Hop cone in the Hallertau, Germany, hop yard (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I’m not much of a fan of big hop flavours in beer. This led to a monumentally stupid mistake on my part – not paying much attention to hops when home brewing.
Yes, I use hops in my beers, but I have never fully appreciated or given hops the right amount of respect. That’s changing.
I think part of my ill-placed mistrust or disinterest in hops came from the current hops/alcohol arms race going on between some brewers. I’m sure you know what I mean. Brewers that seem to chase the “World’s Most Hoppiest/Strongest Beer” accolade. The title that seems more marketing gimmick than anything else.
Well, it’s been a while since my last post and a bit longer still since my last brew day – almost 3 months actually. Sometimes life just has a habit of getting in the way I suppose.
Anyway, in 4 1/2 weeks I get married. Which means that in 4 weeks family and friends will start showing up for the event – and this was the main drive behind the latest brew.
For the last couple of months I’ve been toying with the idea of trying to grow my own hops. Around the back of our flat we own a “garden” type area – patio and vegetable patch – but it isn’t big enough to grow the plant on a big scale.
Despite the lack of space I’ve decided to give it a bash and ordered a Fuggle hop plant from http://www.essentiallyhops.co.uk/acatalog/Hop_Plants.html.
I’m under no illusion in regards to how much I will get from the plant, it is just the one sitting in a pot, but I’m treating this as an experiment for the future when we own a house and more importantly (as far as the hops are concerned) a bigger garden.
Plus, who knows, maybe I’ll get enough flowers each year for at least one brew… maybe more.
At this point I really have no idea, but I can’t shake the idea of how great it would be to brew a batch of beer with hops from my own garden.
On the topic of hops, here’s a couple of facts I read today whilst surfing the net – hops are related to hemp and can help you sleep when stuffed in a pillow. Every day’s a school day.
So far it just looks like a large pot with soil in it, so it is not really worth a photo yet. As the plant grows (fingers crossed it grows) I’ll put a couple of images up.
Right… time for me to hop off – ahhhh, see what I did there? You did? Oh, you didn’t think it was funny. Fair play.