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Old 05-26-2009, 10:03 PM   #1
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Default Anybody ever heard of "Golden Hops" Humulus lupulus Aureus?

A local garden/farm center is selling something called Golden hops(not golding). Can these be used to brew? Cant find much info with my Google-fu.

Also is there any way to tell male/female plants other then flowers? These ones havent developed any yet and I want to make sure they are useable.

Otherwise the price is right and I dont have to special order. They also carry a variety just called "Common hops" which, from what I understand, are just a darker variety of the Golden hops.

Any advice would be appreciated

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Old 05-26-2009, 10:56 PM   #2
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According to List of hop varieties by country of origin - Home Brewing Wiki there is a Golden Star variety from Japan.

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Old 05-26-2009, 11:02 PM   #3
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The gold could be sunbeam. Common hops may be Ornamental hops.

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Old 05-26-2009, 11:25 PM   #4
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I'd bet on it being Sunbeam or Sunshine. They are sold more as ornamentals than as brewing hops. There is also a Blanca, but it's very difficult to grow outside.

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Old 05-27-2009, 04:51 AM   #5
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Its definitely not the humulus japonicus, The species name is humulus lupulus Aureus, a few fellows on Reddit said it is most likely some kind of wild-ish hop, and should taste something like fuggles.

The Sunbeam variety looks pretty close though, would it be any good for brewing anyway? at least for dry hopping?

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Old 05-27-2009, 05:20 AM   #6
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make a weak tea from the cones when they ripen is the only way to find out if they are good or not.

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Sunbeam is like Saazer. I haven't gotten enough off of mine to brew with, the bines have always burned in full sun. I'm hoping that moving it into the shade will improve the growth.

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Recieved confirmation that it is indeed Sunbeam. Gonna buy a couple and try them out. Thanks all

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Did you ever try those out? I picked about a lb from a friend's bine last Summer and have not used them yet. I did pack ,vacuum and freeze them.

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I picked some (at least I'm told they were "golden" - wasn't aware until now that was a real variety) from a friend's bine last year as well. I dry hopped with them, because I had no idea what to expect for bittering. Didn't get much aroma - maybe because I didn't use enough, or didn't leave the beer on them long enough...not sure. This year, I'll probably pick them again and try them as a flavor addition.

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