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Old 09-14-2012, 07:15 PM   #11
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WOW Stan! Great Job!!! They look great!!! I'll try to take some more photos this weekend. I can't get over how much they grow in one day!! Each of my plants have 4 - 6 bines. All look healthy and all are showing signs of new growth. Some are more troopers than others. I doubt ill get cones this year, but who knows. Like you said if we have a mild winter they may just keep on trucking. We get frost every one in a while in Spring Hill, I wonder how tollerant the bines are....

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Old 09-14-2012, 07:38 PM   #12
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I know what you mean by how fast they grow in one day. It's almost like you can see them growing before your eyes. We also get frost. I guess I'll see how they do this winter. Last winter was really mild compared to the two previous ones. I just got done picking some more. I got about an ounce and a half. Here's a couple of pics. I think the second one is what they use when they triple hop brew Milller Lite.



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Old 09-15-2012, 06:56 AM   #13
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Get some tape or twist ties and put it up measuring the length of the bines every week. It's pretty sweet, the day to day growth is definitely noticeable. But when you look at the week by week it's frickin incredible. Stan, did your hops have any body when you picked em? I feel like my best harvested cones were the ones that were almost yellow in color, and when squeezed had no resistance and stayed flat and compressed. Your plants look like their rockin out, let us know how the homegrown hopped beer turns out.

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Also never worry about a damaged bine.... If it gets cut or breaks the bine will send out two new shoots starting from the last leaf set it produced. I did this on purpose with some of the sidearm growth and it seems like it resulted in more cones. Might be worth the experiment to see if it really increases harvest or if it's just a Hoptical illusion.

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Old 09-15-2012, 11:40 AM   #15
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I'm not a hop expert, so I'm not sure what you mean by body. I've read and watched several articles and videos describing when hops should be ready, so I think the ones I picked were ready. I can definitely smell the fresh hop aroma. I drank my hydrometer sample last Saturday and you could really taste and smell the fresh hops. It was really good. Now, what it will taste like after fermenting and bottle conditioning is another thing. But hey, I made beer.

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Old 09-19-2012, 08:26 PM   #16
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When you squeeze it the cone shouldnt have any resistance or sponginess. It should stay flat without having to pinch the cone very hard. Sorry kinda late on the response.

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Old 09-20-2012, 01:20 AM   #17
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9 1/2 ounces of Rhode Island Cascade Hops! TO THE DRYER !
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9 1/2 ounces of Rhode Island Cascade Hops! TO THE DRYER !
Nice. Here's a good video I found explaining when your hops are ready to be picked.

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Nice!! How do they smell?

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I'm a little disappointed. My mom grew these in Rhode Island. First time. They were picked too early. Most were still spongy. I dried them and they smell like hops and cut grass. I'm afraid that that's what they'll taste like too

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