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On the bright side, i'll be able to forage my own hop shoots in the coming weeks of solitude. :ninja:



First shoots of the season! Yum yum :excited:

What do they taste like?

Sort of a cross between baby asparagus and bean sprouts. Really good sautéed in butter. :thumbup:
They're best if they don't get any chlorophyll, eventually they get tough and start tasting like grass.
I left a covering of leaves over them to inhibit sunlight, or else they start growing wildly too.
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Interesting and cool.  :thumbup:

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Still have a bunch of hop shoots (bunch like a bunch of cilantro) in water, waiting to cook them up. Surprised I have this many still, only harvested 3 or so times. Probably harvested a pound or so of them total. Letting them grow now, already 12" plus.

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Mine are already about 4' up my lattice.


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Mine are already about 4' up my lattice.

You're really good at posting photos  :thumbup:
Gilly> this is totally murdering my unicorn blood boner

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Mine are already about 4' up my lattice.

You're really good at posting photos  :thumbup:

 :lol: :lol:  :lol:

 :bird:

They look like hops... Growing up a lattice...


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Mine are already about 4' up my lattice.

You're really good at posting photos  :thumbup:

 :lol: :lol:  :lol:

 :bird:

They look like hops... Growing up a lattice...

But what color are they? :mellow: :D

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Mine are already about 4' up my lattice.

You're really good at posting photos  :thumbup:

 :lol: :lol:  :lol:

 :bird:

They look like hops... Growing up a lattice...

But what color are they? :mellow: :D

Chartreuse


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Hey little buddy! :bye: Stick around and lay a bunch of eggs, TIA

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First burrs  :excited:

[img height=400]http://i.imgur.com/hwekOS1.jpg[/img

First burrs popped Saturday on the 2 Columbus... 3 weeks earlier than last year. I'm thinking double harvest :rock:
First burrs popped yesterday, way earlier than last year. :o:
[img width=600]http://i.imgur.com/ouCbOOR.jpg[/img
First burrs popped early this week, probably July 10-11th.
Slightly later this year since I harvested shoots longer than in previous years.
No pics, AIA.

Thinking i'll try for the staggered harvest (early & late) since everything at once was a bit much.
First burrs popped last week (July 4th). Just keeping track of the annual stats. :nerd:
Note to self: follow own advice above :deadbanana:

Have access to a vacuum sealer, so will go that route this year.
First burrs already, consistent with other years. Last year was a week early.
Annual first burrs report: They popped on July 2nd or 3rd, 2nd earliest on record.

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I have pulled everything out of the ground twice already this year.... I still have sprouts popping up!!!  :hot:

Pretty sure that at this point, I am just going to give up and hang the trellis again

How deep did you dig?
When I pulled the crown out about two years ago, I was nearly 2' deep.  I sprayed all around it before I filled it back up too

GODDAMNIT... those mother fuckers are back!  Worse than bamboo, I tell you...  They migrated to the complete other side of my deck.

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Full size hops suddenly, must be the recent storms. Almost wet-hop season! :excited:

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Full size hops suddenly, must be the recent storms. Almost wet-hop season! :excited:

Wet-hopped, pumpkin Marzen anyone?

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Full size hops suddenly, must be the recent storms. Almost wet-hop season! :excited:

Wet-hopped, pumpkin Marzen anyone?

Wash your dirty mouth out with soap.  :hot:

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Full size hops suddenly, must be the recent storms. Almost wet-hop season! :excited:

Wet-hopped, pumpkin Marzen anyone?

Wasn't my idea... :-X

Wet-hopped Hamms for life :ale:

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My plump babies.


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Mine are out of control as usual. Cones aren't as far along yet as SJ's though.


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Brought down the Centennials yesterday. Willamette will probably be next week and Nugget probably a week or two after that.



“Great ballplayers drink Lite beer because it’s less filling. I know. I asked one.” -Bob Uecker

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Nice, though I feel there should be one floating in the glass.

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Nice, though I feel there should be one floating in the glass.

I actually dropped a cone in and squeezed it out right after pouring it. Wasn’t thinking though, should have left it in for the pic.

Fun fact: that is a beer we brewed this spring using maple sap from my tree in place of the water and the hops were fresh hops we vacuum sealed and froze after we picked them last year. Turned out really well.
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Nice, though I feel there should be one floating in the glass.

I actually dropped a cone in and squeezed it out right after pouring it. Wasn’t thinking though, should have left it in for the pic.

Fun fact: that is a beer we brewed this spring using maple sap from my tree in place of the water and the hops were fresh hops we vacuum sealed and froze after we picked them last year. Turned out really well.
Cool, looks good! How much weight did you get?

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Nice, though I feel there should be one floating in the glass.

I actually dropped a cone in and squeezed it out right after pouring it. Wasn’t thinking though, should have left it in for the pic.

Fun fact: that is a beer we brewed this spring using maple sap from my tree in place of the water and the hops were fresh hops we vacuum sealed and froze after we picked them last year. Turned out really well.

That's an awesome idea :thumbup:

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Nice, though I feel there should be one floating in the glass.

I actually dropped a cone in and squeezed it out right after pouring it. Wasn’t thinking though, should have left it in for the pic.

Fun fact: that is a beer we brewed this spring using maple sap from my tree in place of the water and the hops were fresh hops we vacuum sealed and froze after we picked them last year. Turned out really well.
Cool, looks good! How much weight did you get?

Weight of what?
“Great ballplayers drink Lite beer because it’s less filling. I know. I asked one.” -Bob Uecker

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Nice, though I feel there should be one floating in the glass.

I actually dropped a cone in and squeezed it out right after pouring it. Wasn’t thinking though, should have left it in for the pic.

Fun fact: that is a beer we brewed this spring using maple sap from my tree in place of the water and the hops were fresh hops we vacuum sealed and froze after we picked them last year. Turned out really well.
Cool, looks good! How much weight did you get?

Weight of what?

Hop cones. :mellow:
Meant to reply to the harvest post. Running on 5 hrs. sleep :bag:

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Nice, though I feel there should be one floating in the glass.

I actually dropped a cone in and squeezed it out right after pouring it. Wasn’t thinking though, should have left it in for the pic.

Fun fact: that is a beer we brewed this spring using maple sap from my tree in place of the water and the hops were fresh hops we vacuum sealed and froze after we picked them last year. Turned out really well.
Cool, looks good! How much weight did you get?

Weight of what?

Hop cones. :mellow:
Meant to reply to the harvest post. Running on 5 hrs. sleep :bag:

Oof, I understand. We ended up with 1.5 lbs.
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Nice, though I feel there should be one floating in the glass.

I actually dropped a cone in and squeezed it out right after pouring it. Wasn’t thinking though, should have left it in for the pic.

Fun fact: that is a beer we brewed this spring using maple sap from my tree in place of the water and the hops were fresh hops we vacuum sealed and froze after we picked them last year. Turned out really well.
Cool, looks good! How much weight did you get?

Weight of what?

Hop cones. :mellow:
Meant to reply to the harvest post. Running on 5 hrs. sleep :bag:

Oof, I understand. We ended up with 1.5 lbs.
Nice :cheers:

I like to muddle a couple cones in the glass, and pour in a basic lager. Smashing them is key, you release all the hop oils. After a couple minutes you get a ton of hop aroma and flavor. Not always pretty, but it's tasty. :ale:

Might have some cones ready by next week... :excited:

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https://www.dogfish.com/shop/barware/randall-jr

Nothing you couldn't achieve with a travel mug and strainer, but the name has cachet I guess.

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They grow up so fast. :cry:
Had to stare at them for awhile before harvest season starts.

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Re: Growing my own hops this year. Experiences? I'll update this like a semi-blog.
« Reply #779 on: September 05, 2020, 10:45:33 PM »


Cranked these out today...

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Re: Growing my own hops this year. Experiences? I'll update this like a semi-blog.
« Reply #780 on: September 28, 2020, 11:57:52 AM »
Chopped the last of them down last week. Hop aphids had started to fester sadly, but still harvested 90% of the plant. Always a relief when all the work is done, but kinda glum that they're gone for another 6 months.

Recently learned of this hop farm downstate, Sharp Mountain Hops. Kind of interesting as it's run by a career farmer instead of a new startup.
https://www.galesburg.com/entertainmentlife/20160817/local-farm-hops-on-craft-beer-trend

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Re: Growing my own hops this year. Experiences? I'll update this like a semi-blog.
« Reply #781 on: September 29, 2020, 03:59:15 PM »
Need a scale model hop yard for your train set? This is awesome :o:



Although it does just look like a bunch of tube brushes painted green...