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Old 08-09-2007, 03:14 AM   #1
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Just wondering why all of the whole leaf hops I've been using all have seeds in them? If hops are anything like their less-than-legal cousin, then wouldn't pollination of the flowers result in considerably less lupulin and other desirable oils/resins in the buds?

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Old 08-09-2007, 03:23 AM   #2
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Bitch, bitch, bitch...at least the stems were taken out for you...

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Old 08-09-2007, 03:53 AM   #3
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Bitch, bitch, bitch...at least the stems were taken out for you...

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actually, I've been kind of annoyed with the amount of stems and leaves that have been in the hops also. A couple of brews ago, there were 2 whole hop leaves (large, sun leaves, not small ones) in the bag along with several bare stems (saaz). Darn Czechislovakians (sp?) need to learn some quality control.
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You are correct in thinking that seeds reduce AA production, but seeds can grow ever without pollination. [Growers try very hard to avoid this, since commercial brewers pay for AA, not weight] As far as getting leafs, etc. in the hops. Most hops are mechanically harvested these days and an occasional leaf happens. If you've never seen Magnum, you are in for a surprise. It is normal for the flowers to have leaves in them.

The final solution is to grow your own.

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...but seeds can grow ever without pollination.
Could you please explain this a bit more, if possible. I've been researching for the past couple of days and can find no reports of some sort of asexual generation of seeds. I did find lots of accounts of hermaphroditism and bisexual flowers - which is pretty common in diecious species. Any further info or perhaps some links to sources?

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Already on it. Although, I did plant them very late (beginning of July). No flowers yet, but I'm lucky in that I have a greenhouse to grow them in this first year. So hopefully I can get something even if it takes until November. If not, at least they will be nice and strong for next spring.
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