Take the 2-minute tour ×
Homebrewing Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for dedicated home brewers and serious enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

i'm looking to plant my own hops in my yard (yes i know i'm late. researching for next year). however, i'm trying to figure out roughly how many say cascade rhizomes i would need to make this worth my effort. meaning, if i get 5-8 rhizomes, would that yield enough to make a typical homebrew? i understand the first year or so has a low yield which is ok. at this point, getting ideas and numbers together.

share|improve this question

2 Answers 2

up vote 0 down vote accepted

If growing conditions are optimal you'll get plenty of hops. I have 3 varieties growing and my Fuggles is the most dominant. 2nd year I had close to 2 lbs dried and packaged off a single rhizome so 5-8 rhizomes will get you plenty of picking opportunities. I've read on average you can expect a healthy rhizome will produce 1.5 to 2 lbs in a good season.

share|improve this answer
    
so a good year of 1.5-2lbs, i should be able to make plenty of good beer. just so i have an idea or maybe i'm just curious but a small craft beer shop making a single batch are looking at tons needed? –  austin Jun 16 at 16:43
1  
Some quick match and a direct scaling of the recipe I just brewed which called for 8 oz of hops would result in the need for 378 lbs of hops for a 120 bbl tank. Not perfect science there but a ballpark of what a hoppier brew would need on a craft scale. –  DHough Jun 17 at 15:51

It will depend on the variety and your weather. I live in the middle of prime hop growing country. I have one Cascade plant that's about 12 years old now. I get anywhere from 20-27 lb. of wet hops each year from it. Enough that it's a hassle to pick, dry, and vacuum package them.

share|improve this answer
    
yea i figured weather/variety would be important here. just trying to get a general idea. averages. i'm in nj right on the coast. basically between 6-7 on the hardiness. –  austin Jun 16 at 16:49
    
In general, the closer you are to the 45th parallel, the better your yield will be. –  Denny Conn Jun 16 at 20:54

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.