Nugget Hops Harvest 2010

    Nugget hop bine picture

    Nugget Hop Bines

    Nugget hops harvest – September 18th I harvested the Nugget hops.  Two Weeks after the Cascade, Magnum and Fuggle hops.  Same as last year – 2 weeks after my other hops were ready and harvested.  I had three bines on this one rope and harvested exactly one kilo or 2.2 pounds of wet hops.  They are really not that wet as they have dried somewhat on the bines.

    Last years Nugget hop cone harvest was 1.3 pounds – 70% more than last years first year hop harvest.

    Nugget hop harvest in a paper grocery bag.

    Nugget Hop Harvest

    Generally hops dry out to end up at 20 to 25% of the wet hop weight.  If that holds true for this batch, I will end up with .44 to .55 pounds of dry hops.  Splitting the difference, I will end up with about 8 ounces of dry Nugget hops.

    These are currently drying in my living room under the ceiling fan.  The temperature and humidity is down this year.  Last year they dried while we still had the air conditioning running.  This September here in Minnesota is below average (have not even hit 80 degrees this month – must be global warming).

    Nugget hop cones drying

    Nugget Hop Cones Drying

    That’s it for the 2010 hop season.  I may update some posts or come up with some new ideas for the hop garden I may run past y’all (for my southern friends).  2010 was a great year for hops – for me and my Minnesota friends anyway.  I look forward to your comments and ideas.  I hope you all had a great hop harvest yourselves.  If you are not growing beer hops, you should be – it’s easy and they are fun to watch grow.  Prepare your soil now for next year – go back quite a few posts and I explain how I prepared the soil.  My southern hemisphere friends,  you must be coming up on your spring – best of luck to you.


    Categories : Second Year Hops


    1. UpperMIhophead,
      When I was harvesting my Nugget bittering hops I noticed they were every bit as aromatic (different aroma, but good) as my Cascade aroma hops. Whether that aroma comes out in a late boil or dry hop, I don’t know. The only sure way to get the IBUs is to have them tested – not practical for homebrewers. My and other’s experience is that homegrown hops generally seem to have a lesser IBU than store bought (just an observation – no IBU test to back it up). I am not certain why that is (soil, nutrients, climate???) – we just add more hops, that’s why it is important to keep notes on your recipes and judge them as you drink them to get a feel for how your hops perform.

      The brew sounds great! I am sure it is tasty nevertheless. Thanks for the post.


    2. UpperMIhophead says:

      I recently brewed a all-grain black IPA (cascadian dark ale) with my home grown nugget and cascade hops. I used the nugget for bittering and I also experimented with there aroma qualities. I’m very happy with the results. The ale turned out with about 75-80IBU’s. It’s hard to judge this considering the fact that I don’t know the exact alpha-acid level of my hops so I used the average for there strain.

    3. Martha,
      You can make a tea out of hops – calming / relaxing. Not sure how it tastes but may need honey or lemon to to taste. You can eat hop sprouts. You can make hop pillows for relaxing and to help fall asleep. Possibly make a hop wreath – the bines and hop cones hold out well, I am not certain about the leaves. Hope this helps.

    4. Martha Jones says:

      Hi There! Love your site & I have grown Cascade hops before on a tunnel into the garden using pvc piping. My question is, now I’m working on revitalizing a school culinary garden & would love to have the entrance be a hop tunnel. Are their “kid” appropriate uses for hops? Could I use them in a non-alcoholic beverage, that you know of? They are so pretty and dry well, but, it would be even better to integrate the plant into the curriculum.
      Thank you!
      Martha Jones

    5. I have not myself used the nugget hops for brewing. I give my hops to home brewing friends to make beer – I retired as a homebrewer a while back. Nugget hops are a bittering hop (with a nice aroma) so use it mainly for bittering. Depending upon the beer and ale styles you like would help to answer that question. Search out some recipes using Nugget hops and find something that appeals to you.

    6. Michael says:

      Have you used your Nugget Hops to brew beer? I have the possibility of getting some Nuggets and want to know how it does for beer first – thanks!

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