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Old 09-02-2008, 10:43 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I live in the Chicago area(can not tell where LOL). I have cenntennial and hallertau growing in my yard..first year. My brothers neighbor has wild hops growing. I went to check them out and they are everywhere growing around bushes and weeds..hard to say the type..I will post some pics tommorrow..I am a new grower and the cone was a shorter fat..almost square look to them. My brother picked just a few vines and we probably have a pound already,,,just a tip of the iceberg so to speak. The vine is as thick as my pinky finger in some places so I would guess it to be old but not sure how old..

I will get pics of leaves and cones tommorrow so I could use some help to identify...

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Old 09-02-2008, 11:20 PM   #2
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I posted this answer earlier. It may be what you are looking for.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f92/hops...74/#post829625


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It's almost impossible to identify hops by looking at the leaves and cones other than perhaps eliminate some they are not. Those hops are probably feral rather that true wild hops. If you can do a little detective work and find out what was on the property in past years maybe you would be able to make a good guess as to when they were originally planted. Hops planted in the last 20 years or so could be almost anything. If they were planted 25 years ago or more there is a decent chance they are Clusters since that type was widely used for many decades before the newer types common today started to come into play. Have you crushed a few cones and smelled them?
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Also, bine thickness is only an indication of growing conditions, not age (at least after the first couple years).
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The house is a good 50 years old..but from the location of the hops..my guess is someone in the last 2 owners planted them and the current owner has let them go crazy. I know identifying them will be a bit of a challange but any thoughts from the pics(soon to come will be great). If I had to uess the cureent owners have been there I believe 2 to 3 years so the plant could be 5 or maybe 10 years old.


The next step would be to bring them to a local brewery.


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I have a few images to see if any one has any ideas. I think they smell like Cascade or Cenntennial, but I am a bit new at this so who knows for sure. In any case we picked a few pounds of these and plan on some batches for sure....





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Sorry..they changed the way we can post images..hope this works..let me know what u think..

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