Discussion in 'Grain, Hops, Yeast & Water' started by Pabloxprt, Mar 25, 2017.
BTW, just bagged up my dried Cascade - ended up with exactly 300g. That's from 2 plants.
Trouble is I've grown to really dislike grapefruit flavoured beer. Obviously I'll never be a craft brewer...
I hope to have around 100g of cascade, fuggle was really poor crop, maybe 16g.
I just threw mine into a freezer. Not sure when I will using those, as now my focus is on darker beers.
Yeah, would be cheaper just to buy them, but where is fun in that? :)
I harvested 1.75kg from my cascade plant yesterday evening and must have left at least 1kg still on the bine.
Loads more here than I need for my brew today, so will see how drying some goes.
Does anyone fancy a wet hop brew bottle swap?
I also harvested my Cascade last night, before the rain arrives today.
Big crop about 3 times as much as the Styrian Goldings, which I froze after drying. Reckon there's enough for 2 brews so probably 6 out of the Cascade.
I thought the Styrian was going to die in the July heat, the leaves went very brittle and it looked very sick, but recovered as soon as it cooled down a bit. That probably stunted hop growth.
Harvested Centennial on Saturday and Goldings on Friday.
482gm of Centennial and 420gm of Goldings
All dried and vacuum packed into freezer. Think Goldings could have been picked weekend before but wasn’t around.
Cascade and Chinook next. Didn’t think they were ready yet. Seems late but that may be South Yorkshire for you.
“I harvested 1.75kg from my cascade plant yesterday evening and must have left at least 1kg still on the bine.“
That’s awesome. Wow. Great yield
That's wet weight, but I was amazed as I only got 500g last year - they just seemed never ending
wow! Did you do anything re: fertiliser? I got 480 wet.
looking to do Chinook and Cascade next weekend but doubt I will even get 500g
No this year I did nothing, didn't even cover with compost in the winter.
The only thing I did differently this year was to cut out as many side shoots and new shoots as possible to try to stop it getting too thick & bushy. Maybe the bumber harvest is just becaue its the plants third year and its getting more productive??
I planted three rhizomes last year: a cascade, a centennial and a challenger. The first two produced a crop last year and this. I must say the harvest wasn't much greater this year than last, but we had a late frost and an early heat wave, which has caused all sorts of problems with all sorts of things. The challenger produced this year, but not enough to worth bothering with.
I never bother processing these hops. For each variety I make a basic APA bittered with Magnum last year and CTZ this year and then divide the crop into four: first quarter gets ten minutes boil, second quarter goes in at flameout and the last half has a 20 minute steep at <80C. No dry hopping. The aroma of these beers is incredible, fresh and floral in a way that can't be achieved with dried hops no matter how fresh they are. More so with the Centennial than the cascade.
We're talking about 115-120 g in a 27 litre batch for the centennial and 20 litres for the 90g cascade.
I left the cascade in an open container overnight (to do an overnight mash) and lost 12g of moisture by the morning- so weights refer to freshly-picked.
Finally drinking this year's harvest.
Only packaged yesterday but pretty good. Distinctive but mild wet hop flavour and very quaffable but I don't get any of the usual cascade citrusiness.
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