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Old 03-22-2013, 12:01 AM   #1
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Default Growing Hops in Ecuador

Hey guys, I live and brew in Ecuador and along with a few other brewers want to try growing some hops here but I need help picking the right kind.

Ecuador has some really intense climate and with Rain forests, 20,000ft peaks and beaches. We will probably try to grow in each of areas to see what works best.

So one location will be near Quito which is in the sierras at around 9000ft. Its a fairly mild climate (not to dry, not to wet) the temperature stays mostly between 60F-90F year round.

We might try a place a little lower down that is a bit warmer and has a lot more rain

and then we want to try to grow near the beach. The beach is pretty hot and humid year round but gets lots of moisture.

One of the main problems that I for see is the length of days here. Since Ecuador is located on the equator so year round daylight is about 12 hrs give or take a little bit. So we could potential grow year round but the daylight might be a problem because I know hops like about 16hrs of light.

Any suggestions guys? I figure Cascade, Red Hook, and Chinook were probably good starting places

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Old 03-22-2013, 01:17 AM   #2
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Can't help on the hops question, but really want to visit Ecuador. Sounds like a great place to retire and brew....

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Old 03-22-2013, 01:34 AM   #3
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Do! Its a fun place and although the craft brew scene is pretty small its starting to gain momentum. If you ever end up down this way drop me a line, I work in a hostel in Quito and could recommend places in other cities.

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Old 04-06-2013, 11:22 AM   #4
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Just joined...I am in Cuenca.I will ask my resident gardner.Drop in some time. Have you found any homebrew stores?

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Old 04-06-2013, 02:14 PM   #5
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The very little research I have done into hop growing would suggest that while you might possibly get the hop plants to grow if the temperature is in the range suggested for the plants, they won't flower without the longer hours of daylight. For this reason I have decided not to try and grow them here (I'm only slightly further from the equator than you are.)

But if you do decide to try, please keep us updated on your progress - I for one am interested...

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You can try using lights. I have heard of people living close to the equator using lights to create longer days for their plants and getting flowers because of it. It may be worth a shot!

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Old 04-07-2013, 03:26 AM   #7
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This may help you.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...2c&output=html

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Old 05-07-2013, 03:18 AM   #8
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I live in Ecuador too, and looking to grow my own hops as well, but live near the beach. Looking for land thought a little bit more in the mountains to have my own farm. I'm curious what you've found may work best here. Also, where do you buy your brew supplies or did you build everything yourself?

I've been to a few bars in Quito and Baños that had some pretty decent micro brews. It's good to know somehow it's possible!

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Old 05-07-2013, 06:29 AM   #9
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Sweet thanks guys.
As of yet im still working on getting the rhizoms down here so havnt been able to test to much yet but as for supplies im brewing on a 1bbl system that a guy made for us to brew beer for a hostel but it was fairly expensive and you can easily get large pots around that would be a fraction of the price. Try checking out mercado libre, ive seen a tower system on there made of 15 gallon kegs

For ingredients weve been trying to bring everything down our selves as we come and go to the states but the home brew club has a few things I think, its called seca or something like that

And next time im in Cuenca we can go grab a beer or something!

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Old 08-11-2013, 05:50 PM   #10
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Default Moving to Cuenca Ecuador soon

Great to see other home brewers in this part of the world. Is it hard to find grains, hops,yeast?
Also, I am going to try and pack enough ingredients for 2 batches in my suitcases when we fly down. Has anyone had any trouble getting this stuff through customs? thanks!

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