Monday, November 5, 2012

Hop Yard Build & Harvest! 2012 Part 4

A few months have passed since the last Hop Yard update. It is a busy time of year for us but we managed to find time to harvest our first batch of home grown hops. I will cut straight to the stats and spare you the agony of reading on anymore.

Our totals looked like this...

September 1st we harvested 6oz of mature, Cascade hops and used them to wet hop our first attempt at a Harvest Ale which turned out great.

Roughly a week later we harvested the remaining Cascade hops which totaled another 2lb of wet hops. After drying this equated to roughly 13oz of dried, leafy hops.

Finally, in the third week of September, we harvested the Centennial hops which equaled out to 0.5lb wet and after drying resulted in 1.5oz of dry leafy hops.

Monster Cascades ready for harvesting

 The food dehydrator and scale came in very handy for quickly drying the hops at relatively low temperatures and measuring them out into 1oz bags that will make future additions easier.

Dehydrator packed to the brim! 

Nice and dry


After our first season and attempt at growing our own hops, we are extremely happy with the results. It has been a lot of fun to see them grow from small, insignificant rhizomes to 15 foot long vines thriving with hundreds of mature hop cones. We are excited to have a winter's worth of hops to use in our future home brews over the next several months and even more excited to see the plants shoot out of the ground next spring stronger than ever! Here are a few extra pictures to savor.

Centennials post drying 

Hops, hops, and more hops!

Healthy first-year plant

Hop-covered trellis

Until next hop season...Cheers!