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2016 hop growning season
« on: February 11, 2016, 01:22:47 PM »
Well, my cascades are starting to sprout.  And it's just mid-February.  Pretty shocked. 

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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2016, 10:12:27 AM »
And now Chinook is sprouting. 

Nothing on the Fuggles or Centennial. 

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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2016, 01:42:03 PM »
How much of your hop usage for the 1bbl brewhouse(I think) are home grown?
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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2016, 01:56:39 PM »
Oughta go see what's left of mine.  I tore them out last year, but I suspect it'll be a while before they're really gone.
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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2016, 02:31:49 PM »
Still too cold in Indiana for anything to sprout for me. I am looking forward to building a trelis for them to climb on vs. the chain link fence I tried training them on. I got a whole dried ounce of Cacade and nothing from my Centennial last year.

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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2016, 09:50:17 AM »
How much of your hop usage for the 1bbl brewhouse(I think) are home grown?

Zero.  We have them in half barrels in front of the brewery for landscaping only.  Every other year we have to dump the barrels, cut the crown up, and replant a few rhizomes.  I give the rest to local homebrewers and such. 

Although we are considering a fresh hop beer in the fall for (big surprise) the Fresh Hop festival in Yakima.

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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2016, 09:52:42 AM »
Still too cold in Indiana for anything to sprout for me. I am looking forward to building a trelis for them to climb on vs. the chain link fence I tried training them on. I got a whole dried ounce of Cacade and nothing from my Centennial last year.

Several years ago at a different place, I grew them on chain link fence.  It worked great, except fall clean-up was a PITA.
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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2016, 09:54:38 AM »
How much of your hop usage for the 1bbl brewhouse(I think) are home grown?

Zero.  We have them in half barrels in front of the brewery for landscaping only.  Every other year we have to dump the barrels, cut the crown up, and replant a few rhizomes.  I give the rest to local homebrewers and such. 

Although we are considering a fresh hop beer in the fall for (big surprise) the Fresh Hop festival in Yakima.
thanks, the fresh hop craze is pretty big out there, good brewing
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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2016, 09:39:45 AM »
.... and the fuggles are up.  Good deal, all four.  I was worried maybe we cut that crown up a bit to much last fall. 

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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2016, 08:45:47 AM »
Oughta go see what's left of mine.  I tore them out last year, but I suspect it'll be a while before they're really gone.
I have a blackberry plant like this. It's been 2 years and I still pull out shoots every few days all summer long.

Even though I know it's going to hurt my yield, I have my hops in containers for just this reason.
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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2016, 10:00:47 AM »
Mine are starting to sprout. I plan on repotting all my hops this year, figure after two years in pots they could stand to have the crowns broken up and start fresh.
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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2016, 11:59:22 AM »
Mine are starting to sprout. I plan on repotting all my hops this year, figure after two years in pots they could stand to have the crowns broken up and start fresh.

Yep, I do that every other year.  A PITA sometimes, but the half barrels keep them contained. 

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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2016, 01:34:57 PM »
I hate this time of year.  I've got all four hop hills (half whiskey barrels) with lots of little 6-8 inch sprouts.  Tonight, they all get cut down.  It'll be a few weeks before they re-emerge.  Maybe I'll pickle them like HopsDirect does. 


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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2016, 08:28:06 PM »
I hate this time of year.  I've got all four hop hills (half whiskey barrels) with lots of little 6-8 inch sprouts.  Tonight, they all get cut down.  It'll be a few weeks before they re-emerge.  Maybe I'll pickle them like HopsDirect does.
This year I'm keeping mine hacked down till mid June, then let them do their thing. Mine are only for decoration, conversation peice while sharing beer on the deck and BBQing. So I might not even trellis them this time, or just short trellis

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Re: 2016 hop growning season
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2016, 08:06:08 AM »
Hops are already getting some height on them. Cascade and Mt. Hood started peaking out late February and they are both already close to six feet tall. Nugget is out and about two feet tall. Sterling slow to appear and about a foot tall now.

We're getting some rain this weekend so I'll probably see several more feet over the next week.
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