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Old 07-22-2008, 02:33 PM   #1
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I picked a Chinook and a Cascade yesterday, popped them open and they are full of yellow stuff, I think Im going to harvest them tomorrow morning, the tips of the leaves on the cones are turning a bit brownish, I think they are ready, anyone want to comment?
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Old 07-22-2008, 02:38 PM   #2
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Sounds good.

If you can be selective with your harvest and only pick the ones that are truely ready you can get another harvest before the years end. Maybe even a 3rd too.
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I only do one harvest, but that's because of my growing zone (mine are just setting cones at this late date). If you pick the ones that are browning, you'll be able to harvest more later.
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I picked about half of my Chinook cones already but there is a clear difference between the ones that were ready and ones that will be ready in about 2 weeks. It's almost like the cone formation started in two distinct spurts.

After drying, I got .6 ounces. Yeah... sad.
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I picked about half of my Chinook cones already but there is a clear difference between the ones that were ready and ones that will be ready in about 2 weeks. It's almost like the cone formation started in two distinct spurts.

After drying, I got .6 ounces. Yeah... sad.
That is the saddest part. They look so impressive on the vine. Big, fluffy, etc.. Your eyes have a hard time taking it all in. Then next thing you know, they are picked, dried, and then you realize that what your eyes saw as 4 pounds ( ) turns out to be .4 Ounces.
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Yeah, the weight sounds depressing but just wait until you vacuum seal them. I hand-packed them into a 16oz cup to fit on the small scale and thought, wow, so small. They barely fit into the 1qt bag but they then compressed down to about the width of less than 1/4".
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Yeah, the weight sounds depressing but just wait until you vacuum seal them. I hand-packed them into a 16oz cup to fit on the small scale and thought, wow, so small. They barely fit into the 1qt bag but they then compressed down to about the width of less than 1/4".
Thats something to think about, do you think you could have vaccumed a bit, packed more in and so on before the bag seals, and get by using a smaller bag Bobby? I was going to give it a try like that, but it may not work, I will try and report back when they are dry enough to seal.
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Can someone post a ready/not ready pic? I've got a few that are browning but inspection reveals very little luplin. Or perhaps a whole lot, but my noob eyes can't tell the difference.
I've only got about 30 cones, so I don't wanna go picking a bunch of green hops.
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I did some searching for ya...

You have to feel, squeeze and sniff a hop cone to determine its ripeness and readiness for picking. If the cone feels cool and moist, it's not ready. A dry and papery feel is a sign of readiness. Now squeeze the hop cone. If it springs back after squeezing, it's probably ready. If it stays rather compressed, it's not ready yet. Next, tear off some of the cone petals (bracts) and squeeze the inside-ends where the golden-colored lupulin glands are. The resulting "resin" should be feel very sticky. If it seems a little thin or watery, the cones aren't ready. Now smell the squeezed resin. The aroma should be quite fragrant--lightly spicy or floral. If the aroma is very faint, the hops are not ready for picking. If you perform these tests once or twice a week, you will get a feel for the ripening process and know when the cones are ready for picking.


The flowers will open up a bit, and have a very hoppy smell. You will need to keep a watchful eye, though, as it is a short time between optimum ripeness and them going over, when they will start to turn brown and decay. Pick them on a dry, sunny day, when any dew or dampness has dried off. It's a long smelly job, and your arms will get covered in scratches, so be warned.

Here is a pic of ready hops, see how they are thin and papery, and some of the cone tips may start to brown..Depending on your region and rizhome size and how much fertilizer they got as well as water...this will vary..Hope this helps...

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Old 07-26-2008, 02:03 AM   #10
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Wow, that's more than I found after a lot of searching. Thanks!

As for picking them once or twice a week; At one a week that only gives me about 3-4 weeks before my little vine is bare....
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