Resolution for the new year: Be better about keeping up on the old Brewhouse Blog.
Have been busy, still working on the expansion plans while holding down the “regular” job -- but am getting closer. Had a bit of a slowdown after Hurricane Sandy and some recent family health issues, but will be getting back into more action soon.
Had a great visit with John Condzella Jr at Condzella's Farm in Wading River yesterday, with a tour of his hop yard and some beautiful samples of his Cascade and Mt Hood hops.
He'll be planting more varieties for 2013, I'm looking forward to brewing with them!
I'll be smoking and brewing up more Hellsmoke Porter today.
Yesterday, I accompanied Regina to a meeting in Riverhead of local organic farmers, as I'm interested in the possibilities of using local organic wheat (and possibly barley) as well as organic potatoes if my potato stout experiments pan out.
Meanwhile, back at the nanobrewery.... I'm cleaning kegs to carbonate and condition the Hellsmoke Porter. Bottling to follow shortly. I'll be sending out word of where these bottles will be available soon. I would have taken care of all this over the last weekend, but there was a delay due to the greenhouse effect. Not the global greenhouse effect, but the preparations I'm undertaking for the greenhouse we're about to build in our back yard. Leveling out the area and preparing the foundation took up the weekend. So, I'm playing hooky from the day job today (after a late night of watching election returns), and playing a bit of catchup.