HOMEBREW Digest #5162 Fri 16 March 2007

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  RE: hop rhizomes ("William C. Tobler")
  hop rhizomes ("Keith Anderson")
  re: hop rhizomes (Glyn)
  Call for Judges, NHC East Regional, Cleveland (Paul Shick)

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 07:57:24 -0500 From: "William C. Tobler" <wtobler at houston.rr.com> Subject: RE: hop rhizomes Andrew Stuart asks about hop rhizomes: "I know from experience that where you get your strains (genetics) can greatly affect the outcome of the plant, along with fertilization etc. Do any of you know where I could go to find some good hop strains? Does it really matter (after all the processing during brewing?)" FreshHops can answer all your hop rhizomes questions. They start selling March 21st. Give them a call. http://www.freshops.com/index.html Bill Tobler Lake Jackson, TX (1129.2, 219.9) Apparent Rennerian Brewing Great Beer in South Texas Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 08:47:28 -0400 From: "Keith Anderson" <keithxanderson at gmail.com> Subject: hop rhizomes "Andrew Stuart" <acstuart at gmail.com> writes: >I've been brewing for about 6 months now and I want to take the >opportunity of the new springtime to grow some hops and see if there >is a difference between fresh hops and hop pellets/old dried whole >hops. I have talked to my local brewmaster store but they don't have a >lot of information about where their rhizomes are from. I know from >experience that where you get your strains (genetics) can greatly >affect the outcome of the plant, along with fertilization etc. Do any >of you know where I could go to find some good hop strains? Does it >really matter (after all the processing during brewing?) Since its >going to take at least 6 months to grow these I want to make sure I >start off on the left foot. Below are a couple of websites I have >found for ordering rhizomes. Thanks for your input! Hi Andrew, I grew cascades in my backyard back in NJ for a few years and found it to be lots of work with not as much reward as just growing some vegatables. The hops I grew weren't very aromatic and didn't provide much bittering. I also did not fertilize them with anything but compost so maybe they were missing some key nutrient. I did get plenty of hops in the first year but mine were no better dried than some store bought cascades. I might have picked about three full paper shopping bags from three plants which maybe gave me about a pound dried (you have to dry them). I did like using them fresh off the vine as finishing hops (without drying) in a few batches which gave a nice flavor but this wasn't worth the overall work to me. The most frustrating part was cobbling together a support system for them to climb. They want to grow straight up vertically at least 20 feet. A hook at the peak of your 2nd story roof may work if the soil near your foundation is decent (mine was too dry). I found using string at a 45 degree angle run to the roof did not work since they want to climb straight up vertically (stopped climbing at the mid point of the string). I eventually just put them on a trellis since I wasn't going to put a few telephone poles in my small yard. Which forced me to prune them back weekly (cascades grow like wildfire and you start to think of them as invasive weeds). Also you will have to rip out all the vines in the fall which is no small task. They are fun to grow at first but I found it was too much work without much reward. If you could build some kind of trellis that looked nice and also had the hops growing on them I think it would serve a dual purpose and the hops would just be a bonus. Keith Chapel Hill, NC (was in Red Bank, NJ) Return to table of contents
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2007 07:56:33 -0700 (PDT) From: Glyn <graininfuser at yahoo.com> Subject: re: hop rhizomes Northern Brewer (which has supported HBD in the past) has hop rhizomes: http://www.northernbrewer.com/rhizomes.html Another place I have purchase both hops and rhizomes from: http://www.freshops.com/rhizinfo.html They are fun to grow! Remember: Sun, water, sun, compost, sun Glyn S. Middle TN Return to table of contents
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 11:59:57 -0400 From: Paul Shick <shick at jcu.edu> Subject: Call for Judges, NHC East Regional, Cleveland Greetings Homebrewers, We are looking for judges for the 1st round of the American Homebrew Association's NHC Eastern Region. Judging will be held on Friday April 20th(evening), and Saturday April 21, 2007(morning and afternoon). They will be held at J.W. Dover in Westlake, Ohio. Lunch and Dinner will be provided on Saturday for all judges. We are working on some lodging accommodations for those of you traveling from nearby states. Also, we will be throwing a usual banquet Saturday evening with a great meal and of course-- BEER. If that is not enough, there will be several flights to enjoy drinking homebrew. If you are available to judge, please contact Bill Hoyt, Judge Coordinator via email at wgh at uakron.edu. As always we are also looking for people to help out with food, beer, unpacking, and more beer. Hope to see you then! Cheers! Bill Hoyt NHC Eastern Region Judge Coordinator wgh at uakron.edu Return to table of contents
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