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gregory gettman
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Post Number: 435
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Posted on Thursday, August 04, 2005 - 06:39 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How do you know? I keep reading different things and thought I'd ask the experts so...................when?

thanks all
 

Skotrat
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Post Number: 895
Registered: 04-2003
Posted on Thursday, August 04, 2005 - 06:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Now...

As the cones mature towards picking time you will see the cone leaf tips start to turn out. Pick them at this time (Leave the fly alone though).

Bullion Hop Cones

Often time the tips will start turning a little brown too... also a good time to pick them.

Tettnangers

C'ya!

-Scott
 

Vance Barnes
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Posted on Thursday, August 04, 2005 - 08:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Also look for the yellow lupin crystals under the cone flaps/leaves (what the heck do you call those?) closest to the vine.

Nice pics Skot
 

Denny Conn
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Posted on Thursday, August 04, 2005 - 08:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

No kiddin'...gorgeous hop pics, Scott.
LIfe begins at 60...1.060, that is.
 

Steve Pierson
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Posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 - 01:00 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I read somewhere that you should pick a cone and slice it lengthwise. Look for bright yellow lupulin crystals - the color was described as "road stripe yellow". I used this method and it worked great for me.
None of us knows more than all of us. - Bill Herzog
 

Craig Henry
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Posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 - 02:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has anyone picked hops that were ripe but too green and found that it left a weird flavor?

I picked some last year that looked a bit green, though ripe and didn't use them.
 

Skotrat
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Posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 - 02:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hey Now,

Yup... I have read a couple books that suggest slicing them open to see if the lupilin is where it needs to be.

Never done that though.

Green hops will provide a nice grassy flavor...

been there... Screwed that up...

-Scott
 

Hophead
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Posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 - 06:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The Sierra Nevada harvest ale uses fresh hops from the field as well. It wasn't what I expected flavor & aroma wise, but not really grassy (to me) and a decent brew.

I have not had success growing hops in phoenix, they won't flower (for me).

Steve, your sig reminded of something from work...

meetings
 

Steve Pierson
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Posted on Friday, August 05, 2005 - 10:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Hophead - Thanks for the laugh. The photo seems appropriate for some of the recent threads on this board.
None of us knows more than all of us. - Bill Herzog
 

Dave Witt
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Posted on Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - 02:36 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

A couple years back, I had a spider mite problem that was quickly consuming my plants. I had to pick early from a couple plants (cascade, for one) and another plant just got eaten up. I lost all those.

Anyway, those cascade hops I picked early had that grassy flavor.