Originally Posted by lou2row
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:
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