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Are these hops close to being ripe?
« on: June 20, 2012, 03:13:50 PM »




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Are these hops close to being ripe?
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2012, 03:40:36 PM »
Looks like they could be.


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Re: Are these hops close to being ripe?
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2012, 04:18:20 PM »
Most still don't puff back when I squeeze them, but I found one that was papery feeling and bounced back when I squeezed it.



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Re: Are these hops close to being ripe?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2012, 08:44:43 AM »
Close enough to keep a close eye on  :)

Wow, & mine won't be ready 'till Labor Day. :'(

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Re: Are these hops close to being ripe?
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2012, 02:48:25 PM »
Don't be afraid to let them dry up a bit.  IME, a little ripe brown bract tip is a good thing.


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Re: Are these hops close to being ripe?
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2012, 03:48:40 PM »
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Don't be afraid to let them dry up a bit.  IME, a little ripe brown bract tip is a good thing.


Is this true?  I get freaked out if I see any brown.  Mine are looking like it might be an early harvest (3rd year cascade) here in Denver.
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Re: Are these hops close to being ripe?
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2012, 08:44:45 AM »
They look like they are loaded with lupulin!  Time to get a recipe ready for your wet hop 2012 beer!

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Re: Are these hops close to being ripe?
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2012, 09:19:28 AM »
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Don't be afraid to let them dry up a bit.  IME, a little ripe brown bract tip is a good thing.


Is this true?  I get freaked out if I see any brown.  Mine are looking like it might be an early harvest (3rd year cascade) here in Denver.

A little oxidation (the 'brown' more like amber. on the bracts is from oxidation of the lupilin) can be really beneficial to the flavour.
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Re: Are these hops close to being ripe?
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2012, 09:54:00 PM »
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Don't be afraid to let them dry up a bit.  IME, a little ripe brown bract tip is a good thing.


Is this true?  I get freaked out if I see any brown.  Mine are looking like it might be an early harvest (3rd year cascade) here in Denver.

A little oxidation (the 'brown' more like amber. on the bracts is from oxidation of the lupilin) can be really beneficial to the flavour.

gsandel,  sorry to answer my own assertion ;)  Yes, I think it is true.

I think that a hop flower reaches the point of degradation
when the brown reaches the base of the bract where the lupulin is located. 

All that leafy green is just green.  The green bracts don't lend anything to brewing.
IME, a little maturity to the lupulin is a good thing,
and you may avoid the "grassiness" sometimes seen with home whole hop use.

Not all flowers are ripe at the same time.

One thing about the home harvest, as apposed to commercial fare,
is that you can have multiple harvests
and pluck individual flowers at peak ripeness.

Don't fear the brown.

Cheers to an early harvest. 8)

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Re: Are these hops close to being ripe?
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2012, 05:55:45 AM »
Thanks for the info. I picked a few over the weekend and dried them. I think I'll wait a little longer before picking any again. I've heard advice that said something like "if you aren't experienced, when you think they are ready to pick wait a couple of days and THEN pick them"

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