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Old 01-24-2008, 12:38 AM   #1
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Hey everybody! I'll be attempting to grow my own hops this year and I'm looking for suggestions/input/advice from you guys. I think I'm going to grow 3-4 different vines. I'll probably grow 1 cascade and 1 amarillo. I'm can't decide on what else to grow. I'm looking for a good balance of bittering, flavoring, and aroma hops. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Old 01-24-2008, 01:07 AM   #2
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Fuggles or Goldings if you make alot of english style beers.

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I believe that some of the folks on here have had decent success with Cascade, which makes a decent bittering/flavor hop.

I'm looking to grow some Warrior, Columbus and Simcoe myself.

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I am going to start this year, too, like many of us I am sure. But I wouldn't plan on growing hops for bittering -- its pretty hard to determine the alpha acid content of homegrown hops, so hitting the correct bittering levels is probably quite tricky without some serious experimentation.

Instead, homegrown hops are probably best for either (1) aroma or possibly flavour additions, or (2) anything left-coast American style (i.e. hoppy). So I am thinking the best bets are probably to grow hops that go well with hoppy-flavoured and aromatic beers, like APAs, IPAs, etc. -- Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, etc.

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Instead, homegrown hops are probably best for either (1) aroma or possibly flavour additions, or (2) anything left-coast American style (i.e. hoppy). So I am thinking the best bets are probably to grow hops that go well with hoppy-flavoured and aromatic beers, like APAs, IPAs, etc. -- Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe, etc.
I have been tinkering with the idea of growing hops this year and was considering which variety...thanks for the suggestion FlyGuy

Got any suggestion where to get said hop plants...can you grow from seed?
I remember from some research that you want mainly female plants

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Got any suggestion where to get said hop plants...can you grow from seed?
Most grow from rhizomes (basically, a root cutting), not seeds. Many LHBS can hook you up with rhizomes, and they're also available online (freshops.com, for one).

Some material to get you started:
http://brewery.org/library/HopGrow.html
http://www.freshops.com/garden.html
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/wiki/ind...op_cultivation

The Wiki page needs some work...some of you guys who've actually had some luck growing hops -- ahem, EdWort, Mr Texas Hop Garden -- might want to contribute your wisdom.

There are also a bunch of threads on this topic, if you search for "growing hops".
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good luck on Amarillo... one of them lines that belongs to some company. Btw, if you do score some i'll buy some off of you, heheh! I would love to get amarillo, sorachi ace, and simcoe but that won't be happening anytime soon unfortunately. I'm not sure about summit hops though. If that line is available I'm getting a few because they are dwarf hops. They don't need as tall a terrace to grow and still produce alot! I've got cascade, nugget, fuggle and golding in my backyard now. Got them free off of craig's list... well, i traded homebrew for them. Anyhow, GRATS!!!! and if you get a line on amarillo, SHARE!!!! I'd kill for some rhyzomes!!!!!!

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I have been tinkering with the idea of growing hops this year and was considering which variety...thanks for the suggestion FlyGuy

Got any suggestion where to get said hop plants...can you grow from seed?
I remember from some research that you want mainly female plants

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You'd be hard pressed to find any male hop plants anywhere. Once female plants are fertilized, the *****in content of the cones goes way down, along with cone production. Just like the hops' other, darker cousin

OK seriously, what the crap? The word filter doesn't like L U P U L I N for some reason!
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good luck on Amarillo... one of them lines that belongs to some company. ... I would love to get amarillo, sorachi ace, and simcoe but that won't be happening anytime soon unfortunately.
Isn't Simcoe trademarked too?

I've always thought claiming proprietary rights to living things was BS. Same with outlawing living things.
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Got any suggestion where to get said hop plants...can you grow from seed?
One of the guys in the MontreAlers has Perle and Cascade plants. I'm hoping to steal a bit of his cascade rhizome in the spring. Ping me around then, and I can probably drop some in the mail for you (it's only overnight from here, probably, and no messy customs to worry about).

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