Follow us as we take a weekend beer brewing hobby to a Farm Brewery operation in the historically popular hop growing region of Central New York
Limestone Creek Brewing Co.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Test Field Bravo
Bob and I finally found a day we could both devote some time to the raising of the trellis system, so we brought out the heavy equipment and raised some poles. Bob figured out the post hole digger attachment after a little experimentation; he dug holes while I prepped the poles by cutting to 21' and drilling holes in top to run the trellis cable through next spring.
The "inaugural" hop pole (looking NW toward the future Oast house)
As you can see, we off-centered the poles in this row - once we have the hop yard laid out there will be free-floating cables running between the cable supports. The free-floating cables will have the hop "bines" running up to them for their top support.
Riley and Bob providing comic relief
The soil in this spot is pretty much perfect - we assume it was farmed at some point in the recent past based on the lack of rocks alone. This will be considered the test yard mostly because beyond the 1.5 - 2 acres of good soil we have mostly very large limestone boulders right up to the surface. However, these make great landscaping tools that will add to the scenery once we have the Oast and visitor center built!