Confession …

They say it’s good for the soul, so here goes …Hop TrellisI was entirely incorrect about where HollyCornblog and CharlieHopbrew were today.

They have been at home, hard at work putting up their hop trellis and planting their hops. It looks like it was quite an undertaking. HollyCornblog reported that they had both done so much work yesterday getting the trellis set up that they decided to just keep going, get the strings attached and plant the hops today. (I think they’ve done a great job … and actually, it looks like the Eagles could practice some field goals right there in the yard … then sample some brews afterwards … now THAT would be cool!)

NuggetHere’s one of the hops that they planted … a Nugget (just a wild guess on my part). They use this rough twine that they attach to the trellis, and then the hops climb it as they grow.

Good job you guys!

Tomorrow they will head to the lake and, bugs permitting, get in some kayaking. Of course HollyCornblog is unable to kayak yet, as she is still recovering from her elbow and wrist injuries. Hopefully by the end of June she’ll be back to her old self.

Here’s a description of the Nugget Hop from Beer Advocate:

Nugget is a bittering-type cultivar, bred in 1970 from the USDA 65009 female plant and USDA 63015M. The lineage of Nugget is 5/8 Brewers Gold, 1/8 Early Green, 1/16 Canterbury Golding, 1/32 Bavarian and 5/32 unknown. Nugget is a great bittering hop with a heavy herbal aroma. (alpha acid: 12.5-14.5% / beta acid: 4.0-6.0%).

Sounds good to me!

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