It's a typical winter Sunday. Football on the TV, dog lazing on the couch, seed catalogs spread around my chair, and snow gently falling outside.
Spouse is getting back into brewing beer. It's been about 4-5 years since the last time he made some homebrew, but decided sometime in December that he wanted to get back into it. So, for Christmas I bought him a beer kit: Phat Tyre Amber Ale from Northern Brewer.
The Phat Tyre was bottled last weekend, so Spouse decided to brew another batch this weekend. Here's his next project - a Belgian Witbier, also from Northern Brewer. He just cooked up the wort yesterday, and today it's started to ferment. Within a week or two, fermentation will be complete and he'll be able to bottle it. When Spouse first started brewing, we learned that letting the beer sit for 4-6 weeks after bottling really improves the taste, so we'll just have to wait until March to enjoy this batch.
In the meantime, I've been reading through the incredibly large pile of seed catalogs that have been cluttering up the area around my reading chair. Unlike others out in the blogosphere who have already placed their orders, I'm still trying to decide who to order from this year! The short list (which needs to get shorter) is: Fedco, Territorial, Pinetree, Seed Savers, Seeds of Change, Johnny's, Baker Creek, John Scheepers, and Burpee.
Two companies that I ordered from last year are off the 2007 list. Vesey's had good quality product but it took much too long to get here. They are in Canada and seeds take too long to go through customs I guess. The second is The Cook's Garden. Three of the varieties I ordered from them last year didn't do well, the growing information on the seed packets was quite poor, and the prices were high compared to others.
Of course, if I were really good, I'd get out all my old seed packets, compare them to my potential order, and ensure that I had just the right amount of seed without any duplication. However, what will really happen is that I'll order far too much and my grocery bag of half-used seed packets will fill up even more. Oh well, there are far worse (and far more expensive) habits that one could have.