Several of the guys in the local beer club grow their own hops. They bought the vine already to plant. I bought some seeds on ebay but they never grew. The plants grow like a vine so you need to provide a place for them to climb. The plant get larger and larger the guys tell me you have to keep expanding your climbing area to make a place for the plants to grow. The plants do not produce any hops the first year. They don't produce a lot the second year. It is a bit like growing grapes the larger the plant gets the more it produces. It takes several years to get a good crop. Hops is a very good spice, it is great is soup and it makes excellent Tea. If you boil hops it gets bitter so add the hops to soup after it has been cooked.
I never knew I liked beer until I visited the beer club and tasted samples. American beer is made from RICE. American beer SUCKS. Foreign beer is VERY GOOD. I have been making beer about 5 years and making wine 40 years. A good comparison is like the difference between a good home grown garden tomato and a tomato from the grocery store, homemade beer is the BEST. Once you make your own beer you will NEVER drink American beer every again.
Here are some Hops Pics from Mid State Brew Crew Forum. I don't know where to get plants but now that I know more about the plants I know I don't have room for them in my yard. WOW, I wish more and more that I lived in the country with enough land to grow all the things I would like to grow.
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on Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:38 pm, edited 4 times in total.