Any one here grow their own hops? I have two four year plants (Chinook and cascade) and two three year plants one of each of the above. I have been getting about 24oz of each the last two years.
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I have wanted to grow hops for a long time now .. they are tough to locate in my area tho and any of the mail order plants I have gotten were worth much more than the postage
I am sure you have a lot better luck in your area tho ..
Chinook and Cascades are what I use in my IPA. Love em. I have friends that grow them but I haven't yet. Got to many other projects. Got some pics of your vines?
I have Chinook, nugget and cascade, I have yet to use or even harvest any of my hops, I have not brewed in a while, and I keep telling homebrewers I know to come and get the hops, but they never show, we grow ours on the sun side of our deck and make a shade wall with them.
we bought ours through mail order and they have taken off ever since, the first yearr they seem to be a little stunned , but grow like wild fire every year since
this is them already this year and we have cut them back once
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One other question, is there anything to worried about with my dogs? I think I remember reading that hops are poisonous to dogs. She doesn't really get into much anymore but I'd rather be safe.
They are typically ready to harvest around Labor Day.
Hops can give a dog a heart attack if they get into them. This is usually when the dog gets into them when you dump your trub after the boil, or if you use a hop sack.
When growing them, its best to clip the bottom few feet's worth of leaves leaving only a bare bine close to the ground. This will help keep insects as well as mold/fungus off the plants as they grow, and it will also keep the flowers out of the dog's reach. If your dog likes to chew on plants, you may want to put a chicken wire fence around them just to be sure.
First year they usually don't produce a lot. 2nd year they'll produce a lot more.
It's fun to brew with them, but the big issue is you really don't know what the %AA they are. You could end up with a beer that is over or under bittered if you try to use the as the only bittering hops in your beer. You will be more consistent if you bitter with a commercial hop and use the homegrown as flavor and aroma additions.
Also, if you fresh hop with them (ie, throw them in directly, without drying them out), they are approximately 5 times heavier than dried hops, so you have to mulitply your weight by 5. 1 oz of dried hops = 5 oz of fresh.
The more sun they get the better, especially the hot afternoon sun. They probably won't do all that well if they can only get morning sun. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Yakima is on the 48th parallel, so in the summer time the days get incredibly long (and winter days incredibly short).
The sun will come up at 4am and not set until 9:30pm, and the hops absolutely love it -- sunny, hot and dry.