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Kmcogar 06-20-2012 06:49 PM

Someone offered me free male hops
 
Some guy offered me free male hops from his vineyard. Are these good? I mean do these work?

I feel like this is a cheap way for him to get people to clear out his bad hops.

Any info?

GrimyHoboSack 06-20-2012 07:51 PM

Pretty sure they are useless for brewing, unless you want to undertake a DIY hop breeding program

odinsgift 06-21-2012 04:52 AM

I would like them depending on the breed.

Kmcogar 06-21-2012 01:36 PM

Nugget

odinsgift 06-21-2012 02:08 PM

Where are you located?

BradleyBrew 06-21-2012 02:18 PM

yep they are useless (in brewing terms).... you could use them as ornamental decorations. If you just wanted to cover a fence, wall, arbor, etc.

onthekeg 06-21-2012 02:19 PM

Male hops won't have any cones.

TomSegonWaboomskraal 06-21-2012 05:50 PM

Male plants will also pollinate your female plants cones, making the cone have seed and also tending to shatter during harvest

ThreeDogsNE 06-21-2012 09:12 PM

I thought I read somewhere that cultivation of male hops was controlled. Is that a state thing, an USDA thing, or just a fallacy?

Kmcogar 06-22-2012 02:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BradleyBrew
yep they are useless (in brewing terms).... you could use them as ornamental decorations. If you just wanted to cover a fence, wall, arbor, etc.

That's what I thought. I think I heard that at some seminar I was at. I guess that guy is too lazy to clear them out himself.

It's in Maryland. FYI


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