My father made his own beer. We had quite a walk home from school and in the autumn he would make us collect the hops that had dropped off the harvest wagons. In those days the hops were harvested by hand,not sure if it made any difference to the amount of wastage but to a seven year old it seemed an awful lot. Anyway said hops were dried in the bathroom
and then made into beer. It is little wonder that I turned out as I did.