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Title: Show us your Hops!
Post by: bluesman on June 23, 2010, 02:35:19 PM
I thought it would be fun for our members to show their hops and share their hop growing experiences. 

It could be anything from a rhizome to harvested hops and/or anything in between. I know there are alot of folks that grow their own hops. Hopefully by sharing pics and experiences we can all grow and learn how to successfully grow and harvest hops.

Here's a shot of my third year Sterling hops.

(http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/repricej/c61fd2e7.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: theDarkSide on June 23, 2010, 02:42:35 PM
My first years are moving along slowly...is this to be expected.  I planted them May 12th, and as of yesterday they are only about 2 feet up the trellis.  I know the first year they build their root systems, but I was hoping for a little more by this time.

I'll try to post a picture when I get home tonight.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: bluesman on June 23, 2010, 02:58:03 PM
Yes. Actually two feet in 45 days is pretty good.

The first year the hops are developing a root system to enable them to obtain the proper nourishment. The next few years they should double in size assuming they are receiving the required amount of sun, water and nutrients.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: weithman5 on June 23, 2010, 03:46:20 PM
i planted santiem, magnum and sterling rhizomes on easter sunday.  the magnum hops have hit the roof of my garage (8foot) and are turning back toward the ground. the others are close.  I am not sure what i am going to do with them. either let them go down and up or string to the second floor.  they are not very full yet.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: ndcube on June 23, 2010, 03:48:09 PM
I think sunlight is a big part.  I planted a few varieties on the side of my house.  The ones in front that get sun for better than half the day seem like they grow a foot a day once they get going and I have them thinned out.

I think it depends on the variety too.  My Chinook get's the biggest.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: ndcube on June 23, 2010, 03:51:59 PM
i planted santiem, magnum and sterling rhizomes on easter sunday.  the magnum hops have hit the roof of my garage (8foot) and are turning back toward the ground. the others are close.  I am not sure what i am going to do with them. either let them go down and up or string to the second floor.  they are not very full yet.

My Chinook's hit the top of my second floor roof every year and turn back down.  They got all tangled up while I was on vacation a couple weeks ago and I don't think there is any untangling then at this point.  I'll try to get some pics later.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: dj99 on June 23, 2010, 05:42:56 PM
(http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll141/dj99wa/DSCF0499.jpg)

These are my third year hops.  The first two years did not produce much at all.  This year will be different.  The left half is perle and the right is chinook.  The second group of bines from the left is perle and is about 17 ft and is almost to the top of the 18 foot cross string.  What you can't see that well is that the hops grow out of a small area and are trained up inside a bird netting cage to keep the deer from nibbling.  So far so good!
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: bluesman on June 23, 2010, 05:58:58 PM
(http://i287.photobucket.com/albums/ll141/dj99wa/DSCF0499.jpg)

These are my third year hops.  The first two years did not produce much at all.  This year will be different.  The left half is perle and the right is chinook.  The second group of bines from the left is perle and is about 17 ft and is almost to the top of the 18 foot cross string.  What you can't see that well is that the hops grow out of a small area and are trained up inside a bird netting cage to keep the deer from nibbling.  So far so good!

Looking good!

Where are you located?
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: dj99 on June 23, 2010, 06:01:01 PM
Southwest Washington, above Portland.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: mikeypedersen on June 24, 2010, 01:59:52 PM
I planted them a couple of years ago, half as a privacy screen from my neighbors, half to have fresh hops.  I have two 4 X 8' lattices about a foot apart then on the top of each one I tied 4 strings and ran those to the 2nd story soffit of my house.  It gives us some privacy and also makes a great sun shade in the afternoon.  This is the third year, so far they are about as far as they got last year, which is probably about 20' or so, but they are much fuller.

From just off the back patio:
(http://images5b.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp633%3A6%3Enu%3D3292%3E479%3E8%3A3%3EWSNRCG%3D347%3B68%3B59632%3Bnu0mrj)

The Latices:
(http://images5b.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp633%3B3%3Enu%3D3292%3E479%3E8%3A3%3EWSNRCG%3D347%3B68%3B59332%3Bnu0mrj)

The Cones just starting to form:
(http://images5b.snapfish.com/232323232%7Ffp633%3A5%3Enu%3D3292%3E479%3E8%3A3%3EWSNRCG%3D347%3B68%3B59532%3Bnu0mrj)
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: bluesman on June 24, 2010, 02:23:23 PM
Beautiful Hops!

What variety?
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: dean on June 24, 2010, 02:32:21 PM
Wow!  Those are beautiful Hokerer, how many rhizomes did you start with and do you have to keep training them once they reach the end of the vertical climb or is the slant toward the house steep enough they don't need training?

My plants vary in height, from 5 feet to 12 feet now.  I'm sort of happy and dismayed, happy they all grew considering when I moved them here.  I'm hoping next year they take off a lot better. 
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: hoptomation on June 24, 2010, 02:49:11 PM
Some of my plants are on their second year and others are new this year.  We had an unseasonably early and warm Spring up here in NW MN so growth has been pretty good.  The tallest bines are just shy of 14'.

(http://lh5.ggpht.com/_TkDBY_NbaNA/TCKkAW9lcMI/AAAAAAAAFAc/CTChw_et-SQ/s720/DSCN2497.JPG)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_TkDBY_NbaNA/TCKkDTPXRyI/AAAAAAAAFAs/GUkuNPppWv8/s720/DSCN2499.JPG)

(http://lh3.ggpht.com/_TkDBY_NbaNA/TCKkGFHoKpI/AAAAAAAAFAw/6ke_zTnch5A/s576/DSCN2501.JPG)
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: mikeypedersen on June 24, 2010, 03:03:35 PM
Beautiful Hops!

What variety?

The ones on the left are Chinook and on the right it's Cascade.  There has been a little mixing this year, but the majority of the cones are on the strings to the house and those are far enough apart (they go to differetn points on the house, to not intermingle.

I had to stay on top of them once they reach the top of the lattice, and train them to the string.  Once they got going, they just run up the string towards the house.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: bluesman on June 24, 2010, 04:49:09 PM
Here's a robust commercial trellis system.

(http://www.gps-tracks.com/Fotos/V01057_5.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: Hokerer on June 25, 2010, 01:13:12 AM
My second year Centennials are growing nicely up twine attached to a light pole at my car repair shop in Tampa, but I am having trouble getting the pictures inserted.  Maybe someone can give me a hint as to how this works.(http://hop farm 6-24-10.jpg)

You need to have your pic posted somewhere that's web-accessible.  It looks like what you put between the IMG tags is only "http://" and then the name of the picture file.  If you upload the pic to some photo hosting website, then you'd put the full URL to the pic between the tags.  That is, instead of your "http://hop farm 6-24-10.jpg", you'd have something more like "http://photoshostingsite.com/hop farm 6-24-10.jpg"  (obviously, that's not a real site).
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: beerocd on June 25, 2010, 01:46:48 AM
The 3 C's are kicking butt - the English types are slackers!
3 C's are in front, 3 others in back - and the two ropes on the left side are just for safety/stability.

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_zgqYdZTOtWA/TCQKOG9Pk6I/AAAAAAAAANQ/PxX8IzVQkaw/s800/HPIM2862.JPG)

Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: jeffy on June 25, 2010, 11:34:29 AM
Thanks for the tip, hokerer.  I posted some pictures on the local club website and then pasted the address between the tags and got pretty much the same thing.  Here is a link to see them at the site.
http://www.tampabaybeers.org/index.php?option=com_joomgallery&func=detail&id=55&Itemid=10#joomimg
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: bluesman on June 25, 2010, 11:49:58 AM
The 3 C's are kicking butt - the English types are slackers!
3 C's are in front, 3 others in back - and the two ropes on the left side are just for safety/stability.

(http://lh4.ggpht.com/_zgqYdZTOtWA/TCQKOG9Pk6I/AAAAAAAAANQ/PxX8IzVQkaw/s800/HPIM2862.JPG)



Looking good. I wonder why some hops grow faster so much faster than others.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: theDarkSide on June 25, 2010, 12:00:43 PM
My first years are moving along slowly...is this to be expected.  I planted them May 12th, and as of yesterday they are only about 2 feet up the trellis.  I know the first year they build their root systems, but I was hoping for a little more by this time.

I'll try to post a picture when I get home tonight.

Finally remembered to take pictures.  Trying to RDWHAHB, but I wish they were higher by now.

Cascade
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn176/stevo155/Cascade.jpg)

Centennial
(http://i304.photobucket.com/albums/nn176/stevo155/Centennial.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: beerocd on June 25, 2010, 12:01:41 PM

Looking good. I wonder why some hops grow faster so much faster than others.

 ??? They're treated equally; and actually the fuggles are a year older than the others. Not that you could tell from the pic but the Cent and Chinook are over the peak a good 2 feet, they branched out - I'm gonna end up with a 3C Jumbalaya beer assuming the top end produces for me. Had spider mites in the greenhouse last year - it sucked.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: Hokerer on June 25, 2010, 12:51:16 PM
Thanks for the tip, hokerer.  I posted some pictures on the local club website and then pasted the address between the tags and got pretty much the same thing.  Here is a link to see them at the site.
http://www.tampabaybeers.org/index.php?option=com_joomgallery&func=detail&id=55&Itemid=10#joomimg

Looks like a permissions issue.  When I try to go to your link, I get the message "You are not allowed to view this picture!".  You need to host the pics somewhere that anyone is allowed to access.  You can probably see them because you have a user id on that site.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: pyrite on June 25, 2010, 03:25:43 PM
Just wondering what type of string you guys are using to go vertical from the base of the hop crown to the top of the trellis? Are you all using the same string?
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: theDarkSide on June 25, 2010, 03:29:47 PM
Just wondering what type of string you guys are using to go vertical from the base of the hop crown to the top of the trellis? Are you all using the same string?

Mine is a course rope from Lowes.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: beerocd on June 25, 2010, 03:30:57 PM
Jute - it's natural. It can go in the compost pile.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: bluesman on June 25, 2010, 03:31:48 PM
Jute - it's natural. It can go in the compost pile.

+1

Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: hoptomation on June 25, 2010, 03:35:16 PM
Just wondering what type of string you guys are using to go vertical from the base of the hop crown to the top of the trellis? Are you all using the same string?

I've just been using biodegradable bailing twine until I figure out a more permanent system.  The twine does get some slack after a rain but it is pretty easy to take it up by just wrapping a nail in the middle of it and taping it.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: enso on June 25, 2010, 03:42:03 PM
Some hops just grow better in certain regions than others.  My Goldings have always lagged behind all the others even after 3 years.  Cascades have been vigorous from year one.  Followed by Chinook, centennial, and then Willamette.  Actually the most vigorous growers I have are an unknown variety a friend found growing at an old farmstead.  They are beasts.  Sadly I can't say I am in love with their characteristics.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: jeffy on June 25, 2010, 03:43:44 PM
I may have got it right this time, thank you.
(http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab318/jeffyspictures/hop%20farm%20at%20Maztech/th_110-1098_IMG.jpg?t=1277480430)
(http://i875.photobucket.com/albums/ab318/jeffyspictures/hop%20farm%20at%20Maztech/th_hopfarm6-24-10.jpg?t=1277480430)
The ones on the left are Centennials.  They are doing very well in their second year.  The Sterlings not so well.
I'm using the official Indian hemp that the hop sellers use.  That's also in the second year.  They come in precut 20ft lengths.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: Hokerer on June 25, 2010, 05:11:02 PM
I may have got it right this time, thank you.

Yep, the pics show up now
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: jeffy on June 25, 2010, 05:33:01 PM
Next I'll learn how to make them a bit larger (the pictures).  Thanks again, hokerer.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: pinnah on June 29, 2010, 05:30:56 AM
The nasty nugget,
wicked prolific,
and I never use them. :(

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/pinnah/nug10.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: bluesman on June 29, 2010, 10:47:59 AM
The nasty nugget,
wicked prolific,
and I never use them. :(

(http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c30/pinnah/nug10.jpg)

Great for some German Brews.

Nice lookin' hops there!
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: thirsty on June 29, 2010, 01:29:49 PM
We need to start a little homebrew hops co-op so we can sell our unused hops to each other.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: mikeypedersen on June 29, 2010, 01:49:03 PM
We need to start a little homebrew hops co-op so we can sell our unused hops to each other.
Maybe around harvest time we can do a list of what everyone has and do a big ol' Hop Swap.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: bluesman on June 29, 2010, 01:50:26 PM
We need to start a little homebrew hops co-op so we can sell our unused hops to each other.
Maybe around harvest time we can do a list of what everyone has and do a big ol' Hop Swap.

Great idea thirsty!
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: thirsty on June 29, 2010, 02:51:55 PM
We need to start a little homebrew hops co-op so we can sell our unused hops to each other.
Maybe around harvest time we can do a list of what everyone has and do a big ol' Hop Swap.

Great idea thirsty!

Thanks! I moved to a new house in May and my hops are having a tough time. Most of them are growing, but I don't think I'll have much to harvest this year. Most years... I can't use them up fast enough...

I've bought hops a few times from other homebrewers over the years. It always works out just fine.

Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: beerrat on July 11, 2010, 03:56:12 PM
Sluggish year for my Brewers Gold, Cascades (really thin), and new Hallertau.

Chain link of fun: blackberry, brewers gold, cascades, grapes, and hallertau.  Too dry.  Barley in foreground
(http://gallery.me.com/dschreffler/100194/DSC_0001/web.jpg?ver=12788636320001)


Built in pest control, robin in brewers gold
(http://gallery.me.com/dschreffler/100194/DSC_0010/web.jpg?ver=12788608540001)

I'll see what character the new hallertau add to the deck:
(http://gallery.me.com/dschreffler/100194/DSC_0002/web.jpg?ver=12788629550001)
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: bluesman on July 11, 2010, 04:44:48 PM
It's been extremely dry in the Mid-Atlantic this summer so far. I've been watering all of my hops regularly. We just got some rain yesterday after several weeks of drought.
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: bluesman on July 21, 2010, 09:37:51 PM
I posted this on another thread but thought it should be here as well.

My 2nd year Cascades are loving life right now.

(http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r156/repricej/90e8000e.jpg)
Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: kramerog on August 26, 2010, 05:23:44 AM
2nd year Cascades crawling over swingset in Chicagoland.  I have a tomato plant that is using the hop bines as a trellis too. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2069696&id=1455129973&l=bce54f0d79 (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2069696&id=1455129973&l=bce54f0d79)

Title: Re: Show us your Hops!
Post by: bluesman on August 26, 2010, 11:34:12 AM
2nd year Cascades crawling over swingset in Chicagoland.  I have a tomato plant that is using the hop bines as a trellis too. http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2069696&id=1455129973&l=bce54f0d79 (http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2069696&id=1455129973&l=bce54f0d79)

Healthy looking hops you have there.

I think I need to start harvesting my Cascade this weekend.