Hi there fellow brewmasters! I have recently moved to all-grain brewing after two years of brewing with hopped extracts. The results are pretty good, and the whole process is a lot of fun, but I am trying to find some good variation to the recipes I have tried so far.
While jogging, I have found out that hops are endemic in my area. Obviously, they are totally wild and there's no hope of knowing their exact AA percentage, however I am planning to estimate it through the tea method. I am planning to harvest a good lot of these hops and dry or freeze them, so that if they are good I can grow them or brew some batches before they run out.
Now, the problem is that I don't know the right time for harvesting, thus I am asking for your advice. The hops are now walnut-sized and bright green, but they are not particularly aromatic (I will update a picture this afternoon if I have time to go for a walk). Last year I found a plant with very aromatic hops, so I would wait some more to let them develop.
What do you suggest?