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Old 03-31-2010, 11:47 PM   #1
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Default Is it possible to homegrow Irish moss? also, how to identify my Hops?

Hello there, I've got a couple of questions here:

1) Recently a friend of mine gave me a few hop seeds, I'm planning on planting them and using them for my homebrew recipes, however he doesn't know what kind of hops this are, is there some way to identify my hops once they've grown? I'd really like to know if I'll be using Saaz, Goldings or something else


2)He also gave me a few irish moss seeds, is it possible to grow this seeds and use this irish moss for my beer or should It have to be processed?

Thank you very much in advance!

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Old 03-31-2010, 11:55 PM   #2
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i didn't know you could buy Irish Moss seeds. Irish moss is a seaweed. so you would need to grow them in a salt water fish tank. which from what i hear is a pain for the novice to keep the salt content right.

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Old 04-01-2010, 12:16 AM   #3
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oh, I see, so the one used for homebrewing is a seaweed (Chondrus crispus), the seeds I got are from a lawn weed also known as irish moss (Sagina subulata) so... useless for beer too bad they are called the same.

What about hops? is there some way to find out what kind of hops am I gonna be growing?

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Growing hops from seeds might not work for you. You need a female plant (only), to produce hop cones. Not only would you not know the variety, but you wouldn't know if the resulting plants would be male or female.

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Growing hops from seeds might not work for you. You need a female plant (only), to produce hop cones. Not only would you not know the variety, but you wouldn't know if the resulting plants would be male or female.
depending on how many seeds you have there is a 50/50 chance they will be female. i'm sure some will give you the cones you want.
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depending on how many seeds you have there is a 50/50 chance they will be female. i'm sure some will give you the cones you want.

But.....you don't want ANY male plants. If the female plant becomes polinated, the hop cones won't form correctly, but will instead produce seed. That would ruin the hops for brewing.

The only way to know which is which would be to grow them. Then cull the male plants.
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Your gonna waste a lot of time when you could just buy rhizomes for reasonably cheap and be sure of what your getting. Just my opinion though, good luck hope ya get lucky and grow all female plants

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Hops do not breed true. Growing hops from seed is a waste of time, unless you are willing to take a 1:1000 chance of getting something worthwhile.

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If the hop seeds came from a lawn place like the irish moss seeds, then they're probably from ornamental hops people grow to make wreaths with rather than a variety of brewing hops.

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Wow, thanks a lot for your insight guys, unfortunately they dont mail rhizomes to my area, so I was "hoping" to be able to be able to grow them from seeds, but I think ChshreCat may be right and this could be ornamental hops too bad

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