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Old 07-31-2010, 02:09 AM   #21
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how much is zeal and where can i find it? definitely looks like a worth product

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Old 08-03-2010, 12:24 AM   #22
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well a quick update on my hops. I definitely know what the papery feel is like now! today i checked them and can definitely tell a difference in how they feel. They also have a very faint hop aroma. I plan on harvesting/drying tomorrow!

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So what is the harm in letting them stay on the bine for 'too' long?

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Old 08-17-2010, 04:59 PM   #24
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So what is the harm in letting them stay on the bine for 'too' long?
The lupulin will start drying and will easily fall from the cone or be dislodged during harvest (and the cones may disintegrate to a pile of leaves as well if left well beyond).
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:43 AM   #25
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I clipped the following 3 cones form my plants this past weekend. The first is a brown dried up cone. The 2nd is very green, but when I pinch it, it only slowly returns to some shape... The 3rd is lighter green, and when pinched crunches like crepe paper and pops back to full size.

I take it the 3rd one is the type I am looking for for harvest, yeah?

Also, I see some new burrs strarting even this late in the season. I've heard some growers can harvest multiple times in a season.. However, I assume the big guys just cut down the entire bine and harvest once. When I harvest my papery dry cones, should I only snip those, or should I cut all the cones at that time?

Thanks all, this has been a fun growing season! Thanks for sharing!
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I take it the 3rd one is the type I am looking for for harvest, yeah?
Bingo. In fact, that 3rd one may be a little OVER ready if the lupulin comes flying out. You want enough moisture that it is still sticky and retained in the cone through some mild handling.

And multiple harvests occur if you have bines that are trained at different times or if you perform an earlier harvest. You can pick what is ready and leave the rest and hope they have time to mature. Won't hurt anything. Farms cut down the bines, twine and all, so you are correct they have just one big harvest and no secondary harvests.
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