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Old 05-30-2007, 06:34 AM   #1
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I've tracked down a source of wild hops in our area. I've yet to check out the plants myself, but it sounds to me like these are pretty citrusy (from another brewer I know ?cascade variant?).

I'm planning on harvesting some this year, and packaging. .

Several issues here. . .

Anyone know of a way (like leaf or cone morphology) that I could use to figure out what variety/family these are, and. . .

any suggestions on food dryers, and . . .

any suggestions on vacuum sealers to package these things. . .

If they turn out good, I think I'll steal a rhizome and let them go crazy out on the edge of my woods.

I'm also thinking of doing some column chromatography on them to figure out AA content. I might also send them to my old lab and let them run them on their old HPLC or GC machines. . .

There used to be over 23 different breweries in our area (so the lore has it--starting from pre-prohibition to now), and it is rumored that some of the old time breweries maintained their own hop fields. I'm wondering if these are remnants of that era.
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Old 05-30-2007, 10:56 AM   #2
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sounds fantastic. My best mates dad has hops growing in his back yard from when he home brewed, he forgot what variety they are, so we call the beer we make with em "secretivale" (See-crit-e-vale)

I say, GO FOR IT!

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Old 05-30-2007, 11:27 AM   #3
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There used to be over 23 different breweries in our area (so the lore has it--starting from pre-prohibition to now), and it is rumored that some of the old time breweries maintained their own hop fields. I'm wondering if these are remnants of that era.
Most likely, yes. You never know, it could be an interesting undiscovered cross. The fact that it is surviving in the wild is a good indicator it is a hardy strain. Take it in and nurture it and see what it does. Oftentimes things brought in from the wild and cultivated do swimmingly. And, since you can propogate it from rhizomes there is no need to worry about getting it to seed.

Speaking of things found in the wild...I recently found an awesome Peppermint strain, one of the things I have been looking for. It is so strong that when I picked it off the road I had nowhere to put it, so I stuck the plants in my swimming pants pocket. I could feel the 'coolness' on my leg .
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Old 05-30-2007, 02:08 PM   #4
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any suggestions on food dryers, and . . .

any suggestions on vacuum sealers to package these things. . .
I havn't tried it yet but most places I have read say you can dry the hops by placing them on window screens in a dry room or garage. A week or so is sufficient. I hope to be drying some this fall.

I use a food saver for vacuum sealing leftover grains and hops while brewing. Its pretty easy to use and seems to do a good job. My crushed grains are compressed into a brick like the vacuum sealed coffee you can find in the store. Hops are similarly reduced in size.

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Old 05-30-2007, 02:12 PM   #5
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Sounds great! Keep us posted on their progress!!!

 
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Old 05-30-2007, 02:15 PM   #6
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I live in IN... I want to find wild hops... how do I find them? Where??

 
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Old 05-30-2007, 02:34 PM   #7
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Moderately good chance they are Bullion. It's an old hop that is very tough. Might also be Brewer's Gold. Neither of these store well at room temperature, so they aren't grown much commercially.

I've seen a few pictures, here and there of various hops, but not anything I would call a good reference.
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Old 05-30-2007, 04:49 PM   #8
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any suggestions on food dryers, and . . .
I saw an Alton Brown show where he dried herbs by laying them out on central AC filters and then bungee cording the stack of filters to a cheap box fan. He flipped the fan to the other side of the filters at either 12 or 24 hours (can't remember for sure) and let the whole thing go for either 24 or 48 hours.

Sounds like a neat find! Keep us posted on how this works out for you.

 
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Speaking of things found in the wild...I recently found an awesome Peppermint strain, one of the things I have been looking for. It is so strong that when I picked it off the road I had nowhere to put it, so I stuck the plants in my swimming pants pocket. I could feel the 'coolness' on my leg .
How did SWMBO react to "minting" your area?
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Old 05-30-2007, 05:25 PM   #10
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How did SWMBO react to "minting" your area?
Roflmao. The other leg.
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