I got 2 hives; one Italian queen with 3lb package bees and one Carniolan queen with a 5lb nuc. I was initially interested in understanding why many people were passionate about beekeeping; but now I'm in love with the bees. They are awesome. More updates to come.
I made my first beer! It was American Pale Ale.
Lucy designed and made beautiful labels for this beer. It tasted
Update: I made my second beer! Imperial IPA with 10 times as much hop as instructed. Still not hoppy enough! Gotta try again...
I finanlly got some koji to make miso last year. The miso looks ready for consumption now (summer 2017).
I biked through fields of hops in central
Washington in 2015. I loved the fragrance so much that I grew
hops at home (Willamette) and at our friend's garden (Cascade) last
year. We got more hops than we could consume in one year!
2017: The Cascade hops did not come back but Willamette did. I transplanted Willamette in our friend's garden.