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Old 07-27-2010, 05:11 PM   #11
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I got the pictures working for sure now. I think ill let them go another week and give them the "dry and springy" test.

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Old 07-27-2010, 07:58 PM   #12
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I got the pictures working for sure now. I think ill let them go another week and give them the "dry and springy" test.
Well I could see the pics...now I cant...
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:03 PM   #13
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I see em. They still look like they need a little more time. Do they feel a little papery or do they still feel like fresh green plant?

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Old 07-28-2010, 12:55 AM   #14
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they are starting to feel papery. i dont get any hop aroma from them unless i squish them. ill let them go another week.

on a side note, the damn spider mites are back with a fury!! i swear ive had a garden for years and have never had issues like this before!

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Old 07-28-2010, 01:21 AM   #15
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I too have some first year hops that look a lot like yours. I have the same questions. IS there anything wrong with letting them go too long?

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Old 07-28-2010, 12:21 PM   #16
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i think too early is worse than too late, but im not positive. ive heard of grassy flavors from picking to early, but havent heard much about picking late

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Old 07-28-2010, 03:57 PM   #17
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Someone will have to correct me if I'm wrong but I thought the grassy flavours from fresh hops comes out if you dry hop - but if you use them for boil hoppiness, the grassiness isn't noticeable (??). I know breweries use fresh hops all the time (harvest ales) and they are quite good.

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Old 07-29-2010, 07:19 PM   #18
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Someone will have to correct me if I'm wrong but I thought the grassy flavours from fresh hops comes out if you dry hop - but if you use them for boil hoppiness, the grassiness isn't noticeable (??). I know breweries use fresh hops all the time (harvest ales) and they are quite good.
We are not debating the use of fresh hops, but whether the hops are "ripe" enough to be used at all. What happens if you bite into a unripe plum? Sour city. Hops are the same way - they need to grow to maturity on the vine just like anything else.
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they are starting to feel papery. i dont get any hop aroma from them unless i squish them. ill let them go another week.

on a side note, the damn spider mites are back with a fury!! i swear ive had a garden for years and have never had issues like this before!
The spider mites are back here as well with a fury. The recent rains have done more to help than anything else. I have used everything but the big pesticides. I am hitting them with H2o2 (6%) and harvesting as fast as I can. I know there will be many that arnt ready...but I dont see that there are many other choices. Next year I will be using Zeal

Just a single application per season and its regestered for hops.
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Well, if you gotta save em, you gotta save em! Spider mites suck - I have had them too.

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