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Old 09-19-2010, 07:28 PM   #1
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Hi,

Moving into a new house I have discovered a huge amount of hops growing on my fence. Around 15 meters long hedge with hops all the way through.

Can anyone identify the plant please before I start brewing with it?

Thanks for any help! - UK based.



http://1aardvark.co.uk/images/hop1.jpg
http://1aardvark.co.uk/images/hop2.jpg
http://1aardvark.co.uk/images/hop3.jpg

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Old 09-19-2010, 10:17 PM   #2
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Please resize the pictures. Not everyone has a gigabit connection.

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Old 09-19-2010, 10:53 PM   #3
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http://yfrog.com/c8hop3j
http://yfrog.com/bhhop2j
http://yfrog.com/n7hop1j

Done it fur ya. Cause I'm bored, nice find.

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Old 09-20-2010, 08:03 AM   #4
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Thanks for the resize.... any clues? I got loads of them!

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How long are the sidearms?

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Old 09-20-2010, 04:40 PM   #6
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I don't know what you mean by sidearms... but the plant runs right through a hedge and the whole plant is intertwined along it

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Old 09-20-2010, 06:17 PM   #7
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Sidearms would be like branches coming off the main trunk. If this were growing up a traditional piece of twine in a conventional manner, you would have 2 to 5 main bines (trunk) growing up the twine and a sidearms (branches) coming off every foot or so depending on the variety. If this is intertwined in a hedge, you may have a hard time picking out the sidearems from the main bine.

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Old 09-20-2010, 08:00 PM   #8
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I would consider myself fortunate to have so many mature plants. Even if you can't figure out what variety these are, BREW, BREW, BREW. Congratulation.

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I think that I can help you. If you send me a sample of your hops after you dry and vac. seal them I will brew a few beers with them and be able to make a better detirmination of what you have. For this study I will require around 8 oz. of dried hops.

Seriously, firguring out hop variety is very very hard from pictures alone. It looks like you have a very bountiful crop at your new place. Hopefully they are a usable variety. Most of the wild plants that I find around my area aren't. When I find a new plant I harvest as much as I can, dry, and brew with them. I make a smash (single malt and single hop) with eight-ten pounds of base grain and four additions of the unknown hop. I use a neutral yeast and ferment in the low 60's(F). This has worked wonderfully for me. I've found one plant that I'll use again, and two others that I'll just marvel at as they grown throughout the summer. But I've drank every beer that I've made with them, so it's a win-win.

The other not so fun method would be to take some to a local commercial brewer. He/she may be able to help you out. Hope my advice helps!

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This one has pics: http://www.yakimachief.com/hopvariet...ivarieties.pdf

This one doesn't: http://www.murphyandson.co.uk/Brewin...cs.htm#english

Good Luck,

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