How can I identify what type of hops I have?
I moved recently. Last week, my wife discovered little plants growing in the garden, which she could not identify. We decided to let them keep going for a few more weeks to see what they were, since they were in a line. At this point, they look like young hop shoots. Hooray!
Now, the problem, how do I find out what type of hops these are? And is there any at-home method for calculating alpha acids?
Also, if a friend gives me picked hops, how do I figure out what they are? He doesn't know, he just bought "hop rhizomes" because he thought that was cool.