Originally Posted by Kmcogar
There are so many new hops strands coming out, it makes me wonder how they do it. Would a homebrewer like myself be able grow my own strand? How would one go about this?
You sure could. It would take a lot of work but if you just follow basic principles botany then you could pull it off. I imagine a lot of home brewers already have
a slightly mutated or augmented strand that technically the hops in their back yard are different than your typical commercial ones. The thing is though, that you might be able to cross breed a few strands but would it really make much of a difference in the composition, habits, yield and durability of the old strands? Probably not. And if it did without all the hightec gear to test stuff you might never know
From what I understand a lot the new strands come from cross breeding modern commercial strands with wild hops or by selectively breeding wild hops until they are usable for brewing (high enough yield, enough AA output, taste, life span etc etc)
A few of the strans ive heard about are coming out of New Mexico and are all really old heritage hops that were brought over by the monks in the 1600s and are half wild.