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Old 09-17-2013, 07:45 AM   #1
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In Burnaby B.C canada close to vancouver. I found some hops...lots i picked over 8lbs of them. basically I crammed as much as I could in my backpack. picked 2 evenings. drying them out right now.
anyone know the area, what they could be.
one thing I noticed, don't know if its ripeness or what, but the hops did smell a bit different form some plants to the next. a bit more citrus. over all about the same. (some plants i picked in burnaby where about .5 mile apart.
already made a wet hop beer with them.
picked at another location on the west side by the beach (20km). these were very good,made a red ale with them. different hops though, I almost think crystal.
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these were some big ones i found
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this vine actually broke the small dead tree it was growing on.
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had so much i threw this log of compressed hops in the freezer so it wouldn't spoil. made beer with it. all of it about 4 or so oz if dry. maybe more it was well over a pound.
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my apartment smells good right now. a lot of the hops shattered when I picked them. or in transport.
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this is kinda how it was all growing. right in with the blackberries. tough work

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Old 09-17-2013, 03:26 PM   #2
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That's cool

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I always keep looking around but I never saw any wild hops here in Maryland... Good job on all the hops! Let us know how your beer turned out!

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Old 09-18-2013, 03:36 AM   #4
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Wow!! That is a most excellent score. I would love to come across some wild hops.

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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...

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Hops and blackberries? Wow. Here in the midwest I can find posion ivy all over everything....not nearly so much fun.

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More wild hops! Awesome.

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Old 09-20-2013, 01:55 AM   #8
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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.
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A little late to the thread. I found some also in the Burnaby area. Near Marine and Kerr. I was never able to return to pick any more than the few I grabbed to check out.

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So the beer turned out good. Low IBUs though, as expected I guess. I'll probably end up keeping for aroma/dry hoping. No off flavors, just mild.

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