Originally Posted by WaffleDroppings
I moved into a house with hops growing in the back yard. My house mates don't know much about them. How can I tell when they are ready to harvest?
skip to 2:50 (warning: the guys is kinda dorky, but he knows his stuff).
indicators that hops are ready to be harvested: they feel dry and "paper-y", they spring back when you squish them lightly, they make a crunchy/paper-y/crinkly sound when squished, they are a dark green, and the tips of the cones have started to turn brown. hops at the top of the bine will mature earlier than the lower cones.