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Old 09-11-2012, 12:39 PM   #1
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I'm planning on building a garden for next spring (new house) and I'm thinking of starting a few bines of hops. My dad has Cascade and would probably be willing to give me a rhizome. Should I concentrate on Cascade, plant another variety, or do some combination of the two?

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Old 09-11-2012, 07:42 PM   #2
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I went through about 75 recipes of the beers I make, made a check markon each variety that was used...

I ended up with:
2 cascade
US golding
2 chinook

I like pale s, ipa, amber, stout and porters

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Old 09-11-2012, 07:48 PM   #3
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I would stick to varieties you plan on using a lot in late additions or dry hopping. You should probably be able to find more varieties that fit this guideline than you have room to plant.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:55 PM   #4
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Location is important! Cascades grow pretty well anywhere, but some varieties (like German varieties) need a cooler climate to grow well. I have hallertauer that is going rampant, as is the cascade. The chinook is doing great, and the centennial is doing "ok". The willamette is barely surviving, as are the Northern Brewer and goldings.

If you're in a cool climate, the UK and German hops would do very well but if you're in a warmer climate, the US varieties might do better.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:04 PM   #5
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check out the first link in my signature - that doc should be useful to you.

definitely heed the advice of growing what you'll use. don't bother with german/noble hops if you rarely brew german (or belgian) beers.

ask growers in your area what works well for them. do a search on this forum for your state/province/region and see what folks have said grows well.
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