Cascade Hops Harvest 2013

    Cascade hop cone cut in half showing the yellow lupulin.

    Hop Cone Cut In Half – Yellow Lupulin showing

    The Cascade hop cones are just shy of being ready to pick but I have the time and a break from 95 degree temps and high humidity.  Cloud cover and temps in the low 80s make it an opportune time to pick hops this Sunday September 8th 2013.  I am just getting around to writing about it (another time thing).

    Another strange growing season.  Heavy rains in the spring and temps all over the place.  August and early September have been hot and dry.  I water every other day (when it doesn’t rain) so I don’t have to worry about drought.  The heavy rains early leached a lot of the organic nutrients out of the soil and I will have to put on a thick layer of compost to make up for it – probly some kelp also for minerals.

    Anyway, I ended up with a kilo of wet hops – 2.2 pounds from my one Cascade hop plant.  It took about 2 hours to pick by myself (about a cigar and a half and 4 beers – IPA of course).

    This year I am making my wife happy and drying the hops in the basement under the ceiling fan and air conditioning (low humidity).  Past years I dried them in our living room under that ceiling fan.  Since school is in and the youngest also has a job, the basement is an option now.  It used to be a gaming room with an Xbox, some retro game systems and a couple of computers for gaming.  Getting closer to an empty nest!


    A Kilo of Cascade Hop Cones – 2.2 Pounds Wet

    Categories : Fifth Year Hops


    1. Grow Hops says:

      I am not sure where you reside, but hops are grown in most states. I am not certain about barley. They both grow in Minnesota where I live. I would google hop farms for your locale or check any local home brewing clubs. I stay away from selling any agricultural products and especially interstate. Too many agencies in this country that jump at the chance for an armed response for the stupidest of “crimes” like selling raw milk or food co-ops, organic farms or any technicality of agricultural laws. Sorry, hopefully a local google search helps you out.

    2. Grow Hops says:

      I have never had bugs as a problem. Like any plant, they can have bugs on them. My brother had a Christmas tree that hatched hundreds of spiders. I doubt the spiders were inside a hop cone. Most likely on the bines. Was your friend transporting hop cones or cut bines?

    3. Christine Sarmiento says:

      I have a strange question for you. I’m doing a photo shoot next week and they just told me today that I need to locate hops and barley (on the stem) to use as a prop in the shot. This is a difficult one for me to pull off. Do you know where I might be able to buy either of these items? Might you be willing to sell some of your hops? The client actually requested the hops still attached to the vine and with leaves. I’m sorry to bother you with such a strange question. Didn’t know where else to start. Thanks!

    4. LB says:

      Do you ever have a problem with bugs coming off the harvested hops while drying and ending up in your house? I was thinking to dry in my garage until I read a story about someone getting tons of spiders in his van after transporting newly harvested hops.

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