Spike Brewing 12.5 Conical Fermenter Giveaway - Enter Now!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Hops Trellis (photos)

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 04-13-2010, 03:42 AM   #1
schoolmaster
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Pa
Posts: 66
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default Hops Trellis (photos)

It is almost finished! I planted Williamette and Cascade rhizomes. All I have to do is attach the 16 foot 6x6 to the base and tilt it up. It is build like a tank, all 6x6 pressure treated lumber and stainless hardware when I could find it. Total height should be about 18 feet.
This design will allow me to raise or lower the lines for my hops as well as access the entire upper post should I ever need to do repairs or upgrades.

Base cemented. Just shy of 3 feet deep. I actually hit an old stone foundation so this is encased in 300 lbs of concrete poured next to 2 feet of solid stone on the one side.


Pivot point for 16 foot 6x6 post. The top post will pivot on this pole and there will be a bar below this that locks it in place.


16 foot 6x6 post.


Chain will go around post and cords for hops will attach to rings. It should be easy to add more vines in the future.


Raise and lower chain as needed. I'm trying I-bolts to guide the rope, if the chain gets snagged I'll replace it with conduit or pvc tubing. The Chain won't snag on that.


Anchor forms made out of re-bar, I-bolt and cardboard box. Use some wire to hold everything together and then fill with cement. When it dries just tear off the cardboard.


Finished anchor being installed


Hops mount with anchor


You could also do this with 4x4 posts, but anything worth doing is worth over-doing so I went with 6x6. Reduce the height of the top post and the price will come down too, I had to actually pay to have the 16 footer delivered, there was just no was to strap it to my Subaru. Simple stakes would work to anchor the cords, but I already had extra re-bar from the base and was mixing cement so made these.

I'll post more pics when I finish the install. I hope this weekend I'll be able to convince a few friends to help raise that massive 16 foot 6x6 post!

schoolmaster is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-13-2010, 09:40 AM   #2
lackey2000
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Denver
Posts: 120
Liked 6 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 7

Default

Damn! So when do we storm the castle? Looks like a grade "A" trebuchet build!

Seriously though, great work!

__________________
fermenting: Edwort's Apfelwein
kegged: soda h2o, Belgium Pale Ale
, SMaSH IPA, Nora Bear's Brown
killed: IPA 'lite', Kölsh
current setup: under review
lackey2000 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-13-2010, 11:26 AM   #3
pickles
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
pickles's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Columbus
Posts: 1,978
Liked 48 Times on 40 Posts
Likes Given: 23

Default

How closely are the two varieties of hops planted? Will they both climb that one post?

__________________
pickles is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-13-2010, 12:37 PM   #4
schoolmaster
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Pa
Posts: 66
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default



Here is a sketch that I made of the trellis, this should make things a little more clear. I hope to have some more pictures by this weekend, if I can get it finished.

If you do the math...A²+B²=C² on the triangle A=18' (height) B=10' (post to anchor) then the hops cord (C, the hypotonuse) would be just over 20 feet, not bad. If I go farther on the base distance the cord gets longer, but the "weight" seen my the anchors gets higher as the angle becomes sharper. Shouldn't be a problem with this stucture though.

Last edited by schoolmaster; 04-13-2010 at 05:15 PM.
schoolmaster is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-30-2010, 10:31 PM   #5
schoolmaster
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Pa
Posts: 66
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Update on the hops trellis. I got the main post in place, I just need to have a few friends come over to help tilt it up.





Hops just out of the ground.


Cheers!
Schoolmaster

schoolmaster is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-30-2010, 10:39 PM   #6
humann_brewing
More Humann than human
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
humann_brewing's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: the sun
Posts: 15,678
Liked 309 Times on 307 Posts
Likes Given: 18

Default

very nice, now grow, grow, grow!

__________________
humann_brewing is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-30-2010, 10:55 PM   #7
billc68
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Prince Edward Island
Posts: 412
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Wow, and I was going to just let mine crawl across my deck railing...

I assume (correct me if I am wrong) that the height was for commercial production and for small scale I believe I can still grow mine horizontally just as easily as vertical. I planted some Hallertauer and have some Northern Brewer on the way. I hope I can grow mine like this.

__________________
billc68 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-01-2010, 01:40 AM   #8
nebben
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Now legal in Utah
Posts: 1,188
Liked 11 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 10

Default

I've seen them grown on a Pergola, so yes: I believe that you can grow them horizontally with success too.

__________________
nebben is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-14-2010, 11:24 PM   #9
schoolmaster
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Pa
Posts: 66
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Update!!!!!







Hopefully in the next week or so I'll be able to start training the vine to the cord.

__________________
http://schoolmasterbrewing.blogspot.com/
schoolmaster is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 05-15-2010, 12:26 AM   #10
nicknoty
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: ct - usa
Posts: 80
Default

cool beans i did more of a grape thing with four post but this give me ideas of being able to build a real straight line style hop yard.


good growing man


side note: it looks like you have clay or rocky soil. mines sandy so it drains well but i have to fert it frequently.

__________________
nicknoty is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
hop trellis Dwain Hops Growing 3 06-13-2009 07:29 PM
Stessed about moving hops trellis!!!! msheraw DIY Projects 6 05-21-2009 09:31 AM
hops trellis nchomebrew Hops Growing 5 08-02-2008 01:05 PM
hops growing on a trellis ben the brewman Hops Growing 4 04-25-2008 01:40 AM
Transplanting Hops; New Trellis - Pics! Evan! Hops Growing 13 03-21-2008 01:29 PM