How not to farm hops

How not to farm hops

Today is the day a bounty of fragrant hope cones, pregnant with bitter/spicy deliciousness are being harvested. As I stand, shaded by the girthy monstrous trellises, heavy under the weight of opportunity and flavour, I marvel at how magnificent it is to be a hop...
Building Hop Trellises With Our Bare Hands

Building Hop Trellises With Our Bare Hands

Wayward Brewery is one of the fastest up-and-coming breweries in Sydney. I understand why within my first 5 minutes of walking into the venue. The bar is rad and the beer delicious. I start with their flagship brew, the Charmer India Red Ale, so good I actually said...
Yellingbo Hop Farm

Yellingbo Hop Farm

If we’re going to grow hops, we’d better learn how to do it. What better place to learn than through a real-life hop farmer! So on our recent trip to Victoria we added a visit to the rural town of Yellingbo, east of Melbourne, to meet one of the most passionate and...
The hops are sprouting!

The hops are sprouting!

This week I’ve been worried sick. I would often find myself lying in bed at 3 am thinking “I wonder if my hops are getting enough water”. They’ve been in the ground close to 4 weeks, and Roger (my father in law, the bloke that looks like Santa)...
The first hops are in the ground

The first hops are in the ground

Ok, it’s time to get serious. Let’s buy our first piece of legitimate brewery tech. The pilot brewery. The problem with regular home brew setups is their susceptible to margins of error. If temperature drops slightly without you noticing, then there is a chance the...

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