2014 First-Season Hops Harvest

By late August, I had to start thinking about harvesting the hops. Farmers apparently just cut the whole bines down. This would be efficient on a farm but probably give a few cones that were unripe, a few overripe, and plenty that were ideal. Being a two-hop kind of guy, I have the chance to take several harvests of whichever cones are ripe, separated by a couple of weeks.

Here the hops are tussling with their roommates, the kitchen herbs.

Cascade hops, first season, mid-August

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