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Old 11-19-2010, 02:14 PM  
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Growing hops in IN?

How many people are growing their own hops in Indiana and how well does it work? I want to start but do not know enough to get started.
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:35 PM  
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There's a hop farm near Nashville?...so it should work well climate wise. I don't know much about the particulars of hop growing though.
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:17 PM  
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There is always a lot of discussion about growing hops. The one thing to keep in mind is the ability to determine alpha levels in a home grown hops can be somewhat time consuming and not the most reliable. So to brew that favorite throw down with any certainty of replication may be hard. Go here for one method:
How To - Determine Home Grown Hop Alpha Acid Levels - AussieHomeBrewer.com

It would still be fun just to try. Good look.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:22 AM  
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Thanks for the replies and the site. I figured it would be a cool side hobby as long as I could use them in my beer that is..
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:06 PM  
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I know of a couple gentlemen from the fort wayne home brew club that grow their own.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:50 PM  
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I'm hoping to do this someday soon. From friends I've heard tell it's not hard.
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Old 12-01-2010, 08:32 PM  
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I have 6 different kinds in the ground.

This is the third year, They probably would do better if I would get busy and finish the trellis for them to climb.
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:37 PM  
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I have really good luck growing Cascades and Centennial hops in SW Michigan....close to South Bend, IN.
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Old 12-06-2010, 06:15 PM  
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We don't have them most ideal climate but hops seem to grow just fine here. I'm sure it's like anything else. Some crops grow marginally better somewhere else and if there isn't enough demand here for the crop then there's no reason to start producing it.
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:18 AM  
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We have wild hops on our farm in Salem, and I know of some wild hops near Bloomington. They've been there for years, and the ones on my farm were there whan my grandad was born in 1923.
Don't know the variety for sure, but I'd say that they are close to hallertau.
I plan to plant some cascades soon.
So I'd say that Indiana is great for hops.
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