Originally Posted by TommyBoy44060
IMO It's a good idea to only grow hops that you are using for flavor and aroma. Buy the hops that you will use for bittering so you can get an accurate alpha %.
This might not be that important for many here but if you have a batch that you continuously make or are making a clone your Alpha % is only going to be a guesstimate since this will vary year to year.
If the accuracy of your bitterness is not that important then grow every species you can get your hands on.
What are your personal suggestions for hops?
Nothing is set in stone, and I have more than enough space. So I am totally open to suggestions!!
I was honestly considering Saaz and Hallertauer, or maybe liberty as I am told it is a hallertauer hybrid? These are the hops I usually select for my brews.
The reason for selecting high yield hops, was because I am not sure how low of a yield saaz or hallertauer will give me.
Plus if this hop shortage is as serious as everyone says, then I would like to help out in any way I can.. by growing bulk amounts to help out any brew shops out there. I think any little amount can help out, you know.
As for the grains in my pictures, I did not use all those grains lol. As well, the grains I did not crush because I could not find my little milling tool. I'm off at college and boxed a lot of my things up before I moved. I stopped by my father's house one night on a sort of whim because I knew they needed some help brewing, so I did it basically last minute. And not finding all my equipment (Wherever I put it all) wasn't going to stop me to be honest (I live pretty far away).
The beer turned out pretty great still, but would have been even more AWESOME had I been able to put the grains to better use. It's just one setback in a long line of great brews I have done in the past. Live and learn, but it wasn't a major catastrophe.