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Old 07-16-2013, 03:07 AM   #11
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Im in michigan and my flowers are jus starting to turn on 2 d year cascades yet 4 miles away my buddy is harvesting 2nd year chinook... Weird..

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Old 07-16-2013, 03:30 AM   #12
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Also in Michigan, my centennials are just developing into small cones, the cascade and Zeus are full of burrs, and the Chinook are just starting throw side arms.

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Old 07-16-2013, 12:40 PM   #13
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I was fearing that I had picked these a tad too early, based on some videos I saw on what is considered papery. Mine were definitely papery and springing back, but what I saw online as examples of ripe hops were probably drier. However, based on the drying ratio I'm seeing, I'm thinking they couldn't have been that early. Mine dried down to 39g (which is almost exactly 5:1).

I'll probably let the next harvests go a little longer.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:09 PM   #14
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Thankfully only my Hallertau has any over achievers. And being a certifiable hophead I end up picking the ripest ones each day to put between cheek and gum. Nothing sweeter (or bitterer?) than sucking on a few fresh hop cones. It's like an IPA without the buzz (for when you need to be in complete control).
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