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Old 07-16-2009, 05:58 AM   #1
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When I arrived in my new house I realized that there were hops grown in my backyard. The only thing I know is that the hops are planted at this location for 10 years. I talk to the previous owners but they do not know what variety they planted. Is there a way to know what variety it is? Is there a place where I can send a sample to find out what variety it is?

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Old 07-16-2009, 06:52 AM   #2
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this may help but its extreemely difficult to identify which varietal it is....im at a loss
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:21 AM   #3
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Take some pictures and post them. There are some differences not only in cone size and shape, but in the leaves as well. I'm sure there is a school with an AG department somewhere that should be able to help with identification.

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There are only a few hops distinctive enough to identify by the cones and leaves. If you like the way they smell, use them for flavor/aroma adds.

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You could try getting some of the ripe hops to experienced brewers and ask them to identify by smell & taste. They could make a tea to get the tase and aroma.

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If you brew, try them out and see what they are like. Most likely they will be good for something anyway.

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Here is the leaf . The plan dont have cones at this moment !

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Once you get cones, if you're highly motivated, you could try and get some whole leaf samples from many different hops varieties from your local homebrew shop, and then do a smelling session and try to compare what you've got to the samples. But that would be hard as some varieties are distinctive, but many are similar to each other. If anything, it would be a pleasant experience. I find the smell of hops intoxicating.

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Brew a pale ale with them as the only hops. It won't tell you exactly what you have but it'll give you an idea of the character of the hop and how it would best be used.

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Local AG college will tell you exactly what you have... You'd be surprised how many professors would love a challenge... Heck might make it a class project.. Especially if you tell them you brew...

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