the bottom end of the boom & bust cycle here. 2 -3 years ago I could take a 30 minute stroll in the brush behind the house and come back with 3 or 4 “rabbits” for dinner. Now they’re a rare sight. I’m curious to see how long it will take for the numbers to rebound.
It’s moose season right now, but fools hens are sure easier to pack home than moose . . . so I’ll settle for a couple birds. It seems to me to be a little warm to be hunting moose anyway. I’ve not heard of folks doing well at the hunt, so maybe the warmth doesn't matter. There’s a second season in January, maybe it will be cooler then : -)
I bottled a high gravity porter the weekend before last. It shows early promise of being a good beer.
I brewed 14 gallons of ale last Sunday. Pitched it with Wyeast 1388 and was generous with the hops. I’m hoping it will be ready to drink sometime around Christmas – it’s always good to have a strong, hoppy beer to carry us through the dark season.
It did not take long at all for profiteering to set in when it comes to malt prices. I almost always brew partial extract beers (shipping challenges have a lot to do with that). Last June I paid $2.48 per pound, delivered, for a 45lb bag of amber DME. Last night I paid $3.12 per lb, delivered, to the same retailer for 90lbs of DME. As I looked around, I saw some sellers were asking $4.10 per pound. The actual shortage (if there is one) won’t kick in until around this time next year, so this will be a profitable fall for some folks.