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schultan 11-28-2007 02:27 AM

Homegrown Hops?
 
This is a question for anybody who grows their own hops. How much (give or take) does a single hops plant produce in a given year?

D*Bo 11-28-2007 03:04 AM

Haven't started yet, but don't expect a huge harvest the first year. Some do get one, but it isn't the norm. Usually takes 2 to 3 years to start getting a really good harvest.

Brew-boy 11-28-2007 10:09 AM

I planted this year my first and got 3oz of Cenn and 4 oz of N.brewer the first year.

kinison_fan 11-28-2007 12:17 PM

2 years ago I got about 3 ounces, but I did not cut back the bines, nor water, and the soil was not that great. I really only planted it for the novelty, and left it on its own. This year I did not even harvest any.

This fall (with the increase in prices), I transplanted the rizomes to a better location, and will plan on harvesting and using the hop cones.

Soulive 11-28-2007 12:37 PM

My first year I had about 1.5oz (dried) but they were too grassy to even use. Next year I'm expecting about 4oz dried. The alpha acids are usually shaky the first couple seasons as well. Its fun harvesting either way though...

killian 11-28-2007 12:46 PM

I have yet to harvest any from the first first year in the ground. Also you really need the trellis to be tall enough for you bines to stretch. I had my 06 bines in a circle around a pole that was only about 10ft tall. I think I definitely would have harvested a lot more with a taller pole, most of my hops have flowered at the top of the bine

Cookiebaggs 11-28-2007 12:58 PM

I harvested 3 lbs of Cascade and 2 lbs of Hallertau from some friends. The hop vines have been established for 7-8 years.

From what I gather, it normally takes till the 3rd season before the hop flowers really become numerous.

TexLaw 11-28-2007 12:59 PM

How do you fellows figure out AA content in those home harvested hops? Do you actually analyze, or do you just go by the estimates and use a bit of The Force?


TL

Soulive 11-28-2007 01:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TexLaw
How do you fellows figure out AA content in those home harvested hops? Do you actually analyze, or do you just go by the estimates and use a bit of The Force?


TL

I guesstimate that they're close to 5% and I never use them to bitter. I usually only steep or dryhop mine...

Cookiebaggs 11-28-2007 01:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TexLaw
How do you fellows figure out AA content in those home harvested hops? Do you actually analyze, or do you just go by the estimates and use a bit of The Force?


TL


The guy who planted the hops that I pick has the spec. sheets from the company he ordered the rhizomes from.

They give a % range for alpha, beta, and cohumulone so you have a general starting point.

So yes, I estimate and use The force! :D


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