Nugget Hops Harvest 2015

    5 Nugget hop bines on one rope.

    Nugget Hop Bines

    The 2015 Nugget hops harvest is done. I ended up with 1.6 pounds of wet hops (they were pretty dry). I should end up with about 8 ounces of dry hops. They are under a ceiling fan on a screen drying now. It should take 2 to 3 days in the air conditioned (dry air) environment.

    It went fairly quick, just short of an hour. Of course it had to fall on a hot and super humid day – Saturday of the Labor day weekend. The dew point was in the 70’s and a temp of 89. That’s a “feels like” temp of 95+ degrees.

    Nugget are a bittering hop so you don’t want to over do it with these. Aromatic hops like Cascade are much more forgiving as they are much less bitter and mainly contribute to the “nose” or aroma of the beer or ale. I have yet to come across a beer or ale with too much aromatic hops though I suppose it is possible. I have come across some that were too bitter for my taste (and I like a few at 100 IBU+).

    That’s it for the 2015  hop growing season here.  I am hoping for a warm sunny season next year.  I should be producing more cones than I have this season (or the last few).  I will keep you posted with any new things I may try to improve my harvest amounts.  I hope you all had a great season and I would love to hear your success stories (or challenges).  Leave a comment if you wish.

    Hop on!

    5 hop cones of different shapes.

    Nugget Hop Cones of Various Shapes and Sizes

    Categories : 7th Year Hops


    1. James, The first year I got about 6 oz dry hops per rope. After the first year, you can get a kilo per rope – it all depends upon your setup, height, soil, sunlight… Best of luck!

    2. James Ripley says:

      I am toying with the idea to grow hops. I brew my own beer, and have a 1/8 acre parcel of land that gets lots of sun. Here in southern/central Germany, I just want to try it. If I just run 2-3 stakes up, what kind of yield might I see?



    3. Roxe Anne, You’re welcome. Best of luck on your adventure.

    4. Roxe Anne Peacock says:

      Thank you for the information. We have a barn we could use on a small scale. But we also have several acres. I am the author of two mysteries and History Lover’s Cookbook. I might use growing hops for a future book.

    5. Roxe Anne,
      Yes, I only grow along the side of my garage. I live in the cities and have limited space. I do it strictly as a small time hobby. If you are looking at an acre or more, I would suggest checking out and/or your local Agricultural University and perhaps any local hop growers. I really can’t advise on any larger scale operation. I hope this helps.

    6. Roxe Anne Peacock says:

      Your post was interesting. I am thinking about growing hops next year. Do you grow yours on the sides of buildings only? We could grow 1 1/2 to 2 acres. Thank you.

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