Chop & Brew – Episode 11: Growing Hops at Home (Part 2)


You asked for a home hop progress report, Chop & Brew has one for you. With only a few weeks left in the hop-growing season – Chip, Dawson and Ted have late-summer updates on their home hop-growing efforts. (Well, Dawson and Ted do anyway.) We talk a bit about how to know when your hops are ready to pick, the easy way to dry the cones, and how to store them. Coming soon: a fresh-hop brew day episode. [Original postdate: August 23, 2013]

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Chop & Brew – Episode 6: Growing Hops at Home (Part 1)



  1. I have ten plants that I grew in containers this year (largely to make sure that they grew ok where I put the containers) that I want to commit to the ground next year. Do you think I am better off transplanting them when the ground thaws next Spring, or should I transplant them at the end of this fall?

  2. Bryan Pierce

    It was actually nice to see that others have failed crops! Mine toasted this year too and I was pretty down. But, seeing others struggle with being able to tend the crop helps ease the pain. That’s life. So… I’m just relaxing and having a home brew. I feel much better.

    I brew with my father and he built a hop oast that could probably make it onto the Antique Road Show…. If I can get a pic, I’ll somehow get it to you for a peek. It’s rather entertaining. As for me…. I’m trying a dehydrator this year (today in fact) for my 3 ounces that I actually got to harvest…. so we’ll see how that goes.

  3. Gkhodge

    Just harvested last weekend with a neighbor and we brewed one of your old BTV wet hop rye session-able PA’s (3 guys with 3 different strength versions). Extra hops are drying in the garage as I write…hey, nice new logo, C&B!

  4. Mayflychucker

    Hey Chip- do you know how to get one of those Vanbrewers shirts? They aren’t available on their site. I’d be happy to trade a free guided fly fishing trip for you and Dawson (or whomever could wrangle one for me).

  5. another good way to dry hops is to buy el-cheapo air filters from a hardware store 20X20X1. line your hops in the air filter, you can even layer or two. then bungie cord it to a box fan. i keep mine in my boiler room, fan on medium they were dried in about 24 hours. just remember to rotate the screens to insure even drying.

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