Mid Summer Hops

Mid Summer Hops

Well, here we are, July 22nd, and the hop vines are starting to flower.  In a few more weeks, probably sometime in September, I will cut down the vines, and dry most of the cones (the flowers).  However, some are destined for a wet hopped English Bitter.  The middle plant is the Nugget, which is the most robust of the 3.  The left is the Golding, which is what I am relying on for the wet hopped bitter.  The flowers at this point look like little spiked balls, which you can see on the picture below.  I am amazed at how fast and large these plants grow.

Early Flowers

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