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Forum: Hops Growing 08-26-2014, 08:50 PM
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Posted By mlsuggs
That would be me, from Maryland. So far, I'm...

That would be me, from Maryland. So far, I'm happiest with the winter barleys, for production volume; Maris Otter and/or Halcyon seem quite happy here, less the terrible winter we had this year. ...
Forum: Hops Growing 08-19-2014, 08:34 PM
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Posted By mlsuggs
I ended up with about 5.5 pounds from just shy of...

I ended up with about 5.5 pounds from just shy of 64 sqft of M.O./Halcyon. My Hana was being grown up from 5g of seed, I got maybe 100g or so. And my Bere tripled in volume, up to about 150g. I'm...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-15-2014, 05:50 PM
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Posted By mlsuggs
In order, yes, and no. Hops are remarkably...

In order, yes, and no.

Hops are remarkably tenacious little plants. As long as the rhizomes a) had a "sprouting node" (not necessarily sprouts), and b) were flexible (not brittle), there's a very...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-15-2014, 03:29 PM
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Posted By mlsuggs
(tl;dr) In short, over time, yes, it matters. ...

(tl;dr) In short, over time, yes, it matters.

(long answer) I was doing a bit of research a few years ago into something unrelated, and uncovered an interesting database of Russian tax records,...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-15-2014, 01:30 PM
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Posted By mlsuggs
Spring updates from my end of the world: ...

Spring updates from my end of the world:

I've got 32 sqft each of Halcyon & Maris Otter (winter varieties). I had been worried about winterkill, as they looked pretty sorry coming out of our...
Forum: Recipes/Ingredients 11-10-2013, 12:23 PM
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Posted By mlsuggs
Also fascinated to see the tasting results. I...

Also fascinated to see the tasting results. I love experiments like these; maybe one day I'll have the time to perform them!

One set of points I *can* make, though:
American 2-row is typically...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-27-2013, 11:59 AM
Replies: 285
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Posted By mlsuggs
Yeah, my Spring barley had much lower yields than...

Yeah, my Spring barley had much lower yields than my winter barley (about 25-50g for the spring, versus almost 250g for the winter). Probably related to the longer growth period/more established...
Forum: Hops Growing 09-23-2013, 03:37 PM
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Posted By mlsuggs
Okay, this year's iteration is off and running! ...

Okay, this year's iteration is off and running! SWMBO "sacrificed" one of our garden beds to the barley (with the understanding that I'll be building an additional one to expand the garden), and I...
Forum: Hops Growing 07-13-2013, 01:10 PM
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Posted By mlsuggs
That was something I also saw with my...

That was something I also saw with my barley--even the M.O. only got up to about 2ft tall, maybe a little more. Lots of commercial wheat planted hereabouts, tho, and it appears to be largely the...
Forum: Hops Growing 07-09-2013, 10:48 AM
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Posted By mlsuggs
+1. I'm just south of you a ways in Maryland; I...

+1. I'm just south of you a ways in Maryland; I had some Cascades in a barrel-planter for about 5 years. If you can move them to a slightly sheltered spot for the winter, they'll probably be fine. ...
Forum: Hops Growing 06-28-2013, 05:15 PM
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Posted By mlsuggs
I can see that being a possibility--my winter...

I can see that being a possibility--my winter varieties were "mowed" by deer, back in the fall; it didn't seem to hurt them at all...

In other news, I've harvested my grains. Starting with 5g each...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-23-2013, 11:54 AM
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Posted By mlsuggs
Wow! What a difference between Canada and the...

Wow! What a difference between Canada and the middle Eastern Seaboard: my Hana is almost done putting out its seed-heads. I was able to sow it two months ago, on March 24th; it might have germinated...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-13-2013, 05:27 PM
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Posted By mlsuggs
Yup, I'm on the same road--trying to cut out as...

Yup, I'm on the same road--trying to cut out as many "inputs" as I can get away with. :) I've got 10 rhizomes of 4 hops varieties (4 Cascade, 2 ea. of Willamette, Sterling, and Magnum), plus...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-13-2013, 04:42 PM
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Posted By mlsuggs
Ha! I'm retired Navy. I've occasionally been...

Ha! I'm retired Navy. I've occasionally been known to get some blood in my coffeestream. :)

Our coffee grounds are going into the compost pile right now; come this fall, I'm planning on raiding...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-13-2013, 01:25 PM
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Posted By mlsuggs
Yup, the "100% homegrown" thread is one of the...

Yup, the "100% homegrown" thread is one of the best for grain-growing.

I'm a little north & west of you (Frederick, MD; tho I'm originally from Fredericksburg). I've got Maris Otter & Halcyon...
Forum: Hops Growing 05-01-2013, 04:37 PM
Replies: 136
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Posted By mlsuggs
Too cool! I just moved to Frederick, myself... ...

Too cool! I just moved to Frederick, myself... I'd love to swing by some time, take a look!

I'll be getting 4 varieties in the ground shortly, for personal use: Magnum, Cascade, Willamette, and...
Forum: Hops Growing 04-22-2013, 03:30 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By mlsuggs
You've never seen deer stand up on their hind...

You've never seen deer stand up on their hind legs, to get fruit/leaves off trees about 6-7' up, have you... :drunk: That said, generally if the hops make it past the "shoots coming out of the...
Forum: Hops Growing 04-22-2013, 01:33 PM
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Posted By mlsuggs
Into the 40s shouldn't be a problem for them at...

Into the 40s shouldn't be a problem for them at all. They'll just slow/stop their growth until it warms up again. (I'm getting temps into the low-to-mid 30s at night the last few nights; my new...
Forum: Hops Growing 04-15-2013, 04:05 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By mlsuggs
Howdy! I'm in Frederick, myself. I've got some...

Howdy! I'm in Frederick, myself. I've got some established-but-recently-transplanted Cascades, plus some "new" Cascades, Magnum, Willamette, and Sterling. This will be the first year for the new...
Forum: Hops Growing 04-09-2013, 04:51 PM
Replies: 285
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Posted By mlsuggs
9 April 2013 Update

So, after surviving the winter, my Maris Otter and Halcyon mini-plots have put the spurs to it, and are growing quite nicely. I've got mini-plots of Bere and Hana sown, and they've germinated and...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-09-2013, 05:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 862
Posted By mlsuggs
I'll let you know when it's barley threshing...

I'll let you know when it's barley threshing time... :mug:

--Misha
Forum: General Beer Discussion 01-09-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 862
Posted By mlsuggs
The math (yield per acre) has already been...

The math (yield per acre) has already been mentioned. I've got ~8 acres, with ~4 of them "farmable," ~1.5 of which SWMBO has agreed to let me "play" in (read: barley and wheat). I've got 5...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 12-31-2012, 11:14 AM
Replies: 137
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Posted By mlsuggs
It's something I'm contemplating for a few years...

It's something I'm contemplating for a few years down the line... I got the farm this summer, and I've got some barley planted (very small test plots). I'll get my hops in the ground come spring. ...
Forum: Hops Growing 11-05-2012, 12:20 AM
Replies: 285
Views: 50,931
Posted By mlsuggs
Maris Otter and Halcyon samples this winter, with...

Maris Otter and Halcyon samples this winter, with Bere, Hana, and Conlon waiting for spring. I've got some Cascade hops in a planter from my old place, and I'll be getting them in the ground in the...
Forum: Hops Growing 10-25-2012, 04:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,238
Posted By mlsuggs
It's not a great site, but it's not as bad as it...

It's not a great site, but it's not as bad as it looks, really. On the main page (http://www.ars-grin.gov/npgs/), there's a "Search" box near the top left. That's what you want. Type "barley", hit...
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