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Old 09-15-2013, 11:50 PM   #1
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Just today, I put 3+ pounds of dried centennial hops in the freezer, made and canned marinara sauce from garden tomatoes, dried a big bunch of oyster mushrooms in the food dehydrator, and pitched the yeast on 3 gallons of blackberry wine.

We have picked a LOT of garden produce (it's supposed to frost tonight), and fruit like apples and chokecherries for wine.

I have cascade hops to harvest tomorrow, and there are a LOT of them.

This time of year seems to be a lot of work lately! What have you been doing?


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Old 09-16-2013, 12:10 AM   #2
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Wow you do it all, looks like your almost totally sustainable. I'm trying to get their!


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Wow you do it all, looks like your almost totally sustainable. I'm trying to get their!
Oh, we're a long way from totally sustainable! I have to figure out a way to grow a coffee plantation on the frozen tundra first, as I NEED my coffee.

But we do grow most of our own veggies and fruits, pick wild fruit (or our own fruit) for wine, grow 8 varieties of hops, and of course hunt and fish. We buy some grass-fed beef from a friend, and get eggs from a coworker, and trade handmade soap and things for other items (like chickens). We buy a lamb every fall from a neighbor.

Since I don't eat sugar or refined grains, we sure don't spend much money at the grocery store! (Except for the aforementioned coffee).

I swear my biggest expenses seem to be related to brewing!
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Replaced my garbage disposal, had a homebrew or two and watched the Bears beat up NFC Central Divison Rival
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Slept in, got up very late (11:00a) went to the pub for brunch with my nephew, explored the new homebrewshop in town, Made some supper & had a nap after. Sometimes it's good to have a lazy day.
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I'd like to have more harvesting to do, but I've got enough car fixing and stuff around the house to do. Kids in school, etc.

I did pick half my Cascades on Thursday and have a friend coming over to help pick the rest. He's taking all he wants of them!

I kegged a brown Ale I brewed 2 weeks ago and found my other keg was empty, so... Time for another batch! I'm thinking Stout this time.

Oh, and I have to get back to designing my control panel layout so I can get back to mounting and wiring the parts for that.

Oh, and the clotheswasher needs about set of agitator cams.
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I've got blueberries and raspberries waiting in the freezer to be made into jam. Brewing is on the agenda again for this weekend (what exactly is TBD). I also have to dig the potatoes, onions, and shallots. All the hops have been harvested.
I took a weekend off from Fall harvesting/kitchen work to spend this past weekend in Vermont with my daughter at a car show. Good times.
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We're in harvest mode too. Made enough pesto and herb butter last night to get through most of winter. Just waiting now on the jalapenos and carrots and then we'll be pickling and making hot pepper jelly.
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I've been trying to do this "seasonal brewing" thing. Have a Dubbel, a Wee Heavy, a Bourbon Barrel Cherry Quad, and an Imperial Pumpkin ageing for winter, so I think that carries me through the cold season. Want to do a DIPA with fresh hops from my last harvest. Then, time to start doing my lagers for the spring.

I love the beers and the brewing, but it always seems like a rush to prepare for the "next" season.

Still, far prefer it to buying stuff at the store. Veggies from the garden are 100 times better, for sure.
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We had a frost last night, but it was spotty in our yard.

That mean the final hops harvest today! We picked cascade hops until it got dark, and the rest of them are waiting for tomorrow, on the porch. There are LOT. I have no idea yet how many. We had over two pounds of chinook (dried) and more than that of centennial, so I think this will easily be double the chinook.

We had the obligatory "smell my finger" jokes while picking the cones off of the bine, and drinking beer, until it got too dark (and cold!) to continue.


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