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Old 07-28-2008, 06:42 PM   #11
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I too have a Male plant received from Freshops and I have no objection with sorting it out with them and continuing to recommend them to potential growers. Sometimes this just happens as I have come to understand.

I am trying to determine if there are any environmental conditions that favor a specific gender and if it posible to force a Gender change but, I seriously doubt it's possible.

I consider my Chinook to be a loss but, have chosen to allow it to live as I have someone interested in the plant and I am going to donate it. So, I'll keep it alive and pull it out when it goes dormant.

During a recent harvest, I doscovered two otehr plants that exhibit hermaphrodite qualitites and have stareted some e-mail correspondence with growers to find out if it's possible to force the male persuasion out of the plant. Again, something I suspect is not possible.

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Old 07-28-2008, 08:22 PM   #12
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If the Female hops get seeds wont the alpha acid be effected or lowered or am I thinking of "Sinsemilla"

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If the Female hops get seeds wont the alpha acid be effected or lowered or am I thinking of "Sinsemilla"
There are debates about fatty acids and tannions from the seed spoiling beer but, nothing has been prven scientifically. As for Alpha's they aren't effected. The main burden is in quantifying seed weight when measuring them out.
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:33 PM   #14
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I have no experience with hops but in another life had a good deal of experience with its cousin. At the least seed in the boil would produce off flavors as well as throwing off the weight of usable material and lower the aa. Valuable energy would be diverted to seed production instead of growth and maturity of the cone. As for sex change it is possible but difficult without controlled lighting and only when the plant is young. Rip that plant out before it flowers more.
I definitely subscribe to the fatty acid and tannin theory after trying to refine seed. there was a large clump of fat left after refinement.

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