We received a few messages from people who wanted an update on our homegrown hops so we put this video together to provide an update on our 2020 adventures.
How Goes The Grows?
Well, 2020 has been a different year in so many ways. For where we live, we had a very dry spring and summer so we have had to deal with moderate drought conditions for the past 4 months.
The Chinook bines featured in this video were planted in 2015 and they have produced a lot of cones this year. Comparing to 2019, I am estimating the cone yield will be 20% less. The plant climbs up thin rope that is attached to a south facing corner of my house. I have found that this location has been the best for all the hops I have grown over the last 11 years.
I will be harvesting these hops in the next few days. We are planning to get them tested for alpha acid content for fun. I have cones from last years harvest in my freezer so I will get those tested as well. We brewed a tasty beer last year using my homegrown hops so I am hoping to brew another one of those this fall.
If you grow hops, I wish you a great harvest.