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Old 01-08-2011, 09:35 PM   #1
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i wanna start growing my own hops this summer, but im not sure what kind. i want to pick a type that i can use for bittering and finishing. so i can do SMaSH type beers and use only my own hops. any suggestions on what a good variety would be?

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Old 01-08-2011, 09:36 PM   #2
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Centennial
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Old 01-08-2011, 09:38 PM   #3
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sweet thanks. any of those easier to grow than others? or more likely to do well in coastal southcarolina?

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Love Centennial, aphids destroyed my crop this year.
Simcoe is not going to be something you can buy in plant form.
Cascade is a great hop and the most prolific of the few that I have grown.

Hopefully some SC area brewers will let you know what grows best for them.

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I am in a similar but different situation. I'm not too far (NC near Durham) and have grown Cascade, Sterling, Northern Brewer, Magnum and Nugget. In the end the Cascade and Nugget are the only two to thrive and produce in usable quantity. I'm looking for a suggestion for another variety or two that is known to do well in the southeast and hopefully something to offer some diversity from the Cascades that are burying me.

So, Rycov you may find that the hops you want to brew with do not grow well in your area. I don't think I have found anyone that has not done well with Cascade so I'd say that's a safe bet.

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Mt Hood might do well

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anyone ever grow Hallertau Hops??

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I've got a Tettnang going, which i would assume is similar to Hallertau. It doesn't do as well as my Nugget, but it's 2nd year was viable enough to give me a yield to use in many batches.

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i wanna start growing my own hops this summer, but im not sure what kind. i want to pick a type that i can use for bittering and finishing. so i can do SMaSH type beers and use only my own hops. any suggestions on what a good variety would be?
I would pick varieties of which you'd use often. For example, in looking at my past batches, i lean towards the German and English beers, so chose two of my three as Tettnang and Willamette.
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I picked Cascade as it is a decent all around hop for both bitter and aroma...got them growing all over the yard here in MA and can't kill 'em!!!

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