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2017 Solar Eclipse 2017 Solar Eclipse

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

The 2017 solar eclipse has come, and gone – but it left a strong impression. So much so, that I am already considering how to travel to the next one in the US: 2024. We viewed it from my brothers property just south of Philomath, OR. The hour leading up to totality was interesting enough, […]

'Summit' of Mt. Saint Helens ‘Summit’ of Mt. Saint Helens

Tuesday, June 6th, 2017

Last week, I climbed Mt. Hood. Today, we went up Mt. Saint Helens. Going up Sam snagged some last minute permits and we drove out to the Worm Flows parking lot. This is the winter route. It adds an extra few miles and 1000 extra feet of elevation, but is was well worth it. After […]

Summit of Mt. Hood Summit of Mt. Hood

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

I set off alone on Friday night toward Mt. Hood. Sam and I were hoping to climb on Thursday, but the weather did not cooperate. This was my first attempt to climb the mountain since June 2008. The ascent Timberline parking lot was filled with people – a strange sight in the middle of the […]

Hop Breeding, 2017 Hop Breeding, 2017

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

You may want to start by reading: Growing hops from seed, Hop Breeding, Hop Results 2014… We started by germinating over 500 crosses. In 2016, this was culled down to 42 vigorous, female varieties that were grown side-by-side for comparison. After data collection and taste tests, we have limited the number further for 2017. Full […]

Hop Breeding, 2016 Results Hop Breeding, 2016 Results

Monday, August 29th, 2016

You may want to start by reading: Growing hops from seed, Hop Breeding, Hop Results 2014 We are starting to catalog the experimental hops growing at the Barber Hop Yard. This page will be updated as data rolls in. There are a total of 42 different crosses – culled down from the germination of over […]

Hop Breeding (2016) Hop Breeding (2016)

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

You may want to start by reading: Growing hops from seed, Hop Breeding (2014), Breeding results 2014, Hop Breeding (2015) Overview The three hop yards are full with 2nd, and 3rd year selections. With this in mind, I planned to focus germination on a limited set of seeds to fill in any open spots. This […]

Around Mt Adams Around Mt Adams

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

I found myself back on Mt Adams this past week. This time, rather than climbing, we were making our way around the mountain. On the west side of the mountain you have the well-maintained PCT to travel on. However, much of the east side has no trail. There are more details in this post, but […]

Mt Adams Mt Adams

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

This weekend we climbed Mt Adams. The weather was perfect and the views were spectacular. It was a bit busy, but on a mountain this big, things never get too crowded. Sam, Joe, and James hauled their butts up to the peak with me and did spectacular. At the top we drank a few well-earned […]

Hop Breeding (2015) Hop Breeding (2015)

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

You may want to start by reading: Growing hops from seed, Hop Breeding (2014), Breeding results 2014 During fall of 2014, we collected thousands of seeds from the two hop yards. The individual flowers had been pollinated by hand and carefully isolated to ensure parentage. In total, we collected nearly 40 crosses: Male/pollen source: NHB002 […]

NHB00X Experimental Pale Ale(s) NHB00X Experimental Pale Ale(s)

Monday, January 12th, 2015

The new hops from the breeding program produced an abundance of cones in their first year. For comparison, I’m brewing the same, simple beer from the most promising varieties. Normally, I stick to all grain. However, for simplicity these will be extract (don’t have to worry about mash temp/efficiency differences between batches). The same basic […]