This is my first post (Hello), and it is basically going to be a quicky intro, and about my plans for 2009 hop growing.
I first started brewing beer when I was 12/13, with my oldest brother, and have been doing it ever since. However I did not drink much until I was 17, same age as him when he first started brewing.
All my beers turn out great, and lately I have been into it more than ever due to Oktober and my family's heritage of beer and wine loving.
(At all our get togethers with friends and family, everyone kills off my kegs in under an hour... and they always want to know what my recipes for my beer are.) So maybe we can exchange recipes.
So to the point of the thread!
Hops are costing quite a bit of money due to farms replacing their hop crops, with other crops that will bring them more money.
As well I realize that I have an opportunity to enjoy the gardening of Hops, and feel that much more into my appreciation of beer and brewing.
So I am planning on the following varieties:
I have done a bit of reading, but will feel more comfortable receiving information from you all, as you have personal one on one experience.
I am so envious looking at the pictures of how well you have done growing your hops!
After looking at online stores, I cannot obtain hop rhizomes until roughly February 2009.
However I do not think I will grow them more vertical. Instead I was thinking I will make a mesh wall and leaning it at about 110 degrees. I feel this will keep the exposure to sunlight to a maximum, and keep exposure within a limit as to not to burn the hops with too much sunlight.
So does anyone know if waiting until February 2009 is a MUST?
As well, the varieties I listed are all moderate to high yielding plants. What is the average yield for a 'high yield' hop? I want to be sure to have enough to last me a long while. I do a bit of brewing for friends and family.
Anyway, this is an AWESOME site! And I look forward to seeing your progress, and being able to show my progress when it comes time!