My first hop harvest

hopharvest.jpgI officially harvested my first homegrown hops yesterday.  I had purchased two pairs of hop rhizomes, chinooks and cascades, from freshops in the spring.  They took right off, but two ultimately perished after being nibbled on by a mystery animal while I was away on a trip.

One of each type survived.

The hops pictured are from the surviving chinook vine which was the more laden of the two.  In a day or two I will also harvest the cascade hops- they appeared to need a bit more time to mature.

The hops are drying on a window screen under a fan, and the process seems to be going well as they have already lost much of their moisture content from when I picked them.

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