There's a lot of growth out there! A long winter is finally over in Central New York; the bines are climbing, the weeds a' growin', and the beer a flowin'.
Bob and Joyce have put a lot of work into preparing the hop yard this spring. From new planting, hanging new trellis' and dropping the growing ropes from the top wires, they've really spruced up the place!
The beer recipe brewing continues utilizing mostly the Newport and Cascade hops we harvested last year. We didn't pelletize any of them, so we're dealing with some of the difficulties using whole leaf hops. Mostly it's just a little messier and we need to increase the amount of hops used per recipe. We've come close to perfecting our IPA recipe - we just keep making silly mistakes during the mash process that leads to inconsistent efficiency and off flavors. As we've said before - practice makes perfect (and more beer to enjoy, too boot!)