So I'm going to be growing a hop garden this year for my very first time and had a few questions.
I do not plan on drying/storing the hops I grow. My plan is to buy enough plants/varieties to brew a kick a** wet hop IPA every year. I can grow 6 (maybe 8) plants and my brewing partner should be able to grow 3. So assume a max of 11 plants. I live in Northern California. Here are my questions:
1. What is the typical yield in oz. (wet or dry but please specify) that a hop plant typically produces? I'm sure there are many factors that affect this but just try to give me a ball park estimate.
2. I know that I will need to use more wet hops than dry hops to achieve the same bittering but I'm not sure how many. I think I heard somewhere that if the recipe calls for an oz of dry hops, you need 4 oz's of wet hops. Is this correct? A 1:4 ratio of dry to wet?
3. My LHBS is doing a pre order of rhizomes. Here is what they are offering:
What hops would do good on an IPA? I'm thinking cascade, chinook, and centennial, but I'm open to suggestions as I'm still fairly new to brewing and havent even used half of these hops.
Any and all help/tips would be AWESOME! Thanks for any input!