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Title: Harvesting Hops Yet?
Post by: zymurgist05 on August 08, 2014, 06:54:54 PM
Anyone harvesting hop yet?  I'll be harvesting 4 Cascade plants tomorrow.  Absolutely loaded with big, plump cones.  Last years harvest produced just under two pounds of hops.  I'm expecting to do a little better this year. 
Title: Re: Harvesting Hops Yet?
Post by: captjpr3 on August 08, 2014, 10:00:38 PM
I harvested mine last week. My vines, also cascade, didn't do too well this year with the dry winter here in CA. I usually just shut off the water after the first frost and when the rains start. This year I turned it off at the first rain and then it quit raining. I thought they would be fine since they were dormant, and I could just start the water again in the spring as I usually do. I was wrong. I lost 3 out of my 4 vines. The one that survived did ok, giving me about 10 ounces. I usually get almost a pound per vine. A real bummer, I'm gonna have to actually pay for hops this year. Already prepping the spots for new rhizomes this winter.   
Title: Re: Harvesting Hops Yet?
Post by: zymurgist05 on August 09, 2014, 06:09:52 AM
Actually, I experienced the exact opposite regarding the weather.  Winter brought heavy snow and cold temps.  The spring was mild with a significant amount of rain.  The summer temps have been very mild, low temps and low humidity.  Very unusual for this part of the country.  The plants seemed like they couldn't wait to sprout this spring.  I cut them back twice early in the spring because they sprouted too soon and were exposed to frost.
Title: Re: Harvesting Hops Yet?
Post by: BlueWingPig on August 09, 2014, 06:22:14 AM
Up here in Michigan I have some Northern Brewer hops ready to harvest.  Centennial and Cascade are getting close.  The nugget are still a ways off.  Wet, cool weather early has delayed things a bit, but the harvest looks to be a good one.
Title: Re: Harvesting Hops Yet?
Post by: all grain on August 09, 2014, 09:10:06 AM
I started picking my nugget hops to day. they are 2nd year plants. I'm thinking I will get about 8 to 10 ozs dry from the best plant. here in southern Minnesota we have had a dry spell as of late but the temps have been mild compared to some years.
Title: Re: Harvesting Hops Yet?
Post by: Roadrocket on August 10, 2014, 06:50:04 PM
My first year nugget won't be ready for at least another six weeks. I've got a lot more flowers than I expected.
Title: Re: Harvesting Hops Yet?
Post by: zymurgist05 on August 11, 2014, 07:32:53 PM
Harvested my Cascade hops on Saturday.  Dried them in the garage attic Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday.  Packaged in vacuum sealed bags Sunday evening; 2-4 oz. per bag.  Averaged 1.3 lb. (dry weight) per plant; 30% more than harvest from last year.  Very pleased for 3rd year plants.  I guessing the Winter / Spring moisture and cool Summer temps are the reason for my best harvest.  I'll be sharing half of the harvest with friends.
Title: Re: Harvesting Hops Yet?
Post by: BILLY BREW on August 15, 2014, 07:42:04 AM
First planting this year (centennial) Sparse, but it is the first year. Still heavy cones and the vines are @ 10 feet...So I will make a brew to suit!
Going to let them continue for another month or so to max it out.
Title: Re: Harvesting Hops Yet?
Post by: Roadrocket on September 01, 2014, 09:51:18 AM
These are my first year Nugget (in the rain). They'll be ready soon.



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