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Homer

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A buddy of mine wants to grow some hops, just because he likes growing stuff, so I told him I would help choose which ones (for my own benefit of course :D ) I really like brewing IPA's, love the bitterness, and the aroma (DFH 60min is my staple beer). I called and got a list of rhizomes they have available, so if you guys could help me choose maybe 3 or 4 that would go good in an IPA, that would be awesome.

Centennial
Chinook
Fuggles
Glacier
Golding
Hallertauer
Horizon
Nugget
Tettnang
Willamette

I'm leaning towards: Centennial, Chinook, Glacier, and Willamette.

What would you choose?

I did some research in the growing forum, but I thought it would be better to ask the question here anyway.
 

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It depends on where you live.

Talk to someone in a local brewing club or at your LHBS. They can tell you what grows best in your area and you can adjust your list from there.

Tom
 
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It depends on where you live.

Talk to someone in a local brewing club or at your LHBS. They can tell you what grows best in your area and you can adjust your list from there.

Tom

Yeah, sorry I should have posted that, my buddy lives in a suburb of Chicago.

I will be asking at my LHBS, but I wanted some other opinions from you guys.
 

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You ain't really an IPA drinker, because if you were, your first choice for growing would be Cascades.

On the other hand, Cascades is a freaking weed and once it's in the garden, it stays in the garden.

100% Nuggett makes an amazing fresh hop IPA.
 

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I think your four choices are perfect for IPA's. I'd try to see if you could get some Cascades too.
 
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You ain't really an IPA drinker, because if you were, your first choice for growing would be Cascades.

On the other hand, Cascades is a freaking weed and once it's in the garden, it stays in the garden.

I am an IPA drinker, and Cascade would have been my first choice, but unfortunately, it isn't available at my LHBS for some reason.

I will try and order some Cascades online
 

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Fuggles and East Kent Goldings are the classic IPA hops. Your selections are good for an American-style IPA (of which DH60 is an example).
 

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I would plant Centennial, Columbus,Chinook, & Saaz. Saaz doesn't really fit the IPA bill, but I'd love to always have some around.
 

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Grow everything you can, but if you have to limit yourself to 4 and are a IPA fan these have all been said, but here goes.

Centennial
Cascade
Magnum
Summit
Simcoe
Nugget
Galena
Amarillo

These will give you a nice variety for IPAs but you will just have to wait a couple of years before you can use them.
 

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I'm from the Detroit area and have had very good luck growing Nugget and Centennial. I also planted Magnum, but it isn't producing near the crop as the others. Nugget and Magnum would both be good candidates for an IPA.

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You ain't really an IPA drinker, because if you were, your first choice for growing would be Cascades.

On the other hand, Cascades is a freaking weed and once it's in the garden, it stays in the garden.

100% Nuggett makes an amazing fresh hop IPA.

Word on that. How could Cascades be missing?
 

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I personally think it really depends upon the place U reside. Try having some discussion with local clubs. Most of ur queries will be solved. Or else try getting some Cascades too.!
 

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Grow everything you can, but if you have to limit yourself to 4 and are a IPA fan these have all been said, but here goes.

Centennial
Cascade
Magnum
Summit
Simcoe
Nugget
Galena
Amarillo

These will give you a nice variety for IPAs but you will just have to wait a couple of years before you can use them.


I didn't think that Amarillo was available to the public, did this change? Is it available?
 
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First of all, thanks for all the help! Here is what I purchased:

From LHBS:
1 Chinook
1 Golding
2 Fuggle
(wanted 2 of each, but they ran out)

From Freshops.com:
2 Centennial
2 Cascade
 

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That's a great set of hops. If you add a couple continental/noble varieties (Saaz, Tettnanger, Hallertau) and Northern Brewer, you'd have almost everything you need. Maybe Magnum.
 

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