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Old 07-26-2008, 04:08 AM   #11
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That picture of "hops ready to pick" looks exactly like my cascade cones right now, and they are still a couple of weeks out. There ain't a brown leaf tip in that picture. Only brown hairs from the "burr" or "spur" stage. I will post up pictures of what they look like when I harvest, but you definately need to let them brown a bit on the bine. Today was the first day I smelled a slight hint of aroma, and it soon gets so strong it's overpowering....no....sexual to smell

Every zone is different, as is every variety. The cascade cones that I grow in southern lower MI get papery feeling and smell like a north Florida fruit farm in about two weeks or so. I know because I've had the plant for five years, and this will be the first that I actually harvest the thing. I'm re-born as a brewer this year, but have watched this plant every year.

I can't speak for any other variety, but hopefully I'll be able to comment on centennial, mt. hood, and hallertau next year.

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Old 07-26-2008, 04:38 AM   #12
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Yea it was the best I could find...You would want the tips of the cone leaves to be a little more on the brown side...if you look closely you will see they are turning slightly off color and in another week would be brown at the tips..from what I have been reading if you let them brown too much they will give you an "off" flavor.

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Old 07-26-2008, 08:24 PM   #13
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Well, mine have brown tips and some have mostly brown tips. But they have no odor and relatively little luplin... It is year one, though...

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Old 07-27-2008, 04:48 AM   #14
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wahtcha growin'? Most varieties aren't as aromatic before drying as the cascade variety. Take some pictures and I'll give advice (for what it's worth).

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