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Picked the hartwick. Lowered them and hoses them off real good. Knocked most of the aphids off. Only a few leaves on the inside had a problem and maybe 50 hops with the sooty mildew. I got a lot of hops. I’d say based on the wonderful citrus smell, papery feel and the spring back most were ready with a few not quite on the lower arms so I think with upper gone they will see more sun. View attachment 645185

Also this is ridiculous. Took me and my two boys two hrs to pick all these.
Glad I had chicken wire and zip tiesView attachment 645196

I’ll just move them around every few hrs and cover with a sheet at night.
Nice! That’s an incredible 1st year bounty.

I’m drying the last of my Hartwick. I’m only gonna get around 2oz dried, total. But like you said, they have a wonderful citrus smell. Very exciting.
 

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Nice! That’s an incredible 1st year bounty.

I’m drying the last of my Hartwick. I’m only gonna get around 2oz dried, total. But like you said, they have a wonderful citrus smell. Very exciting.
Thanks! i've learned so much and still a little overwhelmed. I cant imagine even more next yr.

definitely need to build one of those spinning hop finger pickers for next yr.
 

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ok, finished drying all the hops.
aphids were jumping ship like rats on the titanic.
I even put some hop leaves on top to draw them out which worked wonders.
the smell as I pulled into the driveway and even stronger on the deck was amazing.

anyways dried them until petals? were falling off.
thought I went to far but my hands were SOOOO sticky from vacuum sealing them.
the smell was so good.
A very light citrus smell.
I ended up with almost 24oz of dried hops from two first yr crowns from GLH's :)
next yr i'm doing the V for each plant to get them to spread out a little bit.

this winter I make a spot in the basement to dry them and build the racks.
I'm also making a hop press to get them into plugs to save space.
I know I will have a LOT more hops next yr.

going to make a 1 gallon smash with the hartwick soon.
I put 1 oz aside.
I figure .25 for the boil and the rest for flame out.
 

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ok, finished drying all the hops.
aphids were jumping ship like rats on the titanic.
I even put some hop leaves on top to draw them out which worked wonders.
the smell as I pulled into the driveway and even stronger on the deck was amazing.

anyways dried them until petals? were falling off.
thought I went to far but my hands were SOOOO sticky from vacuum sealing them.
the smell was so good.
A very light citrus smell.
I ended up with almost 24oz of dried hops from two first yr crowns from GLH's :)
next yr i'm doing the V for each plant to get them to spread out a little bit.

this winter I make a spot in the basement to dry them and build the racks.
I'm also making a hop press to get them into plugs to save space.
I know I will have a LOT more hops next yr.

going to make a 1 gallon smash with the hartwick soon.
I put 1 oz aside.
I figure .25 for the boil and the rest for flame out.
That’s an amazing first year harvest. I ended up with only 1.88 oz dry. But they smell amazing.

I’m brewing my 2.5 gal test batch as I type this. Bittering with .3 oz of CTZ. Planning 1 oz Hartwick at flame out, .5 oz at <150F whirpool, 5 min rest each and then .33 oz dry hop 3 days before kegging.

I will definitely follow up and let everyone know how it turns out.

Cheers!
 

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Hartwick pale ale update:

It's been about 3.5 weeks since I brewed my 2.5 gallon Hartwick test batch. I didn't get a ton of hops this year, so the beer is less hoppy than I normally would make it. That said, this beer is very enjoyable. It's get a light citrusy, fruity flavor. I don't pick up on much pine. And I'm not sure I'd claim I can taste "overripe pineapple", but whatever it is, it's good. I used Hartwick only for flameout/whirlpool additions and dry hopping. So I wouldn't expect much bitterness from them. If there were any IBU gains, the bitterness is very smooth and refined. Nothing offensive on the palate with regard to harsh bitterness.

So I'd say after year one, that this variety is a winner. I'm very much looking forward to getting more of a yield next year and blending it with other hops to see what happens.

As an aside, I think the hop may be more expressive in future years. My experience with my cascade plant is that it didn't develop strong citrusy flavors until the third year's harvest. So I'm thinking it could be that way with other varieties. Just a guess.

NitrogenWidget, have you brewed with any of your new varieties yet?
 

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Interesting! I think this concept holds water. IE: Some crops of Centennial taste like complete “garbage” to me. While Bell’s Two Hearted centennial tastes absolutely amazing. So yeah, terroir and vintage do seem to play a big role.
 

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My year one Petoskey is now creeping on 7 ft tall and starting to really bush. Low mast on main bines, but I am assuming it is just indicative of age and root size. I am working to develop this in the future, so I want year one to be a huge success for root development. I have between 7-10 different bines all running up the coir. I am not particularly worried about cone production this year, its just a training evolution for the plant, and getting her accustomed to my soil and weather
I'm curious what results you've gotten brewing with Petoskey? Or anybody who has ordered. I looked at em last year and decided there wasn't enough data / results from other brewers, not worth pulling up one of my lackluster rhizomes. But here I am again in March thinking about how to up my fresh hop IPAs!
 

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I'm curious what results you've gotten brewing with Petoskey? Or anybody who has ordered. I looked at em last year and decided there wasn't enough data / results from other brewers, not worth pulling up one of my lackluster rhizomes. But here I am again in March thinking about how to up my fresh hop IPAs!

I harvested around 7 pounds wet last year, this year in late February I already had around 30-50 shoots starting to emerge.

that said, I brewed two beers with my Petoskey from year one harvest...a roasted hatch chile session IPA that performed extremely well at competition and the same base IPA but with a slight bit or apricot tincture added

I have yet to make a brew that is strictly or predominantly Petoskey, but I can assure you that it makes an incredible tea, it delivers on both pineapple and pungency, is lightly resinous, and beautifully citrusy. I’m looking forward to this year
 

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Hartwick pale ale update:

It's been about 3.5 weeks since I brewed my 2.5 gallon Hartwick test batch. I didn't get a ton of hops this year, so the beer is less hoppy than I normally would make it. That said, this beer is very enjoyable. It's get a light citrusy, fruity flavor. I don't pick up on much pine. And I'm not sure I'd claim I can taste "overripe pineapple", but whatever it is, it's good. I used Hartwick only for flameout/whirlpool additions and dry hopping. So I wouldn't expect much bitterness from them. If there were any IBU gains, the bitterness is very smooth and refined. Nothing offensive on the palate with regard to harsh bitterness.

So I'd say after year one, that this variety is a winner. I'm very much looking forward to getting more of a yield next year and blending it with other hops to see what happens.

As an aside, I think the hop may be more expressive in future years. My experience with my cascade plant is that it didn't develop strong citrusy flavors until the third year's harvest. So I'm thinking it could be that way with other varieties. Just a guess.

NitrogenWidget, have you brewed with any of your new varieties yet?

I'm just about ready to bottle my 2.5 gallon test batch.
I targeted ~5% abv.
I would say mine has the same light citrus, fruity flavor you described.
no pineapple here either.
I was surprised by ho light it was. almost mic ultra lite, without being watery.
Though I also used mine for bittering.
My recipe:

4lbs of pale malt
1 lb of rolled oats.
.5 oz hartwick at 60.
.5 oz at flame out
Notty.
fermented high 50's/ low 60's
1 oz more after fermentation slowed down.

after 4 days of dry hopping It i'm thinking it's time to bottle.

But i'm thinking if I skipped the dry-hop or used less i'd have a great easy drinking summer beer for my mic ultra drinking friends.


I'll do a 2.5gal arcadian batch next.
 

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I have grown all of GLH heritage hops collection for 3 years (except Diamond Springs because it has yet to be released). last year all of them went off reaching their full maturity over 25 feet,.... and Over a few pounds of hop cones on most plants.
The Poteskey hop was very Dank Orange to me, was like All most orange peel like bitter orange peel.
I feel like a lot of times our results are skewed (Flavor and aroma wise) based on elevation and where I live. Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains (southern Yosemite foothills) l. where I live at 2000' very hot and dry in the summer months but cools off nicely in the afternoon and evening.

I feel like it's very specific what our flavors are to our growing conditions here. I live next to a river so the micro climate is very unique damp dew and wet in the morning's hot and dry by mid day. Then cool and moist again at night.
Anyway hope this helps

Cheers to Great Beers
 

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Well, sadly they won't ship retail to Oregon. I guess that makes the decision to try them easier.
 

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Well, sadly they won't ship retail to Oregon. I guess that makes the decision to try them easier.
Maybe temporarily rent a PO box in a neighboring state? Might be worth the effort.

There's got to be a way.
 

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I'm just about ready to bottle my 2.5 gallon test batch.
I targeted ~5% abv.
I would say mine has the same light citrus, fruity flavor you described.
no pineapple here either.
I was surprised by ho light it was. almost mic ultra lite, without being watery.
Though I also used mine for bittering.
My recipe:

4lbs of pale malt
1 lb of rolled oats.
.5 oz hartwick at 60.
.5 oz at flame out
Notty.
fermented high 50's/ low 60's
1 oz more after fermentation slowed down.

after 4 days of dry hopping It i'm thinking it's time to bottle.

But i'm thinking if I skipped the dry-hop or used less i'd have a great easy drinking summer beer for my mic ultra drinking friends.


I'll do a 2.5gal arcadian batch next.
Interesting. Keep me posted on how both beers turn out. I'm very curious about Arcadian.

I'm already having a hard time remembering what my Hartwick pale ale tasted like. But I remember it being very crushable. Looking forward to testing this year's crop and also blending it with other hops.
 

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Based on what other's are saying about Petoskey, I'm almost wishing I'd picked up that plant as well. I love me some dank hops. Too many varieties, not enough yard space...
 

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I took the hartwick ale to a party.
It was a hit.
light and tropical was the majority of descriptions and a few claimed pineapple.
so i'll be brewing a larger batch of this soon for the summer.
 

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I took the hartwick ale to a party.
It was a hit.
light and tropical was the majority of descriptions and a few claimed pineapple.
so i'll be brewing a larger batch of this soon for the summer.
Glad to hear it turned out well. I will also be brewing it again this summer/fall. I’m hoping for more intense aromatics with a more mature plant.
 

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To start things off, Great Lakes Hops just released 10 new varieties in their "Heritage collection". At the moment it looks like they are available to everyone for preorder:


GLH Arcadian
  • Light Floral and Orange/Tangerine
  • Alpha: 9.8%
  • Beta: 7.5%
  • Observed First year yield (on test plant): 6lbs 9.8oz (wet weight)

GLH Walhalla™
  • Light Citrus w/ hint of garlic (very faint) some grassy/herbal too.
  • Alpha: 5.97 - 10%
  • Beta: 3.75 - 6%
  • Observed First year yield (on test plant): 9lbs 4.8oz (wet weight)

GLH Prussian™
  • Lemony citrus w/ piney notes
  • Alpha: 4.29%
  • Beta: 2.73%
  • Observed First year yield (on test plant): 3lbs 9.4oz (wet weight)

GLH Petoskey™
  • Unique floral, pungent, pineapple
  • Alpha: 12.11%
  • Beta: 6.16%
  • Observed First year yield (on test plant): 6lbs 9.1oz (wet weight)

GLH Hartwick™
  • Piney, overripe pineapple - Distinctly different aroma profile from others in collection
  • Alpha: 12.28%
  • Beta: 5.77%
  • Observed First year yield (on test plant): 12lbs 11.3oz (wet weight)

GLH Saugatuck™
  • Fragrant, hard to pin down but pleasant and interesting.
  • Alpha: 5.39%
  • Beta: 3.27%
  • Observed First year yield (on test plant): 12lbs 13.1oz (wet weight)

GLH Old Mission™
  • Citrus, light pine, tea spice, herbal, pepper, tartness.
  • Alpha: 4.33%
  • Beta: 3.70%
  • Observed First year yield (on test plant): 14lbs 11.9oz (wet weight)
GLH Shaddock™
  • Interesting lime/grapefruit, bright, - low onion/garlic.
  • Alpha: 4.96%
  • Beta: 3.59%
  • Observed First year yield (on test plant): 7lbs 13.4oz (wet weight)

GLH Diamond Springs™
  • Citrusy/bright, lemon, mint, interesting aroma
  • Alpha: 4.83%
  • Beta: 3.18%
  • Observed First year yield (on test plant): 12lbs 9.8oz (wet weight)

GLH Lawton™
  • Pungent, woody & earthy – not citrusy – totally dank.
  • Alpha: 3.5 -4.0% from uncultivated specimen
  • Beta: 3.0-3.2
  • Yield: high – based on cone size and set on specimen plant
Just got arcadian hop bines.looking forward to see what I can brew with them
 

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Sierra, (and maybe nagmay)
I’ve been trying to catch up on all your valuable experience in the threads.
I’d like to do a little home hop breeding as well and I was wondering if you had seeds or male hop plants or pollen for sale?
I’m just north of Sacramento
 
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Just a quick update. My 2nd year Hartwick and Arcadian plants are off to the races. With one month left of vegetative growth, these things are gonna be monsters.
Arcadian:
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Hartwick:
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Nice kaz, mine poked their heads out last Friday and today one of my heartwhick is 3ft y'all and one arcadian is 2ft. The rest are about 1.5 ft. I need to trim some trees, but I also know once they hit a certain height they get all the sun they need.
 
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