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Title: Which two hops should I grow? What are your favorites?
Post by: kramerog on January 31, 2011, 10:16:35 PM
I grew Cascades last year and was very happy with the beers made with them.  This year I'm planning to plant two more types of hops.  Which two hops should I grow for making American and British ale styles?  Aroma and flavor is the principle reason for me to grow hops, but if I could also do bittering that would be a bonus.

Also what are your favorites?
Title: Re: Which two hops should I grow? What are your favorites?
Post by: liquidbrewing on January 31, 2011, 11:42:12 PM
Chinook is one of my favorite bittering hops.  Very versatile, I've made stouts, ipas, apas, brown ales,...etc.  You get the picture.  Also I love Centennial.  If I could grow hops here in Florida I'd grow Chinook and Centennial.  But I've heard the climate and soil mineral content isn't that great, plus I don't have a green thumb!
Title: Re: Which two hops should I grow? What are your favorites?
Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 01, 2011, 12:02:19 AM
I grew Cascades last year and was very happy with the beers made with them.  This year I'm planning to plant two more types of hops.  Which two hops should I grow for making American and British ale styles?  Aroma and flavor is the principle reason for me to grow hops, but if I could also do bittering that would be a bonus.

Also what are your favorites?
You didn't say where you are at.  That makes a difference.

Here in Michigan, Cascades>Chinook>Nugget>Centennial>Mt Hood and Ultra.  My Euro varieties don't yield much.
Title: Re: Which two hops should I grow? What are your favorites?
Post by: kramerog on February 01, 2011, 03:42:36 AM

You didn't say where you are at.  That makes a difference.

Here in Michigan, Cascades>Chinook>Nugget>Centennial>Mt Hood and Ultra.  My Euro varieties don't yield much.
I'm in Chicago.  Soil is clay till, but not acidic like parts of Wisconsin and SW Michigan.  My Cascades yielded 2 lbs in their second year and had excellent flavor and aroma.  Their alpha seemed to be low.
Title: Re: Which two hops should I grow? What are your favorites?
Post by: weithman5 on February 01, 2011, 03:58:20 AM
i live in naperville.  i  have magnum, sterling, sentiem growing.  magnum took hold the fastest
Title: Re: Which two hops should I grow? What are your favorites?
Post by: cheba420 on February 02, 2011, 03:32:47 AM
I've had cascade and centennial in the ground for the last two years here in Phoenix. Just cant get them to grow down here in this heat. I'm trying again this year with some additional shade just to see what happens. If I dont get anything this season, I'll probably just pull the plug.

Love cascade, centennial and simcoe.