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After a couple years of growing hops just for me, I decided to branch out, and try to do the "local" thing for some of the local breweries. Things got rolling and well, it kept getting bigger... Stopped my self short of anything I didn't think I could handle. Currently have 155 plants in the ground, with irrigation run. Just need the stupid freight company to actually get my ladder here to run wire. Varieties are: Canterbury Goldings (AKA East Kent Goldings), Cascade, Comet, CTS (Both Columbus and Zeus), Fuggle, Galena, Nugget, Southern Cross, Tahoma, and Vanguard.

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Very nice man keep it up and keep us posted. I would love to grow my own but then again I haven't brewed in a long time and I have yet to brew on my own and get my own equipment.

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6 hours ago, Granitebeard said:

Sure do. Kept them mostly on FB. Got about 4lb of dry hops this first year. It will be interesting to see what survives the Maine winter.

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That's pretty impressive!

How much are you selling your hops for?

Are those pictures of the hops in your hands all the same hops getting bigger over time or are they different ones that all grew to much different sizes?

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Waiting on a little more Market feedback before 100% setting a price, but whole cone is looking like $10-$12 per pound right now. Another smaller hop yard that has finally opened up to talking to me, says they might be willing to let me pelletize on their machine for a fee. At which point I would be looking at $15-$16 per pound. I will push the fact that I am organic. Depending on yield, I might need to get certified, which might have issues as the land use before me is unknown.

The first hop you have there is a different one from the other two (a fuggle vs comet) the last two you have are the same one. Comet has some large cones and smells just like grapefruit. Hoping to make Comet a big seller with the IPA focused place in town.

 

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I don't have the property to grow that, but it would be fun to try. There are so many brewers near by that I don't think it would be a problem selling them.

How many pounds do think you'll harvest this year total?

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This year I had about 4 lbs dry. Next year, as long as they all survive the Maine winter, I should see at least a pound per plant dry. So will be in the 150 lb range all said and done. Just need to work on drying better. 

 

Also I can only do about an acre. If it takes off, I will have to buy more land.

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On 10/8/2018 at 7:58 AM, Granitebeard said:

This year I had about 4 lbs dry. Next year, as long as they all survive the Maine winter, I should see at least a pound per plant dry. So will be in the 150 lb range all said and done. Just need to work on drying better. 

 

Also I can only do about an acre. If it takes off, I will have to buy more land.

That's a pretty decent increase year over year! Lol!

What does the avg pound sell for?

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