Growing Hops

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby PhatFil » Thu Sep 08, 2016 23:30

fwiw mine were still a tad waxy to the feel before the rain that followed my last feel, hope to find em papery AND DRY tomorrow, will keep fingers toes and all else crossed in the meanwhile.
Not a bumper crop, but a crop nonetheless from plants that looked like they were dying off last year (year #2) (heavy clay soil .. so expectations have always been limited, though i may consider repoting one if i can find a suitable container??
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Bad 'Ed » Fri Mar 10, 2017 08:06

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And so it begins.

I'd better get my new rootstock planted, its still in the fridge..!

Never enough time....
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby jkp » Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:23

Bad 'Ed wrote:Image
And so it begins.

I'd better get my new rootstock planted, its still in the fridge..!


Nice! What variety are they?

My First Gold have started too, they are always earlier than the rest.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Bad 'Ed » Thu Mar 16, 2017 15:08

These are first gold, planted last year. They didn't really produce many hops last year - although I didn't cut back weaker bines or fertilise them so hopefully this year will be better.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby AndyBWood » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:32

Spring has..... sprung......

Centennial & Cascade planted Oct / Nov last year have survived and on the up


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Re: Growing Hops

Postby HTH1975 » Tue Mar 21, 2017 22:29

Would it be too late to plant hops now?

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby jkp » Wed Mar 22, 2017 01:13

HTH1975 wrote:Would it be too late to plant hops now?


As long as you can still get hold of a rhizome, then it's not too later.

Check out http://www.willingham-nurseries.co.uk/hop.html
or https://www.aplus-hops.co.uk/

you might be able to get a plant that's already started shooting this year.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Brewzee » Thu May 11, 2017 20:15

It's also quite easy to take soft wood cuttings of hops I took 3 earlier this year and they all rooted. 2 inches of growing tip.all but 2 leaves removed
Base dipped in rooting powder and a little gentle bottom heat if available. I put mine on my grain bed compost heater.
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby kohoutec » Sat Jun 17, 2017 16:17

My first gold are looking good to me. First year so nothing to compare them to thoughImage
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby jkp » Sat Jun 17, 2017 17:03

My Cascade and Chinook have a good crop which already seem to want harvesting. Very early!
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Brewzee » Thu Sep 07, 2017 08:18

]Hops are a coming this is cascade its to the roof in first year. well would be if i could post pictures :electric:
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Joe1002 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 13:06

Brewzee wrote:well would be if i could post pictures :electric:


You pass the forum criteria so there shouldn't be a reason why you can't.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Brewzee » Wed Sep 13, 2017 06:38

its my lack of tech skills means i cant post pic via a tablet. Hops didnt get blown down in last nights storm. Cones look nice and big I see some pollen present. Think almost ready to harvest what is gonna be over a kilo of cascade. Im planning to dry them first dont want my wort tasting like green tea. Any advice as its my first time growing hops
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby jkp » Thu Sep 14, 2017 17:49

Brewzee wrote:Any advice as its my first time growing hops


For drying you need a shaded area, a fan and some appropriate netting to hold them in. Keep the hops spread in a thin layer so they dry quickly with the fan providing circulation. Once dry, vacuum seal and freeze or use asap. I tried a dehydrater but wasn't impressed, will keep that for other uses.

Using wet is also an option, you don't necessarily get an overly grassy beer. I made one recently with fresh Chinook and Cascade, it's very piny and resinous not grassy.

It's usually best to bitter with a know Alpha acid hop and use your own hops at flameout. Shredding the hops before adding also seems to improve the extraction of oils.

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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Brewzee » Sun Sep 17, 2017 08:07

xie xie nee jkp. Mrs B's eyes nearly popped when I said the plant hanging up the side of our house had to fit into the airing cupboard. Its grown 2 stories in its first season and is at the guttering of the roof via the drain pipe. (its a cascade from willingham nursery). I dried 2 tea trays full 3 days ago so will do another load. Im trying to leave harvest as late as possible to increase lupilowhatsit content. A few cones are getting an orange tint so I might have to step it up. Have at least 4 flat tea trays worth to go. So far aromas have not been so floral or citrus, quite noble in fact maybe that will change as cones fully dry, oxidize or whatever else, Ive noticed fresh sage does not taste like dry so maybe my hops will discover thier innner american soon. Lets see what happens.
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Bad 'Ed » Sun Sep 17, 2017 13:23

I just spread my hops out on newspaper in the spare bedroom and turn them every day or so. They dry in a few days iirc. I just picked 600g (wet) from a single challenger in its first year, so I'm trying it out at the moment.

Never enough time....
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Re: Growing Hops

Postby Brewzee » Mon Sep 18, 2017 07:29

i have 2 trays 2 drawers and another pile of cascade hops drying in airing cupboard wow hops near top of plant were wonderful. long and fragrant.thanks for everybodies advice, Also went to check some wild hops plants I had my eye on...attention village of Weston...who picked all the hops near the sign to your village.
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