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Old 11-06-2012, 02:59 AM   #11
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Final post and update for our first season of hop growing. We are extremely happy with the results after our first attempt at growing our own hops. The plants survived the hot summer and thrived to produce almost 3lbs of wet hops!

Here is the link to our blog if you would like to read about it there http://fluke-brewing.blogspot.com/20...12-part-4.html

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Hop Yard Build & Harvest! 2012 Part 4
A few months have passed since the last Hop Yard update. It is a busy time of year for us but we managed to find time to harvest out first batch of home grown hops. I will cut straight to the stats and spare you the agony of reading on anymore.

Our totals looked like this...

September 1st we harvested 6oz of mature, Cascade hops and used them to wet hop our first attempt at a Harvest Ale which turned out great.

Roughly a week later we harvested the renaming Cascade hops which totaled another 2lb of wet hops. After drying this equated to roughly 13oz of dried, leafy hops.

Finally, in the third week of September, we harvested the Centennial hops which equaled out to 0.5lb wet and after drying resulted in 1.5oz of dry leafy hops.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HgVWSCWZGQ...819_152944.jpg
Monster Cascades ready for harvesting


The food dehydrator and scale came in very handy for quickly drying the hops at relatively low temperatures and measuring them out into 1oz bags that will make future additions easier.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LmPsx32MAP...0/IMG_3141.JPG


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Dehydrator packed to the brim!


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Nice and dry

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-orXjUzpoho...0/IMG_3096.JPG
Measuring..

After our first season and attempt at growing our own hops, we are extremely happy with the results. It has been a lot of fun to see them grow from small, insignificant rhizomes to 15 foot long vines thriving with hundreds of mature hop cones. We are excited to have a winter's worth of hops to use in our future home brews over the next several months and even more excited to see the plants shoot out of the ground next spring stronger than ever! Here are a few extra pictures to savor.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_XI4LFPz8M...0/IMG_3155.JPG
Centennials post drying

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Hops, hops, and more hops!

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Healthy first-year plant

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Hop-covered trellis

Until next hop season...Cheers!

-Adam


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Old 11-06-2012, 03:03 AM   #12
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Final post and update for our first season of hop growing. We are extremely happy with the results after our first attempt at growing our own hops. The plants survived the hot summer and thrived to produce almost 3lbs of wet hops!

Here is the link to our blog if you would like to read about it there http://fluke-brewing.blogspot.com/20...12-part-4.html

And if you'd like to read it all here, here is the copied post as well..

Hop Yard Build & Harvest! 2012 Part 4
A few months have passed since the last Hop Yard update. It is a busy time of year for us but we managed to find time to harvest out first batch of home grown hops. I will cut straight to the stats and spare you the agony of reading on anymore.

Our totals looked like this...

September 1st we harvested 6oz of mature, Cascade hops and used them to wet hop our first attempt at a Harvest Ale which turned out great.

Roughly a week later we harvested the renaming Cascade hops which totaled another 2lb of wet hops. After drying this equated to roughly 13oz of dried, leafy hops.

Finally, in the third week of September, we harvested the Centennial hops which equaled out to 0.5lb wet and after drying resulted in 1.5oz of dry leafy hops.

[img]http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HgVWSCWZGQo/UDHFtUo8PxI/AAAAAAAADK8/l65OizSNagY/s400/IMG_20120819_152944.jpg[imgl]
Monster Cascades ready for harvesting


The food dehydrator and scale came in very handy for quickly drying the hops at relatively low temperatures and measuring them out into 1oz bags that will make future additions easier.





Dehydrator packed to the brim!



Nice and dry


Measuring..

After our first season and attempt at growing our own hops, we are extremely happy with the results. It has been a lot of fun to see them grow from small, insignificant rhizomes to 15 foot long vines thriving with hundreds of mature hop cones. We are excited to have a winter's worth of hops to use in our future home brews over the next several months and even more excited to see the plants shoot out of the ground next spring stronger than ever! Here are a few extra pictures to savor.


Centennials post drying


Hops, hops, and more hops!


Healthy first-year plant


Hop-covered trellis

Until next hop season...Cheers!

-Adam


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Old 11-07-2012, 03:44 PM   #13
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Is it necessary to bury the end posts in the ground or could you use a product like EZ Spike which is pounded into the ground and bolted to the bottom of the post? We will doing a similar setup with a 10'H 4x4 post at each end with a vertical member between them.

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I suppose it depends on your situation. If the ground in more condusive to pounding the EZ Spike in as opposed to digging post holes then maybe that is your better option. Personally I have not used EZ Spikes before so I cannot say much about them. But they seem to follow a similar principle of bolting a wooden support to a footing like you would do for a deck for example. It adds some additional cost to the project so you'll have to weigh your options. Was it neccessary to dig down 3 feet for each post, probably not but I wanted something that would still be standing after an F3 tornado and I think its pretty dang sturdy the way it is.
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