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Hops

Our Cascade hops are showing the Georgia weather who’s boss

03.25.2010 | 1 Comment

Check out these cute little guys. Those are our Cascade hops shoots, growing like gangbusters. So what if it hailed on Sunday and snowed on Monday? These tasty beer ingredients are resilient. They remind me of a young Joel Iverson. Joel had to save them from being weedeaten (there is no way that’s NOT a

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Our Cascade hops know nothing of the recession

05.22.2009 | 5 Comments

We know this because they are growing like pirate profits in Somalia (too soon?). They’re starting to bud already, which scares us, frankly. I KNEW that guy that sold us those “hop steroids” out of the back of his truck in the Kroger parking lot wasn’t legit. Our hops have gotten so out-of-control that they

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Putting the “up” in “hops update”

04.29.2009 | 13 Comments

These things are growing like the national deficit. They’ve already reached the top of our trellis and it isn’t even May yet. Let’s hope they’re as keen on actual hop flower production as they are about reaching the sun. We had a decent haul last year but all indications are that we will have a

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Monday Night recap (Excited hops edition)

03.18.2009 | 2 Comments

Monday was pretty much awesome. Some new folks, some old folks, and just enough rain to keep it interesting. We had some stellar beers on tap, including the Eye Patch Ale and Drafty Kilt Scotch Ale. We also tasted our 1-week-old double IPA. Gravity was down to 1.021 from 1.070 in a week, which is

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Why we?re not starting a hop farm

09.08.2008 | 4 Comments

Last week we harvested our first hops from our vines, and were quite pleased with the yield. I was thinking we?d get 1-2 lbs of hops based on the amount we pulled off. But after a few days of drying, the final weight was just about 8 oz. But my dreams of hop farming were

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Hop harvest!

09.02.2008 | 4 Comments

We got off to an early start last night, so we had some extra time. We spent it on a quick little business meeting (more on that soon) and our hop plants, which have been growing like gangbusters their 2nd year in existence. Thank the Lord that big ugly thing in the middle wasn’t a

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A successful night of brewing (without the brewing)

08.26.2008 | 1 Comment

Thanks to everyone who came last night. We had a good crowd, in spite of the weather. The rain made it difficult to brew (we didn’t want any of Atlanta’s acid raid infecting our beers), so we actually just hung out and drank. It was amazing. We circled up a bunch of chairs and made

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Homegrown Cascade

06.13.2008 | 3 Comments

Never have we been so infatuated with “the trellis”

05.06.2008 | 9 Comments

Trel?lis. Noun. A frame or structure of latticework; lattice. A framework of this kind used as a support for growing vines or plants. A frustrating necessity of growing hops. The third definition is really hitting home. Fortunately we’re not the only ones dealing with this problem. And there are many potential solutions. Trouble is, we

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Our hops love Jeff’s house

05.05.2008 | 2 Comments

I realize this post has already lost a lot of its thunder, since this picture was taken a week ago. But GEEZ. Check out our hops! They’re growing like gangbusters, even after Joel tried to “water them” himself:

Holy hop farm, Batman!

04.23.2008 | 4 Comments

Our hops are doing a LOT better this year, especially if you consider that they weren’t even in the ground until May last year. We transplanted them over at Jeff’s house earlier this spring, and I don’t know if he’s feeding them speed or X or something, but they’re really shooting out of the ground.

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Our hops are alive and kicking

03.27.2008 | 4 Comments

Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t completely kill our hops last year. They’ve peeked their bitter little heads above the surface of their new home along Jeff’s driveway. And Jeff, the nurturer that he is, has been diligent in providing the little buggers with plenty of water. He’d give them extra sunlight if he could.

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HopWatch: Year 2

03.11.2008 | 3 Comments

We’re going to give this whole “growing hops thing” another go. Unruffled by our meager/nonexistent harvest last year, we have transplanted our hop plants to Jeff’s yard. Now they’re out of the pots, off of the volleyball court, and in the ground. We also fertilized with some composting spent grains which probably won’t make much

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Danger: busy Saturday approaching

02.29.2008 | 2 Comments

Tomorrow is arts-and-crafts day at Jeff’s house! Joel will be building out a fermentation chamber for our new conical fermenters. The chamber will involve an insulated box that ducts cold air from our freezer, similar to the one built here by the Duo Team. And while Joel is doing his best to not kill himself,

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MNB sees the light

02.05.2008 | 0 Comments

Joel‘s connecting flight to Atlanta was delayed last night, so we had another productive brewing session without him meddling in the “grown-up affairs.” We brewed another batch of our Swashchuckler IPA in anticipation of the March 15 party (mark your calenders ? invitations coming soon). I feel good about this batch. For one, we were

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We feel the pinch of the hop shortages

11.15.2007 | 6 Comments

Stories of the hops ? and rumored increases in beer prices ? have found their way onto NPR. Kristen sent in this report, which discusses the decreases in hops production and what that means for microbreweries (I’ll give you a hint: it’s bad). We at MNB have dealt with the hops shortages in our own

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Technically alive

09.09.2007 | 5 Comments

Some of you may have noticed a deficiency of posts about our homegrown hops of late. This is because my hops have been experiencing a deficiency of their own. I’ve been hoping that they would turn their season around (much like Vince Young turned the Titans’ season around last year), but I think it’s about

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Fresh hops on a Sunday afternoon…

07.01.2007 | 1 Comment

The firstfruits of our hop-growing endeavors:

Holy roly-poly, Batman! There are leaves in my beer!

06.27.2007 | 3 Comments

Monday we used the most loose-leaf hops (which is actually a flower) we’ve ever used during a boil. Usually we use a lot of hop pellets in the boil and reserve loose-leaf for dry-hopping. Things were going great. Joel was even keeping his nose out of everything so that the grown-ups could work. So then

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My hops love Spiderman

06.03.2007 | 3 Comments

Why Spiderman? Because, unbeknownst to my roommates, I have converted our backyard sand volleyball court into a bona fide giant web. And the hops (William, in particular) are loving it. Yes, it’s a huge mess of twiney eyesore… But she’s MY huge twiney eyesore. These hops are actually fascinating to watch. They grow in a

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Down on the hop farm…

05.23.2007 | 0 Comments

And now. Updates from my life as a gardener. Meet the newest hop, a lil’ Chinook named Babyface. Babyface as aspirations of being a rapper. I don’t have the heart to tell him that the name Babyface is already taken. And THIS is Emilio. He’s a sophomore in high school, and quite a hit with

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A hop experiment goes awry after turning to blows

05.22.2007 | 1 Comment

Take a good long look at this picture. God willing it will be the last time you see Jeff, MNB brewmaster, holding a bottle of Coors Light. We unsuccessfully attempted a hop-tasting experiment last night by infusing tasteless Coors Light with different strands of hops. Jeff painstakingly crushed the pellets, unscrewed the Coors bottles, dumped

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