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Old 02-23-2010, 07:07 PM   #1
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my grandfather lives in central jersey and has fresh hops growing in his woods but i have no idea what kind they been there forever. Could I use them if i dry them is there anything wrong with that. I'm kinda of a green thumb so i know they are def. hops. Do dif. hop types have different leaves or could you tell the kind of hops from smell or cone shape.

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Old 02-23-2010, 07:18 PM   #2
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Take a couple of pictures, let's check them out

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Old 02-23-2010, 09:35 PM   #3
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There are a couple distinctive hops, but in most cases identification is tough. There are eight cone shapes, five leaf types, clustering hops, and non-clustering, short side-arms, and long side-arms, etc. The problem arises that a single hop can have different characteristics depending on growing conditions.

At one extreme, female plants can turn into male plants when stressed.

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I dying to find wild hops. Are you willing to say where they are?

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Old 02-24-2010, 02:34 AM   #5
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i'll grab some in the spring and put up a pic

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Fresh or dry are useable.

I used mine fresh last september and it produced a good beer, but if you don't use them right away, they should be dried and stored cold.

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Please let that go so this interesting thread can stay open.

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I'd be willing to brew that Brain Death if someone wants to put up the dryhopping agents.

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Hops look nothing like canibis. VINES fellas....VINES.

I would definitely brew with them.

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Papazian's advice on wild hops is simply if they smell good, use them.

seems like good advice to me!

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