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Enjoyed three brews from SmellySell this weekend.   :ale:
(all brewed with at least some of my Willamette wet hops)

The Saison was the best. Clean and tasty as heck.

The IPA was next. Cloudy, yummy.

The Belgian IPA had a bit of vegetable aftertaste, but was drinkable.

What a cool experience to taste these!

Thanks, Smelly!   :cheers:

I guess mine got lost in the mail... :kickrock:
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Enjoyed three brews from SmellySell this weekend.   :ale:
(all brewed with at least some of my Willamette wet hops)

The Saison was the best. Clean and tasty as heck.

The IPA was next. Cloudy, yummy.

The Belgian IPA had a bit of vegetable aftertaste, but was drinkable.

What a cool experience to taste these!

Thanks, Smelly!   :cheers:

I guess mine got lost in the mail... :kickrock:

Schtick?

You really didn't send a box, did you?

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Enjoyed three brews from SmellySell this weekend.   :ale:
(all brewed with at least some of my Willamette wet hops)

The Saison was the best. Clean and tasty as heck.

The IPA was next. Cloudy, yummy.

The Belgian IPA had a bit of vegetable aftertaste, but was drinkable.

What a cool experience to taste these!

Thanks, Smelly!   :cheers:

I guess mine got lost in the mail... :kickrock:

Schtick?

You really didn't send a box, did you?

I was referring to Smelly.  I'm on a waiting list for a coffee homebrew.
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Enjoyed three brews from SmellySell this weekend.   :ale:
(all brewed with at least some of my Willamette wet hops)

The Saison was the best. Clean and tasty as heck.

The IPA was next. Cloudy, yummy.

The Belgian IPA had a bit of vegetable aftertaste, but was drinkable.

What a cool experience to taste these!

Thanks, Smelly!   :cheers:

I guess mine got lost in the mail... :kickrock:

Schtick?

You really didn't send a box, did you?

I was referring to Smelly.  I'm on a waiting list for a coffee homebrew.

Still waiting for the coffee to mellow enough that it's drinkable.   :bag:


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Enjoyed three brews from SmellySell this weekend.   :ale:
(all brewed with at least some of my Willamette wet hops)

The Saison was the best. Clean and tasty as heck.

The IPA was next. Cloudy, yummy.

The Belgian IPA had a bit of vegetable aftertaste, but was drinkable.

What a cool experience to taste these!

Thanks, Smelly!   :cheers:

I guess mine got lost in the mail... :kickrock:

Schtick?

You really didn't send a box, did you?

I was referring to Smelly.  I'm on a waiting list for a coffee homebrew.

Still waiting for the coffee to mellow enough that it's drinkable.   :bag:

No problem, just giving you some grief.
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Enjoyed three brews from SmellySell this weekend.   :ale:
(all brewed with at least some of my Willamette wet hops)

The Saison was the best. Clean and tasty as heck.

The IPA was next. Cloudy, yummy.

The Belgian IPA had a bit of vegetable aftertaste, but was drinkable.

What a cool experience to taste these!

Thanks, Smelly!   :cheers:

I guess mine got lost in the mail... :kickrock:

Schtick?

You really didn't send a box, did you?

I need to send you something, but the beer I made with them didn't turn out good at all, so it will have to wait. :bag:

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Enjoyed three brews from SmellySell this weekend.   :ale:
(all brewed with at least some of my Willamette wet hops)

The Saison was the best. Clean and tasty as heck.

The IPA was next. Cloudy, yummy.

The Belgian IPA had a bit of vegetable aftertaste, but was drinkable.

What a cool experience to taste these!

Thanks, Smelly!   :cheers:

I guess mine got lost in the mail... :kickrock:

Schtick?

You really didn't send a box, did you?

I need to send you something, but the beer I made with them didn't turn out good at all, so it will have to wait. :bag:

I just sent him the shitty beer I made with them.   :shrug:


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Enjoyed three brews from SmellySell this weekend.   :ale:
(all brewed with at least some of my Willamette wet hops)

The Saison was the best. Clean and tasty as heck.

The IPA was next. Cloudy, yummy.

The Belgian IPA had a bit of vegetable aftertaste, but was drinkable.

What a cool experience to taste these!

Thanks, Smelly!   :cheers:

I guess mine got lost in the mail... :kickrock:

Schtick?

You really didn't send a box, did you?

I need to send you something, but the beer I made with them didn't turn out good at all, so it will have to wait. :bag:

I just sent him the shitty beer I made with them.   :shrug:

It was good beer!

I slammed them down, man.     :ale:

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Just ordered hop rhizomes...

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Pretty sure mine withered and died.  I've seen nothing coming up yet this year.
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Just ordered hop rhizomes...

good thing you got some . .this year's crop of rhizomes is weak.

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All four of my plants have have broken through. 

I don't remember which 2 are cascade and which 2 are willamette.  I think they are in alphabetical order, but I'm not sure.
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Here's mine after about 2-3 weeks. Have sprouted growth for Willamette and Sterling, but nothing from Cascade yet.



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Here's mine
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Here's mine

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That's a nice looking little plant there d0ggnate.  :thumbup:

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i need to go cut mine and see if anything is happening.

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Ordered 5 rhizomes, got double.  Might look to unload some...

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Ordered 5 rhizomes, got double.  Might look to unload some...

What variety?
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I am happy to report that one of my cascade vines is already half way up the 9' trellis.   :thumbup:
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To update my crop status:

Of the 9 rhizomes I planted in late March, 8 have sprouted. All 3 Sterling plants are doing well and are about 3-4 inches tall. 2 of 3 Willamette plants are up and are both about 4 inches tall. All 3 Cascade plants have just began to sprout, but have visibly grown to about 2 inches over the last few days. Time to build a trellis. What are all your trellis' looking like?

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I found 2 shoots that were about 4-5" this weekend.  I thought I had kilt that thing, too.
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What are all your trellis' looking like?

2" PVC with 2-1/2PVC set in concrete.

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very nice.

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very nice.

:thumbup:

Are your hops showing up yet, Hack?

I have many tiny shoots breaking the surface. Woo-hoo!    :excited:

So Tang, you don't need any new rhizomes from me, do you?   ???

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So Tang, you don't need any new rhizomes from me, do you?   ???

I was certain they'd died off.  I think I'm good, thanks for asking.
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So, how much should I expect from first year plants?

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So, how much should I expect from first year plants?

I wouldn't expect any hops first year.

It didn't happen for me, but I think others have had more success on year one.

My first year, the plants grew about two feet. Just got established, really.

Now, it's crazy.

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Just ordered Columbus and Centennial rhisomes.   :thumbup:


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So, how much should I expect from first year plants?

I had maybe 3-4 quarts.  Two plants produced reasonably well and the other two were very spotty.  If I had been more diligent about harvesting I probably would have been able get more production.  Everything I have read indicates the first year is all about establishing the root system.
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ugh... I was kinda hoping that my hops had died.  Nope, I got about 20 shoots right now.  I guess I am going to have to take care of them or something.

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ugh... I was kinda hoping that my hops had died.  Nope, I got about 20 shoots right now.  I guess I am going to have to take care of them or something.

that's very ba of you... empty internet sarcasm doesn't fly here son.
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ugh... I was kinda hoping that my hops had died.  Nope, I got about 20 shoots right now.  I guess I am going to have to take care of them or something.
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Seriously though... I don't want to take care of them.  Hard to see in this pic, but there are also more around the corner.  I guess I need to build a trellis or something  :shrug:

« Last Edit: April 26, 2011, 08:53:51 AM by Jaysus »

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Seriously though... I don't want to take care of them.  Hard to see in this pic, but there are also more around the corner.  I guess I need to build a trellis or something  :shrug:



Just nail a 4x8 sheet of lattice right to the side of your deck.  done!
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That is a way better idea than what I came up with: 

« Last Edit: April 26, 2011, 08:53:45 AM by Jaysus »

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That is a way better idea than what I came up with: 



:lol: I don't think that would work much longer. Also, nice bees.

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The Mad CascadeTM vine has made it to the top of the trellis.   :o  The other two vines from that plant are at about 4' and 6'.  The other three plants are trained to the trellis but not nearly as advanced.
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Just planted a centennial and a columbus rhizome.


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Just nail a 4x8 sheet of lattice right to the side of your deck.  done!

Ok so that was easy enough... but I refuse to water them.

« Last Edit: April 26, 2011, 08:53:40 AM by Jaysus »

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Mine are out!   it's barely been above 60 for more than a few days....it's even colder on the roof.

One shoot is about 2 to 2.5 feet already.   Time to restring my twine next weekend and expand the growing area by a few more feet with some additional dirt.

It's on!
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Mine are out!   it's barely been above 60 for more than a few days....it's even colder on the roof.

One shoot is about 2 to 2.5 feet already.   Time to restring my twine next weekend and expand the growing area by a few more feet with some additional dirt.

It's on!

 :thumbup: :thumbup:

My trellis is set up for 3 vines from each plant.  I've been pruning off the rest...except that I missed one and it was about 3 feet long before I noticed it so I ran another piece of twine for it to climb.

Here are my little babies (aren't they cute?).



This plant has three vines that have reached the top of the trellis and one that is about half way.  The other three aren't nearly as advanced but it was late June last year before I had baby cones on any of the plants.
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That's crazy.

How far south in the US can you grow hops??

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That's crazy.

How far south in the US can you grow hops??



I know some people that grow them in Houston.

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That's crazy.

How far south in the US can you grow hops??



I know some people that grow them in Houston.

Swabs already mentioned Mexico.  :coffee:
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I guess I am in for the long haul at this point:


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I guess I am in for the long haul at this point:



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