Planting Hops

I planted some hop rhizomes the other day.  These are root cuttings from vines of big hop plants.  I planted three hop varieties:  Centennial, Galena and Mt. Hood.  Galena is used purely as a bittering hop by itself in the Amber, BudClone, Pumpkin, Octoberfest and Bock.  I generally use it for malty, unhoppy beers.  Mt. Hood is both a bittering and flavor/aroma hop used in the Stock and Winter Lagers, Belgian Whit, Christmas, Stout and Pilsners.  I haven’t used Centennial yet but it is a more floral and citrusy in flavor and will be good in pale ales and IPA’s.

And ‘yes’, these hops and the others I use all stick with the ‘100% American Ingredients’ theme of my recipes.  My wife thinks that that may be a future limiter, but I say it gives me a chance to be more creative.  I want the beers to represent the region (Akron-Cleveland-Canton Ohio) as best I can so focusing on American grain and hops are a key.

These vines should grow 6-8 feet this year though they most likely won’t produce hops until next year as they will be establishing their root systems.

One needs a lot of hops even for a small nano-brew operation.  I hope to grow several varieties for special ‘seasonal’ and ‘limited edition’ beers.

The pale-yellowish sprout in the middle is the hop plant.
The pale-yellowish sprout in the middle is the hop plant.
This is a cutting of the hop vine with roots and a few new sprouts coming off of it.
This is a cutting of the hop vine with roots and a few new sprouts coming off of it.

 

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One thought on “Planting Hops”

  1. Ron,
    I like your drive for the local and American ingredient purity! We should all strive to have a clear, yet often challenging, focus in what our focus. I look forward to seeing future posts on the growth. By the way, are plants like this special ordered? Nice job!
    Rich

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