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Offline Mdonuskanich

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resh hops
« on: August 17, 2018, 02:28:33 pm »
I have a hop vine in my yard. This is the first year for flowers. It looks beautiful. When do I know when it`s time to harvest the flowers. Also what`s a good ratio of fresh hops to pellets?

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Re: resh hops
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2018, 02:41:39 pm »
It's getting close to harvest time for many.  I wait until most of mine have a little brown on them, and/or when they seem to fade from a glowing bright green to a dull yellow color.  They should also not feel moist or cool to the touch.  Anywhere in the upper half of the U.S., I think early September is probably a best bet if you're not sure when to harvest, while July and August are a little too early.  Elsewhere on the globe, I'm not sure.

If drying them, use about the same weight as pellets.  But since they are 80% water, if you do not dry them well then you need to use about 4.5 to 5 times as much as pellets.
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« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2018, 05:14:26 pm »
I harvested mine today. Here’s a pretty good video demonstration on when to harvest. https://youtu.be/TlsT-x19III


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Re: resh hops
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2018, 06:26:44 am »
Thanks for the video! 

I was contacted by a friend who has hops in his yard and no use for them.  He wondered if I wanted them.  He sent some pictures of them and ddin't think they were ready yet and the video confirmed that.  They're big beautiful cascades.  Probably a couple weeks yet.

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Re: resh hops
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2018, 08:18:43 pm »
Thanks for the video--just the sort of practical advice I've been looking for. The biggest challenge for me with growing hops has been harvesting them too early (usually) or too late. This year, rainy weather forced me to wait, and I'm glad I did--my Northern Brewer (dried, vacuum sealed) has a lot of aroma. I should have waited a bit more on the Perle, but next year I'll be more hip to the correct time. Now if somebody can just give me a few tips for how to get more cones from my East Kent Golding plant....
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