From the HBD Archive
From: homebrew@tso.uc.EDU (Ed Westemeier)
Subject: Growing Hops
Date: 1992-03-06 00:43:13 GMT

Rob Winters asked in 837:
> I'd be very interested in trying out growing my own hops.
> Could anyone post a primer? Sources? Sage advice?
I've read two good books on the subject:
"Homegrown Hops" is a little 98-page self-published paperback
by David Beach, a retired Army lawyer in Oregon.
It is (IMHO) simplistic, opinionated, wrong in parts, and
incomplete, but it gives you all the basic information anyone
would need to start growing hops at home, and for just $8.00.
"Hops" is a scholarly 233-page hardback reference book by
R.A. Neve, Director of the Dept of Hop Research at Wye. It tells you
everything you could ever want to know about the crop at $59.95
A nice 3rd alternative is the 1990 Special issue of Zymurgy.
It contains most of the information you want at $8.50.
Probably your best bet, in fact.
I've had excellent luck with the hop rhizomes I've ordered
from Freshops in Oregon. The Cascades took off like crazy, but
the Hallertauer, Northern Brewer and Saaz were no slouches
either, all in the first year. Can't wait to see what happens this
year! Give them a call at 503-929-2736. There are probably
other good sources, but that's the one I've had experience with.
This month (March) is definitely the time to be planting your
hop rhizomes, so don't delay. Don't know where you're
located, but the only caveat I'm aware of is that hops usually
don't do their best below 40 degrees of latitude. I'm at 39 and
no complaints.
One last point: there is nothing like the feeling you get
when you use your own hops in your own beer. Good luck!
Bottom line: plant rhizomes now, give them plenty of sun,
keep the bugs down, and enjoy the results.

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