Magnum and Cascade Harvest 2016By
August 28th I harvested my Magnum and Cascade hops. The Magnum could have been harvested last week but I didn’t have time, so I picked them both today. It took 1 7×52 cigar (Gran Habano 2002 Reserve) to pick both – about an hour and 20 minutes. Yesterday was raining, today it was humid, 88 degrees and sunny. A bit hot for my taste, but you take what you get for weather.
The Magnum take was only 14 ounces (wet). The Cascade provided 2 pounds (wet) – close to normal for the Cascades, the Magnum were light this year. I did have the Magnum bines break off the top 2 feet and that part of the bines was stuck at the top of the rope – they did not lower with the rest of the bines. This is the first time this has happened – so I missed some cones. I didn’t want to break out my tall ladder for the cones stuck up top of the ropes.
I have a pulley at the top and lower the bines to harvest from ground level. Harvesting on a ladder is hard on the legs and back, not to mention a bit more dangerous. Generally the pulley system has been flawless. You have to tug on the ropes as the hop bine laterals wind around the up rope and the lowering rope (opposite sides of the pulley).
I still have the Nugget hops to harvest. They won’t be ready for a week or 2. They usually ripen 2 weeks after the Cascade hops. That will be my next update.
Well I hope everyone that is growing hops has a good year. Leave a comment how your hop growing season went. If you are thinking about growing hops, go for it, they are easy to grow. Prepare the area now for next year. Add compost, leaves and or grass clippings to the dirt for some organic food and soil structure (don’t use grass clippings if it has fertilizer and/or weed killer applied to the grass).