By John Halamka

Last week’s 3 inches of rain yielded this week’s 50 pounds of Shitake. Here’s a few photos of the massive mushroom harvest.

The winecaps, agaricus, and wild mushrooms in our forest are also fruiting abundantly. Our permaculture efforts, including the recently planted paw-paw trees, are fully leafed out We’ve not yet seen much activity in our ginseng beds. I have a feeling that the deer and wild turkeys are eating them.

Now that all our ciders are fully mature, Kathy and I did a tasting of 7 different five gallon batches. All were technically perfect and had no off flavors. We are now able to focus our future efforts based on the aroma, complexity, and mouth feel we can achieve using different combinations of sweet, tart, aromatic, and astringent apples.

9/13
Sweet – Golden, Gala
Tart – McIntosh, Rhode Island Greening, Gravenstein
Aromatic –
Astringent –
lightly carbonated, clean/dry, primarily tart character

9/27
Sweet – Honey Crisp
Tart – McIntosh
Aromatic – Macoun
Astringent – Crab
moderately carbonated, clean/dry, complex/complete/balanced, aromatic

10/11
Sweet – Baldwin
Tart – McIntosh
Aromatic – Macoun
Astringent – Crab
moderately carbonated, clean/dry, less complex

10/25 *****The Winner
Sweet – Baldwin, Golden Delicious
Tart – McIntosh
Aromatic – Macoun
Astringent – Crab
moderately carbonated, clean/dry, complex/complete/balanced, aromatic

10/26
Sweet – Baldwin
Tart – Winesap
Aromatic –
Astringent – Crab
moderately carbonated, clean/dry, more tart, less complex

11/8
Sweet – Baldwin
Tart – Red Spy
Aromatic – Macoun
Astringent – Russet
moderatedly carbonated, clean/dry, rounded, buttery, very wine like

11/9
Sweet – Baldwin, Golden Delicious
Tart – Winesap, Cortland
Aromatic –
Astringent –
moderatedly carbonated, clean/dry, lacks complexity

We also ordered another 4 kegs so that we can keep 8 different kinds of beverages on our tap system as part of our product development. I’m adding a keg of honey lager next week and a keg of sparkling mead this Summer.

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