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Old 06-20-2012, 07:49 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 06-20-2012, 08:51 PM   #2
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Pretty sure they are useless for brewing, unless you want to undertake a DIY hop breeding program

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Old 06-21-2012, 05:52 AM   #3
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I would like them depending on the breed.

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Old 06-21-2012, 02:36 PM   #4
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Where are you located?

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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.

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Male hops won't have any cones.

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

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Old 06-21-2012, 10:12 PM   #9
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I thought I read somewhere that cultivation of male hops was controlled. Is that a state thing, an USDA thing, or just a fallacy?

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Old 06-22-2012, 03:49 PM   #10
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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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