When most people hear the words “Beer Garden” they envisage tables and chairs outside the back of the local pub drinking beers with friends. For us, a “beer garden” has a different meaning... we are busy planning and growing plants to use for making beer!
The obvious plant that comes to mind when you think of brewing ingredients is hops. Those of you who have read my previous blogs will know that we have been planting and growing hop bines for over a year now. Unfortunately there were big floods in Kyneton a couple of months ago, but luckily for us we had dug up all of our hop rhizomes to split them up into multiple plants and they are safe and sound in pots at Brunswick and they weren’t washed away. There is a good variety of over 100 hop plants now. If you’re interested in having your own hop plant at home, you can contact us via our website. We will keep you posted on their progress!
We’re lucky enough to live and work in a community that is enthusiastic about the environment and sustainability. We have even been using the backyards of our neighbours to plant some hops and other things and many have volunteered to host a beehive.
Slowly but surely, we are going to plant more and more things for brewing with and sharing with the local community, hopefully including a little bit of wheat and barley for micro-malting to produce small quantities of specialty malts. We have already harvested hundreds of coriander seeds to plant and use in our Belgian style witbier.
We are also starting to harvest yeast, with our plan being to eventually capture yeast from our forest fruit trees to use in our sour beer program. So far we have successfully collected yeast from fruit trees, flowers, herbs and even human and dog hair! (NB: This is just an exercise for interest’s sake; I promise I won’t ever put yeast from my dogs or my own hair into a beer!)
Watch this space for further developments…
Annabel & Skey