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Old 02-07-2008, 08:17 PM   #331
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I know it's not a great price, but like someone mentioned earlier in this thread, morebeer.com has cascade whole leaf back in stock at $16.80/lb (4oz * $4.20). I bought a few other hops and a new manifold to get free shipping. I got a total of 28 oz for $36.80, so $1.31/oz which is about as good of a price as I've seen lately.

Sure makes me wish I bought a couple lbs when my LHBS was selling stuff for $11/lb, but back then I was buying kits and didn't need to buy hops on their own.

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Old 02-07-2008, 08:44 PM   #332
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I talked to Dave at Fresh Hops yesterday. He was out cutting rhizomes. Looks like everyone is expecting a run on rhizomes with all the "grow your own" talk going on.

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Old 02-07-2008, 09:08 PM   #333
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I talked to Dave at Fresh Hops yesterday. He was out cutting rhizomes. Looks like everyone is expecting a run on rhizomes with all the "grow your own" talk going on.
It will be interesting to see what kind of beer people produce with home grown hops. I for one know little to nothing about growing them, but even I have a pre-order in at Midwest.
I predict a "how to grow hops" stickey before the spring really takes off. Freshops.com has a bit of a growing guide available. Just got to interpret all the gardening mumbo jumbo into a "beer drinking" level of instruction. SO as long as were on the topic... what does everyone plan on planting this year?

I'm planting cascade, fuggles, williamette, golding, Northern Brewer, and sterling.
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Old 02-07-2008, 09:26 PM   #334
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Stocked up on everything last fall, but for various reasons i have not been brewing since last August.

So with a freezer full of hops and the "hop shortage" not really affecting prices and availability greatly over here i just threw 1.5 oz of hops in my secondary, so my 5 gal of IPA will have taken 6 oz all in all.

Then i come online to look at what my HBS have to offer on malt these days. I have not bought malt for 7-8 months as i buy my base malts in 50# sacks and really stock up on the special malts from time to time.

Now all the Weiermann malts cost 180-200% of what i paid last time

Well, only option now is to pay up, or start using corn or rice to stretch the malts

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Yes, over here in northern europe the effects of the "hop shortage" seems allmost non-existent. I'm not really that concerned about the hop or malt prices because the way I see it the time and effort I put into brewing my 5 gl batches grossy outweighs the cost of the grains and hops.

I run my own buissness and I could easilly work 24/7. From time to time I choose to take (half) a day off, relax and brew (or doing something else I feel like doing).

When adding the lost income into the equation it probably approaches 20 bucks a beer so high hop prices isn't really a concern when you look at it that way...

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Old 02-07-2008, 09:51 PM   #335
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I'm planning for Summit dwarf, also maybe some Sunbeam (albino, likes shade) and I definitely am thinking about either a Cascade or a Fuggle/Golding/something.

I'm still debating if this will work, though, because I'm on a major arterial street, so it's fairly bright outside, even at night. I'm worried it's bright enough that they won't flower.

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Old 02-08-2008, 01:18 AM   #336
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I talked to Dave at Fresh Hops yesterday. He was out cutting rhizomes. Looks like everyone is expecting a run on rhizomes with all the "grow your own" talk going on.

Do you know which types they are going to sell?
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:32 AM   #337
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I put my pre-order in yesterday for cascade, nugget and williamette at northern brewer. If I have room, I still may go for a golding variety, but I'm "borrowing" my parents backyard for the season since apartments don't have yards, so we'll see.

I have heard that AA's are greatly affected by climate, so does anyone have any ideas on how to test the levels in our homegrown hops since we sre growing them in a wide range of climates?

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I'm still debating if this will work, though, because I'm on a major arterial street, so it's fairly bright outside, even at night. I'm worried it's bright enough that they won't flower.
Even if you have a lot of ambient light, it probably won't affect them too much, and you can also bump up the phosphurus levels with fertilizers (prefreably organic, tastes and smells better) to force flower them.

Have you ever seen the pumpkins from Alaska, they are huge due to the longer duration of light they recieve but have obviously flowered because they have produced a fruit/seed. Of course long duration of low light levels could cause some serious stretching and may result in a weak spindly plant with a very small yield.

I say try it, rhizomes aren't that expensive and you could get a few pounds of great homegrown hops off of them. And if your a hop head like me, it's your chance to brew a wet hopped IPA like I will definatley be doing.
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Do you know which types they are going to sell?
Sorry no. My guess is it will be a pretty broad selection. Dave was busy taking my order for some summit hops and dealing with a Fed Ex truck that had just showed up so not much time to chit-chat.
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I just placed an order with these guys for hop rhizomes.
I orded
2 Cascade
2 Centennial
1 Fuggle
1 Perle
1 Hallertauer
1 Mt-Hood
1 Northern Brewer
1 Willamette

I don't remeber hearing anything about these people on here so I may have just pissed away $50. But I just I will find out in the next 8 weeks.

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