Hop Harvest

I harvested the hops today. There have been a few frosts, so the flowers on top and the vines had started to brown and were a bit past prime. I think the hops were at their peak about mid September. I did find that the flowers under the vine were greener. The browner flowers smelled milder.

The hop growing books have suggested cutting the plant down to 4 or 5 healthy vines. This year I let them all grow, just to see what would happen. I ended up with a smaller harvest than last year.

The hops will sit out until they are dry. In about a week, I will put them in plastic bags and put them in the freezer.

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