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    I planted fuggles last year from willingham nurseries which I bought as a rhizome online at about this time of year,I was not expecting a crop this first year but got enough to do a second hopping on a 40 pint brew which we are currently drinking.projected crop for following years is about 1-2 kilos per plant.mine grew to about 15 feet this year.drying was not a problem with small quantities for me,about 1 1/2hrs in the dehydrator followed by vacuum packing and freezing.hops go off rapidly if exposed to oxygen so commercially are pressed into bales for storage.for reference 100 g dried hops (this years harvest)uncompressed completely filled a 2 litre jug but vacuum packs down toabout half a teacup.
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    Great stuff, thanks for the info Snakeshack

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    A friend of mine grew hops by tying a long piece of string to his Sky dish (finally, a good use for the darn things) and the vine grew over the top of it. He got a good yield though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Cobra View Post
    Hi everyone. Just wondered if there are any home brewers on here, and if so do you grow your own hops? I'm really fancying getting some for on the allotment, but unsure of how much I will need to produce home brew ale throughout the year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olorin2001 View Post
    I have a few 3 year old (fuggle) plants available, I can post bare rooted, deliver by bus if your local or you can collect. FREE
    Awesome mate. I'm not local to Southampton (I'm up in Yorkshire) so would need them delivering. How much would the postage be pal?

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    Sitting waiting for the dehydrator to dry it's 3 rd load of hops. Harvested 3 x5 gallon buckets today from my fuggles bine . Probably another 3 loads to go.this should do me about 12 five gallon brews using them at the barrelling stage to add a heavy hop aroma. I use about 2-3 litres of dried hops per brew.this packs down in the vac packer to a small pouch , see pic and is added in its frozen state in a jelly bagAttachment 49594


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    Attachment 49660A guy on our site has 4 hop plants on the go - the posts have a bolt halfway up so they can be lowered and the ropes have a quick release for easy harvest. They look amazing. His beer went down a treat at the site BBQ a couple of weeks ago.

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    Hi everyone, not posted for a while but hope to be back active now! I harvested my hops (thanks again Olorin!) and they are now drying out. One problem - I put all that I had harvested into a black bag ready to dry out. A couple of days later the outside of the bag was covered in little tiny flies - does anyone know what these are and if that's common?

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