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Hop Growing / Re: Cover Hops Plants for Winter?
« on: November 23, 2015, 05:35:07 AM »
One of the things you have to be aware of is that desiccation can create some problems with lots of plants.  If the soil freezes solid and there's no form of protection for the buds on the upper part of the crown and you get a really windy winter, those buds can lose enough moisture to burn right off.  Yes, hops are pretty resilient but it can happen.  Even if you don't have access to a suitable mulch, some of the surrounding soil can be mounded up to help them make it through a windy winter . . . or hope you get some good snow cover.  It's kind of a long shot but it never hurts to err on the safe side!

Ingredients / Re: Effects of craft beer going global
« on: October 04, 2015, 10:41:24 PM »

Could be, but I'd be surprised.

Don't be, money talks. 

Hop Growing / Re: Winter storage of hops planted in container
« on: October 02, 2015, 02:44:28 PM »
Best way honestly is to take them out of the bucket and put them one inch underground. ...

Exactly!  Although, a few years ago I'd seen this question asked and decided to see for myself.  I planted 3 or 4 5 gal buckets with rhizomes in the spring and left them out over the following winter, no additional protection/mulch, just sitting out in the open.  That winter gave us a few spells where it went down to about 0F for about a week and they came back fine once the weather broke. 

You may get a little more brutal weather so if you don't have the opportunity to stick them in the ground you may want to try to protect them with some sort of mulch or move the bucket near the house to break the wind.  You may have to cut some roots as I've had them grow some serious ones through the  bottom of the bucket into the ground as that's where they'd like to be.  Either way, you'll  be fine.  Hoppy Trails~

Ingredients / Re: Hop pellet density
« on: September 18, 2015, 02:13:56 AM »
I think it's a neat picture, but I am also skeptical about what this means in the real world. Once the pellets break up, hop bits are hop bits, right? Plus this would only conceivably be a concern during dry hopping. In the boil pellets break up almost instantly and are caught up in the motion of the boil.

"hop bits are hop bits" is very true, but think about how the hops became bits in the first place.  At an event in Yakima a month or so ago,  few folks from the industry expressed their displeasure at the increasing number of brewers requesting special density standards for their pellets.  I never got into it with them but am assuming that it has to do with the force that the hammer mill delivers, how fast the material is fed, the diameter of the dye used etc..  Here's one take on the idea: 

I rarely use pellets, but last year I got some from Crosby for doing a little dry-hopping in the carboy.  When I racked and kegged the beer, there were entire bracts (in tact) in the residue.  It was like they managed to run whole hops through the dye?  Really happy with that operation.

Ingredients / Re: Harvest Hops & Aphids
« on: September 11, 2015, 04:45:03 AM »
Many, if not most, of the bugs will leave during the drying process.  As long as the cones don't look too bad, you should be fine using them.  One way to determine if it was aphids doing the deed, just peel back some of the bracts and take a peek in towards the strig and you'll usually find some tiny  black dots on them.  That's a sure sign that it was aphids.  If they look like the ones here:, I'd probably get rid of them.  A little more info:

Hop Growing / Re: oast vs dehydrator
« on: August 29, 2015, 05:00:31 AM »
Commercially, hops are dried at 120-130F.  The faster the better as long as they don't get too hot.  I get far superior results using a dehydrator set to those temps than drying them more slowly.

Denny, at the event out there earlier in August, I think I remember hearing  Perrault Farms mention they were at about 135F and a grower down near Woodburn, OR said they were trying to stay around 130F.  It's hard for them to go any lower due to the increased time it takes to get them dried coupled with the additional acreage that has to be dried.  Adding drying capacity is a really hefty investment but it'll have to be done if acreage continues to increase like it has recently.

Hop Growing / Re: oast vs dehydrator
« on: August 28, 2015, 10:41:42 PM »
Breaking the cones open and rubbing/sniffing is the way to do it.  If the lupulin glands are in tact (unbroken), you really shouldn't smell a whole lot.  Mash them up in between your hands and you'll get a good idea of what they hold.

Hop Growing / Re: oast vs dehydrator
« on: August 28, 2015, 06:04:18 AM »
I think either way you'll be fine and highly doubt that at 95F you'll cause any appreciable damage to them but they'll finish drying up a little quicker.  If I  had the option I'd dry half of them with the dehydrator and the other half with the fan to see for yourself!

Hop Growing / Re: IV International Humulus Symposium Yakima, WA.
« on: August 16, 2015, 07:20:02 PM »
Right on.  I most likely wouldn't have attended if it wasn't business related, cool event none the less.

Hop Growing / Re: IV International Humulus Symposium Yakima, WA.
« on: August 14, 2015, 06:14:54 AM »
Sorry, I forgot to include the link:  There's some really cool stuff going on behind the scenes in the industry, plus the possibility of irradiated hops on the horizon?

Ingredients / Re: Downey Mildew and Michigan Hops
« on: July 28, 2015, 02:26:40 PM »
I'm betting the new hop farm in central Indiana (Sugar Creek Hops) has to be in the same boat. We've had double the normal rainfall for 3 straight months now. Not very hop friendly.

I happened to see this picture they posted a while back and it's hard to tell, but there's some very pale (lemon yellowish) pockets of foliage which sure look like the beginning stages of downy: This is a very good example of why it's important to keep the lower vegetation cleared away from the crowns as that's the location the infection usually gets started.

Hop Growing / IV International Humulus Symposium Yakima, WA.
« on: July 24, 2015, 05:18:09 PM »
Sounds like a pretty good time with some excellent topics covered, anyone going?

Hop Growing / ATTN: Michigan Hop Enthusiasts
« on: July 17, 2015, 05:22:27 PM »
Cool event put on by MSU Extension.  Looks like the timing is such that some of the early varieties may be ready to harvest.  Check it out if you're in the area.

Hop Growing / Re: Hop Growning and Yellow Leaves
« on: June 08, 2015, 01:42:41 PM »
It the upper portion of the plants look o.k. and the yellowing is confined to the lowest leaves, that's a common occurrence.  I remember seeing a somewhat technical explanation suggesting the plants may begin to draw nutrients from the older leaves.  I don't know if this is accurate but it happens every year on mine, some varieties more pronounced than others.

Hop Growing / Re: Hop Growning and Yellow Leaves
« on: May 28, 2015, 03:27:47 AM »
It's hard getting a good idea of the amount of yellowing from the pictures but the individual leaf shown may just be a fluke as the discoloration appears somewhat random.  Your fertility looks to be good as the dark green grass at the base of the pots suggests a little N leaching (possibly). 

Here's a pretty good resource for hop problems with nutrient deficiencies shown near the end:

We've had spells of about a week here and there where the daytime temps would reach 70-75F and nights down as low as 30F.  This brought growth to a standstill and did cause some of the new growth near the tips to discolor somewhat but the recent increase in temps have things back on track.  Every year brings new issues!

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