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    Aldi are knocking out an un-named variety of hops for £5 - I *might* pick one up tomorrow or I might be sensible and get the incinerator that's reduced to £7.99 - or possibly I may buy both. Mrs Balders is not on hand to keep me in check , but a look at my bank balance may suffice.

    Anyhow - hops.
    I've got a vine growing over one side of my 'pergoda' and thought hops might work grown from the other side. (In addition I have a fondness for beer). So - any advice on a good hop to get and a recommendation for suppliers - with a possible thought about using it for flavouring homebrews?

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    Here's one I prepared earlier Growing hops There are other hop growers on here!

    I still have my hops but have given up on training them. They have vicious leaves
    Our local hop syndicate is flourishing - even supplying some of the pubs here. I've not tasted it though - too lazy to go into town!
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    hey Baldy, any chance you have a link to the aldi website with these offers on please ? I don't have an aldi locally and don't have my own transport, but really want some hops, so I'd like to look it up a bit before I jump on a few buses just to get to an aldi store
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    Hi Nubber

    A very quick look on the website didn't show any hits for hops - might not be national then I guess.

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    Thought they grew to 40 feet -how big is that pegoda?

    Hops shoots are a "poor mans asparagus" being a hungry gap veg. The plants throw out a lot more shoots than you need for the flowers so you can harvest the shoots then grow for the flowers.

    Are the plants male of female? Isn't it the female flowers used?

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    1 in 200 are allowed to be male in the UK but in general you're correct 40ft for non dwarf and in some parts of Europe male plants are illegal. Guess what I've been reading up on over a morning cuppa...
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    So if they've sold 199 other plants...

    Did the lable say these are full sized hops or a dwarf hop? I fancied buying Prima Donna or Golden Tassles which are short at "only" 8 - 10 foot or so but never did.

    Do you brew your own from hops already?

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    ... as per usual with Aldi plants not much in the way of info I'm afraid - I might just pick one up tonight for the sake of it... though a dwarf variety would be nice

    Haven't used own grown hops in a brew yet.

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