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My second year Hallertau and Fuggle plants have begun sprouting up again in the last week or two, as I posted earlier but they are looking better now.

 

The Hallertau plant (1st pic) has about 5 shoots. The sort of wilted looking ones are ones that actually shot up in April/May when I cut the old bines off at the ground. They just grew to there and stopped. Not sure what they'll do now but the new ones are looking healthy anyway.

 

The Fuggle plant (2nd pic) has about 3-4 shoots coming up which are looking pretty good too. I left that one in its pot because there's not really any room for another one of those big planter boxes. The new Cascade rhizome is in the second planter box, but it hasn't sprouted yet.

 

Will update again in a few weeks or so.

 

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Cheers

 

Kelsey

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My Cascade rhizome has finally woken up and sprouted its first shoot. Will keep an eye on whether any more shoot up over the coming weeks too.

 

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Cheers

 

Kelsey

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Nice choice! Don't expect too much crop wise this year, although it can be improved by the use of potash or fertiliser high in potash once they start producing burrs. I use Maxibloom; it works well.

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Nice choice! Don't expect too much crop wise this year' date=' although it can be improved by the use of potash or fertiliser high in potash once they start producing burrs. I use Maxibloom; it works well.[/quote']

 

Yeah i wasnt expexting much . Thanks for the advice ill have a look at the local nursery or bunnings

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Nice choice! Don't expect too much crop wise this year' date=' although it can be improved by the use of potash or fertiliser high in potash once they start producing burrs. I use Maxibloom; it works well.[/quote']

 

Yeah i wasnt expexting much . Thanks for the advice ill have a look at the local nursery or bunnings

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Nice choice! Don't expect too much crop wise this year' date=' although it can be improved by the use of potash or fertiliser high in potash once they start producing burrs. I use Maxibloom; it works well.[/quote']

 

Yeah i wasnt expexting much . Thanks for the advice ill have a look at the local nursery or bunnings

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HI guys, quick update on my hop garden...

 

The first bine of my second year Hallertau (first pic) has found its way to a line and attached itself to it, and even trained itself around clockwise. The other few should catch up over the next week or so by the looks.

 

 

First year Cascade shoots (second pic) are coming along nicely at least from what I can tell. Given they're first year I didn't expect them to jump out of the blocks like the others have.

 

 

Second year Fuggle (third pic) has shot up a heap of shoots this year compared to last year. Maybe I'll actually get a worthwhile harvest off it this season.

 

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Cheers

 

Kelsey

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Growing your own fresh hops sounds like a fantastic idea.

Just one question: how do you translate the usual quantity in grams of pellets at known AA%'s, into a reasonable equivalent of fresh hops?

Cheers, Mark.

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Growing your own fresh hops sounds like a fantastic idea.

Just one question: how do you translate the usual quantity in grams of pellets at known AA%'s' date=' into a reasonable equivalent of fresh hops?

Cheers, Mark. [/quote']The flowers are usually added at a quantity of 10% more than the amount you'd use if they were pellets. As for the AA%, that's an unknown really, for my one batch with the Hallertau last year I just looked at the commercial AA% range and used a number at the low end of it. Seemed to work fine, although it was only a late boil addition.

 

There is a rough way of working it out but you do need to waste about 30g of the hops to do it. It was posted on AHB; I'll see if I can find it again next year when I start formulating recipes with the home grown ones.

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Bugger it, figured I'd find it now for future reference. This here thread contains the method in the first post. Yes it's rough, but it's not like home brewers have access to all the proper scientific equipment needed to accurately measure it. If I get a big enough harvest off my hops this season I might give it a go and see roughly what they are. I'm sure it will be close enough for rock 'n' roll.

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All my plants are going well now, starting to climb up the lines. In the first pic is my second year Hallertau which is winning the race so far, the second pic is my second year Fuggle that has sprouted more than it did last year which is good, and the last pic is the first year Cascade. Only two bines on it so far, not sure if any more will pop up but at least something has. lol

 

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Cheers

 

Kelsey

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Where are you located? I'm in Brisbane and it's beginning to warm up so that's probably partly why they're shooting up like that. Two of them are second year plants too which helps as well, the first year ones are usually slower to sprout.

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Err these are my Fuggles & Perle. They're in there, trust mewink

Ill plant them out next year when I decide where I want 'em.

Im on the look out for POR and another,. maybe Cluster, something dual purpose or bittering.

 

 

Yours look tops Otto.

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Cheers mate! I expect in another month or so that they'll be getting close to the top of those trellises and starting to throw out laterals.

 

I'd throw yours in a pot for the time being... once the weather gets hotter those things will want to sprout if they aren't trying already and they'd be unlikely to survive until next year in whatever that stuff is. They need to be in soil, even if it is just a small pot with a stick in it for them to climb on. They can always be transferred from the pot to wherever you end up putting them next year, which is what I did with the Hallertau plant of mine.

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I'm guessing they are in soil, Otto. With a layer of mulch of some description on top.

The mulch will help keep the soil below moist.

 

 

Where do you get the hops from?

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They probably are, just hard to tell through the plastic. Having two varieties in the same container isn't advisable though, they'd just get tangled up with each other when they start growing and you won't know which is which. I'm assuming it has drainage too...

 

I got all mine off eBay sellers mate.

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Where are you located? I'm in Brisbane and it's beginning to warm up so that's probably partly why they're shooting up like that. Two of them are second year plants too which helps as well' date=' the first year ones are usually slower to sprout. [/quote']

 

North east victora mate.. about an hour from the rostrevor hop gardens lol

The days are just getting to the high teens now so wont be much longer and they will be going

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Ah yeah they'd probably be a bit slower to come up down there, especially first year rhizomes. On the flipside you should get better yield in regards to the flowers from having longer daylight hours than we get up where I am.

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Brewers

 

Here is the first harvest (not the Cascades used in my first harvest brew but the other variety) drying in my hop kiln (tent).

 

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Cheers & Beers

Scottie

Valley Brew

What a haul. Sorry to hear you ripped 'em out Scottie. One mans trash...

 

AlpacaBrew- Looking plump! Happy harvesting.

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Looking good Peggy! I hope my second years end up looking something like that early next year when all the flowers are appearing.

 

I at least got a decent enough haul from my Hallertau plant last season to be able to brew a batch with it, using it as a late boil addition. It turned out really well.

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Thanks Otto. I will be looking for some Galaxy rhizomes this winter(in a few months here). Pellets are really hard to find and have to order them out of the UK thats why I would like to plant my own. I have 6 cascade plants but only 4 really produce. The other 2 don't get enough sun. I have a nice spot in front of the garden for the galaxy, full sun and far enough from my cascade.

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Good luck finding Galaxy rhizomes and Amarillo rizomes

 

Ive got Nugget, Mt hood, cascade, pearl and goldings theres a lot out there but some still under licence

 

 

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