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nootay 07-27-2010 01:03 AM

are my hops ready to harvest? (pics)
I know everyone says they can tell by touch if their hops are ready. i have no idea what that touch feels like. Ive also read they feel papery. I dont really know what that would feel like. Some of the outter leaves feel a bit dry and flaked off when i cut these below. I can see the luplin. my point and shoot camera doesnt focus too great really close, but hopefully you can give me some insight as to weather or not my hops are ready to harvest.





LOL - and previewing the post, i see that this was taken on a parents magazine. We have a kid on the way if you cant tell!

nootay 07-27-2010 01:03 AM

ps - these are first year hops, not sure if that makes a difference or not

JOHN51277 07-27-2010 01:15 AM

They look like red Xs! I don;t think they are ready yet!!!

nootay 07-27-2010 01:16 AM

are the pictures not showing up for you? I can see them

JOHN51277 07-27-2010 01:46 AM

I cannot!

qkghost 07-27-2010 08:22 AM

I can see the pictures. Quite a bit of yellow lupulin glands there.

WAdamC 07-27-2010 09:01 AM

I can't see them.

ctheis 07-27-2010 11:57 AM

They look ready - can you smell them without breaking them open?

machinelf 07-27-2010 01:53 PM

Not seeing the pics either...

TimBrewz 07-27-2010 03:13 PM

Hard to tell from a pic, though the slightly browned outer bracts and bright yellow lupalin glands are a god sign. The "dry and springy" feeling is what I go by. It is just one of those things you have to learn from experience. As mentioned above, the aroma should also increase as they get more ready to harvest. My experience (3 years growing) is that waiting a bit longer is a good call: if you are not sure about the dry/papery/springy feeling then you might want to wait a week. Harvest too early and you have really grassy and weak hops. Good luck!

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