Homegrown Hops

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

As I'm sure I've mentioned before, the Mr. is a beer fanatic and also homebrews. Remember our anniversary getaway? We stopped at High Hops Brewery on our way home, the Mr. bought his very own hop plant, in hopes of growing one of the main ingredients of beer himself. Since the plant has a tendency to 'take over', my Mom generously offered space in her large garden for the hops, and since she has a real green thumb, she's the perfect supervisor to help get these plants up and going. And, holy cow, have they up and gone!!

This past weekend, we were out for a visit at my parent's and we couldn't believe how much the hops had grown!! There are even little buds 'blooming'. Those bud/flowers are what you pick and use in making beer. It takes about a year for the plant to really get established and before there's an actual harvest, but they seem to be on the right track so far.
The Mr. selected Cascade hops since that's what he uses most in his recipes. Hops are a climbing plant and the stem is extremely 'sticky', like super-Velcro. It wraps itself around and climbs up the rope. On occasion, these plants can grow inches in a single day.
When they planted these two plants in July, they were barely one foot off the ground. Just a little over two months later, the one is almost 6' tall!! He's one proud hop-poppa. :)
 Hopefully next Fall there will be enough hops to harvest and use in a batch of homebrew.
The latest homebrew batch the Mr. made is a pumpkin beer and is about to be bottled. It should be ready just in time for our third annual pumpkin beer party (assuming we can still pull off the party amid homegirl's pending arrival..)!!

6 comments:

  1. How fun! I have lots of friends that home brew, but I'm pretty sure none of them grow their own hops! How perfect!

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    1. Oh really?! I think it's a much more common hobby than I ever knew!! :)

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  2. How fun!!! Seth is SO jealous! If we had room for that, he would be all over it!

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    1. Haha, oh man there is so much more to this 'hobby' than I knew even possible!! But Dan is totally into and becoming quite good at it all so it's fun to watch him enjoy it. :)

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  3. That is so cool Dan!! Aunt Nadine does have a green thumb... as does my mom... why oh why didn't I inherit that gene?! ;)

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    1. Haha, right?! I'm good with the kind of plants that fall over the sides of the pot and I realize I need to water them, then they just perk right up and are ok for another week or two.( Or fake ones that I just have to dust every once in a blue moon..) :)

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