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Old 09-10-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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I plan to grow my own hops next season. What are the best hops to grow as a beginner? Appreciate the feed back, thanks.



 
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Old 09-10-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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Stay away from Noble hops...ones with European names like Saaz, Halitauer, etc.

Cascade is a good, universal hop you will be able to easily grow and happy to use.



 
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:12 PM   #3
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Also in PA. I had good results with centennial and fuggle. Fuggle out grew the centennial but the latter out produced. Not huge hauls, but enough for a batch. first year crowns.

 
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:22 PM   #4
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Also in PA. I had good results with centennial and fuggle. Fuggle out grew the centennial but the latter out produced. Not huge hauls, but enough for a batch. first year crowns.
Was that all on first year hops?

 
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:39 PM   #5
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Nugget is another good choice.
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Old 09-11-2012, 01:07 AM   #6
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I grow 9 varieties in South Central PA. Centennial and Chinook are my primary producers, both of which were harvested multiple times already(both 2nd year plants.) SAAZ grew well for a first year, and so did my Hallertau so yes you can grow noble hops. Both produced just by smaller amounts. I also grow Fuggle, EKG, Northern Brewer(was finicky and produced a little but later in the season), Mt Hood which did well this year(nothing last year.) I also have a Cascade plant and even though Cascade is found in the wild here, mine had issues both years now. I would go from what your tastes are for beer you like and go from there. Most hops will do well in PA.

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Old 09-11-2012, 01:14 AM   #7
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Beerloaf thanks for that input. Do you do anything special to your soil? I'm
Planning on putting nugget, cascade, centennial, and chinook in. I'm aware first years don't always yield a lot if any but I'd still like have the best setup I can provide.

 
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Old 09-11-2012, 02:00 AM   #8
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My initial soil composition was made up of a mix about 1/3 of each. Local clay heavy soil, Lowes dehydrated cow manure(don't buy the HD brand that is wet and smells like cow butt and is a pain to work with) and Miracle Grow potting soil. This combo yielded a decent growth rate. I wish I had a decent compost to use but I didn't. I stayed away from any chemical fertilizers and watered them about once a day. I added some cow manure every month once a month, until the cones appeared. Just to give you heads up, both the Chinook and Centennial reached about 23 ft in height. They produced a lot even in their 1st year. However the 2nd year both went nuts. I harvested almost 4 lbs of wet hops off the Chinook plant with a total of 2 harvests. I had 2 lines, with 2 and 3 bines. The main issues we had here were Japanese Beetles. I actually was handpicking them off and used Neem oil to keep the buggers off.

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Old 09-11-2012, 03:08 AM   #9
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Like GVH Dan says, the Nobel varieties and many of the sought after aroma varieties are hard to grow in this region (NE Ohio/Western Pa). Probably due to the crappy soils/climate, unless you live near a flood plain or have better soil in your area. All you can do is plant a bunch of different varieties and make a call after a few years as to which ones do well enough for you to keep after. My keepers are Cascade and Chinook. Brewer's Gold and Canadian Redvine are animals!!! Hop On!!



 
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