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Old 07-30-2009, 04:27 AM   #1
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Default Southern Ohio First Year Hops - First Harvest (Pics)

Greetings all:

This past March I planted some hops rhizomes I ordered from Puterbaugh Farms. I planted Cascade, Cluster, and a Northern Brewer rhizome I got from the Thyme Garden. I couldn't be happier with the rhizomes I got from Puterbaugh. My Cascades grew to the top of the 15' trellis I built for them, and the Clusters outgrew their trellis, too. Anyways, I picked some hops today, thought I'd share some pictures of what we got. There are still a few on the bines that aren't quite ready, so I'll do another picking here soon.

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Though I forgot to weigh them beforehand, I'll let you all know the weight of my harvest once it's dry.

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Old 07-30-2009, 05:39 AM   #2
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Very cool. I'm jealous, still no cones.

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Nice looking hops. That is impressive for first year.

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Hows the aroma on the cascades?

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The aroma on the Cascades certainly isn't as strong as I thought it would be. I'm assuming this has to do with them being first year cones - is that right?

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I've got a boat load of first year cascades still on the bine, mine don't have much aroma so I was going to let them hang out a little longer, maybe brown a little.

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I've got a boat load of first year cascades still on the bine, mine don't have much aroma so I was going to let them hang out a little longer, maybe brown a little.
I am in the same situation and the thing is just going crazy right now with all the growth on the lower portion.
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Many of my Cascade cones are quite small. There are a few bigger cones, and they seem to have much more aroma than those small ones. I figured they were ready to pick because the tips were beginning to brown, they sprung back to shape when squeezed, and they felt papery to the touch. I probably picked too early, eh? Oh well, the first year was just for experimentation anyways.

I have no doubt the Clusters are ready, I had many of those turning brown and falling off. I'm much more impressed with the vigor of the Clusters I planted more so than the Cascades.

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