In the nearly two years since my last blog post I've done more of all of the things I was really enjoying, largely having to do with small-scale production of meads and beers for sharing with family & friends as well as personal consumption.
When I was looking through the last few blog posts from summer 2013 the one of all the gardens in particular struck with irony. It isn't ironic because I do enjoy gardening, the irony is because that work begins this weekend for the new season.
Last year represented my best hop crop, which was one of my new 2012 projects, having secured 1 pound of dried hops from each side of the trellis. Sweet!
Since my last writing I've also nailed a couple specific and related goals:
- I transitioned from working in Boston, MA to Portsmouth, NH; freeing up 10-15 hours in commute time per week and producing a better life/work balance
- I got certified as a beer judge and I continue to judge in a number of home-brew and wine competitions, both locally and elsewhere in the US
- Converted my home-brewing setup to an all-grain process and have a working system to make some pretty damn fine beer