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Hops Update spring 2012

April 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Spring came early this year. Goldings, Perle and Wilamette have several vigorous sprouts by the end of March.

The straw mulch got infested with grass and weeds. I pulled the mulch off and dug out quite a bit of grassroots, etc and then covered with newspaper and straw. It got cold, freeze, while the mounds were exposed. It appears there was no damage.

I put Cascade and Centennial in from Hopsdirect. They ship 2 rhyzomes per order. The Cascade have quite a bit of sprout already, Centennial had buds. I planted them vertically in big holes with Natures Helper and a manure + compost mix. I think they will do well.

The order now goes thus, moving away from the house:


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Brew Day 12.27.2011 Perle Crop

September 5, 2011 Leave a comment

brewing with my crop of homegrown hops. mostly perle with a little willamette. Maybe 2 or 3 ounces total. going for a light american ale with flora, herbal hops.

92% 12 0 American Two-row Pale 37 2
4% 0 8 Crystal 45 34 45
4% 0 8 Victory Malt 34 25
13 0
Time Oz Type form aa
 60 mins 1 Perle pellet 6.5
 10 mins 1 Perle leaf 5 wild guess AA, but know these were harvested late and not dryed or stored with care…
 5 mins 1 Perle leaf 5
started boil, just over 7 gallons @1:15
Added grains @ 157
Mash @ 150 for  40 minutes
Flame out t0 170
I don’t know what happened but i got very low efficiency, 55%,
with 5.7  Gal of OG 1.045
FG 1.012 a week later.

when to harvest hops

July 23, 2011 Leave a comment

They should be a yellowish green to light green and should feel light and dry, if they are ready to be picked. You can also compress some of the hop cones in your hands. If they stay compressed, they are still not ready. The lupulin, which is the yellow powder in the center of the cone, should make your hands feel sticky, and if your hops are ready, your hands will take up the aroma from the lupulin. If the hops are not yet ready to be harvested, the cones will appear too green and will feel damp in your hand >>


the stem will crack and should not be flexable when ready



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hops year 2 growth and planthoppers

July 16, 2011 Leave a comment

the perl is growing vigorously, williamette ok and goldings minimally – barely grew at all.

i think i have planthoppers Metcalfa pruinosa

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Hops Trellis Up

May 31, 2011 Leave a comment

May 30 got a simple hop trellis up. Vines are just above the level of the fence on 2.

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Growing Hops year 2

May 17, 2011 Leave a comment

i banked the hops in a ton of raked leaves and hay. I did not uncover the root stump until early april, could have earlier.
The root stayed cool until I uncovered. Each had almost pushed fingers through, so i uncovered the sprouts. i think the drastic change burned ’em.

A week or so later all 3 had new sprouts.

Goldings is growing very slowly.

Pearle really shooting out lots of bushy growth. vigorous.

Willamette has 1 long arm and 2 or so other sprouts that have not yet jumped up.


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Fertilizing and Watering Hops

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment

However the soil does need to occasionally dry out as continual overwatering can cause the rhizomes to rot.  The good balance is to soak them, allow the ground to dry, then immediately water again. Using a timer can make this very easy. Add small additions of a generic fertilizer during the growing season to assist your plant. However, note that adding a lot of fertilizer (nitrogen in particular) will result in a robust plant but the cones will have a lower alpha acid content.

Every Monday I give them a dilute liquid fertilizer with about a gallon or 2 of water. If we go more than 4 or 5 days with no rain i give them another gallon or so of water. Seems to be working well.

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