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Old 05-01-2012, 08:06 AM   #1
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Default Varieties to start with

Myself and d missus after many years of searching have bought a house in the countryside which has some ground that i can get growing on.

I'm just lookin for some recommendations for getting started. I really like what varieties like citra and amarillo do for aroma/flavour in my pale ales. I realise however, that these varieties are proprietary ones so I wont be getting my hands on them. Suggestions for other available varieties that are good for late additions & dry hopping?

Other than that i'm definitely getting some german lager hops. Saaz, hallertauer etc.

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read the hops comparison sticky and see if that helps any.

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Cascade is one of my favorites, and it grows well in my cool climate. Kent Goldings may grow well for you, and those are nice in English beers.

Centennial is a nice citrusy/floral hop and it grows fine for me as well.

Hallertauer is a "low yield" hop, but it grows like a weed and is almost invasive so I get tons of hops off of one plant. I have to keep hacking it back during the summer with a machete, as it would overtake my yard!

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Another vote for Cascade. I might also recommend Fuggles, which I think can grow well in your climate.

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I haven't anything to add, but my wife and I just spent a number of days in Kilkenny last month. Beautiful part of the world.

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Centennial, cascade & nugget fit the citrus profile. My newport hops smell of grapefruit, but I don't know if that's common.

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Thanks for all the replies folks. Just looking into sourcing them at the mo. Some varieties will be difficult to source over here, cascade is all that seems to be available. Does any body know of a supplier that offers international shipping from the U.S.

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I haven't anything to add, but my wife and I just spent a number of days in Kilkenny last month. Beautiful part of the world.
Yup it's nice here but the weather has been a bit schizo during the last month. I was driving somewhere last week and the cars temp readout was 38F, at 2 in the afternoon, in April!!! Hope it didn't put too much of dampener on your holiday
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Thanks for all the replies folks. Just looking into sourcing them at the mo. Some varieties will be difficult to source over here, cascade is all that seems to be available. Does any body know of a supplier that offers international shipping from the U.S.
countries tend to be very picky about what live plant material does and doesn't (emphasis on doesn't) enter their borders. i'd concentrate on finding an irish- or UK-based supplier.

cascade, btw, is a solid choice, as is centennial. both are classic american-style IPA hops.

check out the spreadsheet in my signature for some additional thoughts on what hops to grow.
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Cheers i actually already had that printed out! Looks like cascade should do fine over here. Have a cutting arriving tomorrow, any tips for giving it the best start?

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