Hop Flavor was recently mentioned on Home Brewing Perspectives, a new brewing podcast hosted by Doug and Mike! Mike is also growing hops for the first time, and is tracking his efforts on his blog The Hop Cone Cometh. Mike was very generous in his comments of my hop yard, and I wish him the best of luck. If you haven't already taken the time to check these guys out, you are missing out on some good homebrewing information!
Hops are still looking good. Four of the six plants have reached or exceeded the 8 foot mark, some with multiple bines at that length! The two remaining cascades (left) are doing very well with burrs all over and some cones forming. The OK goldings (below left) is doing very well, no burrs yet but starting to get some lateral growth on the longest bine. The two centennials (below center and right) both have at least 4-6 climbing bines. One has 2 bines over the 8 foot mark and is showing burrs! The other got a slower start but is quickly making up for lost time.
On the right is a picture of one of the larger Cascade cones that has started to form! Still not close to harvest time, but it's good to see those coveted cones starting to grow! Looks like we should have enough cones to brew a harvest ale! Man, I've gotta learn how to use my camera, it took about 20 pictures and 2 cameras to get a clear closeup of that cone!
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