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Old 04-24-2011, 01:09 AM   #1
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so, i posted before that i got some hops of unkown origin from a coworker of mine. they seriously didn't like being transplanted, but i had a hop-growing friend of mine come help, and we ended up just salvaging the whole plant into several rhizomes, 2 of which are now happily growing.

backstory complete, now for the question:
as i mentioned, these are unknown hops. i do know there are "ornamental" varieties and "brewing" varieties. if the cones look like hops, and smell like hops, i should be able to brew with them, right? or is there something about ornamentals that might not be immediately obvious that would make them bad for brewing with?
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Old 04-24-2011, 01:12 AM   #2
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If they look good and smell good then I would use them... at least for flavor/aroma.
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Old 04-24-2011, 03:29 AM   #3
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Hypothetical answer, yes - go ahead and brew with them. I doubt if there's much money in breeding ornamental hops and the only ornamental varieties I know of are Sunbeam and Bianca which came out of Dr. Al's breeding program to come up with a replacement for Tettnang that could be grown in the U.S.. Those two were actually named but were not very productive so they never made the cut. If yours produce cones go ahead and use them.

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