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Old 10-06-2009, 07:46 AM   #1
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I am still very new to all of this, sorry if I'm asking a newb question....
So a neighbor of mine found out I wanted to start homebrewing and told me another neighbor grew some hops for decoration purposes only. After hearing this information, I ran over to the man's house and he went on to tell me he didn't know the type of hops but that I could have as much as I wanted.
I ended up harvesting about 1/3 of a paper grocery bag full of hop cones. Now I know I should only use these hops for aroma and flavor since I don't know the type, but I would still like to know the type of hops it is. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Chris

Here is a picture of the unknown hops i harvested:


And a picture of the amount harvested for FREE!

 
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:11 PM   #2

Your best bet is to try them in a sample batch and taste them. Compare them to other hops you know by flavor. Just looking at a picture is pretty hard.
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:21 PM   #3
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Guessing the types of hops by looking at leaves and cones is almost impossible. It'd be like trying to guess the strain of tomatoes in someone's garden by looking at them.

You can smell them, and try to guess if they are citrusy, piney, floral, etc. And to look at the area you're in and see if any hops are common to your area. In our area, a few people planted cluster hops about 50 years or so ago, so that is my guess as to what some of the "wild hops" are. Some hops have been planted as ornamentals, so there is really no telling what many of them are.
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:48 PM   #4
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As Yooper points out, cones tell you almost nothing about a hop because there are only 8 (some say 4) cone shapes. There are four leaf shapes, but one bine can have multiple shapes.
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:34 AM   #5
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I am still very new to all of this, sorry if I'm asking a newb question....
So a neighbor of mine found out I wanted to start homebrewing and told me another neighbor grew some hops for decoration purposes only. After hearing this information, I ran over to the man's house and he went on to tell me he didn't know the type of hops but that I could have as much as I wanted.
I ended up harvesting about 1/3 of a paper grocery bag full of hop cones. Now I know I should only use these hops for aroma and flavor since I don't know the type, but I would still like to know the type of hops it is. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
Chris

it is pretty much impossible to tell what a hop is by looks but if I had to guess I would say nugget or northern brewer from the same strand if it is aroma cascade and libety are the only to I can tell from the aroma in the beer or wort hope that helps
Here is a picture of the unknown hops i harvested:


And a picture of the amount harvested for FREE!
it is pretty much impossible to tell what a hop is by looks but if I had to guess I would say nugget or northern brewer from the same strand if it is aroma cascade and libety are the only to I can tell from the aroma in the beer or wort hope that helps

 
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Old 10-24-2009, 01:35 AM   #6
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it is pretty much impossible to tell what a hop is by looks but if I had to guess I would say nugget or northern brewer from the same strand if it is aroma cascade and libety are the only to I can tell from the aroma in the beer or wort hope that helps

 
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Old 05-11-2013, 10:48 PM   #7
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Willamette.

I mean what they said. You could definitely narrow it down though, beer legends has a ton of info on hop size, shape, production, density, lupilin color, etc. http://beerlegends.com/hops-varieties

if you really want to know, you can pay these guys $30
http://www.brewlaboratory.com/

 
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Old 05-12-2013, 06:25 AM   #8
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Its a hop?


I think you got to smell and taste a tea or brew from it.

 
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:23 PM   #9
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TIL: fizgig is a necromancer.

haha I just wanted to jump on that before anyone else did :-)
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