Hop Growing in So Cal anyone? - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Recipes/Ingredients > Hop Growing in So Cal anyone?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-27-2008, 05:53 PM   #1
gonzo brewer
 
gonzo brewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2007
Santa Clarita, CA
Posts: 258
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts



I am seriously considering growing hops in North Los Angeles County (Santa Clarita).
I am in zone 18 (Western Garden) and have a East facing slope area. My soil is a little clayey, but can amend the heck out of it and get some good drainage - no problem.

Has anyone been successful growing in this climate? I'm thinking of planting in late Feb, which should be safe from any frost.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2008, 10:30 PM   #2
derogg
Recipes 
 
Dec 2006
Aliso Viejo, Ca
Posts: 159
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I live in south Orange county and was thinking of the same thing. I know a guy who grows some, but I have yet to discuss this with him in detail. I think if you have a nice sunny area, and keep them watered you should be fine. - Dirk
__________________
Bier frisch und gut, schafft frohen Mut.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2008, 11:33 PM   #3
APendejo
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
So.Cal., No. Orange County
Posts: 320
Liked 6 Times on 4 Posts


Many years ago my uncle who lived in Anaheim grew hops on a trellis on the west side of the house, he said he made tea with them. I didn't really understand what they were back then but when I would rub the little cones in my hands they sure smelled like some other thing I was familiar with at the time.
AP

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2008, 05:46 AM   #4
gonzo brewer
 
gonzo brewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2007
Santa Clarita, CA
Posts: 258
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Thats what I'm thinking. I would hook up a drip system to take care of vacation times.
I'll let you know if I follow up this season.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2008, 05:59 AM   #5
gwood
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
gwood's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 573
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I've often wondered how well they'd do out here too. Hops sure love sun so we have that one checked off the list and as you mentioned, soil is an easy fix. Temps are really the key IMO. It gets so damn hot in the summer.

If you could ensure good root growth with regular watering and good soil structure I'd venture to say that you'd have some hops in a couple of years. I've read that Cascade might be a good choice for our area and have been thinking about it more and more as of late (tis that time of year), the issue I would have is rigging up 20ft of vertical space!

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2008, 02:21 PM   #6
gonzo brewer
 
gonzo brewer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2007
Santa Clarita, CA
Posts: 258
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


I just got a tig welder at harbor freight. I have 1.3 acres, so space is not an issue.

I just need to design the poles and braces. I'm think to plant 4-6 different varietals along a line about 25 feet long. Steel braced poles (about 20' high) at each end and plastic coated wire for the span.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2008, 07:30 PM   #7
gwood
Senior Member
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
gwood's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 573
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by gonzo brewer
I just got a tig welder at harbor freight. I have 1.3 acres, so space is not an issue.

I just need to design the poles and braces. I'm think to plant 4-6 different varietals along a line about 25 feet long. Steel braced poles (about 20' high) at each end and plastic coated wire for the span.
I have a decent sized yard but really don't have anything to take advantage of in terms of vertical support. I suppose I could just sink a massive 4x4 into the ground but it seems silly. The other thought I had was to rig the lines to a telephone poll but I'm not sure that is legal.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2008, 07:36 PM   #8
Bobby_M
Vendor and Brewer
HBT_SPONSOR.png
 
Bobby_M's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Aug 2006
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 23,201
Liked 1659 Times on 1072 Posts


Put some eye hooks up high on the house and string heavy twine or cable to stakes in the ground near where you plan. They'll climb that.
__________________
Welcome to BrewHardware.com. I love you.
BIAB Large Mesh False Bottoms and SS HERMS COILS are IN!!
Chugger Pumps, Pump Kits, Camlocks, Sightglasses, Clear USA made Silicone Tubing, RIMS, Electric Install Parts, etc.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2008, 07:37 PM   #9
raceskier
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Feb 2007
Port Townsend, Washington
Posts: 609
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts


My LHBS (Culver City Home Brewing Supply Co.) has a number of different hop bines going every year. They are in planters behind the store. They have cables from the planters to the top of the second story building and train the bines up the cables. Give them a call and ask about varieties. I don't remember exactly which ones they grow.
__________________
Primary: , Boddington's Clone, Mirror Pond w/Marris Otter
Secondary:
Bottled: Fullers ESB Clone
Kegged: Mirror Pond Clone
Drinking: BM's Kona Fire Rock, Dead Guy Clone, Alaskan Amber Alt Clone, Firestone DBA Clone, Magnum/Crystal IPA
Next up: Burton IPA

 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2008, 07:47 PM   #10
Germey
 
Germey's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
Rancho Bernardo, CA
Posts: 698
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


The Nov/Dec issue of Zymurgy has an article talking about a "wall of hops" stating that very good yields can be had just growing the plants like a hedge or a bush.
If I do it, I am planning to have them grow across my back fence. That is pretty much my only option with the HOA (that other SoCal buzzkiller)

 
Reply With Quote


Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hop growing schedule and year-round growing in CA? tekhna Hops Growing 8 11-23-2009 01:40 AM
Growing Everything? Selfsufficient Hops Growing 15 04-25-2009 02:11 AM
hop growing ?'s scubajim Hops Growing 2 12-03-2008 02:02 PM
A Hop Growing what would YOU do..... GilaMinumBeer Hops Growing 6 04-02-2008 01:00 PM
Hop growing Parker36 General Beer Discussion 4 12-11-2007 02:46 PM


Forum Jump