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Old 08-09-2009, 08:26 PM   #1
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I live in S.E.MAss first year hop grower. How do I know when they are ready to pick and dry?
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PM me or email me and I'll send you a good book on growing hops.

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Old 08-09-2009, 08:58 PM   #3
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I pick them when the hop cones become papery and will not "spring" back to shape when I pinch them between my fingers.

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So I picked some cones yesterday because they were really papery feeling and sprung back pretty quickly when squeezed. There is a fair amount of yellow lupin on the inside too.

The problem is that there is little to no aroma from these Cascades. These are 1st year hops and just wondering if I picked too soon or what?

They were almost dried out on the vine, the outside started opening and not as slender as the young ones that are still there. I will try and post a picture later.

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So I picked some cones yesterday because they were really papery feeling and sprung back pretty quickly when squeezed. There is a fair amount of yellow lupin on the inside too.

The problem is that there is little to no aroma from these Cascades. These are 1st year hops and just wondering if I picked too soon or what?

They were almost dried out on the vine, the outside started opening and not as slender as the young ones that are still there. I will try and post a picture later.
You dont want them to spring back...
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You dont want them to spring back...
Well, I guess I waited too long then, I thought they were suppose to spring back like in this video. (starts at 4 minutes in )
YouTube - Harvesting Home Grown Hops
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I have always seen where my GREEN hops will spring back since they are green, tight and bouncey... my dry hops are not, the leaves will not spring back when crushed when they are dry... like a tree leaf in the summer, as opposed to late fall.

The bract leaves at the base, should be turning brown at the tips...

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oooh, ooooh, I need to know also... I live in KS and have some Chinooks, and some Cascades, both first years... I have noticed some of the outside leaves just starting to brown up on the larger cones... I also have some smaller less mature cones that seem to be in a different stage... Do you typically harvest all the cones at the same time??? Does the brown around the edges tell you to start checking for "spring-back"????

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Well, I guess I waited too long then, I thought they were suppose to spring back like in this video. (starts at 4 minutes in )
Sounds like you did not wait long enough.
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oooh, ooooh, I need to know also... I live in KS and have some Chinooks, and some Cascades, both first years... I have noticed some of the outside leaves just starting to brown up on the larger cones... I also have some smaller less mature cones that seem to be in a different stage... Do you typically harvest all the cones at the same time??? Does the brown around the edges tell you to start checking for "spring-back"????
If the bract leaves are browning, they are probably ready. Check one of those hops, smell it, look at the lupulin glands at the base of the leaves... it should be bright yellow and fragrant. If the leaves are starting to brown, they are probably ready, but pinch them to see if they are papery, or if they are very green and spring back. You want them papery, not dense and green.

Also, you do not pick them all, only pick those that are ready. I just harvested 2 oz. from my first harvest on the main bine, the side arms have flowered and there is probably about 4oz on them that are the second harvest and no where near ready to pick.
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