Originally Posted by Homercidal
They may be some good brewers hops, or the much less desirable ornamental variety. Brew up a batch and see how they taste and smell! You may want to use a bittering hop with a known alpha acid content, though. Using these wild hops for bittering might be kind of iffy...
Eh, i never understood the fear of using home grown hops for bittering.
Make a 1 Gallon SMASH with your hops and some extra light DME or pils malt for like $5 in ingredients most of the cost coming from yeast, make a recipe to what you'd consider a good bitterness say 60/70 IBU, and see how it turns out If its way too bitter you know you have a high AA, if it tastes like water you have a low AA crop.
Sure you wont be exact, but honestly none of our recipes are anyways, IBU's are just a formula some dude made up.