It's been a while since my last update... I know I really should get on here more often and post updates. If Google would hurry up and release an API that allowed other apps to post to Google+ then as I update my brew blog it could get posted here as well. Until that happens I'll TRY to do better at making updates.
First up, I made a bulk hops purchase. For those that haven't done this its a great way to save a LOT of money. You can read about it here. http://mysticmead.com/?p=413
I have also placed an order to buy some hops rhizomes. If I can grow enough hops to supply my brewing needs or at least a portion of it, then I'll be happy. I'll hopefully be posting updates as I go along to document the process. http://mysticmead.com/?p=402
I have submitted 4 beers to this years Peach State Brew Off. The beers submitted were Dwarven Warrior Oatmeal Stout, Das Kölsch, BMC Killer Cream Ale and Eleventy In Da Woods IPA. I did submit the IPA as an APA (American pale Ale) since it can very easily be considered a hoppy APA and probably score better. The judging and awards will take place at the Wrecking Bar Brewpub in Atlanta on March 24th.
I had posted about the loss of a great friend, that happened on Feb 13th.. He was the person that taught me to brew. In his honor one of his sons and I made 6 batches of mead in a single day. 32 gallons of fermenting honey! We even used some honey that his dad had stored from 1984! http://mysticmead.com/?p=429
lastly but from from least. After making the above mentioned 32 gallons of mead we quickly discovered that yeast is getting freaking expensive. $6.99 for a tube of White Labs Sweet Mead/Wine yeast!. That said I have started a small yeast farm I am currently growing (in starters) sweet mead yeast. As of right now I have enough yeast to equal 2 tubes from White Labs. I also have Wyeast Pacman (Rogue Brewery strain) on hand (about 1 quart of yeast, not yeast AND liquid, 1 quart of thick yeast cake) that should be enough to make 4 batches of beer plus replenish by making more starters. http://mysticmead.com/?p=440
Phew, there you have it... a months worth of posting all at once.