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Growing your own Hops
« on: April 12, 2008, 04:45:32 AM »
From the blog:

  The first in our four part series on surviving the ongoing hop crisis:

   Growing Hops in the Garden

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Brad
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Re: Growing your own Hops
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2008, 08:18:20 AM »
Nice article, I know an area near me that has hop plants growing wild in the hedgerow.

Do you know if any future articles will cover "How to identify varieties"?


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Re: Growing your own Hops
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2008, 11:40:04 AM »
Hi,
  Thank you for the kind comments.

  Unfortunately, I don't know of a method for visually identifying hop varieties.  Most of the research in this area involves using a laboratory and gas chromatograph or other complex equipment.

  One could probably take a sample and send it off to a lab for analysis, but I'm not aware of a simpler method.

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Re: Growing your own Hops
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2008, 02:47:11 PM »
I will ask the local farmer if he knows the variety? 
I think they were grown commercially about 40 years ago. They may be an old variety that is prone to disease.

Best to collect a sample in the summer and do some trials to see what it tastes like.
 

Thanks Brad.