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Old 07-25-2013, 02:52 AM   #1
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Default First year hop potency?

I started a small 3 hop garden this spring which seems to be doing pretty well. I have a cascade, centennial, and a nugget. They all have flowery burrs on them which I'm hoping will turn into hops at some point.

My question is, if I do get a harvest this year, will the potency of the hops be the same of a plant that's a few years older? Not sure if age of a hop plant plays a factor in the potency of it's hops?

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Probably not. Usually the alpha acid level increases until the 3rd or 4th year when it levels out. Plus, first user growers usually pick too early.

Plan on using them for flavor. Even that changes a bit over the years but if you make a little tea, you can get an idea of the flavor.
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