Sunday, May 3, 2009

Hops are up!

The hops are up and ready for for twine, which means I have to get busy. I've added a small Centennial yard this spring as well as a drip irrigation system. The photos below are of Nugget and Centennial. The spring e-newsletter will be out soon so If your not on the mailing list, you should subscribe now.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Heritage Hops in the Michigan Beer Guide

Heritage Hops is mentioned in the article "Growing Hops in Michigan" in the November-December Michigan Beer Guide which is a feature about Bob Krieger of Saranac who has been successfully growing hops for several years. If you live in Michigan and are a beer enthusiast I highly recomend picking up a copy of the Michigan Beer Guide at your local brewery or fine beer (and wine) store. Not only is packed full of great information, its free. I'll be attending a seminar on growing hops in Michigan later this month and I'm looking forwad to meeting Bob Krieger, Rex Halfpenny (the editor of the Beer Guide) and all the other hop growing enthusiests.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Some vines for thought

These are some photos from throughout the summer that I haven't posted yet...

A very short centenial vine. Next year she will be ready to make hops for you favorite IPA's.

The Norther Brewer almost make it to the top this year.

More happy Norther Brewer...

What do you suppose is at the top of this bean stalk? A bearded giant brewing in a golden mash tun?
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hop Harvest!

Well, they're ready! I have a modest harvest of Michigan hops to offer this year. These are freshly picked Northern Brewer hops ready for someones next batch of beer...maybe a porter for fall...thats what I would do anyway. I will be sending out an email to those who are on my mailng list in the next few weeks with purchasing details. So, if you would like hand-picked Michigan grown hops in your next brew, join the mailing list. I would also like to thank everyone who has visited my website and the blog this summer. Your words of support and encouragement have meant a lot to me.

Happy Brewing,


Sunday, June 29, 2008

Trellis Construction Photos

These photos are from a month ago. Since these were taken I've strug the guy-wires and most of the top and bottom wires for the hop twine and planted the hops. The next post will include photos of hops (very small vines) on twine!

Running string for the line level

Contemplating the question: cirrus of cumulus? (cirrus)

Raising the top horizontal.

The hopyard skeleton

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Hops In Posts Up

Both the hops and the posts are in the ground. I've started the top beams for the trellis (with help of course). The top wires will run at 12 feet. Thats a Northern Brewer vine wondering where its climbing twine is. Soon little vine, soon.
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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Posts for the trellis

As it turns out, the farm I'm establishing the hopyard on has a beautiful swath of forest near a creek with an ample supply of dead cedar trees (and may live ones too). Cedar is the perfect wood for making posts due to its rot resistance and a 15 foot log is light enough for me to drag around myself (although the 4-wheeler did come in handy). I've cut most of the posts already. The ground has been thawed for a few weeks now so I've taken a soil sample to be shipped off to the soil lab at MSU. Plowing will happen very soon and then I can get these posts in the ground.
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