Home Grown Hops 2019

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Re: Home Grown Hops 2019

Post by f00b4r » Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:23 pm

Hanglow wrote:Hop shoots are apparently the most expensive vegetable in the world :0 . Has anyone cooked with them?

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Did you try cooking with them?

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Re: Home Grown Hops 2019

Post by Hanglow » Sun Sep 22, 2019 10:01 pm

Yeah, they were decent. Fried them off in butter with a bit of lemon juice and some herbs iirc
Planned: Green Hop ale
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Re: Home Grown Hops 2019

Post by Greg » Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:59 pm

Hanglow wrote:
Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:27 pm
Greg wrote:
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:30 pm
Harvested my First Gold today, always less fun that sounds!
Nice! What beers do you have planned for them, if any yet?
I just used them in a brew where I got about 18 litres after the hops had absorbed about 8 litres! Used 3.2kg of them at 80c for a steep for about half an hour

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Re: Home Grown Hops 2019

Post by Meatymc » Thu Oct 03, 2019 11:06 pm

Well, although the First Gold, Northdown, Fuggles, Styrian Golding and Santiam came in a good 2 weeks ago, I only managed to harvest the Cascade Tuesday and last night. Fairly sure they were actually the 1st in last year but I had to move my hops to a different (dedicated) part of the garden this Spring so effectively they are all 1st year growths.

Looks like the final dried total will be around 3.5kg so not complaining. Next year, weather permitting, should be a belter

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Re: Home Grown Hops 2019

Post by Mjr6313 » Fri Oct 04, 2019 7:07 pm

Harvested mine last month a bit early but within 12hrs lost half my crop to a sudden caterpillar invasion. After drying not even 100g whole leaf from 3 plants.
My wife wanted me to get a hobby now I make beer. She says I'm always in my shed I KEEP TELLING HER IT WAS HER IDEA.

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Re: Home Grown Hops 2019

Post by adamzworld » Fri Oct 18, 2019 8:19 pm

Can I ask the group what I do now with my hop plant? It's currently in a pot and was grown from a rhizome earlier this year. Do I cut it back now or just let it die back ready for next year?

Also do I cover what's left of the plant with some kind of fleece or cloche over the winter?

Sorry if these seem like basic questions!

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Re: Home Grown Hops 2019

Post by Meatymc » Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:06 pm

With it being a 1st year plant, let it die back naturally. Best to do this for at least the first 3 years whilst it gets established but that does depend to some extent and how big your pot is.

You shouldn't need to 'protect it' just because it's in a pot but that does depend on how big the pot is and how exposed the position of it is.

I had a Northdown in a 15 litre pot for 2 years. When I moved it last year the tap root was over an inch wide - in other words the root system gets as big as you let it and the bigger the better.

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Re: Home Grown Hops 2019

Post by adamzworld » Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:28 pm

Meatymc wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 7:06 pm
With it being a 1st year plant, let it die back naturally. Best to do this for at least the first 3 years whilst it gets established but that does depend to some extent and how big your pot is.

You shouldn't need to 'protect it' just because it's in a pot but that does depend on how big the pot is and how exposed the position of it is.

I had a Northdown in a 15 litre pot for 2 years. When I moved it last year the tap root was over an inch wide - in other words the root system gets as big as you let it and the bigger the better.
Thanks for the feedback and I thought the most sensible thing to do would probably be to let nature take its course and let it die back over the winter month's.

The pot is 18 inches in diameter so I reckon it's capacity is probably around 30 litres. Based on your experience, hopefully I've got at least a couple of years before I need to transfer it to a larger pot. It's kept outside by our conservatory so not in a particularly exposed spot, but I could always move it to somewhere more sheltered over winter.

It did produce some hops this year, but they were quite small so I'm hoping that as it's still a young plant, the harvest will be greater next year.

Cheers,


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Re: Home Grown Hops 2019

Post by tourer » Sun Nov 03, 2019 9:33 pm

Replanted my East Kent Goldings and pearl last winter onto the allotment a massive root system more like a shrub with roots as thick as inch a half, I don't think they liked it as the crop was very poor only 300g.

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