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Old 09-15-2009, 05:50 AM   #1
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Endless amounts of these growing at my folks place. Any idea what there are?



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Old 09-15-2009, 01:02 PM   #2
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i see a mystery ipa in your future. just use a lot of them.


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Old 09-15-2009, 05:46 PM   #3
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Do you think tweaking a Coopers Draught kit with these would turn out?
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:21 AM   #4
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I dont't know.... just try it.... and if it's good... send to my address
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Old 09-16-2009, 12:52 PM   #5
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I've heard rumors of wild hops growing here on the east coast as well, although I've never been quite so luck as to have found any!

Check out youtube for videos on how to dry the hops and then you could try dry hopping a Coopers Draught kit or perhaps find an extract recipe that uses only one variety of hops and substitute the variety in the recipe for your wild hops.
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If there tons of them there, annually, and you intend to use them in the future, it might not be a bad idea to try to figure out what they are... You could start with fairly simple stuff like their aroma, etc. and then use the AA% of the center of the range typical for that hop.

But I'm sure there is also some place that you can send them to have them tested also... ?? Anyone?

Making mystery beer with mystery hops is a fine idea and you may figure something out by trial and error but creating an IPA with all 3% AA hops is going to be drastically different from creating one with 14% AA hops or even something like 6-8% AA hops... It would really help to know what they were.

Dry hopping with them is a fine idea (as long as they are a good aroma variety) if you don't want to go through the hassle to determine what they are in terms of alpha acids...
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Make hop teas with the wild hops and compare to hop teas made with hops of know AA% values (perhaps some with 3%, 6%, 9% and 12% so u have a good range to compare with).
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A couple questions:

Are all of the hops single cones at the end of stems? Most modern hops grow in clusters.

How old are the plants? Feral hops are likely to be old types like Bullion, Brewer's Gold or Fuggles.
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A couple questions:

Are all of the hops single cones at the end of stems? Most modern hops grow in clusters.

How old are the plants? Feral hops are likely to be old types like Bullion, Brewer's Gold or Fuggles.
I'll try to get some good pictures of the plants today. I know the plants are VERY old...like planted in the late 20's or 30's I believe. They are growing all over the foliage in the lower yard and there is literally tons of them. Picking and vacuum sealing some more today.
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Picture of the leaf and the 2nd haul I made. Still haven't even scratched the surface as to what is growing there.






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