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Old 08-30-2010, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default 3rd year harvest!

My 3rd year hops did very well. I got about 6 lbs wet or so from 3 Cascade plants. I think they could have been better if the 3 plants didn't all grow up in a tangled mess at the top. I will have to separate them next year so they don't shade each other to much.

Now they are drying on window screens laid across the top of my utility trailer in the garage with a box fan blowing into the back of the trailer.

So what should I get for weight of dry hops? Like something under 2 lbs?

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Old 08-30-2010, 07:44 PM   #2
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That's a nice harvest. I have the same tangled mess at the top. I can get up there with my bucket truck and might see if I can borrow a hedge trimmer to cut along the cable? Picking thursday...a little late...lots of browing but they smell great and some huge cones!

IIRC, last year we had about a 1:4 dry to wet weight.

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I went and picked some fresh Chinook and Cascades yesterday and was told I would lose roughly 40% of the weight once they dry

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My cascades made BY FAR the biggest top "plume" of all my varieties. I got 3 lbs wet off one 3rd year plant that I limited at about 13.5 ft. It would have easily gone 20 ft if I would have had the setup for it (all mine this year would have, what a great growing season)...

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I went and picked some fresh Chinook and Cascades yesterday and was told I would lose roughly 40% of the weight once they dry
If picked at the right time the weight difference should be between 5:1 or 6:1 wet weight to dry. That is roughly 16-20% of original wet weight.
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Old 08-31-2010, 01:54 AM   #6
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Good timing Homer I took my three cascades down tonight with a similar harvest. Six lbs. wet should be around a lb. dry, give or take. My plants were severely neglected this year as I left them at the old house with only a visit or two a week. I listened to the Whitecaps for an hour and a half while I picked on the ladder.

Agreed on great season Randar. We needed water here after early July which I wasn't around to provide. Cones were on the whole smaller and not quite as aromatic. I feel like a deadbeat father. Should be remedied next year when I go full power pole trellis and real soil. Now to find the poles...............

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Yeah, not a bad harvest I'd say. The only problem I had was that the large clump on top shaded some and I had a lot of smaller cones up there on the inside.

I watered mine pretty much every other day with a soaker hose for like 45 minutes, unless it rained.

1 + something pounds is pretty good for me. I still have some of last years, so I think I'll be ok. It's more for the fun of growing than anything. Although I did mention to the wife that I am thinking about planting some other variety under the telephone pole by the shed. Lots of sun, and the only thing on the pole now is the cable TV, which we don't use anyway. Plenty of height! But it will take a few years to get production. And I hear some other varieties don't grow as well as Cascade. I'd like to try some Saaz, or EKG maybe. I have plenty of yard, so I *could* set up a few plants here and there.

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My cascades hops are now dry, and I'll be packaging them today. I didn't weigh them wet, but there were 2 1/2 five gallon buckets that we picked.

We had a great year for hops- lots of sun and lots of rain. I'm not even bothering to pick my hallertauer hops- there are tons of them but I never use them and picking them is a lot of work!

My first year chinooks did very well, and Bob is picking the cones today. I'll probably end up with an ounce or two of chinooks.

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I'm not even bothering to pick my hallertauer hops- there are tons of them but I never use them and picking them is a lot of work! .
Maybe post to a local brewers club and see if they will come out and pick a bunch - hate to see something go to waste ...I definitely would if I lived anywhere close to you!
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+1 Yoop if you were my neighbor I'd definately come clean out your Hallertau. Mine don't do so well here. I had high hopes with all the wheats I like to make but they just don't seem to want to grow. Maybe next year when I move them to the new house.

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