Our First Year Of Growing Hops
We originally were only experimenting this year with growing hops, since Ryan has been enjoying brewing his own beer. We had no idea that our plants would yield some much! The twine we used to attach to the roof began to sag quite a bit from all the weight.
Cascade hops are very fragrant, typically found in northwest IPA’s giving beer the bitterness and aroma. They especially thrive in Oregon and Washington, and are a hardy perennial is easily grown at home. Be sure to provide ample space for growth, they can average about two feet per week. Yes… They grow fast!
After harvesting, the hops need to be dried out and then properly stored. Ryan laid them inside some two screens to dry out. For brewing, you typically need about 3-5 ounces of hops for a five gallon batch of home brew. Ryan was hoping to get enough hops to make a batch of beer, instead we have enough hops for several batches!
I am sure we will follow up with Ryan’s next batch of beer, a batch he has already named Cascade Crush. If your interested in growing your own hops for next year, we planted three plants about 18 inches apart in full sun. To be honest I wasn’t even very good at fertilizing them, so I would say they are very hardy!
Thanks for stopping by, Happy gardening! Cheers!
Have a beautiful Sunday friends!
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