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Old 01-12-2012, 06:59 PM   #11
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I saw many people (online) say that rhizomes couldn't be shipped to Hawaii - so I called the HI State Dept of Ag. They said as long as the package is marked "May be opened for agricultural inspection" that they can be shipped.

Now...the part about me living at 21 degrees longitude might not help me out, but i'm willing to try!

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Old 01-13-2012, 02:22 AM   #12
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Can Hops be grown in the deep south? Near the Gulf

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Old 01-13-2012, 03:35 PM   #13
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Well they grow them in Texas, so you may have a shot. The humidity may lead to increased issues with mold, but don't quote me on that. If you look at the rhizomes on out site there is recommendation on what type of weather to grow them in.

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How should they be handled when received? Im moving accross the country (from CO to NC in June) and I'll have a backyard then so I can finally plant some rizomes. If I get them in April, can they be stored in the fridge/cooler until I can plant them in June/July? Or should I just wait until next year? Thanks

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Old 01-13-2012, 04:52 PM   #15
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I'd put them in a pot, take the pot when you move. You could probably cut them back before you moved, I've found hops to be pretty hardy once they start growing.

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I'm pretty new to this, and don't know which hops are good substitutes for each other. If you were to pick five that would cover a nice range of styles and uses, where would you start?

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Old 01-13-2012, 11:03 PM   #17
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I'm pretty new to this, and don't know which hops are good substitutes for each other. If you were to pick five that would cover a nice range of styles and uses, where would you start?
The homegrown hops will have a varying AA and you will not know until you use them how bitter they are. (Kinda like how one year you can have huge sweet strawberries and the next they are smaller and not as sweet.) You can have your hops tested but it is expensive to have done.

IMO you want to use almost all homegrown hops for flavor and aroma. That being said:

Willamette
Fuggles
Centennial
Cascade
Hallertau
Tettnang

are solid choices with the Glacier and Sterling as a close 2nd depending on what you brew, where you live and IMO. Please note this does not discredit the other varieties. They are just not my favorites or better for bittering. FWIW I do know someone that is decent at brewing up a small test batch with homegrown hops for bittering and IMO gets pretty close on IBUs but that may still be luck...time will tell.

If I had to choose just 1 I would go with Centennial but that is me and I love Centennial IPAs.

I believe the average harvest off a mature plant is about 1lbs of cones. The 1st year plants will probably NOT produce that much if any at all.

If you are mobile or may be, then check out "Earthtainers" in the Google machine.

These plants/vines can grow upwards of 20' FYI
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IMO you want to use almost all homegrown hops for flavor and aroma. That being said:

Willamette
Fuggles
Centennial
Cascade
Hallertau
Tettnang
These are all very solid choices you could brew a wide range of beers with just these hops. You could even sub out one of the German varieties for another American varieties to have a little more diversity when brewing American style beers. If you keep the Hallertau you could use those to bitter some Belgian beers that are generally yeast forward beers (ie: Wit, Dubble, Triples, etc) along with German style beers.
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I'd put them in a pot, take the pot when you move. You could probably cut them back before you moved, I've found hops to be pretty hardy once they start growing.
Would they be fine over the course of a 3 day drive? Thanks!
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9 centennial and 1 cascade!

Seems odd? Well, I have 2 cascade plants now that need to be transplanted because they hate where they are. If I have to dig those up I may as well plant some more and just do this right. I also have 2 Nugget and 2 Northern Brewer that will be going on 3 years in 2012.

I have a new spot picked out where they will get lots of sun, great water and soil nutrients.

I can see a wet hopped cascade/centennial harvest ale in my future, thanks to FHBS!

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