[Homestead] Growing Hops
indexer at localnet.com
Fri Apr 18 00:02:25 EDT 2008
I'll check out that link.
I'm not surprised about the bitterness; as a natural dyer I learned long
ago that each year brings new surprises in each planting. Mostly, with
the dye plants, if I kept the ground quite stable, the changes each year
seemed to be related to water, both in how much we got in a given years
and in some cases, whether we got lots at a time and when. After I
realized all that I began to see the differences in the garden and the
harvest there....so guess hops is like most other plants, responding to
the available conditions. Cool.
Thanks much, Don.
Don Bowen wrote:
> This might be of interest.
> I spoke with my son about growing hops for home brewing. He said the problem is controlling bitterness. The same plant in different years will have differing levels of bitterness which makes controlling a batch of beer difficult. He also mentioned several home brew shops in the LA area have a hop plant or two growing if they have a spot of ground.
> Don Bowen KI6DIU
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