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Growing hops in the north

Postby Bad 'Ed » Thu Dec 01, 2016 23:33

I'm going to get some new hops from Willingham Nurseries to grow this year after the unexpected success of fuggles last year (I got 500g dried from two plants in their first year). They've got some desirable varieties, including some of the fruitier ones.

However, I thought the fruitier hop varieties tasted like that primarily because of the heat and sun where they are grown. If I grew some cascade, though they would get both the days of British summer, I doubt they would ever get to the flavour profile of the versions we can buy.

Should I therefore get a more established British hop like challenger rather than a more desirable (to me) hop like EKG or cascade? I live in North Yorkshire by the way, so though it isn't that wet most of the time, it is often fairly cold...

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Re: Growing hops in the north

Postby gregles » Thu Dec 01, 2016 23:51

Hi Ed,

I came across this article regarding hops being grown in Scotland. The bottle label pictured seems to show pioneer, cascade and first gold.

http://foodanddrink.scotsman.com/drink/ ... tish-beer/
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Re: Growing hops in the north

Postby LeithR » Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:25

Pity they got Peter Byrne's web link wrong, it take you to a photography site.

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Re: Growing hops in the north

Postby Bad 'Ed » Tue Dec 06, 2016 00:48

gregles wrote:Hi Ed,

I came across this article regarding hops being grown in Scotland. The bottle label pictured seems to show pioneer, cascade and first gold.

http://foodanddrink.scotsman.com/drink/ ... tish-beer/


They're growing them in big poly tunnels. I think I'll go goldings and see what happens.

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Re: Growing hops in the north

Postby HTH1975 » Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:38

Bad 'Ed wrote:
gregles wrote:Hi Ed,

I came across this article regarding hops being grown in Scotland. The bottle label pictured seems to show pioneer, cascade and first gold.

http://foodanddrink.scotsman.com/drink/ ... tish-beer/


They're growing them in big poly tunnels. I think I'll go goldings and see what happens.


Where about in North Yorkshire are you? I'm in Thirsk and was considering getting EKG from the same place as you linked above.

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Re: Growing hops in the north

Postby Bad 'Ed » Wed Dec 07, 2016 02:26

I'm in Skipton, probably the southernmost point. However I gave my in laws, who live in Cumbria, two fuggles to plant last year and they did really well, producing about 200g dried hops in their first year. They got sun from all directions though.

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Re: Growing hops in the north

Postby HTH1975 » Wed Dec 07, 2016 15:05

Sounds like it's worth a bash then.

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Re: Growing hops in the north

Postby boab44stout » Wed Dec 07, 2016 22:45

i grow hops in scotland so anythings possible
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