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Old 03-10-2010, 11:07 PM   #1
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Default Room for 1 more... what do I plant??

So last year I planted 4 varieties of Hops:

Nugget
Cascade
Willamette
Hallertau


In my infinite wisdom and excitement in planting them, I forgot to write down which one was where. One of them didn't make it and I don't know which one. So I want to replace it with another but I'm looking for feedback as to what's a good versatile hop or nice compliment to what I have already.

I think either the Cascade or Willamette were the casualty of last year.

I was thinking about planting a Magnum or something with high alpha's. But I'm on the proverbial fence.

Also, come harvest season is there a good chance of identifying the unknowns based on cones / leaves?

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Old 03-10-2010, 11:20 PM   #2
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Also, come harvest season is there a good chance of identifying the unknowns based on cones / leaves?
I've heard this is quite difficult to determine differences based on cones and leaves. You could just make a few small SMaSH brews, and determine which is which based on bitterness/taste/aroma? If you can't tell the difference on the SMaSH brews, then does it really matter which is which?
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I do have an Oregon state college Agriculture center near my house... wonder if they would have any luck with it.

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It's rather unlikely that the Cascade died. Of those four, the Hallertau is the most difficult to grow, but every garden is different.

Magnum is a good choice. It's high alpha, but it's real name is Hallertau Magnum and the aroma is in the family.

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Newport and Magnum are both good choices.

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