Growing Hops In Your Yard – Some General Points
If you are interested in growing your own hops this year, it’s time to start looking for them. Here is a short article on growing your own hops which may prove to be useful. I have grown hops every year for some time now. They are honestly pretty easy to grow and a fun way to combine two of my hobbies (gardening and homebrewing)
I don’t expect to save any money with them or anything like that but, it is fun to make a seasonal beer with wet hops. Keep in mind, 4 ounces of wet hops are the same as 1 ounce of dry hops. Normally with any of my wet hops which I grow, I just end up dry hopping with them so I get an aroma. It turns into my, “Summer Beer Special” or my very own seasonal beer. The reason I do that is because I just don’t expect a lot out of my hops. I also don’t know the actual alpha acid so I figure just using them as aroma is a special treat.
I’ve found in the past the hops that work the best in this area tend to have higher alpha acids (Cascade grows like a weed here). I put my hops in a pot when I grow them. After they start to sprout I take a string and tie it to an anchor of some sort, the hops just grow up the string. But the reason why I put them in a pot is I don’t want the shoots to get break off and end up getting hops all over the yard. I’m not sure if that is possible but I know it happens with horseradish which I grow too. Just a friendly suggestion.
Enjoy, and if you are looking for a source to buy hops to grow, this is a good one! If you have any pointers or tips for growing hops, please share.