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Old 10-05-2012, 07:26 PM   #91
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I picked mine at different times from green to yellowish and slightly brown to brown to see when they were "ready"..... And I get a grassy aroma from them no matter what. The Cascade smell is there, but still grassy too. I'm thinking one way not to worry about the grassiness to em is to use em in a Brett beer. I feel like grassy and barnyard would go together. That or pair em with a hop that's piney. I'm also debating using them as mash hops for some sort of sour. I feel like its kind of a waste of homegrown aroma hops, but it's better then a grass IPA.

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Old 10-31-2012, 07:19 PM   #92
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KeyWest, have you tried brewing with your hops yet? If so, how did it turn out?

I live even further south and might try them here just for grins.

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Old 10-31-2012, 08:46 PM   #93
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I haven't yet but plan to soon. I had some trouble figuring out when to pick them so unfortunately most of the yield smells grassy. I figure I'll use them to mash hop some Berliners or Lambics and harvest at the right time next year for better flavoring/aroma hops. Definitely give growing em a try... Hops have got to be one of the easiest and hardy plants I've ever grown.

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Old 11-01-2012, 11:50 AM   #94
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What are your plants doing now? My magnum is about 15 feet while fuggles is still fighting what ever is eating its leaves. That one is only 2 to 3 feet. No side arms, no burs. Not much of any other action other then just getting bigger.

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Old 11-01-2012, 12:46 PM   #95
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Mine is starting to slowly die back to the crown. Is your magnum putting out buds yet? At that length I know mine started coning off the main bines and putting out sidearms with burs. Is your fuggle getting good nutes and what are you using to keep the bugs away?

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No ,no buds yet. Growing has slowed way down....have the shoot going horizontally cause I reached the top of the screen frame.

Fuggles is growing.g in the same soil make up ad mags....I think some of the bines got broken ( kids?) And the plant had to regroup every time. The pls.t give 2 new shoots for every break. That's a lot of rework for the plant. I don't think fug likes as much water as mag either. Cutting back.for fug seems to be helping.

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No ,no buds yet. Growing has slowed way down....have the shoot going horizontally cause I reached the top of the screen frame.

Fuggles is growing.g in the same soil make up ad mags....I think some of the bines got broken ( kids?) And the plant had to regroup every time. The pls.t give 2 new shoots for every break. That's a lot of rework for the plant. I don't think fug likes as much water as mag either. Cutting back.for fug seems to be helping.
That's actually something I want to experiment with next year. If I can cut the tips before they cone and get bigger yields out of less bines. Be sure to update if you start getting burs and cones.
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Nice. The heat didn't kill them? I want to start growing as well but the heat kills all my veggies that I try. I am attempting winter veggy growing right now.

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Nice. The heat didn't kill them? I want to start growing as well but the heat kills all my veggies that I try. I am attempting winter veggy growing right now.
Hey man I deleted my messages in my inbox and couldn't remember your user name to get ahold of you!!! How you been?? The hops grew just fine, yielded a whole gallon bag full of cones. They stopped coning now but a still have 2 bines hanging out till whenever they die back. As for the veggies, this is usually the best time to grow em down here if you can get em enough sun.

I'm president of the Homebrew club now you gotta try and make it by a meeting if you ever get a chance. And I got some IPAs and other stuff I'd love to shoot your way if we can work out a beer swap or something. Good to hear from you!!
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Old 12-14-2012, 03:27 AM   #100
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I am in Key Largo, you guys are too far away!

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