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persimmon harvest, bierkast article

Saturday, November 17th, 2012

last weekend AP and I headed to lomita to stock up on some persimmons.

  • a few weeks back our friend JB mentioned that she had a sizable fuyu persimmon tree in her backyard and that this year’s yield was more than she could handle.  what an understatement – behind her house was the largest persimmon tree I had ever seen, loaded to the hilt with ripe fruit.  AP and I spent a couple hours up in the leaves, relieving the sagging branches of their pesticide-free bounty while JB’s dogs darted around, investigating our growing piles of fruit.
  • I then spent a few more hours destemming, washing, and organizing the fuyus.  after all was said and done, we ended up with close to one hundred pounds of fruit, and barely made a dent in the tree.  prepping that volume of fruit is no joke for one person – so far I’ve only managed to cut, vacuum seal, and freeze half of our haul, and am not looking forward to finishing the other half.  it will all be worth it in the future though – how does one hundred pounds of persimmons in a barrel of lambic sound?  not that it hasn’t been done before, of course…

on another note, last week kip from bierkast headed over to overcarbed HQ to check out my setup.

  • over the course of a few hours we toured my fermentation room/beer cellar and checked out my homebrew rig, while sampling some of my current lineup.  I tossed some of my neighbor’s fresh caught chucklehead on the grill while we talked shop, covering a variety of topics from lambic brewing to sourcing local ingredients.  his well-written writeup can be found HERE.

               

 

LA craft beer bloggers summit, hop harvest

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

last weekend I headed over to sunset beer co. in echo park for the second LA craft beer bloggers summit.

  • a while back, kip barnes of bierkast blogging and LA aleworks fame took it upon himself to unite and network local LA area beer bloggers (similar to what jay brooks has done up north with the BABB).  I missed the first summit, but heard about the impressive turnout and was interested in checking out the next gathering.
  • sunset beer co. turned out to be an ideal venue for the meetup, with plenty of space and a great selection both on tap and in the coolers.  the staff were very friendly and accommodating despite the fact that they were likely nursing hangovers from their anniversary party the night before.  as for the LA craft beer bloggers, everyone at the meeting was both passionate and knowledgeable about the beer scene and was a pleasure to talk to.  check out more info at the LACBB facebook page.
  • the main event of the summit was a talk held by dieter foerstner, head brewer of angel city brewery in downtown LA.  he briefed everyone on the status of the brewery (distributing imminently, opening their doors in a few months) and went through some details on a hoppy wheat and IPA that were being passed around.  dieter definitely knows his way around a mash tun and I was pleasantly surprised by his wheat beer, which had great balance and exhibited a unique blend of complementary malt flavors and hop aromas.  during a later conversation, I was flattered to find out that he was a fan of my bottles of white and house saison that I brought to the meetup.  angel city is getting a lot of great press and I’m excited to see where they go from here.

after heading back home from the summit I finally got around to harvesting this year’s hop crop from my backyard.

  • although this year’s chinook yield was paltry compared to previous years’,  my vojvodinas and cascades put out enough cones to easily support a 12 gal. batch, despite an irregular fertilizing schedule.  I’m currently drying the hops and am excited to see how the late-hopped vjovodinas turn out in my latest saison (last year’s cascades and chinooks contributed a nice smooth bitterness to my imperial stout).