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Old 09-18-2008, 12:16 AM   #1
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Default My first year haul!

I am pretty happy.



That's 3 oz. of Centennial (from one plant)

9 oz. of Cascade (also one plant)

and 10 oz. of wild/feral hops 2 plants that a friend gave me a cutting of last spring.

I estimate I would have had at least 12 oz. of Cascade if the little boogers hadn't gotten 'em first (aphids and sooty mold) and probably the same of the wild/feral ones. Those I just stopped picking do to the fact that i was tired and thought... hmmmm, there is a chance these won't be very good anyway...

I am going on a hunch that they may be cluster as that was a common one at one time. Also they match the aroma category sort of so far. "Catty" I believe is the descriptor I read. Cousin-ey is more apropos I think...

Well see.

Anyway just excited and thought I would share. Time to get some brews going!

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Old 09-18-2008, 01:02 AM   #2
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I would look into a vacuum sealer for long term storage. Nice haul by the way.

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Old 09-18-2008, 01:32 AM   #3
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Good Job!!! Now make something with lots of hops!!!

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Old 09-18-2008, 06:11 AM   #4
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I would look into a vacuum sealer for long term storage. Nice haul by the way.
Those are vacuum sealed actually.

Pulled 'em out of the freezer to take the pic. The quart size bags are then placed in a gallon size freezer bag. Thinking about blasting the gallon with CO2 as well for extra protection.
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1 oz looks so big

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It's a great feeling isn't it?

I was able to harvest 3.5 pounds total yield this year from 9 plants. It's a lot of work but, now I have more hops than I know what to do with. Keeping them nice and cozy at 28*F so, they should store well with very little losses.

If you ever find yourself near one, look into a Tuesday Morning retail store. I found myself a Food Saver in one of those for $50.00. I started out with the Handi Vac too and the FoodSaver does a much, much better job.

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Dammit, man!

How big was your rhizome to start? I planted two rhizomes that both looked like dead 5 inch twigs when I got them.

The centennial shot up two strong vines which each grew about 11 feet each. Out of all this, I only got 20 cones. (No not ounces, CONES!). My cascade did not do anything for the longest time, finally I got one small vine (which I weed whacked once because I didn't see it) that grew about 4 feet. No cones.

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Old 09-19-2008, 02:29 AM   #8
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i just vacuum sealed mine tonight.
out of 2 cascade and 2 hallertau plants i got 3.2 ounces cascade and 5.1 ounces hallertau.
they are first year plants so i am really hopeful for next year

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WOW!

I'll be lucky (REAL lucky!) to get 1/4 oz dried from my first year Sterling. "EK" Goldings grew, but nary a cone produced.

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