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Old 04-20-2011, 05:41 PM   #11
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forgot to post a pic of the hops. I am not expecting anyone to be able to identify, but you never know.

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Old 04-20-2011, 10:58 PM   #12
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There's a fresh hop ale festival here every fall, and a couple years back a brewery (I think it was Barley Brown's) did a beer with a bunch of hops they had found by the side of the road. So not just unknown, but fresh off the vine - I remember the aroma being really grassy and, well, wild. Try them in a fresh hop beer this fall!



 
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Old 04-22-2011, 04:18 AM   #13
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I have a ton of unidentified hops all round my rental. In fact there are 4 different areas with them. The most interesting thing is that no one knew they were there until they cut down the wooded area and put in a parking lot and new building. Then the hops started to grow up the building and fence around the lot.

No idea what they are but they will not be in any of my beers.

The damn aphids are so bad right here that those hops don't get bigger than a thumbnail. Not even sure they are made of plant material after a couple months as it looks like all aphids.

 
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Old 04-22-2011, 04:23 AM   #14
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very cool. I'd brew with them right away.
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:17 PM   #15
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Have located four different wild plants within a half-hour from my house and brewed a SMaSH with one of them. It was a let down. Not bad, just not hoppy. Mash eight lbs. of 2-row at 148, throw in four ounces throughout the boil and another in secondary and you'll quickly know whether you want them. As far as transplanting, why? It looks like you can get as many as you want every year. From my experience they won't be anything worth using but you never know.....

Good luck and have fun experimenting.
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Old 04-24-2011, 08:19 PM   #16
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I have a ton of unidentified hops all round my rental. In fact there are 4 different areas with them. The most interesting thing is that no one knew they were there until they cut down the wooded area and put in a parking lot and new building. Then the hops started to grow up the building and fence around the lot.

No idea what they are but they will not be in any of my beers.

The damn aphids are so bad right here that those hops don't get bigger than a thumbnail. Not even sure they are made of plant material after a couple months as it looks like all aphids.

I had aphids starting on my Zues in it's first year. Transplanted a couple ladybugs from a nearby tree and, I kid you not, the NEXT DAY they were erased scorched earth style. May wanna give it a try.


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