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Old 05-22-2011, 01:20 AM   #1
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This is my first year growing hops, and I jumped in head first. I spent the day today constructing a hop trellis for the 3 rhizomes I planted about 3 weeks ago. I have chinook, cascade, and willamette. The trellis is doubled up 2x4x16 pt construction lumber screwed together with deck screws. I would have gone with 4x4's but they would have doubled the project cost. I ran 1/8" guy lines with turnbuckles to 3/8" rebar that I bent over to form a "u" from each end, and 1/8" cable from the base of each upright through pulleys to form the top line. They are secured with clips to eyebolts. To tension the top line I slacked the guys, clipped it in place, then tightened the turnbuckles. The uprights are 3' down and anchored with about 4 bags each of concrete, as well as being braced to the fence (this was going to be temporary while the concrete set, but I decided to throw some angle straps on there and leave the braces for a bit of additional support. The hops have 2 jute twine strings to climb per rhizome, and each string is about 15' tall.

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Old 05-22-2011, 03:07 PM   #2
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Very nice! Why couldn't I have kept mine simple like that? LOL
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Old 05-22-2011, 05:30 PM   #3
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Just be careful a sidearm doesn't make the jump to that wire. One of the wild patches I picked last year had completely swallowed a transformer on a power pole, having reached across 6' or so from the tree the bine grew up.
On Deck: Saison "Jardin d'été" (3rd Gen 3711, Wild bugs, Pale ale malt, wheat, Willamette dry hop)
Primary: Saison "Vomissure de Grenouille" (2nd Gen 3711 from dregs, Pale Ale malt, Crystals and Willamettes)
Secondary: BM45/Spontaneous Bugs Experiment (down to 1.004, and tastes awesome), contemplating what fruit to add.

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